THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY’S DREAM UP FESTIVAL PRESENTS
“HEDDA” BY KELLY LAMANNA
A dismantled reimagining of Henrik Ibsen’s 1891 realist classic
WHERE AND WHEN:
NEW YORK, July 22 – In "Hedda" a new adaptation by Kelly Lamanna, one performer and one stage manager, armed with puppets, dolls, gizmos, and gadgets will attempt to perform the lamentable tale of Hedda Gabler as first written by Henrik Ibsen. Theater for the New City’s Dream Up Festival will present the world premiere of the piece August 31 to September 13.
First performed in 1891, “Hedda Gabler” is about a woman who, having recently married an unimaginably bland man, is bored and resentful. When an old lover is re-introduced in to her life, she spirals down a destructive path to leach from others what she cannot obtain herself: courage and passion. Despite her misguided attempts to seize some power, she is out-manipulated.
Kelly Lamanna (director and adapter) is a theater maker based in New York City. For the past year, she has been the assistant director on the workshops and final performance of “Pay No Attention to the Girl” at Target Margin Theater. In 2017, she presented work at Dixon Place and the Midtown International Theatre Festival. She has been an assistant director with Julia Jarcho (The Terrifying), The New Group, Berkshire Theatre Group and Endstation Theatre Company. She is the co-creator and curator of a long distance online project called "Your Uncle Richard" that connects multi-disciplinary artists from across the world.
Sarah Jo Provost* (performer) is a graduate of Florida
State University’s BFA Acting program and has performed at theaters
across the country, including the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival and
Sierra Repertory Theatre. Previous credits include Ariel in “The
Tempest,” Bianca in “The Taming of the Shrew,” Nina
in “The Seagull,” and Philomele in “The Love of the
Nightingale.” She created roles in several new works at The Blank
and The Hudson Theatres in Hollywood and can be seen in the feature
film “Racing Colt.” She is a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.
The festival does not seek out traditional scripts that are presented in a traditional way. It selects works that push new ideas to the forefront, challenge audience expectations and make us question our understanding of how art illuminates the world around us.
to traditional plays, a unique and varied selection of productions will
again be offered, drawing upon a variety of performance genres including
musicals, puppetry and movement theater. The Festival's founders, Crystal
Field and Michael Scott-Price, feel this is especially needed in our
present time of declining donations to the arts, grants not being awarded
due to market conditions, and arts funding cuts on almost every level
across the country and abroad.
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