Ibsen’s “Hedda Gabler” coming to Mercer Theatre

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Provided By the Mercer Players The Mercer Players’ production of “Hedda Gabler” will explore the themes of tragedy and lost love.

Taylor Drake, Contributing Writer

Mercer University’s theatre department will debut their production of “Hedda Gabler,” a tale of manipulation, rivalry and death at Tattnall Square Center for the Arts on Feb. 18.

Gabler, the titular character and daughter of an aristocratic general, finds her past catching up with her when an old lover comes back into her life — as well as her husband’s. Set in 17th century Norway, the twisted tale of betrayal unravels.

The play was written by Henrik Ibsen, a Norwegian poet and playwright, but it was recently adapted by American playwright, Christopher Shinn in 2008. Scot Mann, Mercer Theatre’s director, will be directing the feature.

Mann, a former Mercer student himself, teaches theatre students many aspects of drama, including fight stunts, choreographed stage combat and gunplay. “Hedda Gabler” will be Mann’s first theatrical production of 2016.

While “Hedda Gabler” marks the start of a new year, it also celebrates the work of one theatre professor, Marian Zielinski. Zielinski has done scene and light design at Mercer for 34 years and will be leaving Mercer Theatre after this production.

“Hedda Gabler” runs Feb. 18 – 20 and Feb. 25 – 27 at 7:30 p.m. with two matinees on Feb. 21 and Feb. 28 at 2:30 in the afternoon.

General admission for the show is $15. Those with valid Mercer ID’s have to pay the discounted price of $10.

Tickets can be purchased online at tickets.mercer.edu.