Actors Collaborative Toledo Presents ďA Dollís House, Part 2"

Daily Dose  |  01/10/2019 9:00 am

In the final scene of Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 groundbreaking masterwork, Nora Helmer makes the shocking decision to leave her husband and children, and begin a life on her own.  This climatic 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”, Lucas Hnath picks up the action 15 years after Nora’s exit.  Now, there’s a knock on that same door. Nora has returned.  But why?  And what will it mean for those that she left behind?

“A Doll’s House, Part 2” is directed by ACT co-founder, Jeffrey J. Albright.  The play features Toledo area theatre veteran’s Cindy Bilby and Heath Huber as Nora and Torvald Helmer.  The cast is rounded out with Fran Martone as Anne Marie; the trusted family nanny/maid and Aimee Reid as Emmy; Nora and Torvald’s daughter.

“A Doll’s House, Part 2” will be the most produced play by professional regional theatre’s in the U.S. (source:  American Theatre Magazine, Oct. 2018) and ACT is proud to present the area premiere of this provocative new work.  “It is not necessary to be familiar with Ibsen’s 1879 play to enjoy this production,” says Mr. Albright.  “The play explores, sometimes very comically, what happens to those we leave behind and how even though we may change, we are often stuck in the past.”  Mr. Albright goes on to say, “Ms. Bilby give a tour de force performance as Nora, a woman who despite being gone for 15 years is still trapped by society’s expectations of a woman’s place.  Even though I have worked with Cindy on many different projects, this role in this play feels like one that she was destined to perform.  Her performance is truly breathtaking.”

“A Doll’s House, Part 2” will be performed in the intimate chapel theatre at Trinity Episcopal Church located at 316 Adams Street (corner of St. Clair) in downtown Toledo.  Performances are Friday and Saturday, January 25 and 26 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 27 at 3:00 p.m.  Seating is very limited at this venue and tickets can be purchased in advance at www.toledocitytix.com.

The play contains a small amount of adult language and is not recommended for children under 16.



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