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College to present dramatic play

Submitted photo by Nick Altman Robert Fields as Ejlert Lovborg and Shannen McClure as Hedda Gabler rehearse a scene from the Davis & Elkins College production of ‘Hedda Gabler.’ The play will begin at 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday, and 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

ELKINS — Themes of women’s rights, love and betrayal resonate in the classic drama thriller “Hedda Gabler,” by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, to be presented by the Davis & Elkins College Division of Creative Arts in the Boiler House Theatre.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday, and 3:30 p.m. Sunday. A talk-back with the directors and a representative of the Office of Counseling and Wellness after each performance will allow the audience to discuss the themes of the play and ask questions.

The play includes adult content including simulated gunfire, substance abuse and suicide, and it is not intended for young audiences.

Ibsen’s production premiered in Munich in 1891. The D&E production, set in the 1950s, is co-directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Bridget Rue Esterhuizen and Guest Director Jim Warren, founding artistic director of the American Shakespeare Center.

“I selected this play because it’s one of the classics of theatrical literature, written by an incredible playwright,” Esterhuizen said. “It features an ensemble of intriguing characters with a fascinating female lead. Its themes are still as sharply relevant today as they were when it was written.”

When the play opens, Hedda Gabler — portrayed by Shannen McClure of Marlinton — has just returned from her honeymoon with her husband to a life that she soon realizes is not quite enough. The play unfolds as a psycho-drama of twisted relationships and betrayals leading an audience to question the importance of “love” and “purpose” in one’s life.

Also performing in the D&E cast are: Denise Folley of Charlottesville, Virginia, as Judge Brack; Matt Weintraub of Lewisburg, as George Tesman; Jamey Perrine of Rock Cave, as Mrs. Elvsted; Robert Fields of Pecks Mill, as Ejlert Lovborg; Maddie Lessner of Waldorf, Maryland, as Berte; and Joshua Thompson of Parsons, as Miss Jullian Tesman.

The production is working in partnership with D&E’s Office of Counseling and Wellness to raise funds and awareness for suicide prevention and wellness programming.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.dewv.edu/arts-entertainment or by calling the D&E Box Office at 304-637-1255.

More information is available by visiting the college website at www.dewv.edu or calling 304-637-1243.

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