A Doll's House, Part 2
by Lucas Hnath
directed by Shelley Butler
WORLD PREMIERE
JULIANNE ARGYROS STAGE
April 9, 2017 - April 30, 2017

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In the final scene of Ibsen’s classic A Doll’s House, Nora makes the shocking decision to leave her husband and children. A door slams. The curtain falls on a stunned audience. Lucas Hnath continues Nora’s story in this intriguing play with a decidedly modern perspective. Fifteen years have passed when there’s a knock on that same door. Why is Nora back—and what will her return mean to those she left behind?

Previews: April 9-13, 2017
First Night: April 14, 2017
Regular Performances: April 15-30, 2017

Recommendation: Suitable for high school and above. Contains adult language.

Lucas Hnath's plays include Hillary and Clinton, Red Speedo, The Christians, A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney, Isaac’s Eye and Death Tax. His work has been produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville/Humana Festival of New Plays, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, Royal Court Theatre and Soho Rep. He has been a resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2011, and is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre. He received the Kesselring Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Whiting Award, two Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award Citations, an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Play and an Obie.
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Cast
Cochran,-Shannon
Shannon Cochran* (Nora) was last seen at SCR in System Wonderland. Her recent appearances include Lucas Hnath’s The Christians at Steppenwolf Theatre and Roundabout Theatre Company’s national tour of Cabaret. Her other theatre credits include the national tour of August: Osage County, receiving a Helen Hayes nomination and Chicago Theatre Award; Goldfish (Route 66 Theatre); The Little Foxes (Goodman Theatre); Dance of Death ( Joseph Jefferson Award); A Little Night Music, Hamlet, The Father, The Lion in Winter (Writers Theatre); Man From Nebraska, The Unmentionables, Morningstar, Your Home in the West, The Geography of Luck (Steppenwolf Theatre); and The Last Goodbye (Old Globe Theatre). She is an Obie and TheatreWorld awards-winner for Tracy Letts’ Bug (Gate Theatre, London; Barrow Street Theatre). She has appeared at other theatres including Long Wharf Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Geffen Playhouse, Court Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire (Ill.), Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Playhouse on the Square and Barbican Center (London). Her directing credits include Fallen Angels (Remy Bummpo), Dirty (Zephyr), Bug (barebones productions), The Rivalry, The Real Dr. Strangelove and Judgement at Nuremberg (LA Theatre Works), Therese Raquin (Greasy Joan & Company) and Private Passage (Odyssey Theatre). Her film and television credits include Captive State (in production), The Ring, Star Trek: Nemesis, Be Good for Rachel, The Perfect Family, Flowers and Weeds, “Modern Family,” “Scandal,” “NCIS: LA,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “The Office,” and “Law & Order: SVU.”

Geisslinger,-Bill
​​​​Bill Geisslinger* (Torvald) appeared at SCR previously in Fool for Love. As an acting company member at Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) for 25 years, he participated in more than 70 productions including most recently August: Osage County, the world premiere of Ghost Light by Tony Taccone and as assistant director of A Streetcar Named Desire. His other credits include the world premiere of Continental Divide by David Edgar (OSF, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, in the U.K. at Birmingham Repertory and the Barbican Center in London) and the world premiere of X’s and O’s by K.J. Sanchez (Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage). He also has performed at the Old Globe Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Intiman Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company, Virginia Stage Company, Mechanic Theatre, Artists Repertory Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theatre and Portland Center Stage. Geisslinger’s film and television credits include “Grimm,” “Cheers,” “St. Elsewhere,” “News Radio,” “Nowhere Man,” Dead by Sunset, A Thousand Heroes, Imaginary Crimes and American Playhouse: The Skin of Our Teeth.

Milgrim,-Lynn
Lynn Milgrim* (Anne Marie) appeared at SCR previously in Rest, The Trip to Bountiful, The Heiress, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Bosoms and Neglect, The Countess, Death of a Salesman and Pygmalion. On Broadway, she was seen in Charley’s Aunt; Otherwise Engaged, directed by Harold Pinter; Bedroom Farce, directed by Sir Peter Hall; and in the international tour of Brighton Beach Memoirs, directed by Gene Saks. Her off-Broadway appearances include Win/Lose/Draw, Echoes, Macbeth, Crimes of Passion, City Scene, Talking With and Ribcage at Manhattan Theatre Club; and Close of Play and Museum at New York Shakespeare Festival. She has played leading roles in regional theatres nationwide including the Los Angeles productions of The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Harvey, Eastern Standard (Robby Award), Treasure Hunt (Robby nomination), Accelerando and Brush Strokes. She has guest-starred on numerous television shows and has been a series regular in pilots for CBS and ABC. She is a member of The Antaeus Company, where she appeared in Hedda Gabler (Robby nomination), The Malcontent (Stage-SceneLA Award for outstanding performance by a featured actress) and Wedding Band, A Love-Hate Story in Black and White (Ovation Award nomination).

Vale,-Virginia
Virginia Vale* (​​​Emmy) is thrilled to return to SCR after previously appearing in the world premieres of Eliza Clark’s Future Thinking and Adam Rapp’s The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School Drama Division and winner of the John Houseman Award for Excellence in the Classics. Her credits include Barefoot in the Park (Bucks County Playhouse), Cape Cod Theatre Project and “The Mysteries of Laura” on NBC.
Creative Team
Shelley Butler (Director) returns to SCR where she directed productions of OZ 2.5, The Borrowers, A Wrinkle in Time, The Brand New Kid, Charlotte’s Web and James and the Giant Peach, NewSCRipts readings of The Groundling, Bob and Incendiary, and PPF readings of Fast Company and How the World Began. Butler has worked extensively with writers on new plays and musicals accumulating more than 30 Broadway, off-Broadway and regional credits to date. Her recent productions include the world premiere of The Most Deserving by Catherine Trieschmann (Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Women’s Project Theater), This is Fiction by Megan Hart, starring Richard Masur at Cherry Lane Theatre. She has developed more than two-dozen new plays at companies including Hartford Stage, Denver Center, Yale Repertory Theatre, Geva Theatre Center, New York Stage and Film, Primary Stages, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Women’s Project, The Lark Theater, PlayPenn, New Dramatists and Ma-Yi Theater Company. Butler is the recipient of a Drama League Directing Fellowship, was a 2005 Director’s Guild of America Trainee, is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and serves as associate director on Beautiful: The Carol King Musical.

Takeshi Kata (Scenic Design) returns to SCR after designing Office Hour last season. His New York credits include Man From Nebraska (Second Stage); Gloria and Outside People (Vineyard Theatre); Forever (New York Theatre Workshop); BFE and Doris to Darlene (Playwrights Horizons); Through a Glass Darkly, Port Authority and The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow (Atlantic Theatre Company); Adding Machine and Orson’s Shadow (The Barrow Group) and Gone Missing (The Civilians). Regionally, Kata has worked at Alley Theatre, American Players Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Dallas Theater Center, Ford’s Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, Goodman Theatre, Hartford Stage, Kirk Douglas Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, The Old Globe, Skylight Opera, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Yale Repertory Theatre. Kata has won an Obie Award and has been nominated for Drama Desk and Barrymore awards. He is an assistant professor at USC School of Theatre.


Se Hyun Oh (Scenic Design) returns to SCR after designing Office Hour last season. His upcoming scenic design project is Yoga Play at South Coast Repertory (starts April 19). His recent scenic design credits include Building the Wall (Fountain Theatre); Two Kids That Blow Shit Up (Artists At Play and Lounge Theatre); Hedda Gabler (Antaeus Theatre Company); and BED (Echo Theatre Company). His musical/opera credits include Another Sun (associate design, Hyundai Theatre Group); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (associate design, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma); and Le Roi Malgre Lui (associate design, Bard SummerScape). He holds an MFA in theatre design from Northwestern University and works in theatre and architecture. sehyunoh.com


Sara Ryung Clement (Costume Design) returns to SCR where her recent projects include costumes for 4000 Miles, Completeness and Becky Shaw; sets and costumes for How the World Began; and the set design for Absurd Person Singular. Her regional theatre credits include Vietgone (Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Repertory Theatre); The Model Apartment (Geffen Playhouse); The Astronaut Farmworker (La Jolla Playhouse POP Tour); Sunsets and Margaritas (Denver Center Theatre Company, Theatreworks); Hearts (Center Stage Baltimore); Kentucky, Washer/Dryer, Steel Magnolias (East West Players); atTraction, A Holtville’s Night Dream (Cornerstone Theater Company); Hold These Truths, This Wonderful Life (Perseverance Theatre); Seven Spots on the Sun, The Golden Dragon (The Theatre @ Boston Court); Night of the Iguana, Hamlet (A Noise Within); Miss Julie (Yale Repertory Theatre); They Don’t Talk Back, Off the Rails (Native Voices at the Autry); and others. She is on the set design faculty at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. She earned her MFA from Yale School of Drama. sararyungclement.com

Tom Ontiveros (Lighting Design) returns to SCR having previously designed Going to a Place where you Already Are, Fast Company, The Motherf**ker with the Hat and The Long Road Today. His work also has been seen off-Broadway in The Exonerated (The Culture Project) and Tune in Festival (Park Avenue Armory). His other New York credits include Happy Days (The Flea), Patience, Fortitude, and other Antidepressants (INTAR), Nada Que Declarar (Danspace) and Veils, Vestiges and the Aesthetics of Hidden Things (Ontological Hysteric Theater). His regional theatre credits include They Don’t Talk Back, Guards at the Taj, Most Wanted (La Jolla Playhouse); Vicuña, Gordon Davidson Memorial (Center Theatre Group); and My Old Lady, Visions of Kerouac (Marin Theatre Company). Internationally, he designed Schick Machine (Hong Kong Cultural Centre) and Garden of Deadly Sound (Hungarian National Theatre). His other Los Angeles credits include Figaro ¡90210! (LA Opera), Animals out of Paper (East West Players), Café Vida, Seed, West Hollywood Musical (Cornerstone Theater Company) and The Gospel at Colonus (Ebony Rep). His awards include The Exonerated (Lucille Lortel, Unique Theatrical Experience), My Barking Dog (L.A. Critics Choice Award, Best Lighting Design), Shiv (Nominated Best Projection Design, StageRaw) and Completeness (Nominated Best Lighting, Ovation).

Cricket S. Myers (Sound Design) is thrilled to return to SCR after designing The Siegel, Red, Mr. Wolf, Zealot, Trudy and Max in Love, 4000 Miles, The Fantasticks, The Parisian Woman, Sight Unseen, Elemeno Pea, The Trip to Bountiful and Three Days of Rain. On Broadway, she earned a Tony Award nomination and a Drama Desk Award for her design of Rajiv Joseph’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. She also has designed regionally at the Ahmanson Theatre (Sunshine Boys), Mark Taper Forum (Bent, Steward of Christendom, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, The Lieutenant of Inishmore), La Jolla Playhouse (Guards at the Taj, Sideways, The Nightingale), Kirk Douglas Theatre (Endgame, Twist Your Dickens, The Little Dog Laughed), Pasadena Playhouse (Stoneface, Above the Fold), The Los Angeles Theater (Carrie), The Montalban (I Only Have Eyes) and Geffen Playhouse (Play Dead, Wrecks, Some Girls). Myers also designed Tangled, The Musical for the Disney Magic cruise ship. She has earned 20 Ovation Award nominations and won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Kinetic Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatrical Design and Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle and Garland Awards. cricketsmyers.com

​​​Kimberly Colburn (​​Dramaturg) is South Coast Repertory’s literary director and co-director of the Pacific Playwrights Festival. Her recent dramaturgical work has included the world premiere productions of Going to a Place where you Already Are by Bekah Brunstetter, Orange by Aditi Kapil, and Future Thinking by Eliza Clark. Formerly, she was the literary manager at Actors Theatre of Louisville, where she was the dramaturg for the world premieres of Partners by Dorothy Fortenberry, The Roommate by Jen Silverman and Dot by Colman Domingo, among others. Prior to that, she was associate literary director at SCR and was the dramaturg for world premieres of The Long Road Today by José Cruz González, Zoe Kazan’s Trudy and Max in Love and A Wrinkle in Time adapted by John Glore, among dozens of other productions, workshops and readings. She has worked with companies including Los Angeles Opera, Mixed Blood Theatre, Sledgehammer Theatre, Oregon Contemporary Theatre, Critical Mass Ensemble, Artists at Play and Native Voices at the Autry Museum of the American West.

Bree Sherry (Stage Manager) has previously worked off-Broadway on These Paper Bullets! (Atlantic Theater Company). Her regional theatre credits include Destiny of Desire (SCR); These Paper Bullets! (The Geffen Playhouse); Kiss Me Kate (Pasadena Playhouse); Princess & Pirates (Kirk Douglas Theatre), A Snow White Christmas (San Diego Repertory); Shear Madness and 12 Angry Men (Florida Repertory Theatre); The Reduced History of Comedy Abridged, Talley’s Folly, Equally Divided, Stella & Lou, Devil’s Music and Mrs. Mannerly (Merrimack Repertory Theatre); Nutcracker and The Sun Also Rises (The Washington Ballet); Bad Jews, The Motherf**ker with the Hat (Studio Theatre); A Christmas Carol, A Doll House, Dial “M” for Murder, Masquerade, Steel Magnolias and The Sunset Limited (Triad Stage); and The Servant of Two Masters and Rough Crossing (Yale Repertory Theatre). She is operations manager for the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, touring stage manager with the Reduced Shakespeare Company, and has served as production manager for UC-Santa Barbara’s Department of Theatre and Dance. She has worked on the Latin Grammy and the Drama Desk Awards. She earned her BA in technical theatre and design from Elon University and her MFA in stage management from Yale University, School of Drama.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.


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