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30
Jan

EXCLUSIVE interview with “A Doll’s House, Part 2” director Charlie Mitchell

Rachel: To start could you tell me about yourself and your involvement with the Hippodrome theatre and the community?

Charlie: I’m Charlie Mitchell. I’ve been a professor of theatre at the university for about 9 years where I teach theatre courses and direct plays. I have been a company member for almost as long at least 5 years and have been involved with 8 Hipp productions as both an actor, director, and playwright for one show.

Rachel: What shows did you direct and write?

Charlie: I co-directed Avenue Q and that was my first experience here and I wrote and directed the Snow Queen which was a holiday show back in 2014 or 2015.

Rachel: As director of A Doll’s House, Part 2 at the Hippodrome theatre and as a playwright yourself, you have a unique perspective on what it means to take a fresh look on old tale.

Charlie: Well it’s funny that you mention this because when I was getting my masters in playwriting, in one of the exercises we had to do was to write a scene from A Doll’s House play that isn’t there. I chose one where she comes back. So, it’s so funny to me that this little exercise that I did back in playwriting school was fully realized by somebody else and, may I add, much better than I ever did. I think what the playwright has done is really amazing. I think he stays really true to the original in terms of what those characters wanted and then what they clashed over and the kind of lives they wanted to have although you’ll notice the language of course is a little more outdated.

Rachel: I was noticing that with words I won’t say right now [in A Doll’s House, Part 2]. Would you say that this twenty first century riff on the original classic represents as modern?

Charlie: I think it’s very modern. I think it asked a lot of questions about things like marriage and relationships, questions we’re all still asking ourselves. Like who do we become inside of a marriage? When you take the vows of marriage are you making a vow to this person of the moment? Are you sort of promising to love that person? Because the only constant is change, right? So you’re groom-to-be or your bride-to-be will not be the same person in the years to come. In this age of divorce people are sort of asking and answering that question for themselves a lot because we do change. We do become different. Then the play even has us asking ourselves is that even true? I used to teach this play, A Doll’s House, the original which is considered the first piece of great modern writing or playwriting. So I think it’s so funny that we are still talking about that play now. Because back in the day A Doll’s House was revolutionary. For a woman to walk out on her life and not just her husband but her children. Her role as wife and mother. When she slams the door on her way out, it was called a slam heard all around the world. How interesting to see what happens when she comes back and how these characters still have so much unfinished business.

Rachel: Do you have to have seen A Doll’s House?

Charlie: No, not at all. I think the play stands on its own. You understand right away what happened in the past. I don’t think knowing the original is necessary, although knowing the original is interesting.

Rachel: You touched on this earlier on how the audience can relate because these problems are still very current struggles that we all face within our families.

Charlie: What do we want in a relationship? What’s make or break for us? What is our role? I think you have actually four characters with very different ideas. Some traditional, some not so traditional, but all of them fighting it out to present their point of view.

Rachel: Why do you think it’s an important play for today? Why do you think people can relate to it?

Charlie: What do we owe other people? The people in our lives, can you truly shed yourself of your past? These are all questions that we all ask ourselves. Can people change? Can you become a different person? Can you lose yourself in a relationship? What is a relationship? What is a true marriage? That is what is brought up when Nora is leaving in the first one as she’s walking out on her husband and her kids which is still a big thing. For a woman to leave her husband and her children and her role as a mother. This is still, for a play written back in the 1870s, still a huge deal. So, when she comes back, she has a lot to answer for. I’ll be curious to see how audiences interpret what the character of Nora says. Are they just going to judge her on her past actions or are they going to take a hard look at why she left and have some sympathy for her reasons? It’s also very funny. That is not brought up enough. It is a very funny play. It’s a funny play about very serious people.

Rachel: Okay, it sounds like it discusses a lot of very serious subjects such as marriage and divorce.

Charlie: Well, the original A Doll’s House is not the least bit funny. But the way this is played because people are funny, and because trying to get what we want and not getting what we want is so funny, it’s a very funny play. I think people are going to find that surprising. I would be hesitant to call it fully a comedy, but I found it very funny when I read it and I know audiences have too when it has been played elsewhere. The Broadway show for example, people were howling.

Rachel: What are you excited to see happen on stage?

Charlie: Well it is very much an actor-driven show. I guess all shows are actor-driven. But I’m just excited to see the fireworks between these characters. I’m excited to see actors’ step inside these roles.

Rachel: Is there anything else you’d like to add about A Doll’s House, Part 2 at the Hipp?

Charlie: I find it more funny than dramatic when reading it. These are people very frustrated by each other and to me that is sort of the essence of comedy.

Click here for tickets to A Doll’s House, Part 2 or call the Box Office at (352)375-4477.


16
Jan

Upcoming Education!

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16
Jan

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET

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16
Jan

Miracle on South Division Street

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23
Dec

A Doll’s House, Part 2

A Doll’s House, Part 2

17
Nov

Small Business Saturday: All tickets $20!

All performances of “A Christmas Carol” & “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)” all tickets are just $20 on Saturday, Nov. 24. We know you shop local for the holidays, and the Hipp values and appreciates you for doing so. As your only local, nonprofit professional theatre in Gainesville, we offer the gift of an unforgettable, irreplaceable and Gainesville-grown experience for the holidays! To celebrate community, local business and shopping small, on Small Business Saturday all 3 showtimes are just $20! Both shows are fun for the whole family!

$20 Ticket Showtimes:
2 p.m. Nov. 24 – “A Christmas Carol” (first performance of the year!)
4 p.m. Nov. 24 – “A Christmas Carol”
8:30 p.m. Nov. 24 – “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)”

Share in the wonderment and joy of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” A lively look at a classic tale, enjoy “A Christmas Carol” with your sweetheart, your children or your parents and share in this holiday tradition at the only place in Florida where it is guaranteed to snow each and every winter! Every performance of “A Christmas Carol” sold out last year, so reserve your tickets today!

In “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)” three actors decide to perform every Christmas story ever told, rather than “A Christmas Carol” for the umpteenth time (though, we are doing that, too, of course!). The performance that ensues is a whirl of hilarity that will leave you laughing in the aisles.

Tickets are on sale at the Hippodrome Box Office at
(352) 375-4477 or https://tickets.thehipp.org/TheatreManager/1/login&venue=21

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5
Nov

Hipp Holiday Family Flex Pass now on sale

The Hippodrome Theatre  proudly presents
the Family Flex Pass
Happy Holidays!

Got a full table?

Our new FAMILY FLEX PASS has been officially opened up to the public and is perfect for parents, grandparents and anyone else wanting to give the magic of theatre to the next generation without breaking the bank. For only $59, the FAMILY FLEX PASS will get you 4 tickets for you and your family to attend one of the Hippodrome’s holiday productions – Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) and A Christmas Carol – at a great price. The pass contains a maximum of 2 adult admissions, with the remaining youth tickets, offering you a savings of up to $54! 

 

Don’t Pass This Up! This deal is now open to the public, and the best seats are available to the first to purchase tickets!

The Family Flex Pass is on sale now at the Hippodrome Box Office: (352) 375-4477 or click here.
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5
Nov

A Christmas Carol

The Hippodrome Theatre  proudly presents
A Christmas Carol
adapted by Janet Allard and Michael Bigelow Dixon

Onstage Nov. 24 – Dec. 23

Share in the wonderment and joy of Charles Dickens’  “A Christmas Carol.” The Hippodrome Theatre’s production carries the timeless messages of redemption, charity and goodwill in a heartfelt adaptation. Performances begin on Saturday, Nov. 24.
“A Christmas Carol” at the Hipp is the perfect way to spend time with your loved ones for the holidays. A lively look at a classic tale, enjoy “A Christmas Carol” with your sweetheart, your children or your parents and share in this holiday tradition at the only place in Florida where it is guaranteed to snow each and every winter!
“Fantastic!” – Hippodrome Theatre patron, 2017
“Make sure you tell them it’s adorable!” – Hippodrome Theatre patron, 2017
“This is my 15th year seeing it!” – Hippodrome Theatre patron, 2017
“Always terrific.” – Hippodrome Theatre patron, 2017
Every show sells out, so reserve your tickets today for the best seats! Best wishes for this holiday season, and we hope to see you soon!
— Your friends at the Hipp
Onstage from Nov. 24 – Dec. 23: Saturdays at 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. | Sundays at 6 p.m.*
*No show on Sunday, Nov. 25, and the show on Sunday, Dec. 23 is at 2 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now at the Hippodrome Box Office: (352) 375-4477 or click here.
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CAST

Scrooge… Gregg Jones*^
Jacob Marley… Patrick Brezyan*
Marley Ghost 1/Gentleperson 1/Past… Sara Morsey*^
Marley Ghost 2/Gentleperson 2/Present… Niall McGinty^
Bob Cratchit/Future… Bryan Mercer^
Mrs. Cratchit… Katie Pankow
Old Joe/Topper/Young Scrooge… Gregory Buckheit
Fred’s Wife/Young Belle/Laundress… Sophia Young
Fred’s Sister/Chairwoman Brittney… Nicole Kelly
Fred… Ben Tracy
Mr. Fezziwig… Clint Thornton^
Mrs. Fezziwig… Susan Christophy
Belinda Red… Geri Anne Meals/Neko Nappy
Tiny Tim… Carson Holley/Sadie Christensen
Peter… Peter Weinstein/William Moore
Martha… Faith Frank/Madeline Smyth
Scrooge as Boy… Theo Canen/Resli Ward
Dick/Ignorance… Trevor Ellis
Dollie/Ignorance… Hailey Hinojosa
Belle as Girl… Channing O’Halloran/Julia Bush
Fan… Ruth Wiley/Mimi Macklin
Turkey Kid/Want… Lillian Ehlers/Corrin Pulliam

* Denotes Member of Actors’ Equity Association
^Denotes Hippodrome Acting Company Member


CREATIVE

Director… Lauren Warhol Caldwell
Assistant Director… Niall McGinty
Stage Manager… Lizzi Nehls
Assistant Stage Manager… Patrick Ian McCall
Production Manager/Lighting Designer… Robert P. Robins
Master Carpenter… Warren Goodwin
Sound Engineer… Amanda Yanes
Costume Shop Foreman… Stephanie Parks
Wardrobe Intern… Tori Lewis
Wardrobe First Hand… Nichole Williams

 Tickets are on sale now at the Hippodrome Box Office: (352) 375-4477 or click here.

This activity has been funded in part by a Tourist Development Tax Grant from the Alachua County Coard of County Commissioners in conjunction with the Alachua County Tourist Development Council. For additional information or clarification contact Visit Gainesville/Alachua County at kmunden@alachuacounty.us or at 352-374- 5260.

 
5
Nov

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)

The Hippodrome Theatre proudly presents
Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)
by Michael Carleton, James FitzGerald and John K. Alvarez
Onstage Nov. 23 – Dec. 23

“Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)” is bubbling up with Holiday cheer and brimming with cherished tales from around the world! Whether you’re the Rudolph of the Holidays or even the Grinch, you’ll find the fruit of the fruit cake in “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)” at the Hippodrome Theatre, with performances beginning on Friday, Nov. 23! From seasonal icons to pop culture, this story’s got something in its stocking for YOU.
“EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME!) is a playful romp through some of our favorite holiday memories,” said Stephanie Lynge, who is directing the production. “The stories that still make us think of hot chocolate, sledding in the snow, and family all together to celebrate the season.”
Three actors decide to perform every Christmas story ever told, rather than “A Christmas Carol” for the umpteenth time (though, we are doing that, too, of course!). The performance that ensues is a whirl of hilarity that will leave you laughing in the aisles like “A Tuna Christmas” and the “Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged).” BUT TO THIS ONE, you can even brings the kids.
“Wackiest, tackiest, and happiest holiday event(s)!” – USA Today.

Tickets are on sale now at the Hippodrome Box Office: (352) 375-4477 or click here.
For a great way to save during the holidays, check out our Family Flex Pass by clicking here.

On stage Nov. 23 – Dec. 23 with 6 performances a week: Tuesdays at 7 p.m. | Wednesdays at 7 p.m. |Thursdays at 7 p.m. | Fridays at 8 p.m. | Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. | Sundays* at 2 p.m. | *The last Sunday’s show (Dec. 23) is at 5 p.m.

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CAST

Jim… Mark Chambers*^
John… Logan Wolfe*^ 
Michael… Ali Foley*

* Denotes Member of Actors Equity Association
^Denotes Member of Hippodrome Acting Company


CREATIVE

Director… Stephanie Lynge
AEA Stage Manager… Amber Wilkerson*
Assistant Stage Managment Intern… Abby M. Schneck
Production Manager/Lighting Designer… Robert P. Robins
Scenic Designer… Michael Eaddy
Technical Director/Props Designer… Warren Goodwin
Master Electrician… Neil Bearden
Sound Designer/Light and Sound Board Operator… Amanda Yanes
Scenic Designer Assist… Peta McKenna
Costume Designer/Shop Supervisor … Stephanie Parks
Wardrobe… Nichole Williams


Tickets are on sale now at the Hippodrome Box Office: (352) 375-4477 or click here.

This activity has been funded in part by a Tourist Development Tax Grant from the Alachua County Coard of County Commissioners in conjunction with the Alachua County Tourist Development Council. For additional information or clarification contact Visit Gainesville/Alachua County at kmunden@alachuacounty.us or at 352-374- 5260.

 
25
Oct

Let the Right One In VIDEO

The Hippodrome Theatre is proud to present LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, directed by Lauren Warhol Caldwell, on stage Oct. 10 through Nov. 4. Reserve your tickets by calling (352)375-4477 or visit thehipp.org.

“Toogood’s Eli is young and ageless. Sensual and sexless. Innocence and evil. Now she is all painful adolescence (“Do I smell bad?”). Now she moves with the fluidity of a panther in full pounce…” wrote Ron Cunningham, The Gainesville Sun.

“It is cold blood spilled across blue ice, and madness scattered amongst the cedars and, for all that, a tender warmth that lingers still in the undead blood of a not-girl…”

LET THE RIGHT ONE IN is written by Jack Thorne, based on the internationally best-selling Swedish novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist that was then turned into a Swedish cult film by the same name and the dark Hollywood flick LET ME IN.

“The choreography of movements, at times, is almost a ballet,” wrote Don Simson, Villages-News.com

Playwright Jack Thorne wrote the book for the much-anticipated Broadway adaptation of King Kong. Thorne is also the Tony-award winning co-playwright of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child currently running on Broadway.

This captivating piece is a tender vampire myth told through the eyes of a sweet, yet turbulent coming-of-age romance. “It is beautiful and haunting,” Caldwell said, “But it is not your typical vampire story.”

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