Contemporary A Doll's House Makes Long Wharf Premiere April 28

News   Contemporary A Doll's House Makes Long Wharf Premiere April 28
The Long Wharf Theatre's world-premiere contemporary adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House, starring Anna Reeder, begins performances April 28.
Anna Reeder
Anna Reeder Photo by Henry Leutwyler

Long Wharf Theatre artistic director Gordon Edelstein, who adapted the classic drama, directs the production that will run through May 23. The cast features Reeder (Top Girls, Sight Unseen) as Nora, Linda Powell (On Golden Pond) as Kristine, Mark Nelson (Bridge Project's Winter's Tale, Cherry Orchard) as Krogstad, Tim Hopper (Picasso at the Lapin Agile) as Rank, Maegan Pachomski as Helene and Adam Trese (Broadway's Twelve Angry Men, A View from the Bridge) as the controlling Torvald.

"I adapted Ibsen’s play in much the same way I adapted Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya," Edelstein said in a statement. "I am doing Ibsen’s play as he wrote it, except that I am making the language speakable in today’s words. Most translations are Victorian and stuffy. I’ve cut out some of the repetitive beats and simplified some of the overwrought plot points."

Tim Hopper and Mark Nelson

The design team includes Michael Yeargan (set design), Jessica Ford (costume design), Russell H. Champa (lighting design) and David Budries (sound design). According to Long Wharf, "Nora, a vibrant young woman, has surrounded herself with the trappings of the perfect life. She prides herself in three beautiful children, a big comfortable house, and a handsome husband who has a new job at a large investment bank. But the illusion of her success is about to fade as the secret that hold her family together is exposed for all to see. Edelstein's world-premiere adaptation casts Ibsen's ground-breaking, 19th-century drama in a visceral contemporary light."

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The Long Wharf Theatre is located at 222 Sargent Drive in New Haven, CT.

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