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Millikin University Stages “The Doll’s House, Part 2” | Arts and Theater

Millikin University School of Drama and Dance’s Sarah Bielicki, left, and Chloe Fisher during rehearsal for ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2.’ Mondays at the Albert Taylor Theatre, Shilling Hall


DECATUR — Families are made up of different characters. Some you like, some you don’t.

And others you don’t know.

“Life is messy,” said actress Sarah Bielicki. “Every character is imperfect. There is no right or wrong.”

The Millikin University Cast will perform three free productions of Lucas Hnath’s “A Doll’s House, Part 2” on March 26 and 27 at Shilling Hall’s Albert Taylor Theater.

First produced in 2017, the current story begins where the original 1879 play “The Doll’s House” ended.

“It ends with the door slamming, heard across the world, with Nora leaving her family, her children and her husband, and her whole life behind,” actress Chloe Fisher said. “Part two picks up 15 years later when Nora must return to the life she left behind.”

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Depending on the cast, the audience will have a tough decision to choose.

“It’s a human story,” said Kerrigan Dunham, assistant manager. “There’s a lot of emotion.”

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Fisher will be on stage as Nora. “She realizes that all she wanted all her life was freedom,” she said. “She’s been controlled all her life by everyone around her.”

The story offers various perspectives that even young actors can see. “Each character has their own argument, their own point of view,” said actress Rebecca Jaffe.

“We can see opposing points of view at each end of the show. It goes to show that there may not be a right or wrong way to live your life.

“There are no bad guys on this show,” said actor Cooper Edison.

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Zack Scott, left, and Chloe Fisher of Millikin University School of Theater and Dance during rehearsal for “A Doll’s House, Part 2.”


The complicated characters represent various family members and their emotions, according to the cast. “Every argument has two sides,” said Zack Scott, who is onstage as husband Torvald. “Understanding those sides is important or understanding where people are coming from.”

The show is made up of four characters. The staging is also refined. The actors don’t have much to rely on, other than the story. “It’s an amazing process,” Dunham said. “During rehearsals, we were able to dive deeper into this piece.”

Actors and students are currently witnessing an unpredictable world in conflict. Through the play, they were able to see the importance of relationships between all humans.

“It taught me to be a little more compassionate to everyone,” actress Brigid Buckley said. “Even when people are horrible to you, you never know what their intention is.”

Each character represents different generations and ages. The child, the parents and the elderly bring experiences into the home.

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Chloe Fisher, left, and Brigid Buckley of Millikin University School of Drama and Dance during the rehearsal for ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’ on Monday at the Albert Taylor Theatre, Shilling Hall


“But that doesn’t matter, because you could relate to any of them,” Dunham said. “It’s about what they stand for, what they experience and how they express themselves.”

Contact Donnette Beckett at (217) 421-6983. Follow her on Twitter: @donnettebHR