"We were supposed to do it on the West End in April 2020," Chastain revealed "but then the pandemic hit, obviously."
Walking the empty streets of Times Square at the height of the pandemic opened up an ache in Chastain's heart, and she worked with the producers to move the production from the West End to New York in order to remain in the city she calls home.
When pressed to explain what Broadway means to her, Chastain was characteristically thoughtful.
"I used to be the kid that would record the Tonys, and then play it back all throughout the year, and sing the songs. I remember watching when Ralph Fiennes won a Tony for playing Hamlet on Broadway. I just imagined this other life that I was going to have, and so to be here just feels like... it sounds cheesy, but what that little girl was imagining is now manifested."
This production of A Doll's House updates the classic, with a new script written by Amy Herzog. Chastain explains: "[The adaptation asks] how Nora is trapped in society, and how is she participating in her entrapment? How is she behaving in a certain way to gain power? It's a scary thing to decide that 'I'm going to stop behaving in this way that you see value in, in order to figure out who I really am.' I think that's important for women, even today, when we think about where the value lies."
In the extensive interview, Chastain also shared her preshow rituals, the unique connection between the Hudson Theatre and Late Night talk show history, and how she's creating a sacred space for herself in her dressing room. Check out the videos above and below for more.