PORTLAND – Mad Horse Theatre Company will close its 22nd season with “Hedda Gabler: A Re-Vision,” an adapted version of the Henrik Ibsen classic.

Set in the mid-West in the 1950s, three actors cross gender lines as they take turns playing the characters that revolve around the troubled and repressed Hedda. A surreal look at the consequences of the repression of women, this production explores this subject in a new and enlightening way.

“Hedda strikes me as a woman full of potential – intelligent, vivacious, charming – yet stuck in a society that refuses to allow her to be anything but subservient to a man,” said director Joan Sand. “She lives in the shadow of her father who wished for and thus treated her more like a son than a daughter. Now she finds herself tethered to a man she doesn’t respect and she is unable to face the consequences of her choice.”

Ibsen’s Hedda is one of the great anti-heroines of Western theater. In this version, she is one of the countless Norwegians transplanted to the northern Midwest 100 years later. How little things had changed.

“Hedda Gabler: A Re-Vision” will be presented April 3-21 at the Studio Theater at Portland Stage Company, 25A Forest Ave. Showtimes are at 7:30 Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Regular ticket price is $18.


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