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“The B-Side” comes to the Hipp Cinema


Elsa Dorfman took selfies before selfies were cool. She also used a Polaroid camera before hipsters were a thing.

This week, the Hipp Cinema will be screening “The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography.” This film, directed by Errol Morris, gives viewers an inside look into a lost art form: portraits. Using the larger-than-life Polaroid Land 20×24 camera, Dorfman captured heartwarming memories.

For 35 years, Dorfman photographed people from all paths of life: families, rockstars, literary geniuses and even herself, sometimes in the nude. (Yup, you read that right.) With Polaroid’s decision to discontinue its 20×24 film in 2017, Dorfman’s work is more relevant than ever.

“Photographs will never again look like this,” she notes.

Dorfman takes Morris deep into her backyard archive, uncovering photographs she hasn’t seen in years. Though pictures fade, Dorfman’s passion for her art does not.

“You can almost sense Morris smiling off-camera as she pulls each exposure from her file drawers for reminiscing and newfound scrutiny – that’s how strong and warm his admiration is for Dorfman and the humble richness of her work.” – Robert Abele,  Los Angeles Times

Dorfman’s charming and funny personality will have you wishing she was your grandmother. And yeah, she’d probably bother you for pictures even more than your own grandma does.

Get your tickets to this feel-good documentary by calling (352)375-4477 or visiting thehipp.org/event/the-b-side-elsa-dorfmans-portrait-photography.



Congratulations, Freddy + Lynnea!

We are so happy to be a part of Freddy and Lynnea’s sweet love story. Here are Freddy’s words:

“It all started Fall 2013 when I started talking to this girl in Sigma Alpha Iota, UF’s only music sorority which only made sense as I was a brother of Phi Mu Alpha, UF’s only music fraternity. Her name is Lynnea Rhodes.

Jump to Jan. 1, 2014: I built up the courage to ask Lynnea to be my girlfriend. On Jan. 9, we went on one of our first of many dates together at the Hippodrome to see ‘Good People,’ a favorite of mine to this day. A reoccurring prop in the show was a homemade bunny rabbit created with a flower pot, styrofoam ball, pipe cleaners, a pair of googly eyes and other crafts. We enjoyed the show so much that just nine days later on Jan. 18, I gifted my new girlfriend her own homemade bunny rabbit. We named him Franklin after a puppy we had fallen in love with at the Gainesville Humane Society.

The surprises kept coming. On Valentine’s Day that year, as we were walking through Downtown Gainesville on our way to dinner at Harry’s, I had my band of fraternity brothers surprise her at the steps of the Hippodrome with an acapella version of Fred Paris’s “In the Still of the Night.” It was the first of many serenades Lynnea’s received. From “I Just Called to Say I Love You” during our long-distance days, to watching her sing the most beautiful renditions of the National Anthem at Gator softball games + gymnastics meets, music played an enormous role in our relationship.

And so did seeing shows at the Hipp. From laughing until we cried off on the Mainstage watching Avenue Q, to having our hearts ripped out in the cinema watching Oscar Nominated Short Films, the Hippodrome was the birthplace of so many great memories. It was only fitting we create what will be one of our greatest memories at a place that already holds so many.

On July 8, 2017, I serenaded Lynnea with Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You” before going on stage and getting down on one knee. With the help of my brother Fernando; her parents, Sharon and Tom; her family friend Hal; the wonderful staff at the Hipp; and, OF COURSE, my homemade friend from the past, Franklin, SHE SAID YES!”


One week left: Gainesville says goodbye to the Plaids


The Plaids won’t be around for much longer! We’re sad to see these handsome crooners go, but we’re so excited for the last week of shows.

With less than one week left of shows, don’t miss your chance to see the summer musical that’s got all of Gainesville humming along.  This boy band’s heavenly harmonies bring back nostalgic memories of your favorite old-school classics. You’ll be tapping your feet long after the show is over.

And don’t just take our word for it; our Hipp patrons have been loving this sweet trip down memory lane! Here’s what they have to say:

“I was sorry to see it end. I’ve told everyone I know to go see it and…..I just might go again myself.” – Arlene Dorin Levine‎

“Amazing talent, the men in Forever Plaid are so good, and Sparky flirting with my 90 yr old Mom – Priceless! We are going again tomorrow.” – Tracey Tozzi

“It’s a definite MUST SEE! It’s a reflection of a kinder and more gentler America!” – Dereck Jones

It’s the final countdown! Whether you’ve seen it once, twice or haven’t seen it at all yet, come catch “Forever Plaid” in its final week for a bee-boppin’ good time! Call (352)375-4477 or visit thehipp.org for tickets.


The Hippodrome’s new class dives into Shakespeare


David Patrick Ford’s The Shakespeare Code acting class

Six courses | $149

Classes start Sept. 11, 2017,  6:15 p.m. ‑  7:30 p.m.

A seventh class on Oct. 24 is an optional end of term celebration.

We at the Hipp know Shakespeare isn’t always easy. Even the most talented of actors have trouble understanding the complexity of the language and the intentions and emotions in between the lines. The Shakespeare Code with David Patrick Ford at the Hippodrome Theatre is a course that allows the public to delve into the genius mind of this classic writer.

The goal of the class is to enlighten students to the brilliance of Shakespeare’s writing and reveal how his texts are master classes in acting technique.  Aspiring actors will learn new techniques in text analysis and will gain confidence in their acting through the knowledge that they are accurately interpreting and portraying their characters.  Fans of Shakespeare’s writing will come to see the plays through the eyes of the actor — the artist for which the plays were written — and their appreciation of the writing will deepen.

Students will break down some of Shakespeare’s most famous text by analyzing one line at a time, looking for clues such as deviations in the meter and use of imagery, identifying themes that run throughout the plays, finding the instructions for movement and stage pictures written into the text and more.

This course is intended for actors who wish to understand how to perform Shakespeare at a higher level, for students who want a better understanding of the reason why Shakespeare’s plays are so enduring, and for lovers of Shakespeare’s texts who want to see them from an actor’s perspective.  An acting background is not necessary.

About Hipp company member David Patrick Ford: This talented actor studied classical theater at the Conservatory of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University. His professional Shakespeare performance experience includes the roles Macbeth in Macbeth, Iago in Othello, and Antonio in The Merchant of Venice.


The Hippodrome and UF Center for Arts in Medicine present “The Pink Unicorn”

The Hippodrome and UF Center for Arts in Medicine are proud to present a special one-time-only short play, “The Pink Unicorn” on Monday, July 17 at 7 p.m. Panel discussion immediately following Hippodrome Cinema, 25 SE 2nd Place, Gainesville. Free and open to the public.
What’s a mother to do when her daughter tells her that she will be attending high school as “gender-neutral”? Elise Forier Edie’s “The Pink Unicorn” is a funny, clever, and heartwarming tale of a mother’s boundless love for her child. “Not all art is political, but the work that is can help drive important conversations, act as an entry point and even change minds. The Pink Unicorn has the power to do that with gender diversity.”
-Stephanie McKay, Saskatoon Star Phoenix

Summer Spectacular campers present “A Wrinkle in Time”


“We can’t take any credit for our talents. It’s how we use them that counts.”  Our Hipp kiddos have been putting their talent to good use this summer as they get ready for their theatrical debut in “A Wrinkle in Time.”

The Hippodrome’s education department is proud to present this beloved adaption of the popular sci-fi novel. Gainesville kids will shine in this special production, demonstrating the theatre skills they’ve developed during their time at our summer camps.

Our campers are learning how to express themselves through the arts and how theatres work — from acting and writing to marketing and set design. Children have such big imaginations, and the Hipp gives them a place to channel their creativity.

“A Wrinkle in Time” follows one of literature’s most enduring young heroines, Meg Murry — braces, stubbornness and all. Once again, Meg joins forces with Mrs. Whatsit, Charles Wallace and Calvin O’Keefe to battle the forces of evil so she can rescue her father, save humanity and find herself. In the end, we know two things for sure: 1. Love CAN overcome evil, and 2. there IS such a thing as a tesseract.

Teen acts are by James Sie, adapted from the novel by Madeleine L’Engle.

Kids’ acts are by Morgan Gould, adapted from the novel by Madeleine L’Engle.


Hippodrome Theatre brings back its play observership for “1984”

Back by Popular Demand!

Hippodrome Theatre’s Play Observership

A Behind-the-Scenes Look Into


It takes months of planning and dozens of theatre professionals to produce a play on the Hippodrome mainstage. The Hippodrome Play Observership offers the opportunity for the public to go behind-the-scenes at a professional regional theatre. Alongside the director, designers, actors and staff, participants are immersed in the theatrical creative process and experience as the production team takes a play from page to stage. 

In this engaging Play Observership, you will be led through the creative process of a unique and timely theatrical experience of George Orwell’s 1984. Come explore with us as we unlock the depths of how this beloved novel resonates with us today.

Participants in the Observership will witness designer presentations, the cast table read of the script, additional rehearsals, a backstage Hippodrome tour, and the chance to experience a press run of the show. The Observership culminates with a preview performance and post-show discussion with the cast and creative team. Cost for 5 classes is only $100 and includes 1 ticket to the preview performance.

Friday, August 4 (3 p.m. – 5 p.m.) – Crash course on the classic novel and behind-the-scenes at the Hipp
Friday, August 11 (12:45 p.m. – 3 p.m.) – Meet the cast and Director, attend the first read-through, see design presentations
Friday, August 18 (3 p.m. – 5 p.m.) – Get a behind-the-scenes look as the set and costumes come together in a rehearsal with the actors
Thursday, August 24 (3 p.m. – 5 p.m.) – Full run through of the play on the mainstage
Wednesday, August 30 (7 p.m. – 10 p.m.) – Preview performance and discussion

To sign up: Call the Hippodrome Box Office at (352)375-4477 or go online to www.thehipp.org.  Register by July 21 and save $10 with our Early Bird Special.

Make your reservation today and mark your calendar for a unique, educational and memorable experience!


We’re shaking up Shakespeare


“Was ever woman in this humour wooed? Was ever woman in this humour won?” This summer, the Hipp is excited to shake up Shakespeare’s words by filtering them through a female lens.

For the first time ever, the Hippodrome is proud to host the Summer Shakes theatre festival and its adapted, all-female production of Shakespeare’s Richard III. There will be performances on July 24 and 25 at 7 p.m. in the Hipp Basement. Admission is $10.

The festival will emphasize the importance of female acting, directing and producing by reimagining Shakespeare through messages of empowerment and femininity in productions traditionally performed by men. This is the inaugural year for Summer Shakes, and organizers intend to put together summer theatre productions annually.

Support local female artists as they master one of Shakespeare’s most celebrated works as the fierce, boss ladies they are. Tickets can be purchased at the Hippodrome Box Office at (352)375-4477.


The Graduate comes to the Hippodrome Cinema


ATTENTION UF SENIORS/RECENT GRADS: Do you worry about your future? Do you revel in scandal? Do you love the Hipp? Man, do we have the movie for you.

This week, the Hipp Cinema will be screening “The Graduate.” In this landmark film, suburbanite Benjamin Braddock worries about his future while simultaneously participating in a scandalous affair with the wife of his father’s business partner, Mrs. Robinson. The affair deepens Ben’s what-am-going-to-do-with-my-life confusion until he meets the girl of his dreams. Problem solved, right? Wrong! The girl of Ben’s dreams is Mrs. Robinson’s charming daughter, Elaine. If it wasn’t obvious, Ben has a type.

Juicy stuff, no? Mike Nichols directed “The Graduate” along with Hipp-favorite “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” These films are arguably the most iconic of the 1960s, and their outrageous turmoil still holds up today.

This hilarious, coming-of-age classic will have you asking yourself if your dad’s friend is hitting on you or if you’re just paranoid. (Hint: You’re paranoid. Please don’t make moves on your parent’s peers, for the love of God.)

Get caught up in Ben and Mrs. Robinson’s drama at the Hipp starting Friday, July 7! Get your tickets by calling (352)375-4477 or visiting http://thehipp.org/event/the-graduate/.

P.S. The Hipp is trying to seduce you.


Hippodrome Teen Ensemble member invited to Tuscany for acting workshop


Orion Dunaway, who has been a member of the Hippodrome’s Teen Ensemble since 2012, recently returned from Tuscany, Italy, where he took part in a week-long intensive workshop with the Workcenter for Jerzi Grotowski.  

By way of background, Jerzi Grotowski (1933 – 1999) was widely known as one of the most important and influential innovators in theatre in 21st century.   His directing and teaching style took a stripped down, minimalist approach with regards to sets, props and costumes, and instead put all the emphasis on the skill of the actors as the physical, spiritual and verbal vehicle for the art.  Thus, his approach is one of the most demanding and challenging disciplines an actor can embrace.  

Last year, the Hippodrome began a collaborative relationship with the Workcenter for Jerzi Grotowski, an international group of actors and directors who work to carry on his legacy.  Last October we hosted Thomas Richards and the Grotowski group for a two-week residency, during which actors came in from around the world to work with the actors in our Teen Ensemble.  Members of the Grotowski group helped develop a peer education workshop that culminated in a performance at a local recreation center.

During this collaboration, Orion’s focus and talent made such an impression on Mario Biagini, the group’s director, that he extended this invitation to Tuscany.  Orion was born in Cross Creek, and has been a Teen Ensemble member since the group’s inception in 2012. He raved about his time there: “My time in Tuscany was educational in more ways than one. I learned not only valuable theatre skills, but skills and lessons which can be applied to every aspect of my life and self. I am so grateful to Mario, the Workcenter and all the wonderful people I met and worked with.”

About the Teen Ensemble:
The Hippodrome Teen Ensemble is a tuition-free, audition-based educational program for young actors, ages 13-19. The Teens design peer education performances and workshops and take them on tour to schools and neighboring communities after completing seven weeks of theatre training. Teen participants assume the role of actor, playwright, director – and most importantly – teacher as they share their knowledge to their peers and other members of the community. By assuming leadership roles, students build self-esteem, team building skills, and strengthen their ability to make positive life choices. Learn more.