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A Doll's House, Part 2 to begin Broadway previews early

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Producer Scott Rudin has announced that the Broadway premiere of Lucas Hnath's new drama A Doll's House, Part 2, directed by Tony winner Sam Gold, will begin previews slightly earlier than initially scheduled. The first preview will now take place on March 30, 2017 (instead of April 1), at the Golden Theatre. The official opening date remains April 27 (which is also the Tony Awards eligibility cut-off date next year), with the limited engagement still closing on July 23, 2017.

Synopsis: "In the final scene of Ibsen's 1879 ground-breaking masterwork, Nora Helmer makes the shocking decision to leave her husband and children, and begin a life on her own. This climactic event - when Nora slams the door on everything in her life - instantly propelled world drama into the modern age. In A Doll's House, Part 2, many years have passed since Nora's exit. Now, there's a knock on that same door. Nora has returned. But why? And what will it mean for those she left behind?"

The all-star cast of A Doll's House, Part 2 includes three-time Emmy winner and three-time Tony nominee Laurie Metcalf, Oscar winner Chris Cooper, Tony winner Jayne Houdyshell and two-time Tony nominee Condola Rashad.

This new work will mark the Broadway debut of writer Lucas Hnath. The play was originally commissioned by South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, California. Their production is scheduled to begin performances on April 9, 2017, and will consequently run simultaneously with the Broadway engagement.

The creative team for the Broadway production features scenic design by Miriam Buether and costume design by Tony winner David Zinn.

Laurie Metcalf was last seen on Broadway in her 2016 Tony-nominated performance as Annie Wilkes in 'Misery.' She also earned Tony nominations for 'The Other Place' (2013) and 'November' (2008). Other Broadway credits include 'Brighton Beach Memoirs' and 'My Thing Of Love.' She is perhaps best known for her TV role as Jackie Harris in "Roseanne," which earned her three Emmy Awards in 1992, 1993 and 1994.

Chris Cooper briefly appeared on Broadway in 'Of the Fields, Lately' in 1980. He also appeared off-Broadway in 'Trumbo: Red White and Blacklisted' at Westside Theatre. He won an Oscar and a Golden Globe in 2003 for "Adaptation." Other notable screen credits include "American Beauty," "The Patriot," "August: Osage County," "Jarhead," and "The Bourne Identity."

Jayne Houdyshell can currently be seen on Broadway in her Tony-winning performance as Deirdre Blake in 'The Humans.' She earned Tony nominations for 'Follies' (2012) and 'Well' (2006). Other Broadway credits include 'Fish in the Dark,' 'Romeo and Juliet,' 'Dead Accounts,' 'The Importance of Being Earnest,' 'Bye Bye Birdie,' and 'Wicked.' Notable screen credits include "Garden State" and "Maid in Manhattan."

Condola Rashad earned Tony nominations for 'The Trip to Bountiful' (2013) and 'Stick Fly' (2012). She also starred as Juliet in the 2013 Broadway revival of 'Romeo and Juliet.' Her most notable screen credits include "Money Monster," "Complete Unknown," and "Steel Magnolias."


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