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The Nora Salon: “Waiting” is Friday, March 29th in NYC!

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Our next gathering of The Nora Salon is Friday, March 29th in NoMad, Manhattan! We hope you’ll join us for a glass of wine, friendly conversation, and an informal reading of Donna Kaz’s full-length play with music: Waiting.

A parody of Broadway and the New York City restaurant business, Waiting begins as Lucy, a young actress from a small Midwestern town, steps off the bus in Times Square ready to pursue her dream of being an actress. She immediately lands her first job on Broadway–waiting on tables in a restaurant. All of the waiters at The Great White Café are actors, too, each one desperate to land a job in the theatre, yet unconsciously addicted to the performative aspects of waiting on tables. Who needs a part in a play when you have a job at which you “perform” with energy and speed combined with sincerity and pathos? To make matters worse, the Café’s manager, Howard, is a sexist bully who despises artists and does everything he can to make sure his team never escape into a world where actors earn respect. Waiting is set during a not-so-long-ago-era when women had to buck up to being harassed or lose their jobs and asks the question: Can actors who are New York City waiters ever play any other part?

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The Nora Salon: Waiting
Friday, March 29th at 7pm
East 29th Street, NoMad, Manhattan
hosted by Rebecca Lovett

SPACE IS LIMITED. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.
Please email us at reservations@norasplayhouse.org to add your name to the guest list. You’ll receive the exact address and directions in a separate email when your reservation is confirmed.

Suggested donation: $10

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Only 4 more chances to see A DOLL’S HOUSE!

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The reviews are out and A Doll’s House is a must see!

“…A Doll’s House premiered in 1879, the year Edison first ignited a light bulb, the year Einstein was born. If you think of all the ways the world has changed since that time, it’s amazing that a work of art could persist and remain so popular in our vastly different society. What could a play of this vintage teach us today? Plenty, as it turns out.”
Midtown Montgomery Living

“The risk Nora takes at the end of the play — a watershed moment on how women were portrayed on stage — shocked a patriarchal society who expected the stage to reinforce their standards. Fast forward to 2018 and the power of #MeToo and #TimesUp, and Nora’s heartbreakingly courageous decision reflects an understanding that sexual harassment comes in various guises and that there is still a lot to be done to galvanize gender equality.”
Theatre Montgomery

“‘It’s really the story of the unraveling of a marriage,’ said director Caroline Reddick Lawson. ‘It starts out with what seems to be a doll house perfect marriage. Two attractive young people married to each other. They have thee beautiful children. He’s just gotten a promotion to be a bank manager. Everything is happy. It’s Christmas Eve day. But then we start to see the cracks and the plot thickens. There’s everything from secrets that are revealed, blackmail, old friends who arise out of the blue.’”
Montgomery Advertiser

An interview with director Caroline Reddick Lawson:
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Announcing our 2018 Season!

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All of us here at Nora’s Playhouse are thrilled to announce that we will be bringing two great plays to the stage in 2018!  First up, in collaboration with Montgomery, Alabama’s Cloverdale Playhouse, it’s the proto-feminist classic from which Nora’s Playhouse got its name, Ibsen’s A Doll’s House.  Then, this summer in NYC, we’ll be debuting whatdoesfreemean?, the latest work by award-winning human rights playwright Catherine Filloux.  Keep scrolling for more details about both shows.

Cloverdale Playhouse, in collaboration with Nora’s Playhouse, presents

A Doll’s House

by Henrik Ibsen
a new version by Frank McGuinness
directed by Caroline Reddick Lawson

February 8 – 18, 2018

in Montgomery, AL
at The Elizabeth Crump Theatre,
Cloverdale Playhouse

Nora, vibrant housewife and mother of three, appears to enjoy living the life of a pampered, indulged child. Nonetheless, she suffers from a crippling dependency on her husband. Nora’s acceptance of the status quo is put under a microscope and the illusions behind her marriage are exposed. Henrik Ibsen’s classic work examines fundamental inequalities surrounding gender roles, power, independence and money. In a time in our society where women still fight for equality and a voice, this classic work illuminates that as women and as humans, our choices are rarely easy and often come at great cost, and makes us examine which choices are worth it.

Nora’s Playhouse, in association with John Jay College of Criminal Justice, presents

whatdoesfreemean?

a new play by Catherine Filloux
directed by Amy S. Green

July 13 – 28, 2018

in New York, NY
at The Black Box Theatre,
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Mass incarceration is an acknowledged crisis in the United States. More than 205,000 women are incarcerated in America today. Most of them are mothers, and many of them are first-time offenders. But the statistics don’t capture the enormity of the impact mass incarceration has on women, and popular culture depictions of incarcerated women still tend toward the sensational and melodramatic. whatdoesfreemean?, by award-winning playwright Catherine Filloux, deconstructs female incarceration through a nonlinear drama about one woman’s harrowing experience, tracing its main character Mary’s labyrinthine odyssey from general population to segregated housing, to parole, as she tries keep her sanity in the face of loneliness, indifference, human cruelty, and loss.  This imaginative and poetic new piece moves the conversation past the statistics and stereotypes to examine the nature of freedom and solitude and what constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.
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