A Doll's House,
Starring Rachel Burttram, Brendan Powers, Yasmine Harrell and Elizabeth Dimon
Running Time: 90 minutes. No Intermission.
“...Some of the best work gifted at GableStage since Bari Newport inherited the mantle of producing artistic director.”
As a door slams in 1879 Norway, a young wife and mother leaves behind her family, freeing herself from the shackles of traditional societal constraints. Now, 15 years later, that same door opens to reveal Nora, a changed woman with an incredibly awkward favor to ask the people whom she abandoned. Lucas Hnath’s bitingly funny sequel to Ibsen’s revolutionary masterpiece unfolds in a series of bristling stand-offs that reveal in Nora’s world, much like our own, behind every opinion there is a person, and a slamming door isn’t just an end, but also the chance for a new beginning. Starring Rachel Burttram, Brendan Powers, Yasmine Harrell and Elizabeth Dimon.
“This deep-diving examination of all human relationships – but especially the yin and yang of marriage – is some of the best work gifted at GableStage since Bari Newport inherited the mantle of producing artistic director.”—Bill Hirschman, Florida Theater On Stage
“Throughout the brisk 90-minute play, the four characters engage in one-on-one debates, exchanges that land with power or humor or both thanks to Hnath’s craftsmanship and Newport’s staging.” —Christine Dolen, Artburst Miami
Special reading of A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen
March 11th at 2pm. Tickets are free.
Resident Dramaturg Karina Batchelor will be presenting her Dramaturgical presentation 30 minutes before each production.
Rachel Burttram (Nora) is an award-winning actress who is thrilled to be making her GableStage debut! NYC credits: Actors’ Studio, Vital Theatre Company. Regional credits: Geva Theatre Center, Flat Rock Playhouse, Great Barrington Public Theatre, Kitchen Theatre Company, Gloucester Stage Company, Riverside Theatre, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Penobscot Theatre Company, Florida Repertory Theater, The Hippodrome. Online: Alabama Shakespeare Festival @Home 2020, tiny_Theatre. TV/Film: The Right Stuff on Disney+ as recurring role of Betty Grissom, Emma’s Fine as Emma and Bloodline on Netflix. She and her husband Brendan Powers are co-creators of tiny_Theatre, a little idea that was sparked during the pandemic that has now produced over 275 play readings from playwrights around the globe and a client base with some of the world’s biggest brands. BIG LOVE to Bari & the amazing team! And THANK YOU for supporting live theatre! www.RachelBurttram.com
Photo Scott Treadway
Brendan Powers (Torvald) is happy to be sharing the stage with his real-life wife, Rachel Burttram, in this exciting production. Past regional credits include Annie, August Osage County, Our Town, God of Carnage, Million Dollar Quartet, Doubt, Outside Mullingar, Around the World in 80 Days, Harvey, and An Inspector Calls. TV credits include Bloodline (Netflix), Graceland (USA) and numerous commercials including several for Alabama Tourism’s Road Trips campaign. In 2020, Brendan and Rachel dealt with the Covid shutdown of arts venues by turning their bedroom closet into a tiny theatre and presenting playwright-approved play readings on Facebook Live, which earned them a feature article in American Theatre Magazine. When not performing around the country, they livestream wacky online interactive murder mysteries out of their home for audiences around the globe (www.tiny-theatre.com). Deep thanks to Bari Newport and the GableStage team for bringing important stories to the stage. We appreciate you all!
Photo Scott Treadway
Elizabeth Dimon (Anne-Marie) was last seen here in “Ordinary Americans”. Other Gablestage credits include: “The Humans”, “Good People”, “Admissions” and “Informed Consent”. Beth has worked throughout Florida for the past 30 years. She is a recipient of 4 Carbonell Awards, The Silver Palm Award, The Frank Prize and is a current fellow with the Cultural Council of the Palm Beaches. This past year found her in California at Capitol Rep in “Admissions”, at Palm Beach Dramaworks in “The Duration”, at Actors’ Playhouse in “Lost Highway” and in “Milk and Honey” at the Wick Theatre. Other credits include productions for: City Theatre’s Summer Shorts, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Riverside Theatre, Asolo, American Stage, Theatre Zone, Gulfshore Playhouse, Key West Theatre Festival, Mosaic Theatre, Florida Stage, Caldwell Theatre, Royal Palm And Jupiter Dinner Theatres, Theatre Lab, Arts Garage, and others. Beth is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Assn.
Photo George Schiavone
Yasmine Harrell (Emmy) was born and raised in South Florida & is thrilled to make her professional debut here at Gablestage. Yasmine graduated less than a year ago from New World School of the Arts where she received her BFA in Music Theatre. A Doll’s House Part Two is her first show after graduating and she would like to thank all those involved for making this such an unforgettable experience. She is grateful to her family & friends for always supporting her & pushing her to follow her dream! Most importantly, she wants to thank God for blessing her with this opportunity.
Photo Anthony Joseph Photography
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Lucas Hnath (Playwright) plays include Dana H., The Thin Place, Hillary and Clinton, A Doll’s House, Part 2, Red Speedo, The Christians, A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney, Isaac’s Eye, and Death Tax. He has been produced on Broadway at the John Golden and Lyceum Theatres; Off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop, The Vineyard, Playwrights Horizons, Soho Rep, and Ensemble Studio Theatre; and premiered work regionally at the Goodman, Center Theatre Group, Humana Festival of New Plays, Victory Gardens, and South Coast Repertory.
He is a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect, a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, and an alumnus of New Dramatists. Awards: Whiting Award, Guggenheim Fellowship, Kesselring Prize, Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Play, Obie Award, Steinberg Playwright Award, Windham-Campbell Literary Prize, Lucille Lortel Award, and a Tony Nomination for Best Play.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Bari joined GableStage as Producing Artistic Director in April 2021. She came to Miami from the Penobscot Theatre Company in Bangor, Maine, where she served as Artistic Director for nine seasons. Previously, she was artistic associate at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, artistic/literary manager at the Pasadena Playhouse, associate producer at Horizon Theatre and associate director of Florida Repertory Theatre.
As a producer, Newport has been responsible for the creation and stabilization of a wide range of artistic initiatives, including extensive work in new play development, education and community engagement. While leading Penobscot – which serves 40,000 people each season – Newport doubled the budget in eight years; produced five world premieres; created a partnership with the Penobscot Nation, with whom she developed two large-scale NEA-supported projects; and fully funded the company’s endowment. She kept her entire staff of 15 employed during the pandemic and produced an innovative season that included 17 newly commissioned digital projects. Her work as a director and actor has been seen at Horizon Theatre Company, Greenbrier Valley Theatre, American Stage, Cumberland County Playhouse, Florida Repertory Theatre, Sacramento Theatre Company, Westport Country Playhouse and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. She earned her BFA from the University of Southern California and MFA from the University of Iowa. Bari is a 20 year member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and the Actor’s Equity Association.