Video Auditions Announced for HEDDA GABLER at Equality Productions

EP_logoEquality Productions announces auditions for a virtual production of Henrik Ibsen’s HEDDA GABLER.

“Do you think it quite incomprehensible that a young girl- when it can be done without anyone knowing- should be glad to have a peep, now and then, into a world which she is forbidden to know anything about?”

Skulking the walls of a house she never wanted and trapped in the confines of a marriage that disgusts her, bored, and mercurial Hedda Gabler longs for freedom she will never allow herself.  Quietly, maliciously, and perhaps desperately, she begins to manipulate the lives of those around her, orchestrating a bid for agency that careens toward self-destruction. Henrik Ibsen’s electrifying Hedda Gabler paints the snarled portrait of a woman whose character is not easily resolved and forces us to confront the humanity of those monsters fashioned in captivity.

CHARACTERS

  • HEDDA TESMAN: (stage age 25-35) Beautiful, bored, and often cruel, Hedda’s true nature is compressed by her own fear of scandal.
  • EILERT LOVBORG: (stage age 25-35) An old “friend” of Hedda’s and former tutor for the Elvsted household. Once resolutely bacchic, he has since been reformed through the influence of Thea Elvsted.
  • GEORGE TESMAN: (stage age 25-35) Hedda’s husband. Scholarly and proper, he feels unbelievably lucky to be married to Hedda.
  • THEA ELVSTED: (stage age 25-35) A schoolmate of Hedda’s and close collaborator of Eilert Loveborg. She is smart, passionate, and extremely concerned with Lovborg’s moral fortitude.
  • JUDGE BRACK: (stage age 35-45) Quietly devious and with a serious penchant for gossip, Judge Brack is both a confidant and a challenger to Hedda
  • MISS JULIANA TESMAN: (stage age 40-60)  George’s Aunt. She cares for her ailing sister and adores her nephew.
  • BERTA: (any age over 18) Maid to the Tesman family. She is sharp and very loyal to Juliana.

Equality Productions encourages submissions from artists with a broad range of backgrounds, including all races, ethnicities, disabilities, sexual identity, age, and gender/gender identity. The director welcomes all performers to audition as she is specifically looking to uplift the voices of BIPOC and LGBTQ2+ artists. This production is remote, so actors from all regions are welcome to audition (although all auditions, rehearsals, and performances are in EST).

Auditions will be hosted over Webex on Thursday, July 9th, and Friday, July 10th from 6-10 pm EST, with callbacks on July 11th from 6-10 pm EST. Please come prepared with a 1-2 minute performance or monologue or song, etc ! No restrictions; just something that showcases your talent and personality!

Click here to sign up for an audition slot: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040449A9A62AA1FB6-hedda

Please email these items to Casey Venema, the director, at cav009@bucknell.edu, no later than 5 pm EST on July 8th:

  1. Your headshot (file name should be first_last_hs – e.g., Mary Jones HS)
  2. Your theatre resume (file name should be first_last_resume – e.g. Mary Jones Resume)
  3. Your ability to meet the technical requirements listed below
  4. Any additional video/audio/lighting equipment to which you have access
  5. Which role(s) you’d like to read for; if more than one list them in order of preference, and,
  6. Which rehearsal dates and times you can NOT attend from July 12th to August 30th (weekday evenings from 7-10 pm, Saturdays from 2 – 6pm and Sunday from  8am – 12pm ).

Those selected for callbacks will be reading selections from the play that will be sent the evening before, but anyone can download Hedda Gabler for free at https://www.gutenberg.org/files/4093/4093-h/4093-h.htm

Minimum technical requirements for actors include:

  1. A computer, smartphone, or tablet with a working microphone and camera that can be used without a headset,
  2. A stable internet connection (https://www.speedtest.net/) and the ability to connect your device directly via ethernet cable,
  3. A quiet space with good/controllable lighting to rehearse and record,
  4. Moveable light fixtures and other camera/recording equipment are a plus!

This performance is non-union with all the proceeds being donated to an organization of the ensemble’s choice- therefore, the roles are non-paid.

Rehearsals will start mid-July and continue into mid-August. Rehearsal will be 5 times a week, 2-3 hours. This production will be rehearsed, performed, and recorded through video conferencing, with the final product being released in August.

Actors will collaborate with the director and designers to assemble props and costumes and develop hair and makeup looks.

Questions? Email cav009@bucknell.edu.

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