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American Stage presents A Dollís House
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American Stage Theatre Company presents the third play in its fall Mainstage Series: Henrik Ibsenís A Dollís House runs through Dec. 23.
ST. PETERSBURG - American Stage Theatre Company presents the third play in its fall Mainstage Series: Henrik Ibsenís A Dollís House runs through Dec. 23.

There will be no matinee performance on Dec. 8 or evening performance on Dec. 21.

Show times are Wednesday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday matinees are at 3 p.m.

This classic Norwegian drama set on Christmas Eve and the days following, brings a modern message to the stage.

Director Seth Gordon has this to say about the play, ďHenrik Ibsen is considered one of the greatest playwrights of all time, and I consider the play to be particularly relevant today. It has things to say about the politics of marriage and the confluence of life choices made for passion and those made for necessity that I think will really speak to people.Ē

A Dollís House takes place in winter, late 1800s. The setting is the drawing room in the home of Nora and Torvald Helmer. A Dollís House will be presented in three acts with one intermission.

ďWe have worked on a script that we hope will seem contemporary and domestic to our audience here in Florida,Ē Gordon said. ďMaking a play that takes place in Norway in the 1880s reach out and touch todayís audience is our main challenge. If American Stage audiences are expecting a classic, they should also expect a thriller.Ē

A Dollís House stars Katherine Michelle Tanner as Nora Helmer and Christopher Swan as her husband, Torvald Helmer.

ďKatherine Tanner is going to play Nora as a very active, intelligent and industrious individual who everyone around her assumes is a victim of her husband and her circumstances. I think this is going to allow this classic story to be seen anew. Noraís story is one of constant strategy and bold action as she tries to save her marriage, her family and the life she knows Ē Gordon said.

Lauren Wood plays Noraís former school friend, Christine Linde. Steve Garland, performs as bank employee, Nils Krogstad. John Woodson debuts at American Stage for the first time in the role of Dr. Peter Rank and brings his depth of Broadway and Regional theatre credits to the stage.

The creative team includes scenic design created by Jill Davis. Frank Chavez is the costume

designer and Joseph Oshry is the lighting designer. Todd Olson is the sound designer for the

production. Gordon is in his third season as associate artistic director at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.
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