Henrik Ibsen’s 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. One part searing drama, another part biting comedy, join us to see either one or both plays as part of our repertory production.
About A Doll’s House
Nora’s life is a picture-perfect portrait, complete with a doting husband, gleeful children and the small pleasures of her 1870s Norwegian home. But underneath her wide-eyed demeanor lies a deceit that she fears will tear her family apart. As the consequences stack up to reveal deeper flaws in her relationship, she slams the door on her marriage to assert her independence in this heart-wrenching and gripping production.
About A Doll’s House, Part 2
Fifteen years later, Nora’s unexpected return cuts through the subtext to confront her decisions head-on in this Tony-nominated, contemporary sequel. Asking for favors instead of forgiveness, the proudly independent woman demands help from the family she left behind. But as she hilariously roasts the society she has shunned, her husband and children get their long-awaited chance to stand their ground. “Smart, funny and utterly engrossing” (The New York Times), this piece snappily filters the still-prevalent pressures of motherhood and self-fulfillment through a modern perspective.
What Does “In Repertory” Mean?
“In repertory” (or “in rep” for short) means the two plays will be produced by the same company during the same time period on an alternating schedule. By seeing these shows in rep, audiences will experience a satisfying narrative and see how each play reflects on the other.
Do I Need To See A Doll’s House To Understand A Doll’s House, Part 2?
No. A Doll’s House, Part 2 is enjoyable even if you haven’t experienced (or don’t quite recall) the classic original. Like a movie sequel, if you’ve seen the first play, you will have a deeper understanding of Part 2¸ and we highly recommend taking advantage of this opportunity to experience them both. But it’s not required!
View A Doll’s House Advisory Timing
Approx. 50 minutes into Act 2 Dr. Rank will puff one or two puffs from his e-cigar and then exits stage. Approx. 54 minutes into Act 2 Torvald will slam the doors up center.
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A Doll’s House: Thu, Oct 17 at 6:30pm
A Doll’s House, Part 2: Thu, Nov 7 at 6:30pm
Join a fun and engaging discussion with the actors after the performance.
Community Series Talkbacks
A Doll’s House: Oct 26 at 2pm
A Doll’s House, Part 2: Nov 16 at 2pm
Join an actor from the cast for a topical panel discussion with local community and academic leaders that explores the themes and issues of A Doll’s House & A Doll’s House, Part 2.