Hedda Gabler, acted by robots!!

On Feb. 8, the best play in the history of the universe will open in Manhattan: Heddatron. It’s an adaptation of Hedda Gabler in which half the parts are played by live robots onstage. The description of the plot, from the theater group’s web site:

Les Freres Corbuser continues its irreverent massacre of historical icons and academic esoterica by taking on famed playwright Henrik Ibsen, the well-made play, and contemporary issues in robotics. Ibsen is thwarted by August Stringberg and his kitchen slut
throughout his fevered struggle to write the great feminist drama, Hedda Gabler, while a contemporary housewife in Michigan is abducted by robots and forced to perform Ibsen’s masterpiece over and over again.

According to a little profile group in the last issue of Wired, the robots will deliver their lines using prerecoreded text-to speech. The play opens up mostly with humans onstage, but the robots gradually take over — such that by the end the only human onstage is Hedda herself.

I. Am. So. There.

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