The community is invited to join Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga for Kelly Lapczynski’s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll House, May 4-20; Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 6:30 p.m. Performances will take place in the St. Andrews Center, 1918 Union Ave.
"First and foremost, Ibsen wrote a tragedy," explains Ms. Lapczynski. "The story is based on the true life events of one of Ibsen's friends, author Laura Smith Petersen. When Laura's husband contracted tuberculosis, doctors advised that he go south to recuperate and Laura participated in a forgery to acquire the money. When he discovered the forgery, he divorced Laura and threw her out of the house. Within a few years, Laura was sent to a mental hospital and Ibsen began to write A Doll's House.
“I love the way it address marriage conventions,” says actor John Thomas Cecil. “Ibsen’s classic delves into issues that are so mainstream today, yet were so controversial in his time. It has been fun to explore the contrast between the life we life we live today and Ibsen’s world.”
Tickets are $10 and are available at www.ensembletheatreofchattanooga.com, by calling 987-5141 and at the box office. Doors open 30 minutes before each performance. Free parking is available behind the St. Andrews Center.
ETC’s production of A Doll's House is directed by Ms. Lapczynski. Cast members include Brandi Alexander, John Thomas Cecil, Evie Durant, Christy Gallo, Jamie Goodnight, Karen Keith and Doug May. The stage manager is Eric “Red” Wyatt. More information about the show can be found at www.adollshouse.org.