Role Call: Meet the Cast of "A Doll’s House, Part 2"

Tania Thompson
 | Mar 21, 2017

Ibsen’s classic A Doll’s House ends with Nora leaving her family to make her way in the world. The door slams as she leaves. Playwright Lucas Hnath picks up the story 15 years later in A Doll’s House, Part 2—with a knock on that same door. Nora is back. But why? The four actors in the world premiere of Hnath’s play all are SCR veterans—with performances here spanning the past three decades.

CochranNAME: ​Shannon Cochran

ROLE: Nora
Previous SCR appearance: System Wonderland (2007).
TV & film includes: “The Office,” “Scandal.”
Theatre includes: Bug (off-Broadway), Cabaret (recent Broadway national tour), August: Osage County (first national tour). 
The book I read over and over: The Great Gatsby. It's such a transportive, delicious tale of longing, greed and discovering of identity. I also love the urgency and excess of the world of the 1920s.
Where I got my passion for theatre: My parents were always great lovers of theatre and music and they were keen to pass along that passion to me and my brother from an early age. We were taken to plays at local theatres and the university where my mother taught. Our hi-fi stereo cabinet contained treasured LPs of musical soundtracks, as well as celebrated theatrical recordings of classic plays. It was a great introduction to live theatre.  
If I came back as a person, it would be: The greatest baseball player in the world.
My real-life hero is: My mother. She was a life-long English professor, writer and advocate for Native American culture and education. She passed on her great love for literature and curiosity for living to the many lives she touched.
Greatest regret: Baking myself in the sun as a teenager, using only baby oil for a marinade.
I laugh out loud at: A great pratfall.
There’s a knock on the door. Open it? Not if you didn't call first. I'm from the South and that's just not good manners.

GeisslingerNAME: Bill Geissingler

ROLE: Torvald
Previous SCR Appearance: A Fool for Love (1987).
TV & film includes: “Grimm,” “Nowhere Man,” “NewsRadio,” PBS “American Playhouse,” Imaginary Crimes.
Theatre includes:  More than 20 seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Long Wharf Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The Old Globe Theatre.

MilgrimNAME: Lynn Milgrim

ROLE: Anne Marie
Previous SCR appearances: Rest, The Trip to Bountiful, The Heiress, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Bosoms and Neglect, The Countess, Death of a Salesman, Pygmalion.
TV & film includes: “Southland,” “Franklin & Bash,” Save the Date, “As the World Turns,” Employee of the Month.
Theatre includes:  Otherwise Engaged (directed by Harold Pinter); Bedroom Farce (directed by Sir Peter Hall); Charley’s Aunt; the international tour of Brighton Beach Memoirs (directed by Gene Saks).

ValeNAME: Virginia Vale

ROLE: Emmy
Previous SCR appearances: Future Thinking, The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois.
TV & film includes: “The Mysteries of Laura,” No Extras, “Don’t Talk in the Kitchen Presents.”
Theatre includes:  Barefoot in the Park.
Best books: I read a lot of books now, sometimes so fast I can’t remember if I read them or not. I am sure there are a few I have read twice--I am literally turning into my Dad!
A defining moment for me in theatre: I remember years ago performing for a group of people in a hospital in New York City. The group I was in performed various Shakespeare pieces and songs for terminally ill patients. At the end of one of our performances, a gentleman approached us and thanked us. He said that for the last hour that we were performing, he forgot how sick he was. That was a huge defining moment for me. I still get goose bumps about it.
If I came back as an animal, it would be: A pampered pooch. I have two chiweenies, Oliver and Lola, and I wouldn’t mind their life!

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