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Off the Dock Players is proud to announce an upcoming run of A Doll’s House, Part 2, by Lucas Hnath, at Sandwich Town Hall from February 15th through February 24th.
Do you have to know A Doll’s House to enjoy A Doll’s House, Part 2? The short answer is NO, but we feel that knowing the Ibsen classic is worthwhile on its own and provides a better understanding of Hnath’s sequel. They are separate plays written at very different times—1879 and 2017—by very different people. They exist independently from one another but together are sure to spark lively discussions about how some things change....and how some things stay the same.
Here’s some theater history:
When the door slammed shut at the end of Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 play, A Doll’s House, critics began referring to it as 'the slam heard around the world.' Heated discussions about the role of wife, mother and the institution of marriage took center stage in late 19th Century European discourse. Some theaters would only produce it with an altered ending, but Ibsen called that a travesty and held to the original as the central message of the play.
Fast forward to 2017 when a young, emerging writer named Lucas Hnath (pronounced NÃTHE) wondered what would happen if Nora returns to her family after 15 years away. A Doll’s House, Part 2 launched on Broadway to great critical acclaim and multiple Tony nominations and wins.
On February 15th, Off The Dock Players present A Doll’s House, Part 2, by Lucas Hnath, at the Center Sandwich Town Hall, 8 Maple Street starring Rebecca Cole (Nora), Hank Offinger (Torvald), Lisa Lovett (Ann Marie) and Jacquelyn Henken (Emmy). The show will run through February 24th and information and tickets can be found at www.offthedockplayers.com
About Off The Dock Players
Nancy Blaine writes: Off the Dock Players is a theatre company formed in Sandwich, NH, by founding members are Rebecca Cole, Hank Offinger and Nancy Blaine. We spent so much time “on the dock” talking about plays we wanted to produce, that we decided to get “off the dock” and do them. Our first production was A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters in winter of 2017.
That summer we produced Bakersfield Mist in conjunction with The Sandwich Players and directed by Ben Bullard. In Summer of 2018 we produced, Mother of the Groom in conjunction with The Corner House. The play was set in a Manhattan restaurant so we decided to set it in the dining room at The Corner House. The one act was performed in between the main course and dessert.
Our current production is A Doll’s House, Part 2, by Lucas Hnath. Our goal is to bring intimate and serious drama to the area. We love Sandwich and thought we could bring a different angle to the great theater companies we already have. Both Advice to the Players and the Sandwich Players have been welcoming, helpful and collaborative in our pursuit. We are so very grateful to them.
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