Through a story of blackmail and forgery, the Oklahoma Christian University Department of Communication is producing Henrik Ibsen’s play “A Doll’s House” Feb. 25-27 at 8 p.m. in Judd Theatre.
“I think people should come watch because it is an enjoyable show,” sophomore Luke Mawhirter said. “While it was written in the 1870s, it sill has a very modern feel to it. The subject matter is mostly about a relationship and relationships are timeless. People always appreciate a good drama. It’s a great story that has a lot of meaningful lessons in it.”
The show stars freshman Sloan Scott as Nora Helmer, Mawhirter as Toravald Helmer, freshman Kiana Foreman as Mrs. Linde, freshman Cody Gill as Nils Krogstad, senior Jonathan Martin as Dr. Rank, senior Alyscia Morante as Anne-Marie, sophomore Della Thomason as Helene, Jonah Watson, age 8, as Bob and Caroline Watson, age 5, as Emmy.
Set in Norway, “A Doll’s House” tells the story of a housewife in the 1870s who lives with a strong dependence on her husband.
“She takes the roll of a doll in her husband’s house,” Mawhirter said. “She grew up in her parent’s house and then moves to her husband’s house, acquiring no life experience at all.”
When Toravald gets dangerously sick, Nora, the wife, tries to find a way to finance his treatment since it requires moving to Italy. However, Mawhirter said Nora uses questionable means to do so, resulting in some serious issues for her family down the line.
“A Doll’s House” first debuted as a three-act play in 1870. Since then, the play has aired as a silent film, as a television show and as a movie. The first movie with sound was produced by Patrick Garland in 1973 and was distributed by Paramount Pictures.
Tickets are $10 and are available online. Students can get tickets for free with their student IDs.