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A Doll's House, Part 2

A Doll's House, Part 2
Your Price: $15.95 CDN
Author: Lucas Hnath
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 64
Pub. Date: 2018
ISBN-10: 082223744X
ISBN-13: 9780822237440
Cast Size: 1 woman, 3 men

About the Play:

A Doll's House, Part 2 is a full-length drama by Lucas Hnath. Fifteen years after Nora Helmer infamously slammed the door on her stifling domestic life, she has returned with an urgent request. Before she can get what she needs, however, she must reckon with the family she left in her wake. This funny, probing, and bold sequel picks up where Ibsen's classic left off. 

A Doll's House, Part 2 picks up 15 years after the original, a three-act lightning bolt written by playwright Henrik Ibsen in 1879. In the final scene of Ibsen's groundbreaking masterwork, 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 – reverberated around the world, creating a storm of controversy; much of it focused on Ibsen's clarion call for gender equality. A Doll's House, Part 2, wonders what Ibsen's Nora has been up to since she slammed the door. Many years have passed since Nora's exit. Now, there's a knock on that same door 15 years later, as Nora returns with an urgent request, confronting husband, daughter and the woman who raised her children. But why? And what will it mean for those she left behind? A Doll's House, Part 2  is at once a continuation of Ibsen's complex exploration of traditional gender roles and a clever contemporary take on the struggles inherent in all human relationships.

A Doll's House, Part 2 premiered in 2017 at South Coast Repertory, two weeks before transferring to Broadway at the John Golden Theatre, and was nominated for the 2017 Tony Award for Best Play. Since then the play had regional premieres at professional theatres across North America and has been mounted by high schools, colleges, and community theatres.

Cast: 1 woman, 3 men

What people say:

"[A] smart, funny and utterly engrossing play… Hnath approaches what might seem like a hubristic project with the humility and avidity of an engaged Everyreader. A Doll's House, Part 2 gives vibrant theatrical life to the conversations that many of us had after first reading or seeing its prototype…." — The New York Times

"…lucid and absorbing… Modern in its language, mordant in its humor and suspenseful in its plotting… the play judiciously balances conflicting ideas about freedom, love and responsibility." — Time Out NY

"Hnath's inspired writing, which endows each character with an arsenal of fastballs, curveballs and spitballs, keep[s] us disarmingly off-balance. He's an uncommonly gifted parodist. For all its seriousness, A Doll's House, Part 2 is suffused with a contagious bemusement." — Deadline.com

"[A Doll's House, Part 2] delivers explosive laughs while also posing thoughtful questions about marriage, gender inequality and human rights…as much an ingenious elaboration and deconstruction of A Doll's House as a sequel, and it stands perfectly well on its own…With unfussy eloquence, [the play] asks how much, in a century-plus, life has changed for Nora and women like her in a world that often still has firm ideas about where they belong." — Hollywood Reporter

About the Playwright:

Lucas Hnath is an American playwright. He has been produced on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regionally all over North America. He has been a resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2011. Awards include the Kesselring Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Award, the Whitfield Cook Award, two Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award Citations, and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Play, and an Obie.

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