by Elizabeth Meriwether

February 11 - APril 24, 2011

sideshow theatre company


scenic designer Lisi Stoessel
costume designer David Hyman

lighting designer Jordan Kardasz

sound designer Christopher M. LaPorte

video designer Michael Fernandez


"Hugely entertaining... exploding with laughter!"

Chicago Tribune


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

New City

"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.

Winner of 2011 Joseph Jefferson Award for artistic specialization

photos: Peter Coombs