The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) theater program, hosted by the School of Performing and Visual Arts, kicked off its season on September 30 with Henrik Ibsen’s drama Hedda Gabler, translated by Oscar-winning screenwriter Christopher Hampton . In person and live tickets are available.
Production continues on October 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m., and a matinee performance on October 3 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $ 15 for general admission, $ 10 for seniors, military, faculty and staff, and $ 8 for students.
Ibsen’s classic realism portrays a woman’s struggle to carve out her own place in a male-dominated world. This focuses on the frustrated existence of its main character, Hedda, and explores fundamental questions of power, control and social expectations. Often hailed as one of the theater’s greatest dramatic roles, Hedda performs her own fantasies and psychological games with those close to her to a devastating end.
Joann Shaver, MFA student and production manager, believes this performance created a strong bond between the actors, and their enthusiasm will be reflected in Ibsen’s play as they bring it to life.
“Hedda Gabler is a show about efforts to achieve a personal sense of freedom,” Shaver said. “Throughout the show, audiences will see Hedda’s ‘normal’ life begin to unravel. Our hope is that our performance will leave the audience with a new sense of purpose and a new understanding of their own lives. “
“A big priority during production was to work together to produce a remarkable show, as we mark our return to the stage,” added Shaver.
Jennifer Glass, an MA student in Fine Arts and Technology from Demopolis, Alabama, was the stage designer for the performance. She describes her experiences of developing the ensemble.
“I started off by coming up with something called a design package where I would meet with a creative team to talk about the piece, the themes, and the ways we could represent them,” Glass said. “Then we created the physical environment and the atmosphere. “
Please note that this production contains a discussion of suicide, and when a simulation is performed, a loud gunshot will be heard. This production is aimed at an audience aged 13 and over.
If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800.273.8255