SEQUEL TO A CLASSIC — Starring in "A Doll's House, Part 2," are Jackson Gray, at top on the left, and Delicia Bent. In the bottom row at left is Liza Tananbaum, with Hope Brown on the right. The play will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 10, at Stetson University’s Second Stage Theatre, inside the Museum of Art - DeLand, 600 N. Woodland Blvd. Admission is free. For tickets, call the box office at 386-822-8700, or email to secondstage@stetson.edu.

Stetson University continues its 116th season with Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House, Part 2, which continues tonight, Friday, April 8, through Sunday, April 10, at Stetson University’s Second Stage Theatre, inside the Museum of Art – DeLand, 600 N. Woodland Blvd.

In A Doll’s House, Part 2, Hnath’s shrewd and stylish sequel of sorts, the audience is reintroduced to Nora Helmer, a wife and mother who demanded her independence in Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 drama A Doll’s House.

The audience is greeted by the question “What now?” Nora returns through the door she so deliberately closed 15 years prior, and the audience holds its breath anticipating the answer as she re-engages with her estranged family. Each character in A Doll’s House, Part 2, delivers important ideals about relationships and familial obligation, while making the audience laugh with the show’s amusing wit and fervent pace.

“By writing a sequel to a 140-year-old piece that is the cornerstone of modern drama, Hnath has managed to capture and build upon the same questions, ideas and arguments Ibsen asked of audiences in 1879. While in some ways we have ‘advanced,’ this play reminds us that who we are (and have always been) is an amalgamation of complexities striving to survive in a world where the answers are seldom easy,” said director Trevin Cooper, who oozes excitement for delving into this unique piece of drama with students at Second Stage Theatre.

Cooper is an adjunct professor at Stetson University and has connected with students through Theater History, Performance and Theater Appreciation courses on campus. This is his directorial debut at Second Stage.

The cast includes Liza Tananbaum as Nora, William Jackson Grey as Torvald, Hope Brown as Anne Marie, and Delicia Bent as Emmy.

Performances will take place at 8 p.m. April 8 and 9, and at 3 p.m. April 10. Admission is free for all.

For more information, call Stetson University’s Second Stage Theatre Arts at 386-822-7266. For tickets, call the box office at 386-822-8700, or email to secondstage@stetson.edu.

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