Long Wharf to Stage Contemporary Take on Ibsen's Doll's House in 2010

News   Long Wharf to Stage Contemporary Take on Ibsen's Doll's House in 2010
Long Wharf Theatre artistic director Gordon Edelstein will stage his new contemporary adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House as the final offering of the 2009-2010 season.

A Doll's House has been added to the April 28-May 23, 2010, slot on Long Wharf's main stage. The company also announced that the season will open with the Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt musical The Fantasticks, running Oct. 7-Nov. 1.

"This is one of the most famous plays of the past 200 years," Edelstein said about Doll's House, in a statement. "What I'm going to endeavor to do is rid the play of all of its expected baggage … This play has a lot of interesting people behaving in desperate ways. I think it is interesting to explore what drives these people. I am really going to take a look at what is contemporary about the play. This play is a lot funnier than people realize, and a lot sexier. It should be very alive and vivid. This will not be A Doll's House as you've seen it before."

Press notes for the Long Wharf production read: "After years of facing financial challenges a suburban family is finally solvent again. Dad has an important new job at an investment bank, the kids are doing well and Mom, at last, is able to make a home befitting her dreams. Unfortunately their financial resurrection is built on an illusion. Dad's rise, unbeknownst to him, has been in large part illegally engineered by his wife. This world premiere adaptation casts Ibsen's beloved, visceral drama in a contemporary light."

Previously announced 2009-2010 Long Wharf productions include Athol Fugard's Have You Seen Us? (Nov. 24-Dec. 20); Darci Picoult's Lil's 90th (Jan. 6-Feb. 7, 2010); A.R. Gurney's Sylvia (Feb. 17-March 14, 2010); and Nilaja Sun's No Child (March 17-April 18, 2010).

For further information visit LongWharf.org. The Long Wharf Theatre is located at 222 Sargent Drive in New Haven, CT.

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