heddatron, robots and the role of ypsilanti

No time to dig into it right now, but I wanted to pass along this note from Jim:

Did you know that the main character of the new play ‘Heddatron’ is a kidnapped Ypsilanti housewife?

I wonder if it’s just because our quirky, little city has an interesting name, or if there’s something more to it… I wonder if, perhaps, there’s any connection to the band Captured By Robots, who often play at Ypsilanti’s Elbow Room.

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  1. Theodore Glass
    Posted February 6, 2006 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    From Wired:

    Hedda Gabler, which many consider Henrik Ibsen’s masterpiece, tells the story of a deeply conflicted woman whose world comes crashing down when she’s faced with the success of a former lover. The resulting tensions between loyalty, social position, and her own heart drive the action. Heddatron is considerably less linear. It bounces from robots enacting a doomed staging of Hedda Gabler, to student book reports on Ibsen’s plays, to a mother in Ypsilanti, Michigan, whom the robots abduct to star in their production, to Ibsen’s house, where the playwright lives with his overbearing wife and what the script terms a kitchen slut. The 19th-century Swedish playwright August Strindberg also appears, carrying a sack of used condoms and writing plays with a Sharpie that’s glued to his crotch.

    http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/14.02/posts_pr.html

  2. mark
    Posted February 6, 2006 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

    My guess, and I know it’s a long-shot, is that the author of the play got the idea while watching Captured By Robots perform in Ypsilanti.

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