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A Doll's House (Wilder)

A Doll's House (Wilder)

by: Thornton Wilder, Henrik Ibsen

by: Thornton Wilder, Henrik Ibsen

Overview

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.

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Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

Details

  • Genre: Adaptations (Stage & Screen), Period
  • Time Period: Victorian (British and American)
  • Cast Attributes: Roles for Children
  • Target Audience: Adult

Authors

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.

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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 ...

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