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Hedda Gabler

Directed by Anthony Luciano

@ Mandell Weiss FORUM Theatre

February 18 - 26

About the Play

About the Playwright

Ibsen's masterpiece of modernity Hedda Gabler remains enigmatic, funny and shatteringly beautiful. Choking in a house that smells of withered violets and death, completely apathetic and desperately alive, Hedda battles for life in a world that does not want her, clinging to the hope that one noble action can offer redemption.


Henrik Ibsen (Playwright) was a major 19th century playwright, director and poet. Often characterized as the "father" of modern drama, Ibsen issued in a new style of playwriting and conceptualization of the theatrical form, referred to as "Modernism." Although his work was considered scandalous in his native Norway and in Europe, Ibsen tackled many unspoken issues of staid Victorian life, including the ethics and morality of family life, marriage, children, and death. His plays include the oft-produced A Doll's House, Ghosts, The Wild Duck, the epic Peer Gynt.

About the Director

Anthony Luciano is a second year MFA Directing candidate at the UCSD. In San Diego he assisted Chris Ashley on A Midsummer Night's Dream at the La Jolla Playhouse; and directed Muzungu by fellow second year David Myers as part of the 2010 Baldwin New Play Festival. He is currently a core Faculty Member and Resident artist with the New York Stage and Film/Vassar College Powerhouse Theatre Training Program and served for two seasons as an Associate Artist with the Richmond Shakespeare Festival. He has allegedly been seen at: Trinity Repertory Company; the Actors Theatre of Louisville; the Berkshire Theatre Festival; The Denver Center Theatre; The Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC; P73; The Brick; The Great River Shakespeare Festival; etc…He is very grateful to the constituency of the great state of CA.

Director's Vision

Sometimes a situation gets out of control. You marry too late; marry too wrong; and threaten to shoot the man you love. Or maybe you ask him to kill himself and dedicate his death to you as a monument. Or maybe you wake up to realize that your husband, whom you've thought nothing of, and his skeezy best friend have been passing you back and forth like a ragdoll. And maybe your new house smells like a rotting corpse with sugared flowers. Or maybe its just that you feel trapped and alone and you see a world that seemed so secure and right and ordered fall slowly to bits by mediocrity and filth. Maybe a grave fear is beginning to rise up: maybe you realize that you are one of the weaker in a world made up entirely of weaklings. Maybe you know that you don't really amount to much of anything after all and that the one thing that may be worth living for—a kind of artful beauty—is a fraud. Maybe that time is right now.


  The Cast

The Creative Team

Hedda Gabler - Zoë Chao
George Tesman - Kyle Anderson
Aunt Julia - Ngozi Anyanwu
Mrs. Elvsted - Sara Garcia
Judge Brack - Scott W. Patteson
Eilert Lovborg - Hugo Medina
Berta - Natalie Birriel
Director -Anthony Luciano
Production Stage Manager -Samantha Watson
Scenic Designer -Kathryn Lieber
Costume Designer -Alina Bokovikova
Lighting Designer -Wen Ling Liao
Sound Designer -Omar Ramos
Asst. Director -Joshua Kahan Brody
Asst. Scenic Designer -Timothy Nottage
Asst. Costume Designer -Halei Parker
Asst. Lighting Designer -Kristin Hayes
Asst. Sound Designer -Emily Jankowki-Pevic
Asst. Stage Manager -Emily C. Hayes
Zach Kennedy
Production Asst. -Lindy Luong



Thur,Feb 17,7:00 pm PREVIEW
Fri,Feb 18,8:00 pm OPENING
Sat,Feb 19,2:00 pm MATINEE
Sat,Feb 19,8:00 pm  
Thur,Feb 24,8:00 pm  
Fri,Feb 25,8:00 pm  
Sat,Feb 26,8:00 pm CLOSING

Located at: Mandell Weiss FORUM Theatre

Parking Passes Required: Monday through Friday. Weeknight passes are $2 per vehicle from the vending machines located in the UC San Diego Theatre District/La Jolla Playhouse parking lots and entry display case. Please remember your parking space number. You will need it to purchase your parking pass.

Note: Machines take all major credit cards except Discover and when paying with cash you must use exact change, NO CHANGE GIVEN.

Parking Passes Not Required: Saturdays and Sundays

Cars without permits are subject to ticketing by UCSD Campus Police. The Theatre & Dance Department does not have the authority to waive and cannot pay parking tickets.



Advance tickets for this production are available Monday-Friday, noon to 6 pm by calling the Box Office at 858.534.4574 or in person at the Theatre District’s Central Box Office at the Sheila & Hughes Potiker Theatre. 

At-the-Door tickets, if available, can be purchased one hour before show time at the Mandell Weiss FORUM Theatre.

General Admission: $20
UCSD Faculty/Staff/Alumni Association,
and Seniors (over 62): $15
UCSD Students/UCSD Alumni Association (with ID): $10

Production Photos

Photos by Colin McGurk

Of Interest:

TheatreForum - An international theatre journal since 1992
La Jolla Playhouse - UCSD is home to this Tony Award winning theatre
UC San Diego Home Page - UC San Diego's Main Web Site
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