Preview of A Doll’s House at WTF – A Psychologically Complex Portrait of Young Marriage

Artistic Director Jenny Gersten announced today the full cast and creative team for Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, opening this week on the Nikos Stage as part of the 2011 Williamstown Theatre Festival (WTF). A Doll’s House will run July 20th, 2011 through July 31st, 2011, with the official opening July 21st, 2011 at 7:30 pm.

Pictured above (l to r) areMichael Maher, Lily Rabe, Josh Hamilton in a scene from A Doll’s House at Williamstown Theatre Festival. Photo T. Charles Erickson

A Doll’s House has a weighty place in the theatrical canon. We remember it for its historical significance as the birth of European realism and as a symbol of feminism.

What stands out is how Ibsen created a very psychologically-complex three-dimensional portrait of young marriage. I’m interested in shedding the weight of history to simply look at how these two people fail each other as a couple.” – Sam Gold, director

The Director working with an exceptional cast

Obie Award-winner Sam Gold (Circle Mirror Transformation) directs Josh Hamilton (Ancestral Voices at WTF; The Coast of Utopia) as Torvald, Eliza Huberth (Camp Monster at WTF) as Helene, Zainab Jah (Ruined at La Jolla Playhouse) as Nanny, Matthew Maher (It’s Kind of a Funny Story) as Doctor Rank, Lily Rabe (Crimes of the Heart at WTF; The Merchant of Venice) as Nora, Adam Rothenberg (Lady Windermere’s Fan at WTF) as Krogstad, and Lili Taylor (Landscape of the Body at WTF; “Six Feet Under”) as Mrs. Linde in Ibsen’s iconic work.

A Doll’s House will be very contemporary, very American, very idiomatic. It’s going to feel very young and modern. – Jenny Gersten, Artistic Director, Williamstown Theatre Festival

The timeless story

Nora Helmer has everything an affluent housewife could want: beautiful children, an adoring husband, a bright future. When a carelessly buried secret rises to the surface, her well-calibrated, though artificial, domestic ideal begins to crumble. Terrified by this new reality, Nora must choose between outward perfection and inner truth. Still bracingly relevant, Ibsen’s masterpiece, in a striking contemporary translation, offers no safer conclusions today than when it stormed stages of 19th-century Europe.

The WTF Creative Team

The creative team includes David Korins (Set Design), Kaye Voyce (Costume Design), Ben Stanton (Lighting Design), and Jane Shaw (Sound Design). Michael Alifanz is the Production Stage Manager.

Tickets and Schedule

Tickets for the 2011 Williamstown Theatre Festival season are on sale now and can be purchased online at http://www.wtfestival.org, by phone at (413) 597-3400, or in person at the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance, 1000 Main St. (Route 2), Williamstown, MA 01267. New curtain times for all Main Stage and Nikos Stage shows are as follows: Tuesday – Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Saturday & Sunday at 2:00 p.m. For more schedule details, visit www.wtfestival.org.

About WTF

The Williamstown Theatre Festival brings award-winning actors, directors, and playwrights to the Berkshires, engaging a loyal audience of both residents and summer visitors. A WTF season covers a broad range of theatrical endeavors, revisiting classic plays with exciting new productions on its Main Stage, developing and nurturing bold new works on the Nikos Stage, and offering audiences a rich array of cultural events including Free Theatre, Late-Night Cabarets, readings, workshops, and educational programs like the Greylock Theatre Project–a program for children in neighboring North Adams.

While best known for its acclaimed productions, WTF is also home to unparalleled training and professional development programs serving new generations of aspiring theatre artists and managers. WTF was honored with the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre in 2002 and the Commonwealth Award for Achievement in 2011. The Festival welcomes Jenny Gersten as its new Artistic Director for the 2011 season.

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