Pioneer Players presents ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’

October 2, 2018
Doll's House 2

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — UW-Platteville’s Department of Performing and Visual Arts-Theatre and Pioneer Players will present Lucas Hnath’s “A Doll’s House, Part 2”, a 21st century “sequel” to Henrik Ibsen’s 19th century classic about a woman who leaves her husband and children. Performances are Oct. 10 at 11 a.m., Oct. 10-13 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 14 at 2 p.m.

The Oct. 10 performance at 7:30 p.m. is also the Benefit Wednesday performance. All tickets for the benefit are $7 and the proceeds go to the Platteville Food Pantry and UW-Platteville’s Pioneer Provisions, a free pantry/grocery service for students experiencing food insecurity. All performances are in the Center for the Arts Theatre.

According to Ann Dillon Farrelly, associate professor of theatre at UW-Platteville and the play’s director, “This play is fresh off its successful Broadway run, having been nominated for several Tony Awards in 2017. It picks up 15 years after the events in Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 play. Ibsen’s classic is credited with starting the modern theatre movement. If you’ve ever wondered what happened to Nora after she closes that door, this play attempts to answer that question.”

Hnath’s play explores – through a 21st-century lens – what happens when Nora returns 15 years later. She not only must confront her husband, Torvald, but also her daughter, Emmy, whom she abandoned, and the housekeeper, Anne Marie, who was left behind to raise Nora’s children.

“The play is funny and poignant and an interesting discussion of women’s roles and expectations, both in the 19th century and today,” said Farrelly. “The play takes place in 1893, but we are finding ways to illustrate how the play straddles two different centuries.”

The cast includes UW-Platteville students Blair Schuler as Nora, Jon Hutson as Torvald, Brynna Wiser as Anne Marie, and Beth Wallace as Emmy. The production also includes a design team made up entirely of students, with scenic design by Abigail Wagner, costume design by Ian Brooks Duff, and lighting design by Samuel Klaas. The production is stage managed by student Taylor Tieman.

“This season features many student designers, which is very exciting,” said Farrelly. “Under the mentorship of our extraordinary theatre design faculty, Jeffrey Strange and Sarah Strange, these students are getting opportunities that are not often afforded students at the undergraduate level.”

Tickets may be purchased by calling the University Box Office at 608-342-1298 or by visiting the online box office at

Written by: Dr. Ann Farrelly, Associate Professor of Theatre, Department of Performing and Visual Arts, 608-342-6045, Formatted by: Laurie A. Hamer, University Relations Specialist, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191,


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