Real-Life Couple Gretchen Hall and Fred Arsenault Star in Old Globe's A Doll's House, Opening March 28

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28 Mar 2013

Fred Arsenault and Gretchen Hall
Fred Arsenault and Gretchen Hall
Photo by Henry DiRocco

San Diego's The Old Globe's world-premiere adaptation of A Doll's House, Henrik Ibsen's exploration of society, money, gender roles and marriage, officially opens March 28 following previews that began March 23.

Translated and adapted by Anne-Charlotte Hanes Harvey and adapted and directed by Kirsten Brandt, the production will run through April 21 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre.

The cast is headed by real-life married couple Gretchen Hall and Fred Arsenault, who are making their Globe debuts as the imperiled central couple Nora and Torvald Helmer. They are joined by Richard Baird (Nils Krogstad, Porter), Jack Koenig (Dr. Rank), Amanda Naughton (Anne-Marie), Nisi Sturgis (Mrs. Kristine Linde) and Katie Whalley (Helene).

Written in 1879, Ibsen's A Doll's House, according to press notes, is a "landmark of modern drama. In a time of financial desperation, a young wife makes a dangerous decision, taking an illegal risk to save her husband's life. Years later, her secret comes back to haunt her, and its revelation shakes the foundations of her entire world."

The creative team includes Sean Fanning (scenic design), Alina Bokovikova (costume design), David Lee Cuthbert (lighting design), Paul Peterson (sound design), Caparelliotis Casting (casting) and Jess Slocum (stage manager).

Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.