UTC Theatre Com­pany opens sea­son with "A Doll's House, Part 2." a mod­ern se­quel to the clas­sic play. Tues­day

‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’ re­veals what hap­pens after Nora walks out in Ib­sen’s ‘A Doll’s House’

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The Univer­sity of Ten­nessee at Chat­tanooga Theatre Com­pany will open its 2018-19 sea­son with “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” a mod­ern se­quel to Hen­rik Ib­sen’s clas­sic play “A Doll’s House.”

This se­quel is writ­ten by Lu­cas Hnath, pick­ing up where “A Doll’s House” left off to ex­plore the fate of Nora, one of dra­matic lit­er­a­ture’s most in­fa­mous pro­tag­o­nists. UTC will present six per­for­mances of “A Doll’s House, Part 2” be­tween Oct. 2 and 6.

Ib­sen’s 1879 play was banned and judged as im­moral be­cause of its de­pic­tion of a woman walk­ing out of a mar­riage and away from her chil­dren. Nora’s re­turn after 15 years is the launch­ing point for “A Doll’s House, Part 2.” Hnath’s use of con­tem­po­rary lan­guage sets up a dark com­edy that in­vites the au­di­ence to pon­der sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween then and now.

“A Doll’s House, Part 2” is the first pro­duc­tion for new fac­ulty mem­bers and de­sign­ers Jeff Davis and Chalise Lud­low. Davis and Lud­low joined the UTC Theatre Divi­sion in Au­gust, and set to work craft­ing this mod­ern piece with clas­sic el­e­ments. Lud­low is the cos­tume de­signer and Davis is the light­ing de­signer and tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor.

“There is a jux­ta­po­si­tion of the clas­si­cal el­e­ments of ‘ A Doll’s House, Part 2’ with the moder­nity of at­ti­tude and in­ter­pre­ta­tion both from the play­wright and the per­former,” says Davis. “The con­tin­u­ing strug­gle for equal­ity and sup­port be­tween gen­ders seems to be time­less. The use of tech­nol­ogy and strong light­ing in this pro­duc­tion will hope­fully sup­port that idea.”

Adding to the list of “firsts” as­so­ci­ated with “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” this sea­son marks the inau­gu­ral award of the Dorothy Hack­ett Ward Theatre Schol­ar­ship. Named for the well-known for­mer UTC fac­ulty mem­ber, this new schol­ar­ship will be pre­sented to de­serv­ing the­ater stu­dents at UTC.

Se­nior Bri­anna Jones, who plays the lead role of Nora in “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” is the first re­cip­i­ent of this schol­ar­ship. The cast also in­cludes Alexan­der Walker, Bai­ley Braden and Saman­tha Burns.

In ad­di­tion to Lud­low and Davis, the cre­ative team for this play in­cludes Gaye Jef­fers, di­rec­tor, and Adam Mieciel­ica, set de­sign.

Au­di­ences are ad­vised that “A Doll’s House, Part 2” con­tains adult lan­guage.

Tick­ets can be pur­chased at the UTC Fine Arts Cen­ter box of­fice, by phone at 423-425-4269 or on­line at www.utc.edu/theatre.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO FROM UTC

Bri­anna Jones plays the lead role of Nora in “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” which runs Oct. 2-6 at the Univer­sity of Ten­nessee at Chat­tanooga.

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