Hedda Gabler was written by Henrik Ibsen, arguably the father of modern drama, in the late 19th Century. Ibsen was among the first to write in a realistic style on subjects affecting the middle class society in which he lived. Many of his plays, including A Doll’s House, Ghosts, and An Enemy of the People, are considered classics, and Hedda is among the most frequently performed of his works.
For me, there are many reasons that the theatrical world in New York and beyond continually returns to watch the fate of General Gabler’s vibrant, desperate daughter play out. From the acting standpoint, many consider Hedda to be Hamlet’s female counterpart – the role that many a gifted actress is eager to tackle. And for this reason, I feel truly lucky to have the brilliant Mary-Louise Parker playing the title role. Mary-Louise is well-known for her Tony-winning performance on stage in Proof and has been lauded for her work on television in Weeds, Angels in America, and The West Wing. She is exactly the kind of smart, modern actress who can breathe new life into this famously ambiguous character.
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