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A Doll's House (Wilder) - Full Length Play, Drama

A Doll's House (Wilder)

Thornton Wilder, Henrik Ibsen

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Full Length Play, Drama

4m, 4f, 1boy(s), 1girl(s)

ISBN: 9780573705267

An Acting Version by Thornton Wilder
Based on the play by Henrik Ibsen
An adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's most notable play about a waning marriage and the social constructs between a husband and wife.

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Adaptations (Stage & Screen), Period

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Victorian (British and American)

Settings Of Play - The home of Thorvald Helmer in Norway in the late 19th century.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

Period Costumes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Broadway

This is the first published acting edition of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, as revitalized through the lens of American drama master Thornton Wilder. Nora, the wife of a banker, Thorwald, has a secret debt, incurred with good intentions and a forged signature. When her husband is promoted to bank manager, the threat of blackmail threatens to destroy his career and their family life together. As circumstances unravel, Nora realizes the truth of her situation: she accuses her husband and her father before him of having used her as a doll. In one of the most famous scenes ever written for the stage, Nora slams the door on her domestic life as wife and mother until she can learn to be herself. The marriage of Ibsen’s naturalistic style with Wilder’s knack for emotional nuance creates a modern, vigorous acting version of this revered classic drama.

REVIEWS 

"...an adaptation must realize that the real key is not just how accurately they have translated the words in a given line but how accurately they have captured the way the line works. This adaptation [Wilder’s of A Doll’s House] is extraordinary. It is extraordinary." - Scholar David Hammond, Read full interview here

"It is to the credit of this interpretation, Thornton Wilder’s 1937 version, that you feel not only for the painfully enlightened wife but also for the bewildered husband in torment." - The New York Times

"If the familiar Henrik Ibsen scenes unfold with unaccustomed celerity and clarity, thank Thornton Wilder, who dashed off this loose translation in 1937 as a vehicle for Ruth Gordon […] Shorn of Norwegian weirdness (all those animalizing endearments!), the script achieves a more accessible, universal resonance. […] Long before she slams the door, Nora has the makings of a modern woman. She employs every resource at her disposal – from sexual allure to ‘diplomacy’ – to sustain a family life that happens to be a fantasy. Hers is no free ride." - Time Out New York


Thornton Wilder's acting version of A Doll's House premiered on Broadway at the Morsco theatre in December 1937 under the direction of Jed Harris. 

Characters

CASTING

4m, 4f, 1boy(s), 1girl(s)

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Roles for Children

NORA HELMER
THORWALD HELMER
DOCTOR RANK
NILS KROGSTAD
CHRISTINA LINDEN
ANNA
PORTER
ELLEN
EMMY
IVAR
Author(s)
Thornton Wilder

Thornton Wilder

Thornton Wilder (1897-1975), born in Madison, Wisconsin, and educated at Yale and Princeton, was an accomplished novelist and playwright whose works explore the connection between the commonplace and the cosmic dimensions of human experience. The Bridge of San Luis Rey, one of his seven novels, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1928, and his next-to-last novel, The Eighth Day received the National Book ... view full profile

Henrik Ibsen

Henrik Ibsen

At age 23, Henrik Ibsen (born March 20, 1828, Skien, Nor.died May 23, 1906, Kristiania) became theatre director and resident playwright of the new National Theatre at Bergen, charged with creating a national drama. He directed the Norwegian Theatre in Kristiana from 1857 to 1863, when the theatre went bankrupt. He then set off on extended travels in Europe, beginning a self-imposed exile that ... view full profile

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