Judith Light, the star of Off-Broadway's Wit and its national tour, plays the stuck middle-class title character in Hedda Gabler, in a Michael Kahn-directed revival at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C., June 5-July 29.
One of the Henrik Ibsen's most complex characters, Hedda (first brought to life in 1890) seeks to take control of her life by controlling others in the domestic drama that must end in tragedy. Michael Rudko plays her husband, Tesman; Thomas Jay Ryan plays the scholar from Hedda's past, Lovborg; Robin Gammell is the evil Judge Brack; Dee Pelletier is Thea Elvert; Ruby Holbrook is Tesman's Aunt Juliana; Prudence Barry is Tesman's family maid, Berta.
Kahn is the artistic director of The Shakespeare Theatre in DC, which ends its 2001-2002 season with Hedda. Light, nationally known for starring in the sitcom, "Who's the Boss," made her Broadway debut in 1975 in Ibsen's A Doll's House.
Official opening is June 11. Designers are Walt Spangler (set), Murell Horton (costumes), Amy Appleyard (lighting) and Martin Desjardins (sound). Composer Adam Wernick composed the musical score.
— By Kenneth Jones