Written by Henrik Ibsen
Directed by Peer Perez Øian
Adapted by Ole Johan Skjelbred
"Good God--people don't DO such things!" These searing words from Henrik Ibsen's classic play Hedda Gabler beg the burning question: what shocking acts are committed by the uncompromising Hedda Gabler--one of the most complex female characters ever created for the stage? Used to the luxurious life of a wealthy general's daughter, Hedda finds herself increasingly discontent as the wife of an aspiring, middle-class scholar. When the return of a past lover threatens to reveal her true desires, and simultaneously stifle her husband's career, Hedda must find a way to salvage her spiraling emotions and diminishing social status--at any cost. Norway's National Theatre has long been associated with the late Norwegian playwright's boundary-pushing work. Originally created for the National Theatre's 2010 Ibsen Festival, Peer Perez Øian's smart, streamlined production challenges our classic understanding of Ibsen's famously tormented heroine, while questioning motivation, freedom, and choice in today's society.
In Norwegian with English supertitles. 80 minutes - no intermission.
Explore the Arts: On February 26, join a free post-performance discussion with a moderator and members of the company.
Part of Nordic Cool 2013.
Nordic Cool 2013's theater engagements are supported by the
Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater.
The Kennedy Center Theater Season is sponsored by Altria Group.
Nordic Cool 2013 is presented in cooperation with
and Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.
The Honorable Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, Marilyn Carlson Nelson, and Barbro Osher
Major support is provided by the Honorable Bonnie McElveen-Hunter,
Mrs. Marilyn Carlson Nelson and Dr. Glen Nelson, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation,
David M. Rubenstein, and the State Plaza Hotel.
International Programming at the Kennedy Center is made possible through the generosity of the
Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts.
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