Thursday, April 12, 2018

Theatre UNO Closes Season With Two Productions of Henrik Ibsen Classics

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Theatre UNO, the theatre production arm of the University of New Orleans Department of Film and Theatre, closes its 2017-18 season with performances of two Henrik Ibsen plays featuring female lead characters who were both scandalous in their day. “A Doll’s House” and “Hedda Gabbler” will be performed April 12-29 in repertory, or by the same group of artists during the same time period, at the Robert E. Nims Theatre inside the Performing Arts Center on the University of New Orleans campus.

Graduate student Kristin Shoffner directs “A Doll’s House,” Ibsen’s classic feminist tale questioning the societal norms of his day about a woman’s role in a traditional marriage. The production features undergraduate film and theatre students Carli Collis, Hunter Dupepe and Halle Jones as cast members and Delilah Lee as stage manager. The cast also includes Patrick Hunter and Ryan M. Decker, graduate students in theatre performance, and Lauren Erwin, a graduate student in film production. Performances are April 12, 13, 14, 26 and 28 at 7:30 p.m.

In “Hedda Gabbler,” Ibsen’s female lead is both trapped and driven by the need to keep up appearances. Directed by special guest Amy Boyce Holtcamp, the cast includes Shoffner, Decker and Lee as well as undergraduates Hayden Guthrie and Austin Krieger and graduate film student Flo Young. Stage manager Kenny Latour is assisted by David Barrileux, both undergraduates in film and theatre. Performances are Apr. 19, 20, 21 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. and Apr. 29 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $8 for students, seniors and university faculty and staff. Tickets may be purchased online at theatre.uno.edu or in person at the Performing Arts Center box office beginning 30 minutes before each performance.

The University of New Orleans Department of Film and Theatre is a component of UNO’s School of the Arts. Committed to an interdisciplinary belief that film and theatre arts enrich one another, the department fuses the artistic, technical and analytical dynamics of theatre and film in a collaborative environment, educating the next generation of professional storytellers.