Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati presents A Doll’s House, Part 2 through March 30

Nora’s back, and this time, she’s kicking down the door! Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati presents the regional premiere of the scintillating comedy that’s sweeping the nation, A Doll’s House, Part 2. Nominated for eight Tony Awards, Lucas Hnath’s completely unauthorized sequel to Ibsen’s theatrical classic is a thoughtful and contemporary commentary on marriage and how the roles of women have—and haven’t—changed over time. A Doll’s House, Part 2 is on stage at the Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati through March 30, 2019 and is directed by Regina Pugh with John Goering as Production Sponsor.

Nora famously slammed the door on her marriage, leaving her family behind in Ibsen’s 1879 revolutionary classic, but what happened to the iconic heroine next? This audacious sequel imagines her 15 years later as a changed woman. Universally acclaimed on Broadway, this smart, sophisticated comedy crackles with razor-sharp humor that speaks directly to today’s audiences, giving new voice to its predecessor’s themes of marriage, fidelity, and personal independence. 

“I love that this play forces us to confront our own beliefs about marriage and family,” says director Regina Pugh.  “All of the characters in this story make extremely good arguments and extremely flawed arguments and, ultimately, it becomes very hard to tell one from the other. Life is like that. We often feel like we are doing the exact right thing and exact wrong thing at the exact same time.”

 Performance Information

Performances run Tuesday through Sunday. Tuesday-Thursday, 7:30 pm; Friday and Saturday, 8:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 2:00 pm; and Sunday, 7:00 pm. A complete calendar of performances is available online at www.ensemblecincinnati.org.

 Ticket Prices

Ticket prices start at $35 for adults; student tickets are $28; and children are $24. Half-Price Rush Tickets: All remaining tickets for the current day’s performance(s) are available two hours prior to each show time for half-price (discount does not apply to children’s tickets) when purchasing by phone or in person. $15 Student Rush Tickets: Students may purchase up to two $15 student rush tickets two hours prior to show time with valid student I.D. Available in person only.

About the Cast

Tony Campisi (Torvald) returns to Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, having previously appeared in The Humans, Permanent Collection, and Glimmer, Glimmer, and Shine. He was seen at Playhouse in the Park in Men on the Take, Durango, Brighton Beach Memoirs, and You Can't Take it with You. Other regional theatres include Cleveland Play House, McCarter Theatre, Studio Arena Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Mark Taper Forum, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Geva Theatre Center, New York Stage and Film, and Hudson Guild, among others. Broadway: Awake and Sing! (Tony Award), The Nerd, and Pvt. Wars. Off-Broadway: Lincoln Center Theatre, Roundabout Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, and Primary Stages. His television credits include: Seven Seconds (Netflix), Blue Bloods, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Ally McBeal, Profiler, Matlock, EZ Streets, and several soap operas; film credits include: Cruzando, A Home of our Own, Tyson (HBO), and Green Plaid Shirt.

Christine Dye (Anne Marie) last performed at Ensemble Theatre in The Humans and When We Were Young and Unafraid. She has also appeared onstage in Much Ado About Nothing, Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival; August: Osage County, Riverside, and Sarge, Clifton Performance Theatre; Dracula, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; House of Yes, Untethered Theatre; Jeffery, Parallel Lives, and Valhalla, Ovation Theatre; Power Failure, Night of the Iguana, and Bus Stop, New Edgecliff Theatre; and Vagina Monologues, Miss Reardon Drinks a Little, and Shirley Valentine, Middletown Lyric Theatre. Her film credits include Carol, Old Man and the Gun, Donnybrook, A Case of Murder, Mom and Dad, Aftermath, and First Kill

Connan Morrissey (Nora) makes her Ensemble Theatre debut. Her previous credits include roles in new and classical plays at Arena Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Asolo Theatre Center, Folger Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, Round House Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Clarence Brown Theatre, PlayMakers Repertory, Capital Repertory, North Carolina Stage Company, Vermont Stage Company, and Peterborough Players. She has worked as a performance coach for companies including Deloitte, PWC, Unilever, and Fifth Third. Ms. Morrissey has an MFA from the University of North Caroline at Chapel Hill.

Esther Cunningham (Emmy) is a current member of the Professional Acting Apprentice Program at Ensemble Theatre, where she understudied Crabble in Fly by Night and the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland. Off stage, she works with the ETC Education Department as a teaching assistant for the Hunter Heartbeat Program. She is a graduate of Wheaton College with a BA in Theater, where some of her favorite credits include Julius Caesar, The Sparrow, and Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle.

Production team includes D. Lynn Meyers (Producing Artistic Director), Brian c. Mehring (Set & Lighting Designer), Jack Murphy (Technical Director), Matthew Hollstegge (Production Manager), Shannon Rae Lutz (Properties Master & Design Assistant), Matt Callahan (Sound Designer), Stormie Mac (Costume Designer), and James Geier (Wig Designer). Production Stage Manager is Brandon T. Holmes. Assistant Stage Manager is Lexi Muller.

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