Drama "A Doll's House" to Open Cedarville University Theatre Season

by Public Relations Office

Cedarville, Ohio—Cedarville University will open its 2005-06 theatre season in October with the intense Henrik Ibsen drama "A Doll`s House." Nora Helmer, wife to Torvald and mother of three children, appears to enjoy the life of a pampered, indulged child. But as her economic dependence becomes brutally clear, Nora`s acceptance of the status quo undergoes a profound change, to the horror of the bewildered Torvald. He himself has been caught in the web of a conservative society which demands that he exert strict control over his family and home. Nora chooses a desperate course of action resulting in one of the most famous (and shocking) climaxes in all of 19th century drama. Nora`s awakening to a sense of true self-awareness, for the first time in her life, was described by CurtainUp™ as "an intense and compelling journey though the human spirit." The Cedarville University production features the new adaptation of Henrik Ibsen`s play by Frank McGuinness, which won the 1997 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play. The adaptation resonates with today`s audiences by highlighting the tension between merely existing and truly living. The play is directed by Springfield resident Dr. Diane Conrad Merchant, who is an associate professor of communication arts at Cedarville University. Performances are Oct. 7-8 and 13-15 in the Cedarville University Stevens Student Center Theater. Shows begin at 8 p.m. nightly with a 2 p.m. matinee on Oct. 8. Tickets go on sale September 19; cost is $11 for adults and $7 for students. There is a $1 discount for cash or check purchases. Call 1-800-860-7625 for more information. The 2005-06 Cedarville University theatre season will also include "Arsenic and Old Lace" (Feb. 2-4 and 9-11) and "Romeo and Juliet" (March 31-Apr. 1, 6-8). -30-