After premiering at St. Ann's in 2003, where it opened to a slew of positive reviews, DollHouse began a 30-city international tour, which concluded with the recent return engagement at St. Ann's last winter.
The 183-minute DVD, filmed live on stage, captures the original cast performing the work, which was adapted by Lee Breuer and actress Maude Mitchell. Both Breuer and Mitchell earned Obie Awards for their work on DollHouse.
Breuer staged the work on a dollhouse set, infusing Ibsen's tragedy with a comic edge by casting male actors whose heights ranged from 3'4" to 4'5", while the female characters were played by actresses nearly 6' tall. According to press notes, "The small-minded husband Torvald (Mark Povinelli) fits fine in the tiny furniture, while wife Nora (Maude Mitchell) must squeeze into the dollhouse setting. Nothing dramatizes Ibsen's patriarchal point more clearly than the image of these little men dominating and commanding women one and a half times their size."
Also included on the DVD is the documentary film "Looking for a Miracle," which explores the creation of the production, including extensive interviews with Breuer and the original cast of DollHouse.
The production featured a score by Eve Beglarian and choreography by Eamonn Farrell and Erik Liberman. Completing the design team were Narelle Sissons (set design), Mary Louise Geiger (lighting design), Meganne George (costume design), Jane Catherine Shaw (puppetry) and Edward Costa (sound design). Alive Mind has also released the documentary of the 1968 musical Hair; "Kiki and Herb Live at the Knitting Factory"; and the forthcoming documentary based on the Shakespeare in the Park production of Mother Courage that starred Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline, entitled "Theater of War."
The DVD of Mabou Mines Dollhouse is currently available by visiting the Playbill Store, or by phoning Alive Mind at (212) 398-3112.