A Doll’s House, Part 2
By Lucas Hnath
Directed by Les Waters
Co-production with Huntington Theatre Company
Main Season · Roda Theatre
September 6–October 21, 2018
Running time: 90 minutes, no intermission
Welcome to A Doll’s House, Part 2—a fiercely intelligent and theatrically scintillating play that delighted audiences both on Broadway and off.
Who’s that knocking on the door? Nora is back in this audacious Tony Award-nominated comedy. It’s been 15 years since she slammed that same door on her marriage and children in the revolutionary final scene of Ibsen’s signature play. Now a successful yet scandalous writer, she’s being blackmailed by a judge and needs her former husband’s help. But her family has a few grievances they need to air first.
No worries—familiarity with Ibsen is not required to utterly, thoroughly, and unequivocally enjoy this play.
Lucas Hnath · Playwright
Les Waters · Director
Andrew Boyce · Scenic Design
Annie Smart · Costume Design
Yi Zhao · Lighting Design
James Ballen · Sound Design
Amy Potozkin · Casting
Alaine Alldaffer · Casting
Michael Suenkel · Production Stage Manager
Amanda Mason · Assistant Stage Manager
Marika Kent · Assistant Lighting Designer
Nancy E. Carroll · Anne Marie
Mary Beth Fisher · Nora
John Judd · Torvald
Nikki Massoud · Emmy
A classic for our time and for the ages…Every once in a while, you see a play that goes beyond holding a mirror up to the world. To gaze at the reflection it offers you is to see past surface appearances of home, family and society to something deeper, more essential, more timeless. It shows you what it is to be a human, to love and loathe, to hurt and repent, to resent and forgive, and to feel all these things all at once, in a great nebula of cross-charged emotions, at the same time that someone else does.”
San Francisco Chronicle
Furiously smart and surprising…Under Les Waters’ always insightful direction, this explosive rebuttal of a classic, a bracing season opener for Berkeley Repertory Theatre, reverberates long after the final curtain…Hnath’s genius is to make jilted husband Torvald (a sensitive turn by John Judd) so sympathetic and Nora so rigid. Suddenly these iconic characters reveal sides of their personality we never knew. Being able to see them in all of their tragic nuance makes it easier to see ourselves in them.”
Mercury News / Bay Area News Group
A razor-sharp, vital and funny production directed by Les Waters…The most extraordinary thing about Hnath’s play is not simply that it’s a crackling good play full of ideas and arguments and regret and ferocity and humor. No, the really extraordinary thing is that it’s actually a worthy sequel to Ibsen…[Mary Beth] Fisher’s performance is electric…[Nancy E.] Carroll’s performance is crystalline in every aspect…As Emmy, Nikki Massoud slowly reveals the inner conflict of an abandoned child finally able to confront the mother who left her with equal parts rage, indifference, revenge and hurt…A Doll’s House, Part 2 is thought provoking and incredibly entertaining. It’s also substantial in that it sits with you afterward. You can leave the doll’s house, but it doesn’t leave you.”
“There’s something in this show for everyone”
From millennials to Gen-Xers, audiences adore A Doll’s House, Part 2.
Official trailer: A Doll’s House, Part 2
See why the press is calling Lucas Hnath’s play at Berkeley Rep “furiously smart and surprising.”
Behind the scenes: A conversation with Les Waters
Director Les Waters shares his thoughts on Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House, Part 2.
Behind the scenes: Costume design
Get a glimpse of the costumes for A Doll’s House, Part 2 and hear from designer Annie Smart.
Behind the scenes: A Doll’s House, Part 2 meet and greet
Meet the actors and hear from the director of Lucas Hnath’s hit comedy.
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