Tony-winner Laurie Metcalf, along with her co-stars Chris Cooper and Condola Rashad will be departing the hit play A Doll’s House – Part 2, playing their final performances on Sunday, July 23.
Stepping in for the celebrated cast members, respectively, is Julie White (Tony-winner for Little Dog Laughed), Stephen McKinley Henderson (Fences), and Erin Wilhelmi (The Crucible). They join Jane Houdyshell, who will remain with the production.
Playwright Lucas Hnath imagined what would happens after Henrik Ibsen’s classic play ends, a play that saw a frustrated woman, yearning for independence, walking out on her husband, her children, and her life. Ibsen’s playing culminated in an exit that has been deemed “The door slam that was heard around the world.” The play was revolutionary
“In the final scene of Ibsen’s 1879 ground-breaking masterwork, Nora Helmer makes the shocking decision to leave her husband and children, and begin a life on her own. This climactic event — when Nora slams the door on everything in her life — instantly propelled world drama into the modern age. In A Doll’s House, Part 2, many years have passed since Nora’s exit. Now, there’s a knock on that same door. Nora has returned. But why? And what will it mean for those she left behind?”
A Doll’s House, Part 2, under the direction of Sam Gold, was nominated for eight Tony Awards (the most for any play in the season). The play began previews on March 30, 2017 and opened on April 27. The design team for A Doll’s House, Part 2 includes scenic design by Miriam Buether, costume design by Tony Award winner David Zinn, lighting design by Tony Award winner Jennifer Tipton, sound design by Tony Award winner Leon Rothenberg, hair and makeup design by Luc Verschueren/Campbell Young Associates, and projection design by Peter Nigrini.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals and maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.