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Thought provoking "A Doll's House" staged in Williams

Nov. 2, 2007

KALAMAZOO--University Theatre at Western Michigan University presents "A Doll's House," Henrik Ibsen's groundbreaking critique on social conformity, Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 8-18. All productions will take place in Williams Theatre.

Show times for University Theatre's "A Doll's House"

Thursday, Nov. 8 -- 8 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 9 -- 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 10 -- 8 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 15 -- 8 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 16 -- 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 17 -- 8 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 18 -- 2 p.m.

"A Doll's House" tells the tale of a Nora Helmer, a woman who commits forgery to save the life of her husband, Torvald. She endures years of blackmail and lives in fear that her husband will discover what she's done. When the truth comes out, her husband's betrayal shocks Nora into action and she liberates herself from a marriage of convention.

"A Doll's House," which has been criticized for its controversial stance on Victorian marriage norms, is often lauded as one of the first truly feminist plays. It sent shockwaves through its audiences when it first premiered in 1879, and today continues to challenge preconceptions, complacency and the pressure to conform.

James Daniels, WMU professor of theatre, directs the student cast, which includes Bill Burkhardt, Benjamin Fergus, Leigh Fryling, Sara Garcia, Darren Johnston, Lars Loofboro, Kaits McCoy and Carmen Molina. The creative team includes WMU students Emily Krajewski, scenic designer; Julia Kosanovich, costume designer; Samantha Soska, lighting designer; Staci Sharp, sound designer; Megan Lammy, properties designer; and Kathy Mountz, stage manager.

Reserved seating for "A Doll's House" is $17, $12 for senior citizens and WMU employees, and $7 for students. Tickets are available by calling (269) 387-6222, online at www.wmich.edu/theatre, or by visiting the Gilmore Theatre Complex Ticket Office, Miller Auditorium Ticket Office or Epic Center Box Office in downtown Kalamazoo. Group discounts are available.

Media contact: Jason Nuzzo, (269) 387-3227, jason.a.nuzzo@wmich.edu

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