The Tony-nominated playwright talks about working from Henrik Ibsen’s original and why—in some ways—it was easier.
Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House, Part 2 picks up 15 years after the curtain falls on Henrik Ibsen’s original A Doll’s House. So what is it like to write a part two when you didn’t write part one?
“Easy when the playwright in question is dead,” says Hnath with a laugh.
“There’s something actually liberating about it because certain things are kind of fixed for you,” he adds. “You know I have to put this stuff in there, but the rest is up to me. So in some ways it’s actually easier than just writing something that exists entirely on its own.”
The world-premiere production just announced an extension through January 2018, and Hnath’s Tony nomination marks his Broadway debut.
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“It is overwhelming,” he says. “The really, really nice thing is the group I’m nominated with, because we’re actually all friends with each other [the four Tony nominees for Best Play], and we have a pact that we're going to do this whole thing together for playwrights.”