Hedda Gabler

Production Company
United Players of Vancouver
Director(s)
Moya O’Connell
Casting Director(s): 
Moya O’Connell
Union Status
Non-Union
Project Type
Theatre / Live Performance
Student Production
No
Compensation Details

None

Audition Date(s)
Thurs. Dec 8th, 7-10, Saturday Dec 10, from 10am
Audition Location
TBD
Shoot / Performance Date(s)
Mar 24-apr 16, 2023, (thurs-sat at 8 pm, sun at 2pm)
Shoot / Performance Location(s)
Jericho Arts Centre
Submission Deadline
Tuesday, December 6, 2022
Submission Instructions

Please prepare the side for the character of your choice. Sides are posted on the United Players website at https://unitedplayers.com/opportunities/. To get an audition time slot, submit a resumé and headshot to producer Fran Burnside at franjohnb@yahoo.com. Please state any audition times you will NOT be available.

Project Synopsis
A story of female rage and unrealized potential, Hedda Gabler is a woman who has found herself trapped in a marriage by her own devising with an aspiring academic. The newlyweds have recently returned from their lavish honeymoon to a new house which has been furnished by family and friends. Hedda, pregnant and grappling with the grim reality and responsibility of motherhood, is visited by a returning family friend who insinuates himself into her life in a dangerous way and a man from her past who reveals the ways in which Hedda has failed to live her life with courage. At the heart of the play lives the question of Art and the creative impulse. The story of a woman trapped in a stifling world she thought she wanted but cannot accept.
Additional Information & Safety Protocols: 

CASTING: IBPOC actors and actors of all body types and abilities are highly encouraged to submit. Please specify for which character you are submitting.
*This play deals with suicide.
NOTE: This is a Non-Union production. Please indicate if you have any union affiliations.

NOTE: Berte and Auntie Julle will read together. Thea and the gentlemen will each be paired with one Hedda. Each Hedda will be asked to prepare 2 of the 4 audition scenes.
It is recommended that auditioners familiarize themselves with the play, a public copy of which (not our adaptation/translation) is available at https://www.gutenberg.org/files/4093/4093-h/4093-h.htm

PLEASE NOTE: in keeping with current COVID requirements, all those cast must be double vaccinated.
REHEARSALS: Will start on Tuesday, February 4, 2023 and continue on Tuesday and Thursday evenings 7-10 pm, Saturdays ‪2-6 pm, and Sundays ‪1-5 pm. Rehearsals will mainly be at St. Mary’s Church Kerrisdale, 2490 West 37th Avenue (37th & Larch).

Please let us know if you have access needs for the audition process. The Jericho Arts Centre house, stage and backstage are wheelchair accessible, as is our rehearsal space.

Character 1
Hedda Gabler
Age
20-40
Gender
Female
Description
Ferociously intelligent, hungry hearted and capable of cruelty, newly pregnant Hedda has found herself trapped in a mismatched marriage.
Character 2
Thea Elvsted
Age
20-40
Gender
Female
Description
Seemingly nervous and shy, Thea is the ex-girlfriend of Tesman, former schoolmate of Hedda and creative partner of Lovborg. A brilliant mind determined to live outside society’s expectations of her.
Character 3
Juliana Tesman
Age
40-70
Gender
Female
Description
Caring and maternal Aunt of Tesman, Juliana has put herself in financial peril to ensure Hedda and Tesman’s future.
Character 4
Berte
Age
60-100
Gender
Female
Description
Wise and caring lifelong housemaid of the Tesmans. Unsure of how to navigate Hedda’s needs.
Character 5
Jorgen Tesman
Age
20-45
Gender
Male
Description
Academic, professorial and well-intentioned husband of Hedda. Understands more than he lets on about his dazzling complicated wife
Additional Characters

Ejlert Lovborg 20-45 yrs.
Original thinker, recovering addict and perhaps a touch of the tortured artist. Ready to make a comeback after a fall from grace.

Judge Brack 30-55 yrs.
Charismatic and powerful man about town, he uses his influence to gain control and power. Politically and financially well connected.