LA JOLLA, CA -- Nora, Ingmar Bergman's stark stage version of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House, will open the 1998 season at the La Jolla Playhouse on May 24. A San Diego-area premiere, Nora is directed by Les Waters and will run through June 21 at the Mandell Weiss Theatre.
Ingmar Bergman has been hailed as one of the most important figures of the contemporary cinema; among his acclaimed works are Wild Strawberries, Through A Glass Darkly, Fanny and Alexander and The Virgin Spring.
Nora is translated by Frederick J. Marker and Lise-Lone Marker.
Director Waters, whose 1997 production of The Importance of Being Earnest won good reviews, returns to La Jolla to direct this spare and uncompromising new version of a classic that forever redefined the role of women in society. Waters recently directed The Memory of Water, by Shelagh Stephenson, at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago. He is head of the directing program at the theatre department of the University of California, San Diego.
Winner of the 1993 Tony Award as America's Outstanding Regional Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse is led by artistic director Michael (Rent) Greif, managing director Terrence Dwyer, and director-in-residence Des McAnuff. The Playhouse is a not-for-profit professional theatre in residence at the Mandell Weiss Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of the University of California, San Diego.
For more information, call (619) 550-1010. The Playhouse website is www.lajollaplayhouse.com.
-- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent