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The Novato Theater Company presents A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2

The Novato Theater Company announces A Doll’s House, Part 2 by Lucas Hnath as the final play of their 2021 – 22 season. It premieres Thursday, May 19 (7:30 p.m.) and runs Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m. until June 12, 2022. To serve its deaf patrons, Novato Theater Company is offering a performance with sign language interpreters on Sunday, June 5.

George Bernard Shaw described the finale of Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 masterpiece A Doll’s House as “the slam heard around the world”. This piece ends with a revolutionary idea, positively shocking at the time: Nora, a housewife, leaves her husband and children to gain her independence.

Lucas Hnath’s sequel reveals what happens when Nora returns 15 years later. Director Gillian Eichenberger says, “This piece is like a painting, where every time you look at it you find a new detail that triggers a memory or an emotion. It’s both familiar and surprising, sweet but with a little salt. are universal, so it is not necessary to know the original. It’s about love and family, but it’s also about forging your own path in the world and being your own revolution. During the pandemic, many have revolted against what was safe and comfortable, whether it was a job or a relationship, responding to a burning need for something more. With heart and humor, A Doll’s House Part 2 explores the costs and rewards inherent in these choices. I am convinced that it will be a satisfying experience for everyone that will inspire exciting debates and personal reflections.

A Doll’s House, Part 2 has been nominated for eight Tony Awards.

For anyone interested in learning more about the original, NTC will be offering special events with the cast explaining and discussing Ibsen’s play. Details can be found at NovatoTheaterCompany.Org.

Gilian Eichenberger (director) is an actor, director and theater teacher from Marin County. Recently, she performed at the Marin Theater Company in the premiere of Christmas at Pemberley: Georgiana and Kitty when she took on the roles of Mary Bennet and Margaret O’Brien last week. Other regional credits include Sheila in Hair (6th Street), Roxie in Chicago (NTC), April in Company (NTC), and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (Throckmorton). She is a dedicated educator of artists of all ages, having worked as a director, musical director and vocal coach with Stanford University, Throckmorton Theatre, Redwood High School, Katia & Co. and privately through the Kayla Gold Vocal Studio.

Alison Peltz (Nora) last read the boards as Mrs. Lovett in Novato Theater Company/Theatre-at-Large’s Sweeney Todd (SFBATCC Award Nomination – Lead Performance). Other roles include Velma Kelly in Chicago with the Pinole Players and Novato Theater Company (SFBATCC Award Nomination – Principal Performance), Diana/Choreographer in Next to Normal (SFBATCC Award Winner and TBA Award Finalist – Principal Performance and Choreography ) and Baker’s Wife/Choreographer in Into the Woods (SFBATCC Award-Choreography) with Novato Theater Company/Theatre-at-Large and Spreckels Theater Company, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors with Novato Theater Company, Winnifred in Once Upon A Mattress (Dean Goodman Award) with Ross Valley Players and Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar with Theatre-at-Large.

Mark Clark (Torvald) directed NTC’s Man of La Mancha, The Sound of Music, Sweet Charity, As You Like It, and this season’s Mod staging of The Importance of Being Earnest. Before the pandemic, he played Simon Stimpson in NTC’s Our Town and roles in Lettice and Lovage, The Odd Couple, A Christmas Carol and Pirates of Penzance. He was recently elected Chairman of the NTC Board of Directors for the third time.

Shirley Nilsen Hall (Anne Marie) is a longtime member of NTC and has performed in numerous plays and musicals over the years.

Jannely Calmell (Emmy) began her training at the College of Marin and has been performing in Marin County for eight years. Recent work includes Sylvia at Ross Valley Players, A View From the Bridge at Shelton Theatre, The Wolves at Marin Theater Company and A Chorus Line at Novato Theater Company.