Heartbreak House

Heartbreak House

Heartbreak House

May 11 – June 11, 2017

By George Bernard Shaw

Directed by Darko Tresnjak

“This house is full of surprises for them
that don’t know our ways.”

“An increasingly gripping intellectual drama in which the battering of hearts is merely the pretext for a clash of philosophies.”

Heartbreak House is Shaw’s comic and caustic masterpiece about the venerable Captain Shotover, his daughters, one liberal, the other conservative, and a household full of bickering guests in a home that’s like a ship – or a country – charting uncertain waters. When the beautiful but impoverished Ellie Dunn arrives, she gets a lesson in romance, politics, and the art of navigation.

Shaw’s most ambitious and prophetic achievement, Heartbreak House is set in England in 1914, but its themes and concerns reach across the twentieth century well into our own age. Other works by Shaw include Pygmalion, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Saint Joan, Major Barbara and Arms and the Man.

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All photos by T. Charles Erickson.


Darko Tresnjak

Elizabeth Williamson

Set Designer
Colin McGurk

Costume Design
Ilona Somogyi

Lighting Design
Matthew Richards

Sound Design
Jane Shaw

Vocal Coach
Ben Furey

Binder Casting
Jack Bowdan, CSA

Stage Manager
Robyn M. Zalewski

Assistant Stage Manager
Stephanie Holmes


Miles Anderson
Captain Shotover

Tessa Auberjonois
Lady Utterword

Dani De Waal
Ellie Dunn

Grant Goodman
Randall Utterword

Andrew Long
Boss Mangan

Charlotte Parry
Hesione Hushabye

Keith Reddin
Mazzini Dunn

Stephen Barker Turner
Hector Hushabye

Mary VanArsdel
Nurse Guinness


Principal Sponsors

The John & Kelly Hartman Foundation

The Radisson


Sue Ann Collins

Assisting Production Sponsor

The Katharine K. McLane & Henry R. McLane Charitable Trust

Restaurant Partner

V's Trattoria