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‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’ opens at Farmers Alley November 2

Preview November 01, 2018 Encore Staff

KALAMAZOO—Opening November 2 and running for three weekends through November 18, Farmers Alley Theatre will present the West Michigan area premiere of A Doll’s House, Part 2.

In the final scene of Henrik Ibsen’s groundbreaking masterwork of 1879, A Doll’s House, 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 a knock on that same door. Nora has returned. But why? And what will it mean for those she left behind? A timely work filled with powerful women who struggle against a society that has defined gender roles, A Doll’s House, Part 2 is the rare sequel that stands perfectly well on its own.

Called “smart, funny and utterly engrossing” by The New York Times, this whip smart new play by Lucas Hnath (author of last season’s hit The Christians) is THE play of the moment that delivers explosive laughs while also posing insightful questions about marriage, gender inequality, and human rights.

Farmers Alley Theatre welcomes back director D. Terry Williams to helm this modern classic. Elizabeth Terrel will bring life to the classic character of Nora Helmer. Chicago actor Paul Stroili plays Nora’s estranged husband, Torvald. Zoe Vonder Haar returns to Farmers Alley Theatre to play the Helmer’s housekeeper Anne Marie. WMU Theatre Major Arizsia Staton portrays Nora’s daughter, Emmy.

Tickets are $32 on Fri/Sat/Sun and $27 on Thursdays. Seniors 65 and above receive $2 off per ticket and student tickets are $15. Reservations can be made by calling (269) 343-2727 or visiting www.farmersalleytheatre.com. There will be post-show talkbacks after performances on 11/3 (2pm show), 11/9 and 11/16.