Fresh from its Broadway run, smart and spellbinding new play imagines what may have happened to one of literature’s most famous characters

February 4, 2019 (Jupiter) – When Henrik Ibsen’s Nora slammed the door shut on her marriage in A Doll’s House, it was said to be the slam heard around the world.

But did you ever wonder what happened to Nora after she left? Now you can find out in the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s production of the biting and clever comedy A Doll’s House, Part 2 (February 24 – March 10).

Fifteen years since closing the door and 139 years since Ibsen penned the story, Nora returns to her beloved husband and children 15 years later and wonders what she will find when she opens the door. Fresh from its recent Broadway run, American playwright Lucas Hnath explores her untold story in this newly-imagined comedy.

“We are so honored to be producing the regional premiere of A Doll’s House, Part 2 for South Florida audiences,” said Andrew Kato, thie Theatre’s producing artistic director and chief executive. “This play is exciting, inventive and thrilling, and written with such a fresh voice that it’s impossible not to appreciate its charm. Even for those unfamiliar with Ibsen’s original A Doll’s House, we promise that this play will resonate and delight.”

The Theatre is planning a pre-show presentation before every performance to catch audiences up on the original A Doll’s House and the history of the play and its context in society. Forty-five minutes prior to each performance, audiences may enjoy a brief presentation in the Theatre that will include an overview of the characters, story and history of Ibsen’s classic.

Nominated for eight Tony Awards®, A Doll’s House, Part 2 premiered on Broadway in April 2017. By exploring the rules of society and gender through the context of one of literature’s most famous characters, the play earned rave reviews from critics across the country and high praise for its creativity and humor.

The Chicago Tribune wrote that the comedy is “fascinating and frequently very funny,” while The Hollywood Reporter raved that it is “an ingenious elaboration and deconstruction of A Doll's House [that] stands perfectly well on its own.” The Guardian dubbed it a “sophisticated sequel that offers vibrancy and wit,” while The New York Times called it “smart, funny and utterly engrossing.” Forbes has dubbed Hnath “one of the most daring, thoughtful and original playwrights working today.”

Directed by multiple Carbonell Award-winning South Florida director J. Barry Lewis (whose recent work at the Theatre includes An Inspector Calls, Disgraced, Frost/Nixon, Glengarry Glen Ross, Dial M for Murder and Doubt: A Parable), the play will feature a cast of four acclaimed actors, including Carol Halstead as Nora (whose on and off-Broadway and regional experience includes the critically-acclaimed production of Buried Child at State Theatre New Jersey), Paul Carlin as Torvald (whose work includes Long Day’s Journey into Night with Frances Sternhagen at Irish Repertory Theatre and Temporal Powers at Mint Theatre Company), Mikayla Bartholomew as Emmy (whose recent credits include the world premiere of LORDES, Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers and The Cherry Orchard) and Mary Stout as Anne Marie (whose extensive work includes Jane Eyre and Beauty and the Beast on Broadway, and who local audiences will remember from her Carbonell-nominated performance as Duchess Maria in the Theatre’s production of Me and My Girl).

“While A Doll’s House was written nearly 140 years ago, it has a contemporary flair that speaks to today’s audiences. It is at its heart a very modern story that deals with selfishness, selflessness, growth and compromise,” Lewis said. “A Doll’s House, Part II is not a sequel to the original work, but more of a thought experiment of ‘what if.’ It presents a very sophisticated argument about what we owe to ourselves and to each other.”

The production will showcase the artistry of a host of talented designers, including scenic designer Anne Mundell (Born Yesterday, Disgraced, The Audience, Frost/Nixon, Glengarry Glen Ross and Other Desert Cities), lighting designer Kirk Bookman (An Inspector Calls, Hairspray, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Glengarry Glen Ross), costume designer Tracy Dorman (An Inspector Calls, Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, Agatha Christie: The Mousetrap), wig designer Gerard Kelly (who has designed for Hair on Broadway and on London’s West End) and Carbonell Award-winning resident sound designer Marty Mets.

Looking to treat your sweetheart to a spectacular post-Valentine’s Day evening out? Let the Theatre entertain you with the magic of live theatre! An exquisite treat for your office staff, family, neighbor, friend or sweetheart, this smart and funny new play is one you won’t want to miss.

To compliment your evening out, consider one of the Theatre’s many preferred restaurants and hotel packages. Also, share the gift of theatre with a gift certificate, available at the box office.

Patrons may purchase tickets for club level premium seats in the Theatre’s premium space, The Green Room, and enjoy the stylish lounge and amenities throughout the season. Amenities include spacious 23” seats, a lounge with a private bar and restrooms, one free drink of choice with ticket purchase (evening performances only for season shows), panoramic views of the stage and a private entrance and elevator. Groups who purchase all 62 Club Level seats to a performance receive full access to The Green Room Club Level Lounge at no additional charge to host a private event, such as a catered dinner or cocktail party.

A Doll’s House, Part 2 is sponsored by Jodie and Dan Hunt and the Roy A. Hunt Foundation and Bob and Patty Hendrickson.

Single tickets start at $60. For tickets and showtimes, call (561) 575-2223 or visit www.jupitertheatre.org. For more information on bringing your group to the Theatre, contact community relationships ambassador Cheryl McDermott at (561) 972-6117.

About the Maltz Jupiter Theatre
The not-for-profit Maltz Jupiter Theatre has become one of Florida’s preeminent professional theatres, committed to production and education through its collaborations with local and national artists. Currently the state’s largest award-winning regional theatre, the Theatre draws 100,000 people annually, serves a subscription base of more than 8,560 and has world-class classroom facilities in support of its Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts, which serves hundreds of youth and adults. The Theatre is a member of the prestigious League of Resident Theatres and has earned numerous Carbonell Awards, South Florida’s highest honor for artistic excellence, including the prestigious Bill Von Maurer Award for Theatrical Excellence. For more information about the Theatre’s upcoming shows and Conservatory, visit www.jupitertheatre.org or call the box office at (561) 575-2223.   

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Calendar listing:

A Doll’s House, Part 2
February 24 – March 10
By Lucas Hnath
When Henrik Ibsen’s Nora slammed the door shut on her marriage in A Doll’s House, it was said to be the slam heard around the world. Fifteen years since closing the door and 139 years since Henrik penned the story, Nora returns to her beloved husband and children in A Doll’s House, Part 2. In this smart and funny comedy, Nora wonders what she will find when she opens the door. Fresh from its Broadway run, Lucas Hnath explores Nora’s untold story in the newly imagined A Doll’s House, Part 2. Sponsored by Jodie and Dan Hunt and the Roy A. Hunt Foundation and Bob & Patty Hendrickson. Visit www.jupitertheatre.org for showtimes; tickets start at $60.

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