The Regional Premiere of

A Doll's House,

Part Two

by Lucas Hnath

A Doll’s House, Part Two is an imagined sequel to the famous play, A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen. In it, the heroine Nora saves her husband’s life by cleverly circumventing the discriminatory laws of her day. Ibsen had a friend in a similar situation back in Norway, where he lived and wrote. After his friend saved her husband’s life, he blamed her for “embarrassing” him, got very angry, forcing her to leave the family.


In the original play, even before the curtain goes up, Nora has done a heck of a lot: she has forged her father’s signature and obtained a loan, something a woman could not do at the time, and found a secret way of obtaining the money and paying it back. She moves her sickened husband 900 miles south to warmer climes, nurses him back to health, while bearing him three children. She moves back north and working secretly at night sewing, work that will make money to pay the loan back.


That’s not a child, that’s an extremely capable person, although she was treated as if she did not and could not do anything.


Part Two starts fifteen years after Nora left her husband Torvald and her children because she could not live the way she was treated. Her homecoming begins with catching up with her children’s nanny, Anne Marie. Anne Marie tells her that everyone thought she was dead. Nora tells her, proudly, what she’s really accomplished. She is an author.


Nora tells Anne Marie that although she was under the belief she and Torvald were still married, she is still married. When Torvald comes home early from the office, the conflict between them and Nora's daughter brings about some unusual events.


Join us for this amazing production starring Britt Kline as Nora, Equity actress Kerry Shanklin, Todd Taylor, and Frannie Mamlin.


Creative Team

Richard Albert Director
Dwight Shumway Stage Manager
Kerry Shanklin Set Design
Michael DeBrosse Lighting Designer

Cast Bios

Britt Kline (Nora) is one of the core performers at the Civic. She has performed in 45 of the Civic's 92 productions. You may have seen her in in other shows here at the Civic: The Late Christopher Bean, As You Like It, The Miracle Worker, Beyond Therapy, Long Days Journey into Night, Collected Stories A . . . My Name is Alice, Twelfth Night, A Streetcar Named Desire, Macbeth and of course, A Doll's House. Britt is a school librarian and lives in Clintonville with her husband and enjoys all outdoor activities, reading romance novels, and gardening.

Kerry Shanklin (Anne Marie) is always thrilled to be doing anything at The Columbus Civic. Kerry was seen this past year as Miss Helen in The Road to Mecca and as Ruth Steiner in Collected Stories. She directed Beyond Therapy at the Civic last year, and A Christmas Carol in December. She has a PhD in Theatre/Directing from The Ohio State University and an MFA in Acting from Florida State. She is a member of Actors Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild. Kerry is especially happy to be working with her good friend, Britt.

Todd Taylor (Torvald Helmer) is a veteran of the Civic stage, having performed in 42 of their 92 productions! His favorite roles are Dr. Haggett in The Late Christopher Bean, Touchstone in As You Like It, Judge Dempsey in Strictly Dishonorable, Harold in Orphans, and recently John Cleary in The Subject was Roses. Todd is a salon hairstylist and lives in Clintonville with his dog, Prince.

Frannie Mamlin (Emmy) is thrilled to be a part of A Doll's House, Part Two. She has just wrapped up playing Miranda in The Girlhood of Shakespeare’s Heroines here at the Civic. Attending Linworth Experiential Program and Thomas Worthington High School, Frannie has performed in several school productions including The Laramie Project (Sgt. Hing, Elieen Engan, Sharron, Russel’s Grandmother), and The Exiled Princess (Meave). Frannie studies voice and cello and has been passionate about theater since she was 10 years old.

Costumes by Kerry Shanklin

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