FitzGerald Will Star in Free Production of Hedda Gabler in a Manhattan Townhouse

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Caitlin FitzGerald, who played the eldest daughter in the Meryl Streep film "It's Complicated," will star in the title role of a new production of Hedda Gabler.

Caitlin FitzGerald
Caitlin FitzGerald

John Gould Rubin, the former executive director of the LAByrinth Theater Company, will direct the 1890 Ibsen drama, which will be staged in a Manhattan townhouse.

Only those who purchase tickets will be given the exact location of the production. Performance dates are currently scheduled for Aug. 10-13 and Aug. 19-Sept. 4.

FitzGerald will be joined on stage by Emily Best, Burke Adams, Thom Christensen, Zach LeVey, Lindy Rogers and Suellen Vance.

"By having the audience and actors mingle in this rarified environment, the play's central themes and intimacies are lived out by the audience," according to press notes, "with each action reverberating well beyond the traditional boundaries of a more conventional production."

This new adaptation of Hedda Gabler was penned by Royston Coppenger. The production also features set design by Chris Barreca and Andreea Mincic, costumes by Hollie Nadel, lights by Nicole Pearce, sound by Elizabeth Rhodes and original music by Daniel Harnett. In a statement director Rubin said, "In 18 hours, the period covered by the play, through an array of barely cloaked efforts by all to control and devour Hedda, she discovers that a life she thought was interesting and varied is actually impoverished, mundane, inelegant and weak.  She lashes out at all around her.

"I want the audience to witness this war, to thrill to its victories and weep at the losses as if in battle themselves, and so I've had the idea of creating a world in which the audience lives within the battle. The concept of making this show site-specific is intended to afford the opportunity to create an utterly realistic world while allowing the audience to feel wholly within it so acutely that they endure the guilt of their own voyeurism."

There is no charge for the production; for tickets

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