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A Doll's House (McGuinness)

A Doll's House (McGuinness)
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Henrik Ibsen
Adapted by: Frank McGuinness
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 70
Pub. Date: 1998
ISBN-10: 0822216361
ISBN-13: 9780822216360
Cast Size: 4 women, 4 men, 2 boys

About the Play:

A Doll's House is a full-length drama by Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Frank McGuinness from a literal translation by Charlotte Barslund. Nora Helmer, a childlike wife and mother accustomed to an existence built around her husband Torvald, comes to confront the truth of her marriage, in Henrik Ibsen's groundbreaking 1879 play.

A Doll's House is the revolutionary tale of Nora Helmer's awakening to her need for a life of her own. Nora is a vibrant young housewife who nonetheless suffers from a crippling dependency on her husband of eight years. He, Torvald, has always done the thinking for the both of them. In order to save Torvald from a debt, and to spare his masculine pride, Nora arranges a loan without his knowledge, and does so by forging a signature. The inevitable revelation of the crime results in an unexpected reaction from Torvald: Rather than being grateful to Nora, he is incapable of accepting the pride and self-sufficiency she demonstrated in taking care of him, and he accuses her of damaging his good name. The illusions behind their marriage are exposed, and Nora wakes to feelings of self awareness for the first time in her life. Torvald is not the man she thought she knew. They are husband and wife, yes, but they are strangers as well. And in one of the most famous, and scandalous, climaxes in all of nineteenth-century drama, Nora leaves her husband and children, determined to forge a new identity from the one she has always known.

A Doll's House premiered in 1879 at the Royal Theatre in Denmark, and it's a significant piece of work for its critical attitude toward that time's marriage norms. The Frank McGuinness adaptation of A Doll's House received its London premiere in 1996 and opened on Broadway in 1997, where the production won four Tony Awards, including best revival.

Cast: 4 women, 4 men, 2 boys

What people say:

"New, raw, gut-twisting and gripping. Easily the hottest drama this season." — USA Today

"A triumphant Doll's House... thrilling." — The New Yorker

"Bold, brilliant and alive." — Wall Street Journal

"A thunderclap of an evening that takes your breath away." — Time Magazine

"The stuff of Broadway legend." — Associated Press

"Superb... This is a play very much for today. Frank McGuinness's sprightly and spirited new version secures its place as a truly contemporary masterpiece." — Mail on Sunday (London)

About the Playwright:

Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906) is the second most widely produced dramatist in the world, eclipsed only by Shakespeare. He is revered in Norway as its most famous author and a national symbol, even though he spent much of his life abroad in Italy and Germany. He was largely responsible for the rise of realism in the theatre. In works that possess revelatory power Ibsen challenged his audiences to question conventional morality and social conditions. Often controversial, his works were deeply unsettling to many of his Victorian contemporaries. He is now widely regarded as the "father of modern drama" and one of the greatest dramatists who ever lived.

Frank McGuinness is an Irish playwright and poet, known for his dramatic works and adaptations. He lives in Dublin and lectures in English at University College Dublin.

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