Ibsen's Nora Is Reimagined as Wife of Nigerian Diplomat in Denver Center Premiere, Selfish Sacrifice

News   Ibsen's Nora Is Reimagined as Wife of Nigerian Diplomat in Denver Center Premiere, Selfish Sacrifice Denver Center Theatre Company's 2004-05 season will include the world premiere of OyamO's Ibsen-inspired Selfish Sacrifice, directed by Israel Hicks, in January 2005, artistic director Donovan Marley announced.

Playwright OyamO's work has been produced at Yale Repertory Theatre, Chicago's Goodman Theatre, Arena Stage in Washington, DC, the Philadelphia Theatre Company, Crossroads Theatre Company, New York's Public Theater, the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference and elsewhere.

The play is inspired by Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House.

"Selfish Sacrifice, commissioned by the Denver Center Theatre Company, sets Ibsen's 1879 masterpiece in modern New York with his heroine as the wife of a Nigerian diplomat posted to the United Nations," according to the announcement. "While the centuries-old expectation that women defer to their husbands provided domestic stability in her African homeland, in contemporary New York the expectation begins to chafe and leads to the famous 'door-slam heard around the world.'"

Reuniting cast members from the memorable African American DCTC take on A Streetcar Named Desire, the wife will be played by Kim Staunton (King Hedley II and Pork Pie), her husband the Nigerian diplomat by Terrence Riggins (Lobby Hero and King Hedley II), Charles Weldon (Two Trains Running, Jitney and Coming of the Hurricane) will play an ambitious American who blackmails the wife and Harvy Blanks (King Hedley II, Seven Guitars and The Piano Lesson) will play the diplomat's American friend.

Michael Brown will design sets. Performances play The Space Theatre Jan. 20-Feb. 26, 2005. Opening is Jan. 27. Information and subscriptions are available through the Center Box Office at 14th and Curtis streets, by calling (303) 893-4100 or visiting www.denvercenter.org.

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