Rabe was last seen on Broadway in The Merchant of Venice opposite Al Pacino. She earned a Tony Award nomination for her portrayal of Portia in Shakespeare's classic and now turns her focus to Ibsen as his strong-willed heroine Nora opposite Hamilton (The Coast of Utopia) as her disapproving husband Torvald.
Sam Gold (Circle Mirror Transformation) directs the production that will officially open July 21 for a run through July 31 on the Nikos Stage.
The cast also includes Eliza Huberth (Camp Monster) as Helene, Zainab Jah (Ruined) as Nanny, Matthew Maher (It’s Kind of a Funny Story) as Doctor Rank, Adam Rothenberg (Lady Windermere’s Fan) as Krogstad and Lili Taylor ("Six Feet Under") as Mrs. Linde.
The design team includes David Korins (set design), Kaye Voyce (costume design), Ben Stanton (lighting design) and Jane Shaw (sound design).
According to Williamstown, "Nora Helmer has everything an affluent housewife could want: beautiful children, an adoring husband, a bright future. When a carelessly buried secret rises to the surface, her well-calibrated, though artificial, domestic ideal begins to crumble. Terrified by this new reality, Nora must choose between outward perfection and inner truth. Still bracingly relevant, Ibsen’s masterpiece, in a striking contemporary translation, offers no safer conclusions today than when it stormed stages of 19th-century Europe."