In August of 2013 Henrick Ibsen's dramatic masterpiece A Doll's House was staged at the Ebeneezer Maxwell Mansion just outside of Philadelphia, directed by Josh Hitchens. The mansion exists as a museum from the exact time Ibsen's play is set but because it's a museum and not a theater the run was extremely limited. Only a few seats could be placed throughout the house and the museum closed to the public only for a short time. Every performance sold out and it became my dream that this beautiful, immersive production not be lost forever. I scrambled in the final days of the play to assemble a video crew and convince the actors to spend two long hour days re-creating the play scene-by-scene for multiple cameras. It exists now as about twenty hours of raw footage that need to be edited, packaged, and sent to you.
If you've never been able to make it to one of trillian_stars' plays, here's your chance to see her in one of the greatest roles ever written for an actress for less than the cost of a ticket to see the play.
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Let me tell you a bit about the characters in A Doll's House with some photos from the production.
Nora and Torvald Helmer (Jennifer Summerfield and Peter Zielinski) the ideal couple -- you've never met anyone happier. Torvald is smart, he's on the way up in the world, he has a beautiful house, wonderful children, and the most beautiful wife anybody's ever seen. Nora spends her days sneaking bon-bon's, planning parties and taking care of their beautiful house. From the outside it seems the world couldn't be better. But Nora has a dark secret that could ruin everything.
Dr. Rank (Carl Granieri) –- a wealthy friend of the family and constant fixture at the Helmer household. He is a great friend of Torvald's and a confidant of both of the Helmers. Dr. Rank has two dark secrets: he is dying and he is desperately in love with Nora.
Christine Linde (Megan Edelman) -– an old friend of Nora's who's been away for a number of years. After her husband died she fell into financial troubles and is hoping that Nora can get her a job working for Torvald.
Nils Krogstad (Ryan Walter) –- Krogstad is a desperate man with a disreputable past. He has the power to destroy Nora and Torvald's marriage and everything both of them have worked for.
Anne Marie (Linda Minster) –- Nora's former nanny who now cares for Nora's children. She's the closest thing to a parent Nora has left. She is fiercely loyal.
The Ebeneezer Maxwell Mansion -- the sets for this play were built almost a hundred and fifty years ago. We were able to use multiple rooms of the house. It's the most expansive stage play you've never gotten a ticket to. But if you can help us out with this kickstarter, you can see it, over and over.