Ohio Wesleyan Department of Theatre & Dance to Present ‘Hedda Gabler’

Five Performances Set for Classic Psychological Drama from Sept. 30 Through Oct. 9

More than 40 Ohio Wesleyan University students are participating in the production of “Hedda Gabler,” opening Sept. 30. Front row from left: Megan Pinto, Sam Irvine, and Matthew Jamison. Second row: Joe Lugosch, Claire Hackett, Jacyln Amanna, and Mollie Kalaycio. (Photo courtesy of OWU’s Department of Theatre & Dance)

DELAWARE, OH – The Ohio Wesleyan University Department of Theatre & Dance will present the play “Hedda Gabler,” by Henrik Ibsen, in the Studio Theatre of Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., on the OWU campus. Performance dates and times are 8 p.m. Sept. 30, Oct. 1, Oct. 7, and Oct. 8, and 2 p.m. Oct. 9.

This classic psychological drama, with a new adaptation by Jon Robin Baitz, speaks profoundly to today’s audience. Caught in a trapped and unfulfilled life, Gabler battles for the preservation of her dignity and integrity with intense and startling results. This production is not appropriate for young children.

Of Baitz’s modern adaptation, The New York Times has said: “[W]hen else have you seen a Hedda Gabler that moved with such compelling force and fluency? … Jon Robin Baitz’s loosened-up, colloquial translation is perfect.”

The cast and crew include more than 40 Ohio Wesleyan students. The play is directed by theatre professor Elane Denny-Todd. The scenic and lighting design is by D. Glen Vanderbilt Jr., costume design by Andrew Reinert, and stage management by Andrea Kraus.

Ticket prices are $10 for general admission and $5 for senior citizens, non-OWU students, and OWU employees. Admission is free for OWU students with a valid ID through a grant from the Wesleyan Council on Student Affairs. To reserve tickets, call the Department of Theatre & Dance from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at (740) 368-3855.

Learn more about upcoming Ohio Wesleyan Theatre & Dance performances.

Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities, with more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Located in Delaware, Ohio, just minutes north of Ohio’s capital and largest city, Columbus, the university combines a globally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that translate classroom theory into real-world practice. OWU’s close-knit community of 1,850 students represents 45 states and 52 countries. Ohio Wesleyan was named to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction, is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” and is included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.

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