WEST ALLIS — The Village Playhouse will present Frank McGuinness' adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll’s House" to open a three-weekend run at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 24, at Inspiration Studios in West Allis.
Additional performances will be at 7:30 p.m. March 25, 31, April 1, 7 and 8 with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee April 9.
This drama of marriage and the individual features a controlling husband, Torvald Helmer, (played by David Dawursk) and his wife, Nora, (played by Melody Lopac) who suffers from a crippling dependency on her husband. Torvald has always done the thinking for the both of them. They have an ideal homelife, as perceived by society, but it collapses as events are revealed throughout the story.
In order to save Torvald from debt, and to save his masculine pride, Nora borrowed a large sum of money without his knowledge by secretly forging her father's signature. The inevitable revelation of this crime results in an unexpected reaction from Torvald, exposing the illusions and challenges that make up their marriage.
"A Doll’s House" premiered at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Dec. 21, 1879. The play was criticized at the time for its ending that didn’t fit societal norms.
According to the play’s producer, Derek Jacobs, “The play is significant for its critical attitude toward marriage. It focuses on the expected roles that people have to play in society in order to fit in. Although this play was written long ago, the plot and themes easily translate into today’s world.”
The themes of the play are absolutely relatable in today’s world,” said director Deanna Strasse. “One theme is that women are struggling for an equal say and equal rights, in today's world as much as yesterday's world. I like a show that is able to transcend time and inspire people. Of course, it’s always great when so many people offer support to a production of substance.”
Rounding out the cast are Scott Sorensen as Dr. Rank, Rita Bates as Kristin Linde, Scott Stenstrup as Nils Krogstad, with Mary Breitrick and Juliano Rodriguez in additional supporting roles.
“The character development is great, and there’s no one character that is pure evil or pure good, but there’s still plenty of conflict. It’s nice to have dimensions to the characters,” said Jacobs. “It adds to the relatability of the story. A good story will draw me in, and that’s why producing this show has been a pleasure."
Performances will be at Inspiration Studios, 1500 S. 73rd St., West Allis.
Admission is $17, general; $15 for students and seniors. A group rate of $14 per ticket is available for groups of 10 or more when purchased together. Tickets may be reserved by calling 414-207-4VPW (4879) or emailing ADollsHouse@VillagePlayhouse.org. Tickets are also available for purchase online through Brown Paper Tickets: http://bit.ly/2mMt4dO Visit villageplayhouse.org for more information.
Contributed by Erico Ortiz, Inspiration Studios founder