‘Hedda Gabler’ Audition Notice


Ophelia Theatre Group is currently casting for the second production of its 2015-2016 “Turning the Page: a Season of New Chapters” season. Accepting headshots/resumes from Equity and non-Equity actors for a new adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s “Hedda Gabler”. All roles are open. Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to attend. Email headshots and resumes to erica@opheliatheatre.com.

by Henrik Ibsen
Adapted and Directed by Kelly McCready

Rehearsals: September 18-October 21
Tech Dates: October 22-October 27
Show Dates: October 28-November 19
Show Times: Friday and Saturday nights @8pm
Sunday matinees @3pm

Rehearsal and Performance Location:
Ophelia Theater
2112 30th Road
Astoria, New York 11102

v/t: Ophelia Theatre Group
Equity Showcase
Date of Auditions: August 31 st
Dates of Callbacks: September 6 th and 7 th

Please prepare a single 1 minute contemporary monologue (can include classic American, Chekhov, etc.)


All at once magnificent and terrifying, Hedda Gabler has given up her exciting high society life to settle down as the wife of an academic. But an old flame’s return resurrects old rivalries, shifts power dynamics and leaves one of the most iconic female characters of all time wondering: how can I be a woman when I have no talent for it? Stripped-down and streamlined, this fast, sexy, tense and surprisingly funny adaptation of Ibsen’s drawing-room classic gallops towards an electrifying finale.


Hedda Gabler (F, 20s-30s) An aristocrat and General Gabler’s daughter. Upper-class and bored with married life. She is the product of her own privileged upbringing. Hedda is beautiful, troubled, impulsive, cruel, idealistic, destructive and a coward. Incredibly complicated. Please note if you play piano.

George Tesman (M, 20s-30s) Hedda’s husband and a scholar. An orphan raised by his two Aunts. Middle-class and somewhat simple, although not unintelligent. Tesman tries very hard to please his new wife.

Thea Elvsted (F, 20s-30s) Hedda’s peer in school. Things that are feminine come naturally to her and she tends to center her life around her man (whoever that may be). She has done the amazingly brave thing of leaving her loveless husband for Eilert Lovborg. She believes that helping Eilert write his manuscript has given her life purpose.

Eilert Lovborg (M, 20s-30s) Hedda’s old flame and George’s rival in academic life. Eilert is a recovering alcoholic who ruined his life and had to start anew. He credits Thea with his new lease on life and was the tutor of her stepchildren for two years. A great academic mind and author of a new manuscript that is sure to be a classic.

Judge Brack (M, 20s-40s) An aristocrat and Hedda’s equal in wit and stature. Knows all the rules of the game and how to circumvent them. Later, he uses his position to blackmail Hedda into a sexual relationship. Devious, sharp, brilliant and jovial when he needs to be.


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