Anastasia Davidson as Emmy in A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2_Photo by Adams VisCom

In the Spotlife: Anastasia Davidson of ‘A Doll’s House’ and ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’

Anastasia Davidson as Emmy in A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2_Photo by Adams VisCom

 Actor has made a royal name for herself on stages across Colorado

Anastasia Davidson appeared in the DCPA Theatre Company production of Anna Karenina and in the 2019 Colorado New Play Summit reading of You Lost Me. She has performed in King Charles III and Love’s Labour’s Lost for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival; in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Pride & Prejudice, Going to a Place Where you Already Are and Silent Sky for Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company; in The Humans and Detroit ’67 for Curious Theatre; in You on the Moors Now for The Catamounts; and in In the Next Room: or The Vibrator Play for the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble. She is an ensemble member with the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company.

  • Roles: Mrs. Kristine Linde in A Doll’s House and Emmy in  A Doll’s House, Part 2. Kristine is a tough, world-wise woman. The digital study-guide website Shmoop says:  “If Nora is ‘a little lark,’ Kristine is a freakin’ hawk. This lady has been through a lot.’) In Part 2, Emmy is Nora’s daughter – all grown up. We’ll see how interested she is in seeing the woman who abandoned her as a toddler.
  • Hometown: I moved around New England growing up, but I lived primarily in Monroe, Connecticut
  • College: BA in Theatre from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania; MFA from Penn State University
  • What’s your handle? @stacedavidson321 on Instagram
  • Twitter-sized bio: Cool, crisp fall days are my favorite. I find comfort and calm in baking – usually many varieties of cookies. I love spending time with my family, traveling and being outside. I feel very grateful that my work is also my passion.
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  • One thing many people might not know about you: My husband and I sponsor a 10-year-old girl from Uganda. We write letters back and forth each month. I send her pictures and little gifts, and I love learning more about her and her family.
  • What’s the one role you would give anything to play … but would be completely miscast for? My dream role is to play Lucille Ball in a biopic about her life. I don’t think it’s a miscast, but it is already being made (thank you, Cate Blanchett), so my chances are slim ;)
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    What are you listening to on your Spotify? I’m very into Michael Kiwanuka right now. He’s a British indie and folk rock singer-songwriter, and his voice is so distinct and beautiful.

  • Describe your comic sensibility based on a favorite TV show: I would compare relationships in my life to the characters on “Jane the Virgin.” Jane is a lot like me – she is super close with her family and her parents, and she is an organized, Type-A, rule-follower. Also, my husband is a lot like her love interest, Michael, who is extremely supportive of her and encourages her to be a writer. (In my case, an actor!)
  • So, about this whole ‘it’s illegal for a woman to take out a loan’ thing in A Doll’s House. It’s 2019. What should a man say to his wife when he discovers she has secretly taken out a loan that has literally saved his life? “Ummm… “THANK YOU! Thank you for loving me so fully and fearlessly. You don’t have to be alone in this anymore, and we will find a way out of this together.”
  • Why does revisiting A Doll’s House matter now? I think it’s amazing the DCPA Theatre Company is doing both of these plays in repertory. Nora has such an interesting path of self-discovery and growth in the original, and it will be fun for audiences to see how she has changed and evolved over the 15 years without her husband and children. Ibsen wrote this character 140 years ago, but she is still relevant and relatable today. And Lucas Hnath allows each of his characters to really throw down the gauntlet and have their chance in the ring up against Nora in Part 2.
  • What do you hope the audience gets out of seeing these plays? Perhaps audiences can ask themselves, “What really has changed for women in these past 140 years?” Yes, women have made some groundbreaking and momentous steps forward, but we can go further. What we can we do as a people, action-wise and acceptance-wise, to continue on this path toward equality?
  • What’s one thing you want to get off your chest? I love this cast and crew. They are a beautiful, talented group of humans, and I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to play with all of them. Working at the Denver Center is a dream!

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James Shanklin, Kate MacCluggage, and Anastasia Davidson_Photo by AdamsVisCom

Anastasia Davidson played Dolly in the DCPA Theatre Company’s recent production of ‘Anna Karenina.’ Photo by AdamsVisCom

A Doll's House and A Doll's House, Part 2

A Doll’s House in repertory: Ticket information

Henrik Ibsen’s renowned classic shattered the traditions of his time as his protagonist, Nora, walked out on her stark marital obligations. Decades later, Lucas Hnath brought her home (and to Broadway) to revisit her actions through a contemporary lens.

  • Dates: Performances through November 24
  • Where: Ricketson Theatre
  • Genre: Drama (A Doll’s House) and comedy (A Doll’s House, Part 2), performed in repertory
  • Advisory: Contains adult themes
  • Tickets: Start at $30 and can be purchased at 303-893-4100 or in person in the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex at 14th and Curtis streets or online by clicking here:

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