A Doll’s House, Part 2
By Lucas Hnath
Directed by Les Waters
Co-production with Huntington Theatre Company
Main Season · Roda Theatre
September 6–October 21, 2018
Running time: 90 minutes, no intermission
“Smart, funny and utterly engrossing”—New York Times
Welcome to A Doll’s House, Part 2—a fiercely intelligent and theatrically scintillating play that delighted audiences both on Broadway and off.
Who’s that knocking on the door? Nora is back in this audacious Tony Award-nominated comedy. It’s been 15 years since she slammed that same door on her marriage and children in the revolutionary final scene of Ibsen’s signature play. Now a successful yet scandalous writer, she’s being blackmailed by a judge and needs her former husband’s help. But her family has a few grievances they need to air first.
No worries—familiarity with Ibsen is not required to utterly, thoroughly, and unequivocally enjoy this play.
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Lucas Hnath · Playwright
Lucas’ plays include A Doll’s House, Part 2 (eight Tony Award® nominations, including Best Play); Hillary and Clinton; Red Speedo; The Christians; A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney; Isaac’s Eye; and Death Tax. He has been produced on Broadway at the John Golden Theatre and off Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, Soho Rep., and Ensemble Studio Theatre. His plays have been produced nationally and internationally with premieres at the Humana Festival of New American Plays, Victory Gardens, and South Coast Rep. He has been a resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2011. Lucas has received the Kesselring Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, Whiting Award, two Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award Citations, Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Play, an Obie, and the Windham-Campbell Literary Prize.
Les Waters · Director
Obie Award winner Les Waters is delighted to be back at Berkeley Rep. From 2003 to 2011, he served as the Theatre’s associate artistic director, and his many productions include Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice and In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), Girlfriend by Todd Almond and Matthew Sweet, Big Love and Fêtes de la Nuit by Charles Mee, Naomi Iizuka’s Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West, and The Pillowman and The Lieutenant of Inishmore by Martin McDonagh. As artistic director of Actors Theatre of Louisville (2012–18), he directed the premiere of Lucas Hnath’s The Christians and other new work by Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas, Sarah Ruhl, Anne Washburn and Dave Malloy, Will Eno, Charles Mee, and Mark Schultz. In the last 10 years, his productions have ranked among the year’s best in The New Yorker, the New York Times, Time Magazine, The Guardian, Time Out New York, and USA Today. In New York, his shows have been seen at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Playwrights Horizons, Classic Stage Company, Second Stage, the Connelly Theater, Signature Theatre Company, Soho Rep., The Public Theater, and Manhattan Theatre Club; and regionally at theatres such as La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Kirk Douglas Theatre, American Repertory Theater, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Yale Repertory Theatre, and American Conservatory Theater. In 2009, he made his Broadway debut with In the Next Room (or the vibrator play). He led the MFA directing program at University of California, San Diego from 1995 to 2003.
Andrew Boyce · Scenic Design
Andrew is a New York City- and Chicago-based designer working in theatre, opera, and film/TV. This is his Berkeley Rep debut. New York City credits include Lincoln Center Theater, Roundabout Theatre Company, Atlantic Theater Company, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, the Play Company, Playwrights Realm, Cherry Lane Theatre, and more. His regional credits include Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alliance Theatre, American Players, California Shakespeare Theater, Curtis Opera Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Geffen Playhouse, George Street Playhouse, Goodman Theatre, Kirk Douglas Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Magic Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, The Old Globe, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Syracuse Stage, TheatreWorks, Westport Playhouse, and Yale Repertory Theatre, among others. Andrew is a graduate of Yale School of Drama, and is currently an assistant professor in the Northwestern University Theatre Department. Please visit andrewboycedesign.com.
Annie Smart · Costume Design
Annie is originally from London where she designed both sets and costumes for productions with Joint Stock, the National Theatre, and the Royal Court among many others. Her many Berkeley Rep credits include Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West, Passing Strange, Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup, Danny Hoch’s Taking Over, In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) (also on Broadway), and Tiny Kushner (also at the Guthrie Theater and the Tricycle Theatre, London). Her other local design credits include Quixote Nuevo, Measure for Measure, The Glass Menagerie, Blithe Spirit, Candida, The Tempest, Man and Superman, and many others for Cal Shakes, and A Doll’s House, Night and Day, and Threepenny Opera for American Conservatory Theater. Annie has also designed for The Public Theater, Arena Stage, BAM, Steppenwolf Theatre, the Guthrie Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, Magic Theatre, TheatreWorks, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and more. She was recently awarded Best Set Design by the San Francisco Bay Area Critics Circle for Guards at the Taj at Marin Theatre Company. Annie teaches Performance Design at UC Berkeley.
Yi Zhao · Lighting Design
Yi returns to Berkeley Rep after A Doctor in Spite of Himself in 2012. His New York credits include Pipeline at Lincoln Center Theater, The House That Will Not Stand and Red Speedo at New York Theatre Workshop, Actually at Manhattan Theatre Club, Suzan-Lori Parks’ In the Blood and The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World at Signature Theatre, and Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. and FUTURITY at Soho Rep. His work has also been seen at the Guthrie Theater, Mark Taper Forum, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Yale Repertory Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, the Wilma Theater, Shakespeare Theatre in D.C., Huntington Theatre Company, and more. His designs for opera, music, and dance have been seen at ArtsEmerson, Curtis Institute of Music, Prototype Festival, and Ballet de Lorraine in France. He is a recipient of the 2016 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Theatre. Visit yi-zhao.com.
James Ballen · Sound Design
James is very happy to be collaborating on A Doll’s House, Part 2. His most recent design credit was for John Leguizamo’s Latin History for Morons at Berkeley Rep. Other credits include productions at the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, The Public Theater, St. Ann’s Warehouse, the Barbican Centre, La Jolla Playhouse, American Conservatory Theater, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Favorite Berkeley Rep credits include Passing Strange, Girlfriend, The Wild Bride, American Idiot, Brundibar, The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, and 36 Views. James was part of the Berkeley Rep fellowship program, and has served as sound supervisor for the past seven seasons.
Amy Potozkin, CSA · Casting
This is Amy’s 29th season at Berkeley Rep. Through the years she has also had the pleasure of casting plays for ACT (Seattle), Arizona Theatre Company, Aurora Theatre Company, B Street Theatre, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Dallas Theater Center, Marin Theatre Company, the Marsh, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Social Impact Productions Inc., and Traveling Jewish Theatre. Amy cast roles for various independent films, including Conceiving Ada, starring Tilda Swinton; Haiku Tunnel and Love & Taxes, both by Josh Kornbluth; and Beyond Redemption by Britta Sjogren. Amy received her MFA from Brandeis University, where she was also an artist in residence. She has been an audition coach to hundreds of actors and a presentation/communication coach to many businesspeople. Amy taught acting at Mills College and audition technique at Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre, and has led workshops at numerous other venues in the Bay Area. Prior to working at Berkeley Rep, she was an intern at Playwrights Horizons in New York. Amy is a member of CSA, the Casting Society of America, and was nominated for Artios Awards for Excellence in Casting for The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures; One Man, Two Guvnors; and An Octoroon.
Alaine Alldaffer, CSA · Casting
Alaine’s most recent Berkeley Rep credit is It Can’t Happen Here. Alaine is also the casting director for Playwrights Horizons, where her credits include Grey Gardens (also for Broadway), Clybourne Park (also for Broadway), Circle Mirror Transformation (Drama Desk and Obie Awards for Best Ensemble and an Artios Award for casting), and The Flick (Playwright Horizons and the Barrow Street Theatre). Television credits include The Knights of Prosperity (aka Let’s Rob Mick Jagger) for ABC. Associate credits include Ed for NBC and Monk for USA. Her regional theatre credits include Arena Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and American Conservatory Theater. Alaine credits Lisa Donadio as her associate casting director.
Michael Suenkel · Production Stage Manager
Michael began his association with Berkeley Rep as the stage management intern for the 1984–85 season and is now in his 25th season as production stage manager. He has also worked with the Huntington Theatre (Boston), The Public Theater and New Victory Theatre (New York), La Jolla Playhouse, Yale Repertory Theatre, and many others. Internationally he has stage managed shows in Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Among his favorite Berkeley Rep productions are last season’s Angels in America, The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, Eurydice, Fêtes de la Nuit, The Beaux’ Stratagem, and Mad Forest.
Amanda Mason · Assistant Stage Manager
Amanda is very pleased to be back at Berkeley Rep after most recently being production assistant for An Octoroon, Aubergine, Treasure Island, Head of Passes, and Accidental Death of an Anarchist. She started at Berkeley Rep as the stage management fellow in 2010 and has worked at Aurora Theatre Company and Jewish Community High School of the Bay. She has also worked with Berkeley Rep in the box office and at the School of Theatre.
Huntington Theatre Company · Co-Producer
The Huntington Theatre Company is Boston’s leading professional theatre and one of New England’s premier cultural assets since its founding in 1982. Recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award, the Huntington brings together superb local and national talent to create award-winning productions, ranging from groundbreaking new works to classics made current, runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development, and serves the Boston theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. The Huntington is currently planning a major renovation of its Huntington Avenue Theatre, converting the historic theatre into a first-rate modern venue with a new, expansive 14,000 square foot lobby and greatly expanded services to audiences, artists, and the community. Under the direction of Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso, the Huntington cultivates, celebrates, and champions theatre as an art form. For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org.
Marika Kent · Assistant Lighting Designer
Nancy E. Carroll · Anne Marie
Nancy is making her Berkeley Rep debut. Her Broadway credits include Present Laughter (Roundabout Theatre Company) and her international credits include The Cripple of Inishmaan and Big Maggie (Druid Theatre, Ireland) and Return of the Winemaker (Cork Arts Theatre, Ireland). Regionally, she has appeared in Ripcord, I Was Most Alive With You, The Seagull, Good People, Luck of the Irish, Prelude to a Kiss, Brendan, She Loves Me, The Rose Tattoo, and Dead End (Huntington Theatre); Rapture Blister Burn (Geffen Playhouse); Our Town and She Loves Me (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Shakespeare in Love, Mothers and Sons, Other Desert Cities, The Savannah Disputation, The Women, Company, and A Man of No Importance (Speakeasy Stage); The New Electric Ballroom, Breath of Life, Trad, Doubt, Happy Days, My Old Lady, and Collected Stories (Gloucester Stage); Bailegangaire (Súgán Theatre); and Humble Boy, Hamlet, and The Winter’s Tale (Publick Theatre). Her TV and film credits include Spotlight, Olive Kitteridge, and Irrational Man. Nancy received Elliot Norton Awards for Present Laughter, Brendan, and Bailegangaire.
Mary Beth Fisher · Nora
Mary Beth has appeared at Berkeley Rep in Dear Elizabeth. Her many Chicago credits include Blind Date, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, The Little Foxes, Luna Gale, and The Seagull (Goodman Theatre); Domesticated, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, and The Dresser (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Long Day’s Journey into Night, Three Tall Women, The Year of Magical Thinking, The Wild Duck, and Arcadia (Court Theatre). Her New York credits include Frank’s Home (Playwrights Horizons), Boy Gets Girl, and The Radical Mystique (Manhattan Theatre Club); The Night of the Iguana (Roundabout Theatre Company); and Extremities (Westside Arts). Her TV and film credits include Sense8, Chicago Fire, Chicago Justice, Without a Trace, Numb3rs, Prison Break, NYPD Blue, Profiler, and Dragonfly. Mary Beth has received two Joseph Jefferson Awards, Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel nominations, the L.A. Drama Critics’ Circle Award, Chicago’s Leading Lady Award from the Sarah Siddons Society, and is an Inaugural Lunt-Fontanne Fellow at the Ten Chimneys Foundation.
John Judd · Torvald
John is appearing for the first time at Berkeley Rep. A Chicago actor for over 30 years, he has appeared on many stages there including the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Court Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Writers Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, and A Red Orchid Theatre. Other regional stages include the Huntington Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Westport Country Playhouse, McCarter Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, City Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Beaver Creek Theatre Festival, the Old Globe, and Town Hall Theatre in Galway, Ireland. He has appeared off Broadway at Barrow Street Theatre, 59E59 Theatres, and BAM. Recent screen appearances include Chicago Fire (NBC), Empire (Fox), Sense8 (Netflix), and SouthSide (Comedy Central).
Nikki Massoud · Emmy
A Doll’s House, Part 2 is Nikki’s Berkeley Rep debut. Her New York stage credits including Bianca in Othello at New York Theatre Workshop, directed by Sam Gold and starring Daniel Craig. Her regional credits include the world premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s Zealot at South Coast Rep, Pericles (Marina/Thaisa) at Two River Theater, Our Town (Emily) at Portland Center Stage, and The Glass Menagerie Project (Laura/Rose) at Arena Stage. She has also appeared on Madam Secretary, Homeland, Odd Mom Out, Mozart in the Jungle, and HBO’s Succession. She trained at Brown University/Trinity Rep (MFA), the British American Drama Academy, and Georgetown University.
The actors and stage managers are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
A classic for our time and for the ages…Every once in a while, you see a play that goes beyond holding a mirror up to the world. To gaze at the reflection it offers you is to see past surface appearances of home, family and society to something deeper, more essential, more timeless. It shows you what it is to be a human, to love and loathe, to hurt and repent, to resent and forgive, and to feel all these things all at once, in a great nebula of cross-charged emotions, at the same time that someone else does.”
San Francisco Chronicle
Furiously smart and surprising…Under Les Waters’ always insightful direction, this explosive rebuttal of a classic, a bracing season opener for Berkeley Repertory Theatre, reverberates long after the final curtain…Hnath’s genius is to make jilted husband Torvald (a sensitive turn by John Judd) so sympathetic and Nora so rigid. Suddenly these iconic characters reveal sides of their personality we never knew. Being able to see them in all of their tragic nuance makes it easier to see ourselves in them.”
Mercury News / Bay Area News Group
A razor-sharp, vital and funny production directed by Les Waters…The most extraordinary thing about Hnath’s play is not simply that it’s a crackling good play full of ideas and arguments and regret and ferocity and humor. No, the really extraordinary thing is that it’s actually a worthy sequel to Ibsen…[Mary Beth] Fisher’s performance is electric…[Nancy E.] Carroll’s performance is crystalline in every aspect…As Emmy, Nikki Massoud slowly reveals the inner conflict of an abandoned child finally able to confront the mother who left her with equal parts rage, indifference, revenge and hurt…A Doll’s House, Part 2 is thought provoking and incredibly entertaining. It’s also substantial in that it sits with you afterward. You can leave the doll’s house, but it doesn’t leave you.”
“There’s something in this show for everyone”
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Official trailer: A Doll’s House, Part 2
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Director Les Waters shares his thoughts on Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House, Part 2.
Behind the scenes: Costume design
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