Ibsen is a long way from indie film-making, but Martha Plimpton, most recently of "200 Cigarettes" and "Pecker," will take the title role in Hedda Gabler, April 12-May 21 at Connecticut's Long Wharf Theatre.
Long Wharf artistic director Doug Hughes directs his own translation of the Ibsen classic about a young woman recently married into a stifling middle-class house where her actions become desperate as she realizes the hopelessness of her situation and desperation of her desires. Hughes' adaptation has been produced by Seattle Repertory Theatre, Denver Center and the Arden Theatre Company.
A 1998 addition to the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Plimpton has appeared on their stage in The Glass Menagerie and The Libertine with John Malkovich as well as the recent Long Wharf/Steppenwolf co-production of The Playboy of the Western World. Other credits include the Public Theater's Pericles, Prince of Tyre, The Haggadah and Runaways, Lincoln Center's SubUrbia and several plays at Seattle Rep. With over 30 films to her name, Plimpton's recent movie projects include "Eye of God" and "I Shot Andy Warhol."
Joining her in Hedda Gabler are Jenny Bacon (Mrs. Thea Elvsted), Beth Dixon (Miss Juliana Tesman), Quentin Mare (Eilert Lovborg), Richard Poe (Judge Brack), Janie Tamarkin (Berta) and Graham Winton (George Tesman).
Neil Patel designed the sets; Catherine Zuber, the costumes; Michael Chybowski, the lighting and David Van Tiegham, the original music and sound. Mark Bly is the stage manager. Tickets are $45-$10. For information, call (203) 787-4282.
-- By Christine Ehren