Jobsite Theater Company is producing Lucy Kirkwood’s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler (renamed Hedda) opening Friday, May 10 at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa. Set design for the production was done by myself, SPC Faculty member Scott Cooper, and was built and painted by SPC Theater Department Students under the direction of Technical Director Eric Haak.
This is the second collaboration between SPC Theater Department and Jobsite Theater after last fall’s Edgar and Emily was a great success on both sides of the bay. The mutually beneficial partnership allows SPC students a chance to work for, and in, a professional theater company, and Jobsite Theater gets many talented people working on their productions.
Jobsite Artistic Director David Jenkins and I came up with the plan for the collaboration on this project with students in hopes that this would become a yearly internship opportunity. It has worked well, and the collaboration will continue on next fall for Jobsite’s production of The Thanksgiving Play.
According to Jobsite, Hedda is an updated version of Ibsen’s classic by young British playwright Lucy Kirkwood. Set in modern Notting Hill, the play tells the story of a woman who feels trapped by her past and terrified by her future, bored by her life but afraid to make changes. Ultimately, something has to give.