University Theatre
Heidi

The Heidi Chronicles
By Wendy Wasserstein
April 5-7, 10-14 and 17-21, Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre, Thompson Hall


The story of Heidi Holland takes us from Chicago to New York and places in between as the successful art historian in the sixties tries to find her bearings in a world that is rapidly changing, especially for women. This funny and touching play explores how liberation is achieved only if one is true to oneself. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Tony Award and New York Drama Critics Circle award. The Heidi Chronicles

 

“Not many plays manage Heidi’s feat of inducing almost continuous laughter while forcing the audience to examine its preconceptions..it’s the play of the season” Variety

 

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Tickets are available at Ticket Central in Talley Student Center, online at http://www.ncsu.edu/arts or telephone 919-515-1100

 

Individual tickets, available by phone, online or at the box office in Talley Student Center, 2nd floor
Adult: $18; Seniors etc, $16, NCSU students $5

 

SPECIAL EVENT ANNOUNCED!

You're invited to a free Forum event 
Tuesday April 9, 2013 4 pm
Titmus Theatre, Frank Thompson Hall
"Women—Where are we going?” explores the past and present experiences and struggles of women, beginning in the height of the women’s movement the 1960s, as portrayed in THE HEIDI CHRONICLES, now playing at University Theatre.  Topics such as workplace inequality, discrimination and our role in an ever changing society will be discussed by a distinguished panel of women from around the Triangle.
Moderated by NC State student Leanna Hall. 


 

REMEMBER! Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.

 

Heidi Cast List

ROLE(S)

ACTOR

HEIDI

Diana Quetti

SUSAN

Blair Downs

DENISE/BECKY

Erica Abed

LISA

Elizabeth Lemmons

FRAN

Brittney Stinnett

JILL/MOLLY

Allison McAllister

CLARA/BETSY

Natalie Tita

DEBBIE/APRIL

Alex Hubbell

PETER

Patrick Narmi

SCOOP

Jason Corder

MARK/WAITER/RAY

Michael Taylor

CHRIS/STEVE

William Stewart

 

Wendy Wasserstein died at age 55 in 2006 of complications of lymphoma, and her obituary in The New York Times (1/30/2006) described her work succinctly:
Her heroines — intelligent and successful but also riddled with self-doubt — sought enduring love a little ambivalently, but they didn’t always find it, and their hard-earned sense of self-worth was often shadowed by the frustrating knowledge that American women’s lives continued to be measured by their success at capturing the right man. Ms. Wasserstein drew on her own experience as a smart, well-educated, funny Manhattanite who wasn’t particularly lucky in romance to create heroines in a similar mold, women who embraced the essential tenets of the feminist movement but didn’t have the stomach for stridency.

For Ms. Wasserstein, as for many of her characters and fans, humor was a necessary bulwark against the disappointments of life, and a useful release valve for anger at cultural and social inequities. Her work, which included three books of nonfiction and a forthcoming novel as well as about a dozen plays, had a significant influence on depictions of American women in the media landscape over the years: Heidi Holland, the steadily single, uncompromising heroine of “The Heidi Chronicles,” can be seen as the cultural progenitor of “Sex and the City’s” Carrie Bradshaw. (Coincidentally, Sarah Jessica Parker, who starred in that HBO series, played a series of small roles in the original production of “The Heidi Chronicles.”)