September 16—October 14, 2018
A Doll’s House, Part 2
By Lucas Hnath
“No serious theatregoer should miss this intriguing and provocative Canadian premiere.” –TIMES COLONIST
★★★★★ “Keeps you hanging on each turn of the argument and twist of the knife. It’s dynamite” —TIME OUT NEW YORK
“The year’s best play!” —LA TIMES
“…delivers explosive laughs while also posing thoughtful questions about marriage, inequality and human rights.” —HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“So endlessly stimulating…stirs the heart even as it invigorates the mind…” —BROADWAY NEWS
“Smart, funny and utterly engrossing…” —THE NEW YORK TIMES
A culture-defining drama revisited.
In 1879, when Nora left her husband and children at the end of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, her door slam reverberated around the world, creating a storm of controversy; much of it focussed on Ibsen’s clarion call for gender equality.
Hnath’s stunning new drama begins with a knock on that same door 15 years later, as Nora returns with an urgent request, confronting husband, daughter and the woman who raised her children.
Layered and very current, A Doll’s House, Part 2 was nominated for the 2017 Tony Award – Best Play.
RUNNING TIME – 90 minutes / no intermission
WHY I CHOSE THIS PLAY
It is simply stunning! The intellectual excitement is palpable, as arguments around gender, marriage and family are turned upside down and inside out. —Michael Shamata
A Doll’s House, Part 2 is generously supported by
A Synopsis of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House
You don’t need to know Ibsen’s A Doll’s House to understand and engage with Part 2, but here’s a synopsis just the same…
Torvald, a pillar of society, is a model husband, father, and citizen. His sweet household, with three darling children and Nora – his affectionate little doll of a wife – is the ideal of happy family life.
One of Nora’s earliest acts of devotion to her husband has been the secret raising of money to enable him to spend a year in Italy to restore his health. She persuaded him that the money was a gift from her father, when in fact she obtained it from a money lender named Krogstad. Krogstad refused to make the loan unless her father endorsed the promissory note. This being impossible, as her father was dying at the time, Nora forged his name. The money lender, though not at all duped, knew that forged bills are often the surest to be paid. Since then, Nora has slaved in secret at scrivener’s work until she has nearly paid off the debt.
At this point, Torvald is made manager of the bank, and almost immediately fires Krogstad, who is known as a man of weak moral fibre. Krogstad threatens to expose Nora’s forgery unless she can convince her husband to reinstate him at the bank. When Nora’s pleas on Krogstad’s behalf are unsuccessful, he sends a letter to Torvald revealing Nora’s crime. Nora resolves to kill herself, rather than allow Torvald to destroy his career by owning the crime in order to save her reputation. Instead of pursuing this line of conduct when he hears of the forgery, Torvald flies into a rage and heaps invective on Nora for disgracing him.
Nora realizes that their whole family life has been a fiction: their home a mere doll’s house in which they have been playing at ideal husband and father, wife and mother. She decides to leave him then and there and go out into the world as a single woman to discover who she really is and what life is all about. Nora slams the door behind her – a sound that echoed around the globe. — Michael
Cast & Artists
- Martha Burns
- Benedict Campbell
- Barbara Gordon
- Anne Marie
- Alice Snaden
- Lucas Hnath
- Michael Shamata
- Christina Poddubiuk
- Set & Costume Designer
- Kevin Fraser
- Lighting Designer
- Tobin Stokes
- Composer & Sound Designer
- Jennifer Swan
- Stage Manager
- Carissa Sams
- Assistant Stage Manager
- Hilary Britton-Foster
- Assistant Lighting Designer
- Saturday, September 15 at 11 am
Belfry Studio Theatre, 1291 Gladstone Avenue
Free Event. A live talk show hosted by CBC Radio’s Gregor Craigie and featuring Michael Shamata, Martha Burns (Award-winning actor from TV’s Slings & Arrows), Dr Peyman Vahabzadeh (who uses Ibsen’s A Doll’s House as a case study in his Sociology course) and Dr Lynne Marks (UVic professor in the department of History, whose work focuses on subjects including Canadian history and women’s and gender history).
- Free Childcare Performance
- Saturday, October 13 at 4 pm
To help young parents experience the Belfry, we offer inexpensive tickets and free childcare (for children aged 3 – 10) for young families on select weekend afternoons. Children are cared for by a trained, professional Early Childhood Educator (ECE). Childcare space must be reserved in advance, at least 1 week prior to your chosen performance. To learn more, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the box office at 250-385-6815 to reserve tickets and free childcare.
- Facilitated discussions – audience member to audience member – will follow every evening performance of A Doll’s House, Part 2 (except Opening Night and Talkback Thursday). These are a great opportunity to share your thoughts and hear fellow patrons’ reactions to the production and the ideas it presents.
- Talkback Thursday
- Thursday, September 27
Meet the actors post-performance when they return to the stage to answer questions and provide insight into the play.
- Sunday, October 7 at 2 pm
For patrons with low or no vision, we offer this VocalEye performance during A Doll’s House, Part 2. Trained Audio Describers provide descriptions of the visual elements of the show, allowing people with low vision to enjoy the theatrical experience without missing any of the details. Call the box office at 250-385-6815 to reserve tickets.