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Streaming Dec. 2–6, 2021

Hedda Gabler Poster

Columbia University School of the Arts Theatre Program is proud to present Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen. Adapted by current students Diana Fathi and Rakesh Palisetty, and directed by Palisetty.


Hedda is bored. Trapped in the house and within herself, she has no escape, forced to live out her fate without respite. Will she finally break free? In a new adaptation by Diana Fathi and Rakesh Palisetty, Hedda Gabler explores the loneliness that sits deep within us.

Streaming December 2–6, 2021

Content Warning

This production includes violent action, nudity, and graphic portrayals of suicide. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Corrie Beth Shotwell, and more information about these moments can be shared with you.


Running Time*

90 minutes, no intermission

*This production will be available to stream December 2–6, 2021. Details coming soon.



Chris Martel, Riley Austin Scott, Kristina Szilagyi, and Isaiah Dodo-Williams (student).


Production Team & Crew

Director Rakesh Palisetty (student)
Adaptated by Diana Fathi (student) and Rakesh Palisetty (student)
Dramaturgs Diana Fathi (student) and Zhe Pan (student)
Producers Sean Anthony Chia ‘21 and Eva Wang (student)
Company Manager Michael Lee (student)
Production Stage Manager Emily Todt ‘21
Assistant Stage Manager Thea McRae (student)
Scenic Designer Michael Lewis
Costume Designer Lukas Pirmin Wassman
Lighting Designer Betsy Chester
Sound Designers Jefferson McCarthy and Calvin Lu
Music Composers Calvin Lu and Jefferson McCarthy
Props Designer Lukas Pirmin Wassman

About the Artist

Rakesh Palisetty is a theatre, and film director from New Delhi, India. He is interested in reinterpreting and reimagining classical texts as well as writing and directing his own material.