Center Theatre Group Run of Heddatron Scrapped Due to Economy

News   Center Theatre Group Run of Heddatron Scrapped Due to Economy
Heddatron, the unique merging of robotics and a classic Henrik Ibsen play, scheduled for a July 5-Aug. 2 run as the final production of the Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre 2008-2009 season, will be postponed indefinitely, CTG artistic director Michael Ritchie said.

"This was a tough decision," he stated April 24. "Heddatron is an exceptionally creative play but it's expensive and we are clearly experiencing financial challenges that other local and national non-profit arts organizations are feeling with this unprecedented global economic downturn. In consultation with our board of directors, we are continuing to trim our budgets and carefully plan for the next season so that we can safely ride out this bad economic cycle."

In the play, written by Elizabeth Meriwether, directed by Alex Timbers, "Ibsen is thwarted by August Strindberg and his kitchen slut throughout his fevered struggle to write the great feminist drama, Hedda Gabler, while a contemporary housewife in Michigan is abducted by robots and forced to perform Ibsen's masterpiece over and over again," according to notes from the original New York appearance of the play, created under the auspices of the avant garde troupe Les Freres Corbusier.

L.A. Heddatron ticket holders will be given a credit on their CTG account that can be used toward a donation to CTG, the purchase of tickets to any of the three CTG theatres or a refund.

CTG's world premiere of Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo by Rajiv Joseph, directed by Moisés Kaufman, is currently in rehearsal at the Douglas Theatre and will begin previews on May 10. The opening is set for May 17, and the production will run through June 7.

For further information, contact CTG Audience Services at (213) 628-2772.

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