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Hedda Gabler

By Henrik Ibsen

Directed by Adam Davis

Produced by Steven Marsh

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Brandi Davis - President
Thom Johnson - Vice President of Business
Jan Jamison - Vice President of Arts
Kate Hinman - Secretary
Kevin Shadle - Treasurer


John Sampson, Doug Davis, Rayford Crenshaw II, Ka’Lena Cuevas,
Steven Marsh, Bill Miller, Carolyn Montgomery,
Jen Otterman, Teresa Skelton, Tom Smith, Rich Steinberg

 

 

 


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Julian Wallyn
Lisa M. Warner
Kat Watson
Barb Weaver

Rita Wicks
Diane Wilson
Richard Wilson

Linda Winchell
Pat Zarowin 

Director's Notes

I can't say Hedda Gabler was the first play I ever read, but I can say with absolute certainty it's the first play I read that I couldn't let myself walk away from. There is just something about the way Ibsen writes, the way he tells a story that as a 19 year old Literature Major, I couldn't shake from my brain.


I'm not going to tell you that I understand all there is to understand about this play or these characters, if characters you could call them. Hedda, George, Eilert, and the rest are all real, to me at any rate, and we get the privilege of looking in on a piece of their lives thanks to the magic of theatre. I'm not going to sit here and imagine I'm going to say anything about this play that hasn't been said by someone much smarter than I. I'm not even going to wax philosophic about how and why YOU, dear theatre-goer, should appreciate and love this show as much or in the same ways I do. That is not what theatre is about.

What I will say is this. I love this play. I have loved this play for 15 years and will continue to love it for the next 15. I love my cast and crew for indulging me in my dream of putting it on for an audience. I love the message it sends and the stance it takes for equality and women's rights. Even if I don't love that we are still fighting the same fights we were when the play was originally produced, I love that we can use this script to fight those battles again and again. I love the nuance, the passion, the subtlety, and the depth this play offers to all those privileged enough to be touched by it. And most importantly I love that I get to share my love of Hedda Gabler with the world, and that the sharing starts with you.

The Cast of Hedda Gabler

 

Hedda Tesman - Brandi Davis
George Tesman - Alex Dantin
Thea Elvsted - Rachel Kelso
Eilert Lovborg - Ben Jones
Judge Brack - Steven Marsh
Miss Julia Tesman - Julie Wallyn
Berta - Wendy Brown

The Crew of Hedda Gabler
Producer - Steven Marsh

Director - Adam Davis

Assistant Director - Rosie Allenson

Stage Manager - Chelsea Cooper

Set Design - Adam Davis

Set Decoration - Brandi Davis

Costumes - Adam Davis & Brandi Davis

Props - Chelsea Cooper

Sound Design - Adam Davis

Lighting Design - Adam Davis & Jadin Payton

Light Board Operator - Jadin Payton

Set Construction - Adam Davis, Steven Marsh, John Sampson

Posters/Graphics - Bill Miller

Webmaster/Online Program - Brandi Davis

Social Media - Ka'Lena Cuevas

The Setting of Hedda Gabler

Hedda Gabler takes place in 1890s Norway in a sitting room in the home of George and Hedda Tesman.

Act I - An early morning in September

Act II - Later that same afternoon 

Act III - Early the next morning

Act IV - Later that same afternoon 

There will be a 15 minute intermission between Acts 2 & 3

Cast Bios

 

Alex Dantin (George Tesman)  

Alex is pleased to return to the Westfield stage after last year's The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.  A husband, dog father, and avid cyclist, Alex is happy to speak on stage for the first time in over 20 years.

Ben Jones (Eilert Lovborg)

Ben is so excited to make his Westfield Playhouse debut!  Some of his past favorite roles include Professor Plumb in CLUE, Cornelius Hackel in The Matchmaker, Thomas in Making God Laugh, The Jester in Once Upon a Mattress, and Christopher Wren in The Mousetrap. Ben is also a proud board member at Buck Creek Players.  Ben would like to thank his parents, grandmother, and family for all of their love and support. 

Brandi Davis (Hedda Tesman)

Brandi is happy to be returning to the stage after directing The Monologue Show this past August.  Previously she has had to privilege to play the roles of Edith Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank, Olivia Walton in The Homecoming, A Walton's Christmas Story, Sunshine Dore in Harold and Maude, Kate in Taming of the Shrew, and Gabriella in Boeing Boeing among many others.  She would like to send her love to her husband Adam, and to her children Jadin, Nikolai, Camren, and Cersei.

Julie Wallyn (Miss Julia Tesman)

Julie will always remember getting to be a part of the first season in Westfield Playhouse’s beautiful new theater. She appeared most recently in Center Stage Community Theatre’s Don’t Drink the Water as Kilroy, but Westfield patrons may remember seeing her in The Guys, Picnic, or The Runner Stumbles. She served as the assistant director for MSP’s Social Security. In the past year she also appeared in The Mousetrap and 9 to 5: The Musical, both at Tipton Community Theatre.  She has performed in dramas, comedies and musicals at the IndyEleven Theater in Indianapolis, Carmel Community Players, Delphi Opera House, Clinton County Civic, and Kokomo Civic Theatres. She is a Kokomo resident and works at IU Health Tipton Hospital.

Rachel Kelso (Thea Elvsted)

Rachel is thrilled to make her debut at Westfield Playhouse as Thea in Hedda Gabler.  She was most recently seen on stage in Getting Sara Married at Epilogue Players.  Rachel resides in Indianapolis and enjoys baking, hiking, spending time with her needy cat Merlot, and using the Oxford comma.  Rachel would like to thank director Adam Davis for the opportunity to perform in this timeless classic. She would also like to thank her family and friends for their ceaseless encouragement and support.

Steven Marsh (Judge Brack)

Steven Marsh first appeared on community theatre stages in 2003, first as Joel Cairo in The Maltese Falcon at Florida’s Monticello Opera House and followed by Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet. He’s previously been part of several shows at Westfield Playhouse, including acting roles as Sidney Lipton in God’s Favorite and Ticky in The Nerd, and his directorial debut with the Ken Levine comedy Going Going Gone in 2019. Steven is grateful to Adam Davis for the opportunity to indulge his judgmental nature, and to his wife, Nikki, and son, Sam, for their love and support. As a professional writer, Steven is a huge believer in Chekov’s Gun, although his geeky side really thinks Chekov should use a phaser.

Wendy Brown (Berta)

Following thirty-eight years working in the thoroughbred industry, Wendy reentered theater, with roles in Indianapolis’ Civic Theater, Epilogue Theater, Westfield Play House, Hendricks Civic Theater, Center Stage, Buck Creek Players, Indy Fringe and Diva Fest. She stays connected to the racing world, serving on the board of Friends of Ferdinand, a thoroughbred aftercare organization. She also volunteers on a crisis line for MHA.  Wendy is pleased to be a part of the debut production at the new Westfield Playhouse and performing with this talented cast and crew.

Crew Bios

Adam Davis (Director)

Adam is thrilled to be directing for the first time with Westfield Playhouse.  Though this is his first time directing for this fantastic group, he has worked with the theatre several times in the past both on stage and off.  On stage he has appeared in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance as Liberty Valance and in The Homecoming, A Walton's Christmas Story as John Walton.  He would like to thank each of you for being here today either in-person or from home.  Adam sends his love to his family.

Rosie Allenson (Assistant Director)

Rosie Allenson is delighted to be making her "Assistant Director" debut here at the beautiful Westfield Playhouse, where she was most recently seen in The Monologue Show. Rosie has had the pleasure of acting in many shows around the community, but some of her favorites include Sr. Mary Leo in Nunsense II: The Second Coming, Millie in Picnic, Cara in Go Be Joan, and Olive Ostrovsky in Spelling Bee. She would like to thank Adam for this incredible opportunity, and the indescribably talented cast for continuing to bring life to the stage despite these challenging times. Much love to Mom, Dad, and the BAA family. Wear a mask!

Chelsea Cooper (Stage Manager) 

Chelsea graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelors Degree in Theatre Production with a focus in stage management in 2015.  While at Ball State, she worked on several shows including The Crucible, A Raisin in the Sun, and The 39 StepsHedda Gabler is her first production with Westfield Playhouse and she is very grateful for the opportunity to work on such a wonderful production. 

Jadin Payton (Light Board Operator) 

Jadin is a senior at Elwood Jr. Sr. High School.  He is enjoying being back behind the light board after previously gaining experience in this area of theatre during Charlotte's Web.  Usually Jadin can be found on stage.  He has previously played the roles of John-Boy Walton in The Homecoming, A Walton's Christmas Story, Daimler in Dark Road,  Jonathan Harker in Escape from Dracula's Castle, and Wally Webb in Our Town.  He would like to thank his family for all their support.

Special Thanks

Our Town Players of Franklin 

Tipton Community Players

Ole Olsen Memorial Theatre

A Classic Party Rentals

Kenny Lehman

 

Dave Allenson 

                                     

Tom Smith

Rob Stokes

Nikki Vrtis 

Sam Vrtismarsh

John Sampson

Westfield Playhouse's 2020 - 2021 Season

Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen

Performance Dates: September 24 - October 4, 2020

Auditions:  July 26 & 27

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

Performance Dates:  November 12 - 22, 2020

Auditions:  Took place prior to Covid-19 closures 

The Drowsy Chaperone book by Bob Martin & Don McKellar, 

music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert & Greg Morrison

Performance Dates:  January 21 - 31, 2021

Auditions:  November 2020

Squabbles by Marshall Karp

Performance Dates:  March 18 - 28, 2021

Auditions:  January 2021

Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson

Performance Dates:  May 6 - 16, 2021

Auditions:  March 2021

Summer Youth Production 2021

Watch for upcoming news of our youth production in the summer of 2021!

Would you like to direct an upcoming production at

Westfield Playhouse?

Submissions for the 2022 calendar year are being accepted now through December 1.  

Click on the link below for more information.

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Black Coffee (Mystery)

     Center Stage Community Theatre

     September 3 - 13

     Center Stage Community Theatre - Lebanon                                                                      (765) 894-5587                                            

       Fridays and Saturdays 7:30 pm, Sundays 2:30 pm                                    www.centerstagetheatre.org

 

Going to a Place Where You Already Are (Play)

     Epilogue Players

     September 17 - 27

     Epilogue Players - Indianapolis                                                                                              (317) 926-3139                                           

       Thursdays through Saturdays 7:30 pm, Sundays 2:00 pm                           www.epilogueplayers.com

 

Hedda Gabler (Play)

     Westfield Playhouse

     September 24 - October 4

     Main Street Productions of Westfield                                                                         (317) 402-3341 ext 0                                          

       Thursdays through Saturdays 7:30 pm, Sundays 2:30 pm                      www.westfieldplayhouse.org

 

A Raisin in the Sun (Play)

     Westfield Playhouse

     November 12 - 22

     Main Street Productions of Westfield                                                                         (317) 402-3341 ext 0                                          

       Thursdays through Saturdays 7:30 pm, Sundays 2:30 pm                      www.westfieldplayhouse.org

 

The Game's Afoot (Mystery)

     Belfry Theatre

     November 27 - December 13

     ** The Belfry productions will be presented at Noblesville First                                                                       

            United Methodist Church, 2051 Monument St., Noblesville, IN 46060

       The Belfry - Noblesville                                                                                                (317) 773-1085 ext 0

       Fridays and Saturdays 8:00 pm, Sundays 2:00 pm                                      www.thebelfrytheatre.com

 

Christmas Express (Play)

     Epilogue Players

     December 3 - 13

     Epilogue Players - Indianapolis                                                                                              (317) 926-3139                                           

       Thursdays through Saturdays 7:30 pm, Sundays 2:00 pm                           www.epilogueplayers.com

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