Huntington Theatre Company Presents A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2
The 2017 Tony Award nominee for Best Play and the most-produced play of the 2018-2019 season, A Doll's House, Part 2 makes its Boston debut at the Huntington Theatre Company at the Avenue of the Arts / Huntington Avenue Theatre (264 Huntington Avenue, Boston) in a co-production with Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Written by Tony Award nominee Lucas Hnath and directed by Obie Award winner Les Waters, performances will run January 4 through February 3. The press opening will be Wednesday, January 9 at 7pm.
Nora famously slammed the door on her marriage, leaving her husband and children behind in Ibsen's groundbreaking classic, but what happened to the iconic heroine next? Named one of TIME Magazine's Top 10 of 2017, A Doll's House, Part 2 imagines her 15 years later as a successful writer and independent woman. Nora is urgently seeking to finalize her divorce, but first her estranged family has grievances to air.
This smart and sophisticated new comedy raises fascinating questions about marriage and the ways the roles of women have - and haven't - changed. Audiences will enjoy this "smart, funny, and utterly engrossing play" (The New York Times) regardless of their familiarity with Ibsen's play and the undeniable legacy Nora's exit left behind.
Thanks to his "audacious Broadway debut" (The Hollywood Reporter) with A Doll's House, Part 2, Lucas Hnath has become the most produced playwright in the country this season. Next for Hnath is his highly anticipated return to Broadway with Hillary and Clinton which opens this spring.
"We are thrilled to bring this hilariously eloquent play to Boston - a playful debate on marriage, gender roles, and what makes up the modern mating dance," says Peter DuBois, Huntington Artistic Director. "Somehow Lucas Hnath has made it possible to take one of the most familiar pieces of dramatic literature in history and breathe new and exciting life into its iconic characters. Under the skillful direction of Les Waters, this company brilliantly highlights the relevance of this play in our society today with a stealth balance of humor and empathy."
Hailed as a "classic for our time and for the ages" by The San Francisco Chronicle, this production of A Doll's House, Part 2 features frequent Huntington favorite Nancy E. Carroll (Ripcord, Present Laughter at the Huntington) as Anne Marie, Mary Beth Fisher as Nora (How Shakespeare Won the West and The Birthday Party at the Huntington), John Judd as Torvald (Shining City at the Huntington), and Nikki Massoud (Huntington debut) as Emmy.
A Doll's House, Part 2 includes scenic design by Andrew Boyce (Verite, Lincoln Center Theater), costume design by Annie Smart (In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) on Broadway), lighting design by Yi Zhao (Becoming Cuba at the Huntington), and sound design by J Jumbelic (The Handmaid's Tale, Boston Lyric Opera).
CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM
Nancy E. Carroll (Anne Marie) has appeared in Ripcord, I Was Most Alive with You, The Seagull, Good People, Luck of the Irish, Prelude to a Kiss, Brendan, She Loves Me, The Rose Tattoo, and Dead End at the Huntington Theatre Company. Her Broadway credits include Present Laughter (Roundabout Theatre Company) and her international credits include The Cripple of Inishmaan and Big Maggie (Druid Theatre, Ireland) and Return of the Winemaker (Cork Arts Theatre, Ireland). Additional regional credits include Rapture Blister Burn (Geffen Playhouse); Our Town and She Loves Me (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Shakespeare in Love, Mothers and Sons, Other Desert Cities, The Savannah Disputation, The Women, Company, and A Man of No Importance (SpeakEasy Stage Company); The New Electric Ballroom, Breath of Life, Trad, Doubt, Happy Days, My Old Lady, and Collected Stories (Gloucester Stage); Bailegangaire (Súgán Theatre); and Humble Boy, Hamlet, and The Winter's Tale (Publick Theatre). Her television and film credits include the Academy Award-winning Spotlight, Irrational Man, and the Emmy Award-winning HBO limited series "Olive Kitteridge." She received Elliot Norton Awards for Present Laughter, Brendan, and Bailegangaire.
Mary Beth Fisher (Nora) has appeared at the Huntington Theatre Company in How Shakespeare Won the West and The Birthday Party. Her many Chicago credits include Blind Date, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Little Foxes, Luna Gale, and The Seagull (Goodman Theatre); Domesticated, Dead Man's Cell Phone, and The Dresser (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Long Day's Journey into Night, Three Tall Women, The Year of Magical Thinking, The Wild Duck, and Arcadia (Court Theatre). Her New York credits include Frank's Home (Playwrights Horizons), Boy Gets Girl, and The Radical Mystique (Manhattan Theatre Club); The Night of the Iguana (Roundabout Theatre Company); and Extremities (Westside Arts). Her TV and film credits include "SENSE8," "Chicago Fire," "Chicago Justice," "Without a Trace," "Numb3rs," "Prison Break," "NYPD Blue," "Profiler," and "Dragonfly." She has received two Joseph Jefferson Awards, Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel nominations, the LA Drama Critics' Circle Award, Chicago's Leading Lady Award from the Sarah Siddons Society, and is an Inaugural Lunt-Fontanne Fellow at the Ten Chimneys Foundation.
John Judd (Torvald) previously appeared at the Huntington in Shining City. A Chicago actor for over 30 years, he has appeared on many stages there including The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Court Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Writers Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, and A Red Orchid Theatre. Other regional stages include Williamstown Theatre Festival, Westport Country Playhouse, McCarter Theatre Center, Philadelphia Theatre Company, City Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Beaver Creek Theatre Festival, The Old Globe, and Town Hall Theatre in Galway, Ireland. He has appeared Off Broadway at Barrow Street Theatre, 59E59 Theatres, and BAM. Recent screen appearances include "Chicago Fire" (NBC), "Empire" (Fox), and "SENSE8" (Netflix).
Nikki Massoud (Emmy) has New York stage credits that include Bianca in Othello at New York Theatre Workshop, directed by Sam Gold and starring Daniel Craig. Her regional credits include the world premiere of Theresa Rebeck's Zealot at South Coast Rep, Pericles (Marina/Thaisa) at Two River Theater, Our Town (Emily) at Portland Center Stage, and The Glass Menagerie Project (Laura/Rose) at Arena Stage. She has also appeared on "Madam Secretary," "Homeland," "Odd Mom Out," "Mozart in the Jungle," and HBO's "Succession." She trained at Brown University/Trinity Rep (MFA), the British American Drama Academy, and Georgetown University.
Lucas Hnath (Playwright) took Broadway by storm with A Doll's House, Part 2 which received eight Tony Award nominations, including Best Play. His credits include Hillary and Clinton (on Broadway Spring 2019); Red Speedo; The Christians; A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay about the Death of Walt Disney; Isaac's Eye; and Death Tax. He has been produced on Broadway and Off Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, Soho Rep, and Ensemble Studio Theatre. His plays have been produced nationally and internationally with premieres at the Humana Festival of New American Plays, Victory Gardens, and South Coast Rep. He has been a resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2011. He has received the Kesselring Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, Whiting Award, two Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award Citations, Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Play, an Obie Award, and the Windham-Campbell Literary Prize.
Les Waters (Director) is an Obie Award-winning director whose shows in the last 10 years have ranked among the year's best in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Time Out New York, Time Magazine, The Guardian, and USA Today. He directed Anne Washburn and Dave Malloy's Little Bunny Foo Foo, Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas' Recent Alien Abductions, William Shakespeare's Macbeth, Sarah Ruhl's For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday, Anne Washburn's 10 Out of 12, Charles Mee's The Glory of the World, Rebecca Gilman's Luna Gale, Naomi Iizuka's At the Vanishing Point, Lucas Hnath's The Christians, Thornton Wilder's Our Town, Will Eno's Gnit, Todd Almond's Girlfriend, and Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night. He also previously directed Big Love by Charles Mee at the Humana Festival in 2000, and the site-specific production of Naomi Iizuka's At the Vanishing Point at the 2004 Humana Festival. His productions have been seen in New York at Playwrights Horizons, Signature Theatre Company, The Public Theater, Second Stage Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Connelly Theater, Clubbed Thumb, and Soho Rep, and regionally at theatres such as the Mark Taper Forum, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, and American Repertory Theater. In 2009, he made his Broadway debut with In the Next Room (or the vibrator play). He led the MFA directing program at University of California, San Diego from 1995 to 2003, and was the associate artistic director at Berkeley Rep from 2003 to 2011.
ABOUT THE Huntington Theatre Company
The Huntington Theatre Company is Boston's leading professional theatre and one of the region's premier cultural assets since its founding in 1982. Recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award, the Huntington brings together superb local and national talent and produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current to create award-winning productions. The Huntington runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. The Huntington has long been an anchor cultural institution of Huntington Avenue, the Avenue of the Arts, and will remain so on a permanent basis with plans to convert the Huntington Avenue Theatre into a first-rate, modern venue with expanded services to audiences, artists, and the community. Under the direction of Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso, the Huntington cultivates, celebrates, and champions theatre as an art form. For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org.