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HEDDA GABLER


By Henrik Ibsen

A new version by Patrick Marber

From a literal translation by Karen and Ann Bamborough

Directed by Molly Atkinson

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“I WANTED TO KNOW EVERYTHING I WAS FORBIDDEN TO KNOW.”  

The honeymoon is over, and Hedda Gabler is already bored with her husband and the respectable life he represents. When an old rival arrives on the scene, Hedda seizes the chance to challenge what society would have her accept as “happiness,” instead asserting her powerful will and wreaking havoc on everyone in her reach. Henrik Ibsen’s masterwork shocked late-19th-century audiences with its complex portrait of female identity and independence, while gifting us with one of theatre’s great tragic characters.


“Hedda is not interested in living the life a woman is expected to live. She has questionable morals and romantic ideals. She is brave and a coward. She wants to know all of your secrets and wants to punish you for telling her.” —Director Molly Atkinson




Production support is generously provided by M. Fainer and three generations of the Schubert Family.

CAST & CREATIVE

CAST

    Portrait of Sara Topham
    Sara Topham
    Hedda

    Birmingham Conservatory, 2000

    2024: Hedda Tesman in Hedda Gabler and Eva, Duchess in The Diviners. 15th season. Sara is delighted to return to the Festival following a year playing Sally in the Original Broadway Company of Tom Stoppard's Leopoldstadt. Stratford: Shakespeare's Juliet, Olivia, Cordelia, Jessica, Rosalind; Elizabeth/Robyn (Serving Elizabeth), Ruth (Blithe Spirit), Célimène (The Misanthrope), Wendy (Peter Pan), Madame de Tourvel (Dangerous Liaisons), Gwendolyn (The Importance of Being Earnest), Laurencia (Fuente Ovejuna), Mabel (An Ideal Husband). Broadway: Cecily in Travesties, Gwendolyn in The Importance of Being Earnest. Off Broadway: Beatrice-Joanna in The Changeling. In the UK:Love Me Do (Dorothy), Intimate Apparel (Mrs. Van Buren). Elsewhere: Two seasons at the Shaw Festival playing Saint Joan and Ann Whitfield in Man And Superman, Beatrice at The Old Globe, Titania and Ariel at Shakespeare Theatre DC and many other worldwide adventures! Et cetera: For B, always. 

    Portrait of Brad Hodder
    Brad Hodder
    Lovborg

    Langham Directors' Workshop, 2019; Birmingham Conservatory, 2011/2012

    2024: Lovborg in Hedda Gabler. Ninth season. Stratford: Assistant Director, The Crucible; Principals, Henry VIII, Ideal Husband, To Kill a Mockingbird, Julius Caesar, Virgin Trial, Shakespeare in Love, Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe, She Stoops to Conquer, King Lear, Othello; appeared, Bakkhai, Diary of Anne Frank, Oedipus Rex, Midsummer Night's Dream, Mary Stuart, Measure for Measure, Cymbeline, Elektra. Elsewhere: Draco, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child (Mirvish); Tybalt, Romeo and Juliet (Neptune); Darcy, Pride and Prejudice (Grand). Directing:4th Graders Present an Unnamed Love Suicide, Fleeto, Oh, the Humanity (Tiny Room); Henry IV: I, Caesar, Dream (Perchance); Leisure Society, Autobahn, Stendhal Syndrome (c2c). Associate Directing: Lear, Measure for Measure, Winter's Tale (Groundling). Film/TV: Reign (CW); Republic of Doyle, Diverted, Above & Beyond (CBC). Training: BFA (Acting), University of Alberta.

    Portrait of Tom McCamus
    Tom McCamus
    Brack
    2024: Judge Brack in Hedda Gabler and Arthur Miller in Salesman in China. 17th season. Stratford: Tom has spent 16 seasons with the Festival appearing in roles ranging from Richard III and King John to King Arthur and Captain Hook. Elsewhere: He has spent 10 years with the Shaw Festival and performed in many theatres in Toronto and across Canada, most recently as King Lear in Soulpepper's productions of King Lear and Queen Goneril and Bob in The Company Theatre's Things I Know to be True. Film/TV: Tom is fortunate to have been a part of the Canadian film and television industry for many years, appearing in such films as The Sweet Hereafter, Long Day's Journey Into Night and Room. Et cetera: Tom lives on a farm in Warkworth with his wife, Chick Reid, and their dogs.
    Portrait of Gordon S. Miller
    Gordon S. Miller
    Tesman

    Birmingham Conservatory, 2002

    2024: Tesman in Hedda Gabler and Anthony Calderon in Salesman in China. 15th season. Stratford (selected): Calogero Di Spelta (Grand Magic), Don Armado (Love's Labour's Lost), Iago (Othello), Dr. Caius (The Merry Wives of Windsor), James Tyrone Jr. (Long Day's Journey Into Night), God the Son (Paradise Lost), Pentheus (Bakkhai), Laurent (Tartuffe), Biondello (The Taming of the Shrew), Scrub (The Beaux' Stratagem), Andrei (Three Sisters), Apollodorus (Caesar and Cleopatra), Roderigo (Othello), Flaminius (Timon of Athens). Elsewhere: A&R Angels (Crow's Theatre); Pride and Prejudice, Robin Hood (Globe Theatre); A Doll's House (Montgomery/TNB). Film/TV: Fargo, Suits, Republic of Doyle, Murdoch Mysteries, The Ron James Show, Warehouse 13, Lost Girl. Training: National Theatre School of Canada; Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. Awards: Tyrone Guthrie Award (2003, 2007, 2018), John Hirsch Award (2004) and the Richard Monette Travel Grant (2009).

    Portrait of Bola Aiyeola
    Bola Aiyeola
    Juliana
    2024: Juliana in Hedda Gabler and appears in London Assurance. Third season. Stratford: Les Belles-Soeurs, Wedding BandDeath and the King's Horseman, Hamlet. Elsewhere: Fatima in The Container (SummerWorks); Petra in Petra (Theatre Direct); UK: Woman in Death and the King's Horseman, Chorus in Medea (Royal Exchange, Manchester); Miseyi in The Beatification of Area Boy (The West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds); Jack in The Man in the Moon, Balthasar/Friar Frances in Much Ado About Nothing (The Everymans' Theatre, Liverpool). Film/TV: Clarice, The Expanse, Coroner, Damien, Lucky Day, 'Da Kink in my Hair. Radio/Recordings (BBC Radio, UK): Miseyi in The Beatification of Area Boy; First Girl in Blood Wedding; Alaba in Memories of a Distant Past; Woman in Death and the King's Horseman. Training: Academy of Live and Recorded Arts London, UK. Online: @bolaaiyeolaowens imdb.com/name/nm2416924.
    Portrait of Joella Crichton
    Joella Crichton
    Mrs. Elvsted

    Birmingham Conservatory, 2024

    2024: Mrs. Elvsted in Hedda Gabler and appears in London Assurance. Third season. Stratford: Lula Green in Wedding Band, Yvette Longpré in Les Belles-Soeurs, Death and the King's HorsemanTraining: Acting Conservatory, York University, 2012 (BFA); Factory Theatre Mechanicals. Awards: 9-time Winner of Toronto Queen of Carnival. Online: @joellacrichton. Et cetera: Thank you to the Stratford Festival. For Solomon.

    Portrait of Allison Edwards-Crewe
    Allison Edwards-Crewe
    Understudy
    2024: Imogen in Cymbeline, Crispin in The Diviners and understudy in Hedda Gabler. Third season. Stratford: Jo March in Little Women, Hero in Much Ado About Nothing, Diana in All's Well That Ends Well, Pierrette in Les Belles-Soeurs. Elsewhere: Serving Elizabeth (WCT); The Color Purple (Citadel and MTC); School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play (Obsidian and Nightwood); How Black Mothers Say I Love You (Factory Theatre); Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Citadel); Girls Like That (Tarragon); 'Da Kink in My Hair (Theatre Calgary and NAC); Dreamgirls (Grand Theatre). Film/TV: The Handmaid's Tale (MGM/Hulu), Surviving Evil (Cineflix), Black Actress (JungleWild). Audio Drama: Every…Every Day (Factory Theatre), Liming (Expect Theatre). Training: Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance - Sheridan College. Awards: Dora and Toronto Critics Award for School Girls.... Et cetera: Immense gratitude to my amazing family, friends and Monika Thomas for their ENDLESS love and support. @alllisonec.


     

    Portrait of Jordin Hall
    Jordin Hall
    Understudy

    Birmingham Conservatory, 2017/18

    2024: Posthumus in Cymbeline and understudy in Hedda Gabler. Sixth season. Stratford: Richard II, Love's Labour's Lost, Grand Magic, All's Well That Ends Well, Richard III, Henry VIII, The Crucible, The Neverending Story, An Ideal Husband, Julius Caesar, To Kill a Mockingbird. Elsewhere (selected): Montague/Steve in Serving Elizabeth (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Eribo in The Neverending Story (NAC); Othello in Othello (Driftwood Theatre); Berowne in Love's Labour's Lost, Leontes in The Winter's Tale (Dauntless City Theatre); Aaron in Titus Andronicus (Seven Siblings Theatre); Lysander and Robin Starveling in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Humber River Shakespeare). Film/TV: The Kings of Napa (OWN); The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu); Mayday (Discovery); See No Evil (Discovery ID). Training: Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre; Brock University (Performance Concentration). Et cetera: Love, peace, and SOULLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL TRAIN.

    Portrait of Kim Horsman
    Kim Horsman
    Bertha
    2024: Bertha in Hedda Gabler and understudy in Salesman in China. 12th season. Originally from Deep Cove, Vancouver, Kim trained and lived in London, England for several years where she performed in fringe theatre, the King's Head Theatre and Chesterfield Civic Theatre. Kim then appeared in theatres across Canada and as a leading company member at the Stratford Festival. With over 80 productions and counting, Kim has enjoyed a varied career on stage, television and film, playing roles as diverse as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet to Morla the Ancient Turtle in The Neverending Story; from Constance in Madwoman of Chaillot to Mrs. Which in A Wrinkle in Time. Et cetera: Kim lives in Stratford, visits the ocean in Deep Cove often, and is so grateful for her loving friends, family, partner Ian, their late son Spencer, daughter Georgina, and grandson Aiden.

     

    Portrait of Josue Laboucane
    Josue Laboucane
    Understudy

    (he/him) Birmingham Conservatory, 2012/13

    2024: Philario, Gaoler in Cymbeline, Lazarus in The Diviners and understudy in Hedda Gabler. 11th season. Josue is a Métis actor, teaching artist and mask maker from the traditional territory of the Dane-zaa, Treaty 8, Fort St. John, BC. Stratford: Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear, Hamlet, Death and the King's Horseman, Merry Wives of Windsor, Front Page, Comedy of Errors, Napoli Milionaria!, Tempest, Timon of Athens, Madwoman of Chaillot, The Changeling, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Aeneid, Taming of the Shrew, Love's Labour's Lost, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Beaux' Stratagem, Mary Stuart, Measure for Measure, Othello. Vancouver: 4 seasons at Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival; The Exquisite Hour (Relephant); Wizard of Oz, Seussical (Carousel); The Emperor's New Threads (Axis). Training: Birmingham Conservatory, Director Martha Henry; Studio 58; Canadian National Voice Intensive. Twitter: @josuelaboucane. Instagram: @laboucanej.

    Portrait of Jennifer Rider-Shaw
    Jennifer Rider-Shaw
    Understudy

    (she/her)

    2024: Soldier in Cymbeline and understudy in Hedda Gabler and The Diviners. 14th season. Stratford: 13 seasons including Lady of the Lake in Monty Python's Spamalot, Velma Kelly in Chicago, Janet in The Rocky Horror Show, Maggie in A Chorus Line, Sally Simpson in Tommy, Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street. Elsewhere: In 2019 Jennifer revived the role of Sally Simpson in The Who's Tommy In Concert, performing alongside Pete Townshend at The La Jolla Playhouse. She has also performed on stages across Canada: The Shaw Festival, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Charlottetown Festival, Grand Theatre, Theatre Aquarius, Drayton Entertainment, Ross Petty Productions and YES Theatre. Training: Music Theatre Performance (Sheridan), Acting (Red Deer College). Awards: Recipient of the 2022 William Needles award. Et cetera: All my love to Robert, Josephine, Mom and Dad. Thanks as always to Bruce and TH. 

    Portrait of Tyrone Savage
    Tyrone Savage
    Understudy

    Birmingham Conservatory, 2010/2011

    2024: Iachimo in Cymbeline, Gus in The Diviners and understudy in Hedda Gabler. Ninth season. Stratford: Love's Labour's Lost, Grand Magic, Richard II, Hamlet, Death and the King's Horseman, School for Scandal, Timon of Athens, Merchant of Venice, She Stoops to Conquer, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Anne Frank, Oedipus Rex, Hay Fever, Three Musketeers, Much Ado, Henry V, Grapes of Wrath. Elsewhere:15 Dogs (Crow's Theatre); A Few Good Men (Drayton); The Matchmaker (Arts Club); Sleuth (Mayfield); Stag and Doe (Neptune); The Gamblers (Talk Is Free); Chasse-Galerie (Storefront/Soulpepper). Film/TV/Video Games: Caillou, Immortals: Fenyx Rising, Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, Redwall, Wind at My Back. Training: Circle in the Square, Birmingham Conservatory, UofT. Et cetera: Tyrone dedicates this season to his parents Booth and Janet-Laine. With love beyond measure. 

CREATIVE

    Molly Atkinson
    Director

    (she/her)

    2024: Director of Hedda Gabler. Second season. Stratford: Hamlet, As You Like It, Titus Andronicus. Directing: Prince Caspian, A Christmas Carol 2018-2022, Hello Out There (Shaw Festival); Peter Pan, The Little Prince (Yellow Door Theatre Project). Assistant Directing: Saint Joan, Middletown (Shaw Festival). Acting: Molly has worked for Soulpepper Theatre, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Young People's Theatre and Tarragon Theatre. Film/TV: It, It Chapter Two, Nurses, Road to Avonlea, Copper, Haven. Training: National Theatre School, Birmingham Conservatory 1999. Et cetera: Love to my boys - Holden, Tennyson and Gray.

    Lorenzo Savoini
    Set and Costume Designer

    2024: Set and costume designer of Hedda Gabler, set and lighting designer of London Assurance. 11th season. Stratford: Grand Magic-set and lighting; The Miser-lighting; A Midsummer Night's Dream-costumes; Mother's Daughter-set and costumes; Two Gentlemen of Verona-set and lighting; The Front Page, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Timon of Athens, Agamemnon, Electra, Bereav'd of Light, Fellini Radio Plays, Walk Right Up, Shadows-set; The Flies-set and costumes. Elsewhere: Set: My Fair Lady (Shaw Festival); Set and lighting: De Profundis: Oscar Wilde in Jail (Soulpepper); Set: Sound of Music (Citadel/RMTC); Universal Child Care (Quote Unquote Collective/Canadian Stage); Mahabharata (Why Not Theatre/Shaw/ Barbican). Awards: Five Dora Awards. Online: www.lorenzosavoini.com.Et cetera: Member of the Associated Designers of Canada. 

    Kaileigh Krysztofiak
    Lighting Designer

    (she/they)

    2024: Lighting designer of Hedda Gabler and The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? 11th season. Stratford: Little Women, Cabaret Series 2021, Othello, The Comedy of Errors. Elsewhere: Love You Wrong Time (Bad Muse Collective); After the Fire (Punctuate, The Theatre Centre); Kinky Boots, The Prom, Ghost, Honk! (Drayton Entertainment); Salt-Water Moon (Mirvish, Factory, Why Not); Wildfire (RARE, Soulpepper); The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely, The Breath in Between (Crow's); Superior Donuts (Coal Mine); Laurier (Charlottetown Festival, TNB); Beaver (Storefront); Noises Off (Soulpepper); A Line in the Sand, The Crackwalker (Factory Theatre); Hana Hashimoto (Carousel Players). Kaileigh is the founding General Manager of the annual winter light festival, Lights On Stratford. They are an instructor at the National Theatre School of Canada, and the School of Performance in the Faculty of Communication and Design at Toronto Metropolitan University and a member of ADC IATSE Local 659.

    Mishelle Cuttler
    Composer, Sound Designer

    (she/her)

    2024: Composer and sound designer of Hedda Gabler. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Sound design for The Seventh Fire (Delinquent/Neworld Theatre); Someone Like You (Arts Club Theatre); The Mixolydian (Green Thumb Theatre); A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare in Love, Lysistrata (Bard on the Beach); Clean/Espejos (Neworld Theatre); The Herd (Tarragon/Citadel Theatre); A Christmas Carol, The Candidate (Citadel Theatre); Good Things to Do (Delinquent Theatre). Training: MFA in Musical Theatre Composition from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, BFA in Acting from the University of British Columbia. Awards: Jessie Award: Stationary - Delinquent Theatre, Jabber - Green Thumb Theatre; Horace W. Goldsmith Fellowship - NYU. Online: www.mishellecuttler.com. Et cetera: Mishelle is the West Coast Board Representative for the Associated Designers of Canada. Thank you to Kyle for your love and support.

    Rachel Smyth
    Assistant Set and Costume Designer

    (she/her)

    2024: Assistant set and costume designer of Hedda Gabler. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Costume production manager for Mary Poppins (Orpheus Musical Theatre Society). Wardrobe assistant for The Book of Will (Ottawa Little Theatre). Assistant costume designer for Cinderella (Two Rivers Musical Productions). Training: BA. Honours in Theatre (Costume Studies) from Dalhousie University's Fountain School of Performing Arts. Et cetera: Rachel would like to thank her family, friends and colleagues for supporting her theatrical journey.

    Simran Kapoor
    Assistant Lighting Designer

    2024: Assistant lighting designer of Cymbeline, Hedda Gabler and The Diviners. Second season. Stratford: Assistant lighting designer of Grand Magic and Wedding Band. Lighting designer of Langham DWP's A Tennessee Williams Suite and The Fall of the House of Atreus: A Cowboy Love Song. Elsewhere: Assistant lighting designer of Peter's Final Flight (Ross Petty Productions) and Contemporaneity (Anandam Dance Theatre). Lighting designer of Inheritance of Dance (Yi Dance), Do You Think You're Better Than Me? (Fringe), The Late Wedding (Theatre at York), Fruits of Labour (Devised Theatre Festival), Art of Time (Dance at York), Music Media Concert (MMC York), and Thirumagal. Training: Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours in Theatre Production from York University. Awards: Canadian College Cricket Women's Nationals MVP and Women's Ontario Cup MVP & Best Bowler 2019. Online: simrankapooroffici.wixsite.com/simran-kapoorEt cetera: Love and gratitude to Mom, Grandma, Steve and Gavin.

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