Directed by Wendy C. Goldberg, artistic director of the National Playwrights Conference at The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, the production will officially open May 27. Performances will continue through July 11.
Sarah Agnew — currently appearing as Beatrice in Yale Rep's production of The Servant of Two Masters — will head the cast as Nora with Peter Christian Hansen as Nora's husband Terry; Matt Guidry as their family friend Pete; Norah Long as Nora's college friend Kristine; Bhavesh Patel as Raj Patel, a bio-engineer with a checkered past; George A. Keller as the family's nanny Marta; and Nora Montanez as the family's house cleaner Iris. Rounding out the cast are three pairs of young performers: Alexander Cecena and Zel Weilandgruber as Max, Oralia Cecena and Alaina Lucy Rivera as Skyler, and Piper Gallivan and Emily Marceau as Macey.
In Dollhouse, press notes state, "Gilman crafts a cleaver and insightful update of Ibsen’s work, looking at relationships, materialism and the consequences of a life built on lies. Set in 2004, at the cusp of the country’s financial meltdown, the play follows Nora, a wife and mother who seems to have it all: a successful husband, three adorable children and a beautiful condo in Lincoln Park. In reality, what looks like the perfect life, however, is woefully incomplete, propped up by dark secrets and bitter betrayals. Living beyond their means, the family is now teetering on the edge of deep debt, as the schemes Nora has pulled to keep her family afloat begin to unravel. Through verbal battles, subtle and not-so-subtle manipulations and moments of shocking clarity, the couple’s marriage is strained to the breaking point, where they find their skyrocketing bills becoming the least of their worries."
The design team includes Alexander Dodge (scenic design), Anne Kennedy (costume design) and Josh Epstein (lighting design).
The Guthrie is located at 818 South 2nd Street (at Chicago Avenue), in downtown Minneapolis. To purchase tickets or season subscriptions call (612) 377-2224 or visit www.guthrietheater.org.