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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clashed over and the kind of lives they wanted to have although you’ll notice the language of course is a little more outdated.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.


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.
Purchase Your Family Flex Pass

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.

 
22
Oct

A Glimpse into LET THE RIGHT ONE IN

LET THE RIGHT ONE IN

Let the Right One In by Jack Thorne, based on the novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist and directed by Lauren Warhol Caldwell, is onstage at the Hippodrome Theatre in Gainesville, Fla., through November 4, 2018. Let the Right One In is a movement-filled horror tale of young-love, living scene to scene with as many cute and endearing moments as ones that brim with blood.

For tickets visit thehipp.org. Or call the Box Office at (352)375.4477 from Tues. – Sun. noon – 6 p.m.
Photos by Rachel Jones

 

For tickets to LET THE RIGHT ONE IN visit thehipp.org. Or call the Box Office at (352)375.4477 from Tues. – Sun. noon – 6 p.m.
Photos by Rachel Jones

9
Apr

Spring Break Camp was SO MUCH FUN!

Spring Break Camp at the Hippodrome was so much fun! We had special guests, including the Barber Gators and Hula GAINESVILLE, workshops like costuming, and so much more!

The different age groups even created and performed their own rendition of Dr. Suess’s “The Lorax,” as you can see in the following links!

https://youtu.be/yDUhkiTm2-4

https://youtu.be/7jfb-oRL648

To look into our summer programs, click here!

28
Mar

THEATRE AND SELF-DISCOVERY

The Hippodrome and the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding present a groundbreaking new six-week adult course at the Hippodrome called “Theatre and Self-Discovery.”

 

The focus of Theatre and Self-Discovery is in what lies below the surface, how self-esteem impacts people and people’s needs list. In theatre, actors ask of their character: what drives this person’s behavior?

 

This course bridges the mediums between non-violent communication work and theatre in a non-threatening way, a way to step away from your own self in creating a character that is not you. One of the goals of this collaboration between the River Phoenix Center for Peace-building and the Hippodrome Theatre is peace-building within oneself.

 

Through this 6 week intensive adult theatre class, participants will explore the nuance of relating human behavior to the craft of a theatre artist. First, participants will go below the surface of these characters with writing. The initial classes will be facilitated by Heart Phoenix of the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding, and Gabrielle Byam, of the Hippodrome Theatre and the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding.

 

Then participants will bring the writing to the stage with real theatre artists, Matt Lindsay and Cameron Pfahler of the Hippodrome Theatre, and the course will utilize these introspective discoveries with a focus on character development and scene construction. Each individual will create and write a monologue that reflects the experiences accumulated throughout the course; the class will culminate with a showcase of student monologues.

 

A bit about the course leaders: Heart has been facilitating workshops for non-violent communication for 15 years. Gabrielle has worked at the Hippodrome Theatre for 20 years and has been facilitating workshops for non-violent communication for 8 years. Matt Lindsay is a theatre director, and a teacher at the Hipp for 10 years. Cameron has worked at the Hipp for several years, has a degree in psychology and has had work featured at a local playwrights festival.

 

6 sessions — Mondays, April 9 – May 14
6:15 – 7:30 p.m.

 

To best provide a personalized experience for participants, class size is limited.

Sign up here or call Gabrielle at 352.373.5968 x230 for more information.

19
Jan

Mainstage News: “The Royale” Reviews

Mainstage News: “The Royale” Reviews

The rave reviews are in! “The Royale” delivers a knock-out punch! The Gainesville Sun reviewer Ron Cunningham writes, ‘The Royale’ plays out more like a dreamy ballet set to gritty rhythm. And the effect is sublime.” Come see for yourself what made audience members jump to their feet in a full standing ovations every single night! Make your reservations for THE ROYALE now at 352.375.4477 or online at thehipp.org

http://www.gainesville.com/entertainmentlife/20180117/review-the-royale-delivers-knock-out-punch

 

Read all about “The Royale” and the electrifying partnership of co-directors Ryan George and Lauren Warhol Caldwell through the eyes of local acclaimed writer Timothy Shamrock McShane:
“Ryan George has in-the-ring know-how to apply to The Royale, intimate experience of playing it in a hit production in Coral Gables, Warhol has Hipp know-how, expressionistic chops and a social conscience.” Discount previews start tonight! Tickets to The Royale at 352.375.4477 and thehipp.org.

Read here:

Counter Punch

 

Gainesville Downtown previews THE ROYALE at the Hipp! Tickets at 352.375.4477 and thehipp.org

“Dylan Kammerer, a UF grad who now lives in Brooklyn, said that any good ensemble piece “lives and dies by the heartbeat that is one.” Such is the case with The Royale.

“I think what Marco’s done really well is offer a piece of theater that is so exciting and so nonstop and almost filmic in a way in that you can’t take your eyes off of it, and we don’t give you the opportunity, and when we do, it just rips your heart out.”

“People who have never been to the Hippodrome before are going to love it.” UF School of Theatre + Dance

Hipp Delivers Knockout Punch with ‘The Royale’

Check out today’s cover story of the Gainesville Scene! The preview article for “The Royale” is featured, by Sara Marino. Come down to the Hipp for a discount preview performance at 7 tonight to see what it’s all about.

“I think that it’s an ensemble in that it lives and dies by the heartbeat that is one with this cast,” Kammerer said. “What it’s done really well is provide a piece of theater that is so exciting and so nonstop, and it’s almost like a film in a way that you can’t take your eyes off of it.”