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A Big Deal in a Dolls House [Jul. 30th, 2013|07:35 am]
kyle cassidy
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The world of theater is filled with great roles for men scattered across all age groups: Hamlet, Lear, Willy Loman, Ricky Roma, Trigorin ... but the great roles for women are few and far between. Lady MacBeth is one, but she's still a sidecar to her husband. For the most part, women in theater react to things men do. Which can be dreary if you're an actress who doesn't relish being a nurse, or a mother, or a wife, sitting at home waiting for the action to happen somewhere else.

One of the great roles in theater is Nora Helmer in Ibsen's "A Doll's House", which trillian_stars is doing next month and I'm very proud of her. Nora starts out in someplace akin to Stepford, she's got a cookie-cutter happy life, a husband who provides her with lots of money and a fancy house and treats her like a child, but when her family is ground in a crucible her outer shell is destroyed and she discovers she alone is made of iron and everyone around her of lesser stuff. It's one of the true great awakening plays in literature and performing in it is a giant, important part of an actress' resume and career. We hope you can make it out for this.

It runs August 16th - 18th. You can get tickets here.

Clickenzee to Embiggen!

And the real question is Why are plays like this so rare?

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[User Picture]From: trishalynn
2013-07-30 02:21 pm (UTC)
Congrats to trillian_stars! I remember reading "A Doll's House" for the first time in high school and thinking very highly of it, proof that I was meant to be a feminist.

FYI, I had a weird sense of cognitive dissonance when I saw the poster because I read "Jennifer Summerfield as Nora" and thought, "Hey... that's not Trillian—oh wait, maybe it is."
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[User Picture]From: mizkit
2013-07-30 04:37 pm (UTC)
That's exactly what I did upon reading the name Jennifer Summerfield!
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[User Picture]From: howlokitty
2013-07-30 05:01 pm (UTC)
I wish there was a livestream of Trillian's performances for out of state friends.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2013-07-30 05:48 pm (UTC)
That may change in the future.
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[User Picture]From: howlokitty
2013-07-30 06:47 pm (UTC)
Either that, or I need a job so I can afford plane tickets.
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[User Picture]From: trishalynn
2013-07-31 11:45 am (UTC)
If it helps, please let the theater know I'd pay a cost to be able to livestream the plays from my home in Minnesota.
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[User Picture]From: kambriel
2013-07-30 07:08 pm (UTC)
The cloud ~ our old car's giving up the ghost. The silver lining? I'm highly considering making our future car's inaugural roadtrip be to catch a performance of this. If so, can offer to provide 'limo' service to brilliant actress & her coterie...
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[User Picture]From: morbid_curious
2013-07-31 10:13 am (UTC)
Sounds brilliant. If I were even in a nearby state, I'd want to come and see it. Hope it goes very well indeed!
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[User Picture]From: sheilagh
2013-07-31 01:17 pm (UTC)
Neat! Wish I could join you.
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[User Picture]From: rocket_jockey
2013-07-31 04:22 pm (UTC)
You're an evil man to tell those of us on the wrong coast about these performances.

Good women's roles are rare because playwrights are as stuck in styereotypes as everyone else. I did come across one that looks interesting, though I haven't had a chance to read it: Marie Curie in "Radiance: the passion of Marie Curie" by Alan Alda. The thought of a science-y play tickles my geekiness, and I can certainly see Trillian as Marie.
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[User Picture]From: anivyl
2013-08-02 09:11 pm (UTC)
This was one of my favourite Ibsen plays, the other being Hedda Gabler. Then again, I am largely biased towards his play. I am glad Ms Stars is playing this, albeit I am sad I would never get to see her play it unless it comes to this side of the planet :)

That said, I am curious, of the 2 endings Henrik wrote for it, which one is being used? :)
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