‘Heda Gabler’ Auditions At HPU

The Hawaii Pacific University drama program will tackle Henrik Ibsen’s Heda Gabler for its spring production, and auditions are coming up this month.

Considered the father of modern drama, Ibsen offers a confounding and complex character in the role of Gabler – sometimes called the “female Hamlet” – and surrounds her with a cast of friends and family whom she can manipulate to devastating effect. Through her, the Norwegian playwright reveals “the bitter conflicts and thwarted longings that lie just below the civilized transactions of daily life.”

Tryouts will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 25, and noon Jan. 26 and 27 in HPU’s Paul and Vi Loo Theatre on the Hawaii Loa campus.

There are roles for seven adults, playing characters whose ages range from late 20s to 60s. Scripts are available at the Windward and downtown campus libraries.

Actors selected should plan on daily weeknight rehearsals and some weekends. The play will run from April 5 to May 5, with Joyce Maltby directing.

For more information, call 391-2000 or 386-4753.