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,
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
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.