2017-2018 Season closes with Henrik Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler" | Kent State University

2017-2018 Season closes with Henrik Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler"

Kent, OH – The School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University closes its 2017-2018 season with a contemporary take on the Henrik Ibsen classic "Hedda Gabler." The production is presented through the Roe Green Visiting Director Series and runs Fri., April 20 through Sun., April 29 in Wright-Curtis Theatre, located in the Roe Green Center for the School of Theatre and Dance, Center for the Performing Arts, 1325 Theatre Drive, Kent, OH 44242.

For tickets call 330-672-ARTS (2787), purchase online at www.kent.edu/theatredance or in person at the Performing Arts Box Office located in the Roe Green Center lobby of the Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Drive. The box office is open Mon. – Fri., Noon to 5 pm.  Tickets are $18 for adults, $14 for Kent State University alumni, faculty and staff, $14 for seniors (60+) and non-Kent State students age 18 and under are $10.  Tickets for full-time, Kent campus undergraduates are free of charge.  Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets for $12 per person.  Flex pass subscriptions are also available. The box office accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, checks, and cash.

In an adaptation by Jon Robin Baitz, newlywed Hedda Tesman returns from her honeymoon already feeling trapped in her marriage and her life. Determined to gain some control of her own life, Hedda begins manipulating those around her with disastrous and shocking results.

"Hedda Gabler," written by Henrik Ibsen, is directed by 2017-2018 Roe Green Visiting Director Corey Atkins. Corey Atkins is a director based in New York City. He has worked at theatres across the country including Lincoln Center Theatre/Lincoln Center Institute (NYC), The Acting Company (NYC/national tour), Project Y (NYC), The Guthrie Theatre (Minneapolis), Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Hangar Theatre Company (Ithaca, NY), Portland Stage Company (Maine), Amphibian Stage Productions (Fort Worth), as well as both Cleveland Play House and Dobama Theatre right here in northeast Ohio. In addition to his work as a director,Corey has also been on the Artistic staff of several respected theatres. He is currently Artistic Associate with the Obie Award-winning The Playwrights Realm, an “invaluable”(The New York Times)off-Broadway company devoted to supporting early-career playwrights. From 2011-2016 he was a member of the artistic staff of Cleveland Play House, recipient of the 2015 Regional Theatre Tony Award. As CPH’s Associate Producer he created, directed and produced multiple special events and productions, including for the company's 100th Anniversary Season, and helped redefine the company’s relationship with its audiences through an extensive series of new community programs. He has also been a volunteer for the Translation Committee of the Latinx Theatre Commons, and an Associate with The Sol Project. Corey is a Drama League Directing Fellow, a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, and was a finalist for the Sir John Gielgud Fellowship with Michael Greif. He holds an M.F.A. in Directing from the University of Texas at Austin.

The production and design team includes music direction by costume design by Lisa Wilson, scenic design by assistant professor Tamara L. Honesty, technical direction by Victoria Murawski, lighting design by Mo Epps, and sound design by Stewart Blackwood. Brie Orner is the props master and Patrick L. Johnson is the production stage manager.

Now in its 15th year, the Roe Green Visiting Director Series was established following a donation from local arts patron and activist Roe Green. Through this generous gift, the School of Theatre and Dance invites a guest professional director each year to work in residency with students and direct one of the School's Main Stage productions. Previous guest directors include Tony Award winner Michael Rupert, Victoria Bussert, Vincent Dowling, Kathleen F. Conlin, and Sue Ott Rowlands.

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Media Contact:

Joni Koneval, 330-672-0116, jkoneval@kent.edu