STORIES WORTH TELLING

Hedda
by Alan Burgon
WORLD PREMIERE

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Torn between idealism and cold calculation, Hedda is trapped by society in a world that does not fit her. Both a victim of her circumstances and a manipulative mastermind, she sows seeds of destruction in order to survive. The result is an incredible journey of impulsive passion and wild desperation.

In Alan Burgon's play, the major themes of Ibsen’s masterpiece are reworked to bring the characters forward into the present day. With problems and lives that a modern audience can relate to, the stakes are raised, and will have you on the edge of your seat.

Performances Monday-Saturday from April 09 - April 20, 2015

Curtain 7:30pm

Ticket Sale starts February 16, 2015

Theater Spielraum

Kaiserstraße 44-46
1070 Wien

Public Transport

U6 Burggasse-Stadthalle
Trams 5 & 49

Cast

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Maria Lohn

Maria Lohn received her acting training at the Konservatorium der Stadt Wien, as well as at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland through the Erasmus university exchange program. Credits include: Emilia in Shakespeare’s "The Winter’s Tale"; Angelica in "Cinderella"; Young Woman in the Vanishing Point Theatre Company’s production "Hidden"; Antigone in "Oedipus at Colonus" (co-production with the National Theatre of Scotland); Mother in Howard Barker’s "Wounds to the Face".

After returning to Austria she performed at the Dschungel Wien (Lotte in "Werther - The Playlist" by Holger Schober), became an ensemble member of the Wiener Klassenzimmertheater and attended several theatre festivals, such as the Schäxpir Festival Linz and the Szene Bunte Wähne Festival. Three of her shows were nominated for the Stella Award 2011 and 2012. One of them won the Jury’s Choice Award at the Domino Theaterfestival Göttingen in 2011. For Open House Theatre she played Titania in "Midsummer Night's Dream", Lady Capulet in "Romeo and Juliet" and Hedda Gabler in "Hedda". Radio, Film and TV credits include: „Acting Up“ (BBC Radio Scotland), „Es kann nichts passieren“ (Silberne Diana for best short film 2014), „Straight to REM“ (shortlisted for the Cannes Short Film Festival 2014). She also appears in the new ORF TV-series „Altes Geld“ by David Schalko and in the ORF/ZDF TV-series Soko Kitzbühel.

Maria is also a company's ensemble member.

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After completing his training at the Konservatorium Rotterdam, Noud Hell started his career in musicals like "The Ghosttrain", "The biograph girl", "Cyrano Le Musical" and "Cats".

In Germany he was part of the cast of "Les Miserables" (Duisburg) before he moved to Vienna and played at the Raimund Theater in "Tanz der Vampire" (including the part of Professor Abronsius), "Jesus Christ Superstar" (Priester) and "Rebecca" (including the part of Ben). In "Elisabeth" he performed the parts of Baron Kempen, Graf Grünne and Fürst Schwarzenberg, was part of the casts in Essen, at Theater an der Wien and of the Belgian production in Antwerpen. Furthermore, he sang at the 10th Anniversary-Gala of "Elisabeth" 2002 at the Konzerthaus Vienna.

In 2008 he directed the Austrian premiere of "Das Orangenmädchen", an adaption of the book by Jostein Gaarder. He played in the successful touring production of "Jekyll & Hyde" in Germany and Austria and was part of the cast of "My Fair Lady" in Bozen. Upcoming engagements include the part of Herr Fuchs at the Saarländisches Staatstheater in the opera "Bluthaus" by Friedrich Haas.

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Julia C. Thorne

Julia is a bilingual actress. Since graduating from drama school in Hamburg in 2010, she has worked both in English and in German theatre. Previous work includes: Carol in David Mamet's “Oleanna” at Theater Lüneburg, a year on tour with White Horse Theatre (parts included Nancy in “Oliver Twist”) and Sheila Birling in the International Theatre's production of J.B. Priestly's “An Inspector Calls”.

Julia is one of the founding members of Open House Theatre. She has appeared in “A Christmas Carol” (2012 and 2013), “The Collector”, “A Midsummer Night's Dream”, “The Picture of Dorian Gray”, "An Evening Of(f)... and "Romeo & Juliet". She also works as the company's Educational Manager, in which capacity she is responsible for writing the annual children's show (“Dick Whittington and his Cat”, “Jack and the Beanstalk”) and organising workshops and performances in schools.

Julia is Open House Theatre's Educational Manager, as well as one of the founding members of the company.

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Tom Middler

Tom's training at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro finished in 2010, and he graduated from the University of Wales in 2011, before having a successful run in "A Rotten Little Story" at the Edinburgh Festival. His next role was Jeremy, in the BBC2 film Little Man, before heading to Austria to play Jason in "Disconnected", and later Hyde in "Jekyll's Potion" (Vienna's English Theatre).

Back in the UK Tom's credits include Christopher Morcom in the premiere of "To Kill A Machine", Ensemble in a Welsh language production of "Miss Julie" and Prince Charming in "Cinderella". Tom's has also played several Shakespearian roles, including Cassio in Othello (Swansea Grand Theatre), Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew (Tour) and Duke of Clarence/Lord Rivers/Lady Anne/Catesby in an all male Richard III (UK Tour). He has previously appeared in Open House Theatre's production of "The Picture of Dorian Gray".

Tom is Open House's Social Media Representative, as well as a company's ensemble member.



Creative Team

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Director
Alan Burgon

Alan trained at the ‘Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama’; recently renamed ‘Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’. After graduating in 2008 he was granted a yearlong contract with the ‘Dundee Rep Theatre’. His credits there include: Nugget ‘Eqqus’, Ensemble ‘Peer Gynt’, Derek ‘Quelques Fleurs’, Nick ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf’, Beast/Prince ‘Beauty and the Beast’, The Recruiter/Young Soldier/Young Peasant ‘Mother Courage’. Since moving to Vienna he has appeared on stage at the International Theatre as: Various roles ‘A Christmas Carol’, Inspector Goole ‘An Inspector Calls’, Greg ‘Relatively Speaking’, Ensemble ‘Mark Twain’s America’. He has also appeared as Dan ‘Butterflies are free' for ‘Vienna’s English Theatre’, and Jason ‘Ordinary Days’ for ‘Vienna Theatre Project.

Film credits include: Orlando ‘Grimm’s Snow White’, ‘The Asylum’.

Alan is Open House Theatre's General Manager, as well as an author and director.

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Scenic Design
Eric Lomas

Eric is one of Open House Theatre founding members and departed from the company in September 2015 to pursue other matters. Currently he's executive director of Shakespeare in Styria.

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Director's Assistant
Linda Starodub

After a globe-trotting UN career, Linda opted to remain in Vienna. She was delighted to discover a way to fuel her passion for all things theatre, by assisting in a various ways during rehearsals of OHT productions. She previously contributed, on stage and off, to amateur theatre in her native Toronto, and during her UN assignments in Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, New York and Bonn.

She has earlier assisted with Open House Theatre’s four productions of "A Christmas Carol", as well as the company’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream", "Romeo and Juliet", "An Evening Of(f)...", "Hedda", and "The Importance of Being Earnest".

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Deputy Stage Manager
Gabriel Geber

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Production Manager
Paul Elsbacher

Despite his years, Paul has had a varied career, working for companies such as Telekom Austria AG, Comparex AG and is currently assistant to the management at KBS Kleider Bauer Betriebs-GmbH. He is also studying International Economics in Vienna and has gathered experience working abroad. At Open House, Paul is our Key Accountant and acts as producer of our productions. He liases with our corporate and private sponsors and, during times of performances, works as Front of House Manager.