Everyman sets ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’ premiere

Oct 20, 2018
The cast of Everyman Rep's “Doll's House, Part 2” is pictured at its first official read-through.

Camden — Everyman Repertory Theatre is preparing to present the Maine premiere of the 2017 Tony Award-nominated “A Doll’s House, Part 2” by Lucas Hnath. The production will open Saturday, Nov. 10, for a three-weekend run at the Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St./Route 1.

Directed by David Troup of Rockland, the story follows Nora, who, in the final scene of Ibsen’s classic “A Doll’s House,” makes the shocking decision to leave her husband and children. A door slams, and the curtain falls on a stunned audience. Playwright Hnath continues Nora’s story in this intriguing play with a decidedly modern perspective. Fifteen years have passed when there’s a knock on that same door. Why is Nora back — and what will her return mean to those she left behind?

“It’s a play that allows us to explore so many important and timely issues,” said Troup. “The original Ibsen classic, with its powerful, final stage direction has been held up as a symbol for women’s liberation and equality for over a century.”

Hnath has followed up on that play with what feels like “our very own conversations and debates about love, marriage, commitment and all of the many relationship mistakes we’ve beaten ourselves up for making in our own lives,” said Troup. It doesn’t just look at these topics from multiple points of view — it makes compelling arguments from all sides.

The overwhelming reception of last year’s production of Bertolt Brecht’s “Arturo Ui” demonstrated that the local audience is hungry for plays that have a social conscience, said Everyman Rep Artistic Director Paul Hodgson of Camden. “This is what theater does best — what it is for — bringing the major social issues of our day into public debate with all the emotion and intellect necessary to air opinions effectively,” he said. “Hnath’s play does this brilliantly; no one is let off the hook and everyone has their say.”

The cast features Jennifer Hodgson in the role of Nora, Paul Hodgson as Torvald, Lincolnville’s Christine West as the housemaid Anne-Marie and New York City actor Erin Christine Walsh in the role of Emmy, Nora’s grown up daughter. The set is being designed by Rockland sculptor/maker Andrew White; lights are by Tom Sadowski of Lincolnville; costumes by Elaine Bielenberg of Belfast; and an original musical score is being composed by Nathan Davis, one of the co-founders of Rockland’s Steel House.

Performances of “A Doll’s House, Part 2” will be Saturdays, Nov. 10, 17 and 24, and Friday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m.; and Sundays, Nov. 11 and 18, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20, $10 for students, and may be purchased by visiting everymanrep.org or calling the box office at 236-0173.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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