Ouachita Baptist University’s Department of Theatre Arts will present the play A Doll’s House beginning Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Verser Theatre. Performances will continue Nov. 8-9 and 11 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee performance on Sunday, Nov. 10, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and available for purchase through the OBU Box Office and www.obu.edu/boxoffice.
A Doll’s House, a three-act play by Henrik Ibsen and adapted by Nicholas Rudall, is a mind-stimulating drama that questions the traditional roles of women and explores the ways in which society perceives them, especially in marriage and motherhood. It also analyzes the emergence of modernism in the 19th century and portrays an unlikely hero for the era: a housewife.
“I play Nora Helmer, and she is the leading lady of this story,” said Autumn Romines, a junior musical theatre major from Cabot, Ark. “Nora is a woman who has taken on this role of the submissive housewife. Throughout the story, she gains strength to finally become the woman she has always wanted to be.
“I love that this play isn’t stagnant; it’s a roller coaster of emotion that I can’t wait to take people on!” Romines added.
Joe Hernandez, assistant professor of theatre arts and director of the play, said he decided to make this production unique by setting it in 2019 rather than the 1800s.
“This adaptation has a modern approach that will relate to our contemporary audiences,” Hernandez said.
Stacy Hawking, fine arts administrator and box office manager, serves as assistant director for the production; Eric Phillips, professor of theatre arts, serves as scenic and lighting designer; and Kelsey Looney, visiting assistant professor of theatre arts, serves as costume and makeup designer. Abi Anderson, a junior theatre arts and education double major from Mesquite, Texas, serves as stage manager and is assisted by David Hudson, a senior theatre arts and education double major from Little Rock, Ark.
Tickets can be purchased for $10 each from the OBU Box Office weekdays from 1-5 p.m. Tickets also are available online at www.obu.edu/boxoffice. Current Ouachita students may receive one free ticket upon presentation of their student ID at the box office.
For more information, call the box office at (870) 245-5555 during business hours.
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By Gracie Stover
October 28, 2019