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"I want to be your love-borg."

It all starts with a book falling from the sky. Suddenly Jane Gordon, a very depressed and very pregnant Michigan housewife, finds herself kidnapped by a clan of renegade sentient robots and whisked away to the jungles of South America where she is forced to perform the title role in a mechanical version of Hedda Gabler. As a documentarian searches for the truth about Jane’s abduction and Jane’s family mounts a search party, her 10-year-old daughter Nugget discovers a past where a tormented Henrik Ibsen squeezes out each tortured word of his greatest masterpiece. Dark and savagely funny, Heddatron “achieves true, and truly original, theatrical transcendence” (Ben Brantley, New York Times) in a bizarre and strangely familiar world of reality TV and rocket launchers where everyone, metal or otherwise, just wants to feel a little bit human. Sideshow Theatre Company is proud to partner with robotics experts from across Chicago to present a cast of both human actors and functioning robots in the Chicago premiere of Elizabeth Meriwether’s frighteningly funny Heddatron.

 

Approximate run time: 90 minutes, without intermission

 

February 11 - April 24, 2011

Steppenwolf Garage

1624 North Halsted Street

 

Production Sponsor

Wright Hobbies Robotics

CAST

PRODUCTION TEAM

PHOTOS

PRESS

"Hugely entertaining... exploding with laughter."

Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

 

"Hilarious... truly phenomenal!"

Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

 

"Remarkably sophisticated!"

Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago

 

"Exuberant performances, gorgeous technical theater... it's impossible not to be charmed."

Monica Sullivan, New City

 

"Weird and wonderful, high visual and highly physical."

Jonathan Abarbanel, WBEZ

 

"A production that can rival the best of New York Off-Broadway."

Francis Sadac, From the Ledge

 

"Ambitious, funny, and surprisingly touching."

Stephen Gossett, Flavorpill

 

★★★★!

"Startlingly profound. Perfectly calibrated for maximum wonderment!"

Oliver Sava, Chicago Theater Beat

 

"Outstanding... deadly hilarious!"

Katy Walsh, Make It Better Magazine

 

★★★★!

"Dynamically creative... a hilarious spectacle!"

Tyler Tidmore, Chicago Stage Style

 

"All sorts of awesome."

Bob Bullen, Chicago Theatre Addict

by Elizabeth Meriwether

directed by Jonathan L. Green

 

February 11 - April 24, 2011

Steppenwolf Garage

1624 N Halsted Street

 

Run time: 90 minutes, without intermission

It all starts with a book falling from the sky. Suddenly Jane Gordon, a very depressed and very pregnant Michigan housewife, finds herself kidnapped by a clan of renegade sentient robots and whisked away to the jungles of South America where she is forced to perform the title role in a mechanical version of Hedda Gabler. As a documentarian searches for the truth about Jane’s abduction and Jane’s family mounts a search party, her 10-year-old daughter Nugget discovers a past where a tormented Henrik Ibsen squeezes out each tortured word of his greatest masterpiece. Dark and savagely funny, Heddatron “achieves true, and truly original, theatrical transcendence” (Ben Brantley, New York Times) in a bizarre and strangely familiar world of reality TV and rocket launchers where everyone, metal or otherwise, just wants to feel a little bit human. Sideshow Theatre Company is proud to partner with robotics experts from across Chicago to present a cast of both human actors and functioning robots in the Chicago premiere of Elizabeth Meriwether’s frighteningly funny Heddatron.

 

Production Sponsors

Wright Hobbies Robotics