Hedda was a recent addition to the 2000-2001 line-up at the Huntington, where artistic director Nicholas Martin is in his first season. If the Ibsen drama does get to New York, it will have taken a long time about it. The Baitz translation began life at the Geffen Playhouse in L.A., with Annette Bening in the lead role. Since then, it's been seen at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, L.I., and the Williamstown Theatre Festival, always with Burton. Martin will direct the Huntington mounting. Randall L. Wreghitt leads the producing team which hopes to bring it to New York, where it will likely land in a Shubert theatre.
Henrik Ibsen's 1891 masterpiece Hedda Gabler has been added to the company's 2000-2001 season and will be presented from Dec. 29-Jan. 28, 2001 at Boston University. Seeking a measure of happiness that Ibsen himself said the title character "cannot discover," despite many chances to do so, Hedda Gabler will go to any lengths to escape from a stifling everyday routine and to get past her marriage to Tesman, a mediocre and self-satisfied scholar.
Baitz' A Fair Country can be seen at the Huntington from Oct. 27 - Nov. 26. Among the other changes at the Huntington are the rescheduling of Moliere's Amphitryon, which will move from the slot now designated for Hedda Gabler and into next year's March 9- April 8 slot.
Tom Stoppard's The Invention of Love, meanwhile, has been rescheduled for the 2001-2002 season.
Huntington's 2000-2001 season wraps up with James Baldwin's The Amen Corner, which will run from May 18 - June 17, 2001.
Huntington's Nicholas Martin explained that the desire to keep the Hedda Gabler cast intact from earlier productions this year made it necessary to move up the booking, which caused a rippling effect in the season plans.
Martin, whose credits include Betty's Summer Vacation and The Time of the Cuckoo, has many New York connections and has talked of increasing the potential of the Boston theatre. Hedda would mark the Huntington's first show to transfer to Gotham in many years. It would also be the first Ibsen play to run on Broadway since the multi-Tony-winning, London-born A Doll's House starring Janet McTeer.