Eight 2017 Tony Award Nominations:
Best Play, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Chris Cooper), Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play (Laurie Metcalf), Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play (Jayne Houdyshell, Condola Rashad), Best Direction of a Play, Best Costume Design of a Play, Best Lighting Design of a Play.
Ibsen’s Heroine Returns Home:
Tony nominee Laurie Metcalf and Oscar winner Chris Cooper star in A Doll’s House, Part 2, a new play that continues the story of Henrik Ibsen’s most cherished work.
From the Producers:
In the final scene of Ibsen’s 1879 ground-breaking masterwork, Nora Helmer makes the shocking decision to leave her husband and children, and begin a life on her own. This climactic event – when Nora slams the door on everything in her life – instantly propelled world drama into the modern age. In A Doll’s House, Part 2, many years have passed since Nora’s exit. Now, there’s a knock on that same door. Nora has returned. But why? And what will it mean for those she left behind?
138 Years in the Making:
Widely considered the father of modern realism, Henrik Ibsen wrote A Doll’s House in 1879. Playwright Lucas Hnath’s drama is a post-feminist sequel to the pioneering play. Making his Broadway debut, Hnath read the original A Doll’s House in high school. His mother bore some resemblance to Nora: she was divorced and, as an ordained minister, was a woman in a man’s world. In 2014 he copied a bad translation onto his laptop and began writing his own adaptation. Through workshops, Hnath and the cast honed the finely calibrated arguments in which Nora engages with each member of the household. A Doll’s House, Part 2 was commissioned by South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, California where it was directed by Shelley Butler in April 2017. The play opened on Broadway on April 27, 2017 after previews which began on March 30, 2017 at the John Golden Theatre. The cast features 2017 Tony nominees Laurie Metcalf, Chris Cooper, Jayne Houdyshell and Condola Rashad.
World Premiere at South Coast Repertory:
Hollywood Reporter: “Terrific…it delivers explosive laughs while also posing thoughtful questions about marriage, gender inequality and human rights.”
New York Magazine: “Thrilling…Hnath provides enough ingenious structure to allow “A Doll’s House, Part 2″ to function quite smoothly as an often hilarious puzzle drama.”
New York Times: “Smart, funny and utterly engrossing…and features a magnificent Metcalf leading one of the best casts in town.”
Newsday: “Dazzling theatrical fireworks…intense but surprisingly breezy…”