Laurie Metcalf, Chris Cooper, Jane Houdyshell and Condola Rashad will star in Lucas Hnath’s new play, set years after the most famous door slam in the history of drama (not comedy, though, which is full of them). A Doll’s House, Part 2 will pick up the story of Nora, last seen exiting the Helmer household, after being humiliated and betrayed, in the final moments of Henrik Ibsen’s landmark 1879 drama A Doll’s House. Sam Gold (Fun Home, The Real Thing) will direct the show, which is booked into the Shubert Organization’s Golden Theatre for previews beginning April 1 and opening on the 27th, the final day of eligibility for Tony nominations this season. It’s slated for a 16-week run.
A sequel for Nora has long intrigued dramatists: In 1982, Hal Prince’s production of A Doll’s Life, with book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and music by Larry Grossman, earned a permanent place on the Wall of Flops at Joe Allen’s Theater District restaurant for expensively shuttering after just five performances.
Hnath, a major up-and-comer (Hillary and Clinton, Red Speedo, The Christians, A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney), will be making his Broadway debut with the all-star team. The play is described as “a wildly inventive new American play that picks up after Henrik Ibsen’s most cherished work concludes…Many years have passed since Nora’s exit. Now, there’s a knock on that same door. Nora has returned. But why? And what will it mean for those she left behind?”
The design team will include Miriam Buether (set) and David Zinn (costumes).
Rudin has put his money and prestige behind several risky Broadway contenders, including 2016 Tony best play winner The Humans and Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth. Along with the ongoing perennially sold-out Book of Mormon, he has star-driven revivals of The Front Page, The Glass Menagerie and Hello, Dolly! on his very full plate this season. He also makes movies.