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Triad Stage Presents a New Vision of A Doll House, Henrik Ibsen's "Door Slam Heard Around the World"

Preston Lane's World Premiere Adaptation of the Life-changing Classic Takes the Stage

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Greensboro -- ( Sun., Oct. 16, 2011 - Sun., Nov. 6, 2011 )

Triad Stage: A Doll House
$44-$10 except $20 Preview Performances 10/16, 10/18, 10/19, & 10/20. -- Triad Stage at The Pyrle Theater , 336/272-0160 or 866/579-TIXX (toll-free) , http://www.triadstage.org/

October 16, 2011 - Greensboro, NC:


This preview has been provided by Triad Stage.

Triad Stage continues its tradition of Henrik Ibsen’s works with a new version of the Norwegian playwright’s masterpiece, A Doll House,adapted and directed by Preston Lane. The most controversial play about love and marriage ever written still shocks and thrills a century after its lead character opened a door to freedom. Nora lives the perfect life and seems to be the perfect wife. Her husband has been recently promoted, her children are adorable and she is about to pay off a secret debt. All seems right until a past crime she committed to save her husband threatens to destroy her happy home and she must face the hardest choice of all. Does she have the courage to stand alone? Can she face her fear of freedom? Expectations shatter and traditions are torn apart in this startling exposé.

The Triad Stage production of A Doll House is adapted and directed by Preston Lane, the company’s co-founder and artistic director. This is Lane’s third world premiere adaption of an Ibsen classic at Triad Stage, the first being Hedda Gabler in April 2004, followed by Ghosts in March 2009. “The goal of the 11th season at Triad Stage is to look forward. Ibsen’s work as a whole is often dismissed as period pieces with a specific message. With this production of A Doll House, we will take Ibsen to the next level,” says Lane. “Leaving out a specific time and place, what remains is a story about men and women in marriage caught in a trap of society’s ideals, people who cannot break through without a revolution of the soul and of the spirit.”

About the Playwright

Henrik Ibsen was born in 1828 in Skien, Norway. After being denied admission to the university in Christiania, Ibsen began writing and working for the theater as a playwright and director, eventually becoming the artistic director of the Kristiania Norske Theater in 1857. In 1864, Ibsen began a self-imposed exile in Italy and Germany that would last twenty-seven years during which he would write the most successful plays of his career, focusing on the freedom of the individual, including Brand, Peer Gynt, Pillars of Society, An Enemy of the People, Ghosts and Hedda Gabler. However, it was in 1879 that Ibsen changed modern theater forever with A Doll House. Nora’s famous “door slam heard around the world” was the subject of heated debate and cemented Ibsen’s legacy as the father of modern drama. In 1892, Ibsen moved his family back to Norway where he would write the last of his plays The Master Builder, Little Eyolf, John Gabriel Borkman, and When We Dead Awaken. It was in these plays that Ibsen became much more personal and self-reflective, often characterized as dramatic self-portraits. He died in 1906.

About the Production

The Triad Stage production of A Doll House is adapted and directed by Preston Lane, the company’s co-founder and artistic director. This is Lane’s third world premiere adaption of an Ibsen classic at Triad Stage, the first being Hedda Gabler in April 2004, followed by Ghosts in March 2009. “The goal of the 11th season at Triad Stage is to look forward. Ibsen’s work as a whole is often dismissed as period pieces with a specific message. With this production of A Doll House, we will take Ibsen to the next level,” says Lane. “Leaving out a specific time and place, what remains is a story about men and women in marriage caught in a trap of society’s ideals, people who cannot break through without a revolution of the soul and of the spirit.”

Lane has put together an all-star cast of newcomers and Triad Stage favorites. Krista Hoeppner (Tartuffe, Hedda Gabler) returns to Greensboro as Nora Helmer. Luke Robertson makes his Triad Stage debut as Nora’s husband, Torvald. Lee Spencer (Oleanna, Dracula, The Little Foxes) is Krogstad, Amy da Luz (Picnic, The Night of the Iguana, The Little Foxes, A Streetcar Named Desire) is Mrs. Kristine Linde and the role of Dr. Rank is portrayed by John Feltch (Masquerade). Siblings Amy Claire Feldmann (A Christmas Carol, Providence Gap) and Isaac Feldmann (debut) play the Helmers’ children, Emmy and Ivar. Rounding out the cast are UNC Greensboro students Emily Johnson-Erday and Jess Speake, both in their Triad Stage debuts.

The creative team includes: scenic and costume designer Anya Klepikov (Dial “M” for Murder; The Glass Menagerie and The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead), lighting designer Jiyoun Chang and composer and sound designer David E. Smith (16 Triad Stage productions, including Dial “M” for Murder and Masquerade). The dramaturg is Bryan Conger, Denise Gabriel is the choreographer and movement director, Cindi Rush is the casting director and the stage manager is Bree Sherry.

Biographies of the cast and creative team, and more information on the production can be found online at www.triadstage.org.

Special Event Information

Technically Talking,a behind-the-scenes discussion with members of the design team is Tuesday, October 18, immediately following the 7:30 p.m. preview performance. The InSight Series, the free humanities program that brings a noted speaker to the Triad to discuss the world of the play and its subject matter will be held on Sunday, October 23, immediately following the 2:00 p.m. matinee performance. PostScript, a lively, open discussion with the cast, will be held on Thursday, October 27, in The UpStage Cabaret immediately following the 7:30 p.m. performance. The PostScript series is sponsored by Locke and Andrew Clifford of the Clifford Division of Clifford, Clendenin & O’Hale, L.L.P.

About Triad Stage

Triad Stage is a professional not-for-profit regional theater company based in Greensboro’s downtown historic district. All Triad Stage productions are created in Greensboro using the best of local and national talent. Triad Stage gratefully acknowledges the support of its Season Sponsors: Mitre Agency, the North Carolina Arts Council and the United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro. A Doll House is sponsored by CityView at Southside and Triad Stage’s Producers Circle and Center Stage level donors.

All Triad Stage productions feature the bold acting and breathtaking design that have been nationally recognized by The Wall Street Journal and by the American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards®, which named Triad Stage one of the top ten most promising theatres in the country as a recipient of the 2010 National Theatre Company Grant. Triad Stage has also earned accolades including “Best North Carolina Production of 2010” for The Glass Menagerie by Triangle Arts & Entertainment magazine; “One of the Best Regional Theatres in America”, New York’s Drama League; “Best Live Theater”, Go Triad/News & Record and The Rhinoceros Times; and “Professional Theater of the Year”, North Carolina Theatre Conference.