A Doll

A Doll's House Part 2

By Lucas Hnath
Directed by Krista Jackson

A co-production with Mirvish Productions

Part of IbsenFest

February 20 - March 16
Preview: February 20

John Hirsch Mainstage

“Smart, entertaining and engaging...moving drama and some surprisingly fresh comedy” – CBC

The door slam heard around the world still echoes when a liberated Nora returns after 15 years. In his daring sequel to Henrik Ibsen’s masterpiece, Lucas Hnath takes a modern approach to continue a shocking conversation. Faced with trouble, Nora is forced to ask for her ex-husband’s help, but it becomes clear that her salvation must come at his expense. As the threat of disgrace looms once again, they must each decide what they're willing to sacrifice for the other. Enjoy as a sequel to A Doll’s House or a stand-alone drama.

Running time: Approx. 90 minutes (no intermission)
Warning: Strong language, theatrical haze

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Torvald Helmer Paul Essiembre

Paul Essiembre

ROYAL MTC Actor: Sense and Sensibility, A Christmas Carol, Shakespeare in Love (with Citadel), Sarah Ballenden, The Audience (with Mirvish), Unnecessary Farce, Things We Do For Love, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Heart of Robin Hood (with Mirvish), Other People’s Money, A Few Good Men (with Citadel). Director: Witness for the Prosecution (Royal MTC/MBA). Fight Director: Morning After Grace, Kill Me Now, Sarah Ballenden.

OTHER THEATRE Four seasons at the Stratford Festival, including To Kill a Mockingbird, The Comedy of Errors, The Odyssey, The Duchess of Malfi, Don Juan, Macbeth, Othello, Amadeus. Elsewhere: The Bridges of Madison County, A Little Night Music (Dry Cold); Butcher, The Best Brothers (PTE); Romeo and Juliet (Citadel); The Normal Heart, The Overwhelming, Stuff Happens (Studio 180); L’Emmerdeur, Le Dîner de cons, Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, Art (Théâtre français de Toronto); Othello (ATF); Tillsonburg (CS); Zadie’s Shoes, Oui (Factory); Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Centaur).

FILM/TV More than 60 film and television appearances and extensive work in documentary narration, animation and commercial voice-overs.


Nora Helmer Deborah Hay

Deborah Hay

ROYAL MTC Medea (with Mirvish).

OTHER THEATRE Seven seasons at Shaw, including Born Yesterday, My Fair Lady, Cabaret, The Magician’s Nephew, Grand Hotel, A Lovely Sunday, After The Dance, Heartbreak House, The Philanderer; six seasons at the Stratford Festival, including Taming of the Shrew, Pericles, Othello, Much Ado About Nothing, The Two Noble Kinsmen, Henry V, As You Like It, The Diary of Anne Frank; Lear (Groundling); London Road (CS); Caroline, or Change (Musical Stage Co); The School for Lies (Chicago Shakespeare).

FILM/TV Catherine Cardinal in Cardinal (CTV); The Anniversary (feature); Saving Hope; Remedy; Four in the Morning.

ET CETERA Next up, Deb will be at the Shaw Festival in Kate Hennig’s adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac and in Howard Barker’s Victory.


Anne-Marie Kate Hennig

Kate Hennig

ROYAL MTC The Audience (with Mirvish).

OTHER THEATRE Billy Elliot the Musical (Broadway/Toronto); Hedda Gabler (CS); Breath of Kings, Fiddler on the Roof, Romeo and Juliet (Stratford); The Penelopiad (RSC/NAC); Ragtime, A Man and Some Women (Shaw); White Christmas (Toronto/St. Paul); The Danish Play (Nightwood Theatre); Cabaret, Candida, A Delicate Balance (TC); The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Blue Light, Cosi (ATP); Private Lives (Globe Theatre); Phèdre (Soulpepper).

FILM/TV Rachel Lynde in Anne of Green Gables (YTV); Saving Hope (CTV); Bomb Girls (Global/Reelz/ITV); Flashpoint (CTV/CBS); The Claim (Revolution Films); Losing Chase (Showtime); Lives of Girls and Women (CBC); Mrs. Winterbourne (directed by Richard Benjamin); 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould (Rhombus Media).

TRAINING MA (with Distinction) in Voice Studies, Central School of Speech and Drama.

ET CETERA Awards: 2015 Christopher Plummer Award for Excellence in Classical Theatre; two Dora Awards (Ratbag, Billy Elliot); Toronto Theatre Critics’ Award (Billy Elliot); three Betty Mitchell Awards (Cabaret, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Cosi). For playwriting: winner of the 2017 Carol Bolt Award for The Virgin Trial, which was also shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama. Kate currently serves as the Associate Artistic Director of the Shaw Festival.


Emmy Bahareh Yaraghi

Bahareh Yaraghi

ROYAL MTC Shakespeare in Love (with Citadel).

OTHER THEATRE An Ideal Husband, Julius Caesar, The Aeneid (Stratford); Salt-Water Moon (Factory/Why Not Theatre/NAC); Unholy, Her2 (Nightwood Theatre); Pomona, Moment, Bea (ARC); Le Placard, Les Zinspirés 2.0 (Théâtre français de Toronto); Kiss (ARC/TheatreSmash/CS); Death of the King, Hallaj (Modern Times Stage Company/Theatre Centre); Blood Wedding (Aluna/Modern Times Stage Company); Minotaur (YPT).

FILM Instant Star (CTV); Covert Affairs (USA).

TRAINING Graduate of Humber Theatre and holds a BA from McGill University.

ET CETERA Bahareh is a six-time Dora Mavor Moore Award nominee, and is a resident artist of ARC theatre company in Toronto. 


Artistic Team

Playwright Lucas Hnath

Lucas Hnath

Lucas Hnath’s plays include The Christians (2014 Humana Festival), Red Speedo (Studio Theatre, DC), A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney (Soho Rep), Nightnight (2013 Humana Festival), Isaac’s Eye (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Death Tax (2012 Humana Festival, Royal Court Theatre), and The Courtship of Anna Nicole Smith (Actors Theatre of Louisville). His plays are published by Dramatists Play Service. Lucas has been a resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2011, and is a proud member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre. Lucas is a winner of the 2012 Whitfield Cook Award for Isaac’s Eye and received a 2013 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award Citation for Death Tax. He has also received commissions from the EST/Sloan Project, Actors Theatre of Louisville, South Coast Repertory, Playwrights Horizons, New York University’s Graduate Acting Program, and the Royal Court Theatre. Lucas holds a BFA and an MFA from New York University’s Department of Dramatic Writing.


Director Krista Jackson

Krista Jackson

ROYAL MTC Director: Sense and Sensibility, Morning After Grace, Bittergirl: The Musical, Private Lives, The Seagull, The Seafarer. Actor: Myth of the Ostrich, The Threepenny Opera (with SIR), Quills, The Good Sisters (Les Belles-Soeurs), The Sisters Rosensweig, Brighton Beach Memoirs.

OTHER THEATRE Director: Dancing at Lughnasa (Shaw); The Lion in Winter, Fly Me to the Moon, Much Ado About Nothing (Grand); Dying to Be Thin (MTYP); The Miser of Middlegate (zone41/TPM); Village Wooing (zone41). Associate Director: All My Sons (Stratford).

ET CETERA Krista is Royal MTC’s Associate Artistic Director, the recipient of the 2015 Stratford Festival Jean Gascon Award and the 2013 Gina Wilkinson Prize.


Set & Costume Designer Teresa Przybylski

Teresa Przybylski

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Shaw Festival, Canadian Opera Company, Opera Theatre in Saint Louis, Blyth Festival, Tarragon Theatre, Factory Theatre, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Native Earth, Volcano Theatre, Theatre Smith-Gilmour, Canadian Stage and others.

FILM/TV Billy Bishop Goes to War, The Tale of the Magic Flute, The Four Seasons Mosaic, Firebird, Stormy Weather, Don Giovanni Unmasked.

ET CETERA She received her degree in Architecture and in Scenography in Krakow, Poland. She has been awarded five Dora Mavor Moore Awards and two Gemini Awards. She is a member of The Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, The Associated Designers of Canada. Teresa is teaching stage design at York University in Toronto while continuing her career as a scenographer.


Lighting Designer Michael Walton

Michael Walton

ROYAL MTC Chimerica (with CS), East of Berlin, The Goat or, Who is Sylvia?, The Last Five Years.

OTHER THEATRE 14 seasons with the Stratford Festival including The Rocky Horror Show, The Music Man, The Tempest, Guys and Dolls, Hamlet, A Chorus Line, The Sound of Music, Oedipus Rex, Love’s Labour’s Lost, King Lear, Othello, Fiddler on the Roof, Henry V, The Matchmaker, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Macbeth. Other credits include: Così Fan Tutte (COC); The Full Light of Day (Electric Company); Jenufa, Maria Stuarda (Pacific Opera); The Little Prince (TC); Next to Normal, Mary Poppins (Citadel/TC); A Word or Two with Christopher Plummer (Center Theatre Group/Stratford – Los Angeles); Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Sideways (La Jolla Playhouse).

Sound Designer Michael Wright

Michael Wright

ROYAL MTC Over 20 productions including Sense and Sensibility, Morning After Grace, The Humans, Bittergirl: The Musical, Black Coffee, Million Dollar Quartet, Billy Elliot the Musical, Seminar (with Mirvish), Late Company, Private Lives, The Secret Annex, The Seagull, Venus in Fur, The Penelopiad, August: Osage County, Romeo and Juliet, The Seafarer, Top Girls, Rope’s End, Fully Committed, The Last Five Years, Cherry Docs.

OTHER THEATRE I Dream of Diesel, North Main Gothic, The Monster Trilogy, The Elmwood Visitation, Age of Arousal (TPM); Everything is Coming Up Roses (Gearshifting Performance Works); Something Drastic, Puppet Munsch (PTE); Macbeth (SIR); Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Winnipeg Fringe); Hedwig and the Angry Inch Atrocity Tour 2004 (Rose Tinted Productions, UK).

FILM The Last Harvest, Métis, Métis Not, Dead Mothers Kitchen Floors, Dust. 

ET CETERA Michael is active in the music world with over two dozen album credits and is a member of IATSE 63.


Assistant Director Frances Koncan

Frances Koncan

ROYAL MTC Assistant Director: The Humans. Apprentice Director: Seminar (with Mirvish).

OTHER THEATRE Director: Savage in Limbo, The Hollow, Hamlet, Matt & Ben. Director/Playwright: Hedda Reimagined, Women of the Fur Trade, Riot Resist Revolt Repeat, Riot Resist Revolt Redux, zahgidiwin/love, How to Talk to Human Beings, Little Red. Playwright: The Dance-off of Conscious Uncoupling, Dragons of Decolonial Gas Stations.

FILM Outdigenous (Writer/Director), That’s Awesome! (Writer).

TRAINING MFA Playwriting, City University of New York Brooklyn College.

ET CETERA After successfully getting in to law school, Frances is thrilled to not be practicing law. Find her on all social media and online dating platforms @franceskoncan! Thank you to the Kingfisher Foundation’s support for this position!

Apprentice Costume Designer Ayobami Ige

Ayobami Ige

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Costume Coordinator: The Bald Soprano and After Magritte (double bill), Translations (BHTC). Costume Designer: Celestina, Nothing Sacred, Under Milk Wood (BHTC); Boundary Avenue (One Trunk).

TRAINING Graduated with a computer science major, and a minor in theatre at the University of Manitoba.

ET CETERA Ayobami Ige is also the creative director of

Assistant Lighting Designer Katherine Johnston

Katherine Johnston

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Dib and Dob and the Journey Home (MTYP); Edward II, Constellations (TBTR); Lighting Design Assistant for Rainbow Stage 2015 Season.

TRAINING University of Winnipeg Department of Theatre & Film.

ET CETERA Special thanks to Allison Loat, Scott Henderson, and Pablo Felices-Luna, I wouldn’t be here without all of you. And thank you to the Kingfisher Foundation for supporting female-identifying artists and providing additional funds to the assistants this season.


Stage Manager Leslie Watson

Leslie Watson

ROYAL MTC Stage Manager: Once (with Grand), Kill Me Now (with NAC), Black Coffee, My Name is Asher Lev, Myth of the Ostrich, Late Company, Cabaret, Venus in Fur, The Melville Boys (tour), Wingfield On Ice (tour), Looking Back – West, Bad Dates (tour). Assistant Stage Manager: Billy Elliot the Musical, Jane Eyre, Gone With the Wind, Grumpy Old Men: The Musical, White Christmas, Pride and Prejudice, Fiddler on the Roof, Educating Rita (tour), Guys and Dolls (with TC/Citadel).

OTHER THEATRE Over 50 productions at theatres around Winnipeg, including: Rainbow Stage, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Shakespeare in the Ruins and Manitoba Theatre for Young People.

TRAINING Graduate of Sheridan College and member of CAEA.

ET CETERA Follow Leslie, Sean and Murtaugh on their new adventure, @updogboutiquewinnipeg.


Assistant Stage Manager Katherine Dermott

Katherine Dermott

ROYAL MTC It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play, Di and Viv and Rose, Outside Mullingar, The Audience (with Mirvish).

OTHER THEATRE Recent credits include: Brontë: The World Without, Paradise Lost, Macbeth, The Hypochondriac, Festival Theatre Production Assistant (Stratford); Wilde Tales (Shaw); 1979 (Shaw/GCTC); Twelfth Night (Shakespeare BASH’d); Anne & Gilbert: The Musical, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, The Sound of Music, Pacino One Night Only (NAC); Tosca, Madama Butterfly (Opera Lyra, Ottawa); This is War (GCTC); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, Hal & Falstaff, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Henry V (A Company of Fools).

ET CETERA In 2016 Katherine was awarded the Jean A. Chalmers Apprentice Achievement Award from the Stratford Festival of Canada.

Original Composer John Gzowski

John Gzowski

Video Effects Eric Dizon

Eric Dizon