Opening on November 5th, the Linfield Theatre Program presents Frank McGuinness' award-winning adaptation of A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen. The play was winner of the 1997 Tony Award for Best Revival. Time described the production as “a thunderclap of an evening that takes your breath away.”
Nora is a vibrant young housewife married to Torvald, who has always insisted on doing the thinking for both of them. In order to save Torvald’s life and provide for a convalescence trip, Nora takes out 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 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 is awakened to feelings of self-awareness for the first time in her life. Torvald is not the man she thought she married. They are husband and wife, but they are strangers as well. In one of the most famous, and scandalous, climaxes in all of 19th century drama, Nora leaves her husband and children, determined to forge a new identity from the one she has always known.
As a harbinger of modern drama Ibsen believed that theatre should provide insights and generate discussion about important social ideas. In his notes for the play, he wrote: “a woman cannot be herself in modern society, with laws made by men and with prosecutors and judges who assess female conduct from a male standpoint.”
Associate Professor of Theatre Janet Gupton directs A Doll’s House. Scenic and lighting designs are by Tyrone Marshall with costumes by Alethia Moore-Del Monaco and sound design by Robert Vaughn. The ensemble includes Linfield first-year students Christopher Forrer and Caitlyn Olson, sophomore Bailey Maxwell, juniors Chris Lambert and Sharon Hagel and seniors William DeBiccari and Jessica Learn. Also joining the cast are Hunter Svec-Orr and Jacob Harmon who play the children of the Helmers. Performance dates are November 5, 6 and 7, 12, 13 and 14 at 8 p.m. and November 8 at 2 pm.
Prices are $9 for full price; $7 for non-Linfield students, seniors (62+), and Linfield faculty and staff; and $5 for Linfield students, with a $2 discount on opening night (Nov. 5) for all tickets. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, October 27, and may be purchased through our secure server at www.linfield.edu/culture, offering added convenience. Select your seats, pay for them with a credit or debit card, and pick them up at the box office on the night of the show. A small service charge will apply for web orders.
Tickets may also be purchased at the Marshall Theatre Box Office or ordered over the phone with a credit or debit card (no service charge for box office or phone orders). Located just inside the lobby of Ford Hall, the box office is open Tuesday through Friday from 3 to 5 p.m., and until 8 p.m. on performance days. The box office will also be open Nov. 7 and Nov. 14 from 3 to 8 p.m., and from noon until 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 8. The box office is closed on Mondays.
The Marshall Theatre is fully accessible. Please contact the box office directly if you require accessible seating. For more information, call the Box Office at 503.883.2292.