WWU Theatre to Perform ‘Hedda Gabler’

William Woods University will resume its theatre season Feb. 20 with the production of Henrik Ibsen’s “Hedda Gabler.”


At the center of the play is one of the greatest roles in modern drama, the fascinating Hedda Gabler, who finds herself stranded in a seemingly ordinary but dangerously imbalanced domestic system. Employing methods that virtually defined the modern psychological drama, Ibsen stealthily reveals the bitter conflicts and thwarted longings that lie just below the civilized transactions of daily life.


WWU student performers include Taryn Watts of Nixa, Mo., as Hedda Gabler; Cody Olendorff of Pacific, Mo., as George Tesman; Allison Ward of St. Louis, Mo., as Mrs. Thea Elvsted; Bryan Schmiderer of Pacific, Mo., as Eilert Lovborg; Bethany Hall of Des Moines, Iowa, as Miss Juliana Tesman, and Rachel Petricka of Las Vegas, Nev., as Berta. Stage manager will be Dustin Z. West of Kansas City, Mo.


Jody Paschal, a WWU alumnus and Fulton resident, will play Judge Brack.


The play will be directed by guest theatre artist Kathy Potter. Joe Potter, WWU professor and artistic director of theatre, will serve as lighting and scene designer. Jane Friedman will design the costumes.


Performances are Feb. 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. in Dulany Auditorium. The box office will open Monday (Feb. 2). For tickets, call (573) 592-4267. Tickets for “Hedda Gabler” are $8 for adults, $6 for senior citizens (62 and up) and $5 for children 6-12. Children under the age of 6 will not be admitted. This show is not recommended for children due to the dramatic content.