Mary Baldwin University continues its 2010–2011 Emilie Holmstock as Mrs. Elvsted, Anna Ferrandino as Hedda and Ben Houseknecht as Eilert Lovborgtheatre season with Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler. Translated and directed by Mary Baldwin Professor Emeritus Frank Southerington and produced by Terry Southerington, this classic drama studies the life of a strong, restless, individualistic woman trapped in a passionless marriage which she herself has chosen.

The role of Hedda is considered by many scholars to be one of the richest, most complex female roles in the theatre and has often been called the female Hamlet. She has been played by some of the world’s leading actresses, Ingrid Bergman, Diana Rigg, Vanessa Redgrave, and Maggie Smith to name but a few. Controversial from its premiere in 1891, Hedda Gabler has been variously interpreted as an idealistic, feminist heroine fighting a Victorian society that has no place for women, as a tragic victim of circumstance, or as a malevolent villainess. Director Frank Southerington translated the play from the original Norwegian.

Anna Ferrandino, most recently seen as the flirtatious maid Lettie in Mary Baldwin’s recent hit musical Something’s Afoot, plays the role of Hedda. She is joined by Emilie Holmstock (Hope in Something’s Afoot) as her friend and rival Thea. Linnea Barklund, remembered for her performance last season in Mary Baldwin’s The Servant of Two Masters, plays the role of Aunt Julie. Savhanna Jones makes her onstage Mary Baldwin debut in the role of the maid, Berta. The male leads are local theatre favorites Brent Hull, Ben Houseknecht, and Bob Wright as George Tesman, Eilert Lovborg, and Judge Brack respectively.

The theatre will provide special parking during performances, with shuttle service directly to the entrance of the theatre. Call the theatre department to arrange for the shuttle. All performances are in the Fletcher Collins Theatre in Bertie Murphy Deming Fine Arts Center at Mary Baldwin University. For directions, please call the box office. Show times are 7:30 p.m. February 16-19, and 2 p.m. February 20. Tickets are available by calling 540-887-7189, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Single show tickets are $5 for students and seniors, $10 for all others. Shows do sell out, so order your tickets soon.