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MAD COW THEATRE is founded on the belief that the Theatre is a dynamic and powerful means of social understanding, as well as a hugely entertaining art form. Through the combination of passionate, skillful acting and compelling, insightful writing, nurtured by an attentive and ever-changing process, Mad Cow presents entertaining works of Theatre to an ever-widening audience–promoting, enhancing and celebrating the human condition through art. Mad Cow Theatre is supported in part with public funds from United Arts of Central Florida, Inc.; The State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs; The Florida Arts Council, The National Endowment for the Arts; The Downtown Development Board; and Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program. A Great Nation Deserves Great Art! Mad Cow Theatre is a 501(c) (3) organization and welcomes all donations including funds, materials, time and goodwill. We are especially delighted when audience members bring others to share the theatrical experience. 2

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Mad Cow Theatre has forged many alliances and made many friends. This endeavor would not be possible without the generous spirit, passion and goodwill of the following individuals and organizations. A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU

55 West The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Central Florida L2 Studios, Inc Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Orlando Repertory Theatre Theatre UCF Holland & Knight Holland & Reilly Tom Hurst Photography Jay T. Becker Elizabeth Dean Robin Jensen Michael Marinaccio Peg O’Keef Thomas Ouellette Janine Papin Katrina Ploof Robert Roland All the Cows in the Pasture









Costume Design

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Scenic Design

Sound Design




*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers, appearing under a special agreement with Actors’ Equity Association.


CAST OF CHARACTERS Miss Juliana Tesman .............................. Berta ..................................................... George Tesman ...................................... Hedda ................................................... Mrs. Elvsted ........................................... Judge Brack ........................................... Eilert Lovborg .........................................

Mikki Kriekard Sara Humbert Robb Ross Melanie Whipple Emily Killian Mark Lainer Steven Lane

PLACE Tesman’s villa, in the west end of Kristiania, Norway.

TIME 1890s

PRODUCTION TEAM Assistant Director ................................... John Shoemaker Properties ............................................... Sam Hazell Scenic Construction ................................. Sam Hazell .............................................................. Michael Messer Master Electrician ..................................

David Clenney

Hedda Gabler is performed with one 15-minute intermission. Out of respect for the audience and the artists, patrons who leave the theatre during the performance will not be re-admitted. We regret there is no late seating once the performance has begun. 4

There is no photography, video or recording of this performance allowed.

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT Great World Literature is in our blood. In the past 15 years, we have presented more than 100 works from some of the best playwrights who have ever lived. Now, we are pleased to be presenting one of Henrik Ibsen’s greatest plays, Hedda Gabler. In his lifetime, from 1828-1906 Ibsen was largely responsible for the rise of realism in the theatre. In works that possess revelatory power, Ibsen challenged his audiences to question conventional morality and social conditions. Often controversial, his works were deeply unsettling to many of his Victorian contemporaries. He is now widely regarded as the “father of modern drama” and one of the greatest dramatists who ever lived. Enjoy.


March 30 – April 29 In Stage Left Directed by Timothy Williams 5

HEDDA GABLER SARA HUMBERT (Berta) is thrilled to be joining the cast. This is Sara’s first show at MAD COW, and she is excited to become part of the MAD COW family. Performance credits include: Sands Theatre Company’s production of Noises Off! as Dottie/Ms. Clackett, Wilde Coward Company’s performances of The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (abridged), The Hollow as Lady Angkatell, Hayfever as Judith, Shoestring Theatre’s productions of Nunsense as Sister Robert Anne and Five Women Wearing the Same Dress as Meredith and New Millennium Theatre’s One Woman Show Bad Dates as Haley. A classically trained soprano, Sara earned a BA in Health Science from University of North Florida. Sara is now a licensed Dietitian and works as a Clinical Dietitian at Florida Hospital in Orange City. MARK LAINER (Judge Brack) is delighted to be making his mainstage debut with MAD COW, having previously appeared in My Fair Lady with the OPO as Col. Pickering. Mark has appeared in a number of productions, workshops and readings with Orlando Shakes and with theaters in LA, NYC, Massachusetts and Florida. Mark has played many parts for Universal and Disney and improvised for many years at Pleasure Island’s Comedy Warehouse and at SAK Comedy Lab. His television credits include a recurring role on the syndicated series The Cape, a featured role in HBO’s From the Earth to the Moon and recent appearances on Bones, Burn Notice and The Glades. Mark has also starred in award-winning short films, TV commercials and many independent films. He and his wife, Linda Landry, live surrounded by pets they’ve rescued. STEVEN LANE (Lovborg) was seen at MAD COW last year as Man In Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone, Voltaire in Legacy of Light and C.S. Lewis in Freud’s Last Session. Outside of MAD COW he’s played a wide range of roles including Che in Evita, Cornelius in Hello Dolly, Sky in Guys and Dolls, Mordred in Camelot, Lumiere in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, El Gallo in The Fantasticks, Sir Evelyn in Anything Goes, Rooster in Annie, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Harold Bride in Titanic, Motel in Fiddler on the Roof. He is presently a performer at Walt Disney World; has a degree in Vocal Performance from Stetson University and is a grateful member of Actors’ Equity Association. WENDY SMITH MAXWELL (Costume Designer) and her family have lived in Orlando for 8 years. She originally hails from Virginia. This is her fourth production with MAD COW; other productions include Present Laughter, It Was A Very Good Yule and the concert staging of The Music Man with OPO. Wendy received a BS degree from Radford University, Radford VA. and a Masters of Fine Arts with a concentration in Theatrical Costume Design at The University of Georgia, Athens, GA. Her background includes designing for California Theatre Centre as well as teaching at UCF, where she designed Noises Off, and has been working at Walt Disney World since 2008. She would like to thank her family and especially her 2 beautiful children, Ian and Sadie!


HEDDA GABLER ERIN MINER (Lighting Designer) Hedda Gabler marks Erin’s 58th show with MAD COW Theatre. She is excited to be working with Eric. When not at MAD COW, she can be found in the fields of Apopka High School as a drama teacher.

EMILY KILLIAN (Mrs. Elvsted) is absolutely tickled to be making her MAD COW debut! Armed with her Honors BA in Theatre Arts from Rollins, Emily is a proud member of the Orlando Repertory Theatre family. Emily has worked with several local companies, including Greater Orlando Actors Theatre, Empty Spaces, and Beth Marshall Presents. Past credits include Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Peter Pan in Peter Pan, Becca Corbett in Rabbit Hole, and Abigail Williams in The Crucible. Still in shock by the tremendous talent that surrounds her on stage, Emily wishes her colleagues the best in all future endeavors. She send sends buckets of love to Gabe, Berkley, Clementine, and Olive for their everlasting support. ROBB ROSS (George Tesman) is thrilled to be making his MAD COW debut. Robb has been privileged to perform all over the Central Florida area with many talented actors. Some of his most memorable roles include Jack in Leading Ladies, Rocky in The Rocky Horror Show, Jinks in Forever Plaid James Leeds in Children of a Lesser God, The Spider and Newsboy in Jekyll and Hyde, Tony in West Side Story, Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden, Miles Gloriousus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Bobby in Company, The Beadle and Pirelli in Sweeney Todd, Jack and Cinderella’s Prince in Into the Woods, and Younger Brother in Ragtime. In addition to his theatre roles Robb has also appeared on stage with the Orlando Opera singing in the chorus.

Special Thanks to:

The City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and the Orlando City Council


HEDDA GABLER STEPHEN RICKER (Scenic Designer) is thrilled to be involved with his first season at MAD COW. He has had the pleasure of assisting designers from Off Broadway to Tony Award-Winning regional theatres. Apart from theatre, he primarily designs for broadcast television with the Florida-based design firm FX Group and for special events with the Disney Event Group. Stephen holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Design from the University of Central Florida. For more information, please visit JOSH SOUSA (Stage Manager) is not new to MAD COW but is stage managing his first show in the pasture. Box Office, administration, performer, and selfproclaimed techie; he loves to do it all. As a Connecticut native, he is happy to call Orlando his new home and give back to the arts community in every way possible. KURT WAGNER (Sound Design) has designed many MAD COW productions over the years including Next Fall, Superior Donuts, Topdog/Underdog, The Lion In Winter, The Matchmaker, I Am My Own Wife, Amadeus, Eurydice, Sweeney Todd, Assassins, I Have Before Me A Remarkable Document Given To Me By A Young Lady From Rwanda, The Rainmaker, Talley’s Folly, The Heidi Chronicles, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Seagull, and Kid-Simple. Kurt has been honored with two EMMY nominations and four International Monitor Awards nominations, one of which he won. Kurt currently is teaching as a specialist in the film degree program at Full Sail University. Kurt wishes to thank MAD COW for providing a welcoming and creative atmosphere for artists and designers to practice their craft through engaging and provocative productions for our community to enjoy. MAD COW THEATRE is one of Orlando’s most respected professional theatre companies presenting compelling works of theatre for a wide-range of audiences, with a passion for both classic and contemporary plays and musicals representing the best of American and World literature. MELANIE WHIPPLE (Hedda Tesman) received her degree in theatre from the Pennsylvania State University. She was last seen here in She Stoops to Conquer. She has worked with the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Theatre Winter Haven, The Civic Theatre, The Orlando International Fringe Festival and Osceola Center for the Arts. Some favorite roles include: Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet. She can currently be seen swimming with the fishes at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Finding Nemo: The Musical!


Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) was founded in 1913 as the first of the American actor unions. Equity’s mission is to advance, promote and foster the art of the live theatre as an essential component of our society. Today, Equity represents more than 40,000 actors, singers, dancers and stage managers working in hundreds of theatres across the United States. Equity members are dedicated to working in the theatre as a profession, upholding the highest artistic standards. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions and provides a wide range of benefits including health and pension plans for its members. Through its agreement with Equity, this theatre has committed to the fair treatment of the actors and stage managers employed in this production. AEA is a member of the AFLCIO and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. For more information, visit

HEDDA GABLER ERIC ZIVOT (Director) is delighted to be returning to MAD COW for this production of Hedda Gabbler. He has recently directed Next Fall for MAD COW and Twelfth Night for the Pensacola Shakespeare Theater. Eric has been an Associate Artist at Orlando Shakespeare Theater since 2004 where he has directed Alas Poor Yorick, The Unfortunates, and Yankee Tavern and has appeared as Ralph Waldo Emerson in Charm, Claudius in Hamlet, Parolles in Alls Well That Ends Well, Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Gloucester in King Lear, Jaques in As You Like It, and Macduff in Macbeth. He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Theater and Dance at Rollins College, where he both acts and directs. Before joining the faculty at Rollins College, Eric was a training division head and member of the acting company at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Other Bay Area credits include Valmont in Les Liasons Dangerous (Contra Costa Award), and the title role in Macbeth for Marin Shakespeare. Eric has also graced the stages of the Stratford Festival of Canada, Colorado Shakespeare and Manitoba Theatre Centre. During his time in Los Angeles, Eric founded The Gymnasia Theatrica and directed The Blue Room and Shakesperience. His film and television credits include JAG (Emmy Winner), The Alarmist, Two Voices, Looking for Lola, Babylon 5 and the Aaron Spelling “soap� Sunset Beach.


54 WEST CHURCH STREET Beginning our 15th year as Downtown Orlando’s Professional Theatre, Mad Cow Theatre will soon have a facility that is of commensurate quality to the dynamic professional productions on our stages. Mad Cow is designing a comprehensive facility to create productions of the highest artistic quality that will include two intimate performance venues. Additionally, the complex includes facilities to provides Central Floridians and visitors to our region with nationally recognized theatre experiences that ignite the imagination, lift the spirit and engage our community. There’s nothing like it in Central Florida. Opening in fall of 2012, this new facility has been years in the making, and we would like to thank the City of Orlando and our countless audiences, donors, artists and supporters who call Mad Cow home.

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CAPITAL CAMPAIGN DONORS The new home for Mad Cow Theatre is the largest venture in Mad Cow’s 15-year history. The theatre has continually expanded at a pace that reflects the need of the city around it, and today is no exception. Mad Cow Theatre is making progress every day thanks to the visionary and generous support of the citizens of Central Florida and individual philanthropists, foundations and corporations who believe that Orlando’s success is tied directly to a dynamic cultural and artistic scene.

WE HAVE RAISED OVER 2/3 OF OUR AMBITIOUS GOAL THANKS TO THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUALS & ORGANIZATIONS. 55 West Joe and Nancy Adams Maryam Aminzadeh Ken & Debbie Carpenter Hillary & Jay Cohen Harriett Coleman Bruce & Paula Collins The City of Orlando Drs. Jefferson & June Flowers Maureen & Gary Fries Stuart Fullerton Pete Giacalone Thomas & Kathy Gillman Sig & Marilyn Goldman Alan & Barbara Greber Holland & Knight Michael & Margaret Haddad Mike & Nancy Houston Dean Johnson Liz Kitchens Christine & Jeremiah Kroetsch L2 Studios Harriett Lake

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HEDDA GABLER A drama by Henrik Ibsen

FEB 24 – MAR 25

FEB 3 – MAR 4



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A drama by Lee Hall

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Program - Hedda Gabler  

Production Program for Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen at Mad Cow Theatre

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