LA stage premiere Ingmar Bergman’s NORA opens 11/10 at Pacific Res. Thtr.

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VENICE, CA (October 29, 2012) - Pacific Resident Theatre (Marilyn Fox, Artistic Director) announced today the full cast and creative team for NORA.  Stage Adaptation and translation of Henrik Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House by Ingmar Bergman (Miss Julie, Scenes from a Marriage), English translation by Frederick J. Marker and Lise-Lone Marker, and directed by PRT’s Dana Jackson, performances will open on November 10, 2012 through January 27, 2013 with an official press opening on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 8:00p.m.  NORA is the second show of Pacific Resident Theatre’s 26th season.

The full cast for NORA features (in alphabetical order):

Scott Conte (“Seinfeld,” Golden Boy, Fata Morgana) as “Nils Krogstad”

Jeanette Driver (St. Joan of the Slaughterhouses, Anatol, Glory Days ) as “Nora Helmer”

Bruce French (The Browning Version, “Crash,” “Mad Men“) as “Dr. Rank”

Brad Greenquist (Becky’s New Car, Night of the Iguana, Water for Elephants) as “Torvald Helmer”

Martha Hackett (Happy End, Tom Walker,“Star-Trek-Voyager“) as “Christine Linde”

In addition to director Dana Jackson (Barrie: Back to Back, The Browning Version, Fata Morgana) the creative team forNORA includes producer Kenny Hargrove, scenic design by William Wilday (PRT’s Becky’s New CarSarah’s War, Island of Brilliance ), lighting design by Noah Ulin (The Underground: From the Streets to the Stage), sound design by Keith Stevenson (PRT’s Out There on Fried Meat Ridge Road, Barrie: Back to Back, Lions), costume design by Daniella Cartun (First in Flight, Her Piece of Mind, ISIS Dynasty), and choreography by Elizabeth “Tiggy” McKenzie (PRT’sConcealing Judy HolidaySweet Thursday).

In NORA, the time is Christmas eve, 1878, in Norway.  Having been ruled her whole life by either her father or her husband, Nora finally comes to question the foundation of everything she has believed in once her marriage is put to the test.  NORA is the celebrated director/writer Ingmar Bergman’s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s Norwegian classic play, A Doll’s House.  A Doll’s House caused huge controversy when it was first performed in 1879, and though the story remains an astonishingly significant comment on women’s rights, Ibsen insisted that he “must disclaim the honor of having consciously worked for the women’s rights movement,” his task having been “the description of humanity.”

NORA – was originally produced as part of  The Bergman Project at the Residenz Theatre in Munich, Germany. Bergman, in wanting to provide his German audience with a taste of Scandinavian drama and his own roots, decided to put on three productions concurrently on three different stages; August Strindberg’s Miss Julie, Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House(referred to as NORA – Bergman’s concisely re-visioned version of the original) and his stage adaptation of Scenes from a Marriage. Critical acclaim for NORA includes: “The piece certainly grips throughout its taut…running time, while Ibsen’s superbly skillful plotting snaps shut like a vicious trap.” —Daily Telegraph

NORA will play from November 10, 2012-January 27, 2013.

OPENS: Saturday, November 10 at  8:00 p.m.                    

PERFORMANCES:  Thursday through Saturday at 8:00p.m; Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

(No performance Thursday, November 22 [Thanksgiving Day]

CLOSES:  Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.

TICKETS:  $20.00 – $28.00; Group rates available.


705 1/2 Venice Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291 (four blocks west of Lincoln Blvd.)

Reservations: Tickets are available 24 hours online at or by calling (310) 822-8392

VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express Welcome. There is wheelchair access.

Full bios for the cast and creative team of NORA are available upon request.

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HENRIK IBSEN[1828-1906] (playwright) is considered the father of modern drama. His plays are still topical and continue to be staged throughout the world. Although Ibsen wrote 26 plays and one collection of poetry, A Dolls House was first presented in Copenhagen on November 15, 1879. An excerpt from Ibsen’s earliest notes on A Dolls House dated October 19, 1878 read: “There are two kinds of spiritual laws and two kinds of consciences – one for men and one for women.”

IGMAR BERGMAN [1918 – 2007] (adapter) was a Swedish director, writer and producer for film, stage television. He directed over sixty films and documentaries, mostly he also wrote, and directed over one hundred and seventy plays. His major subjects were death, illness, faith, betrayal and insanity. As quoted in “Ingmar Directs” (1972) by John Simon, “I want very much to tell, to talk about, the wholeness inside every human being. It’s a strange thing that every human being has a sort of dignity or wholeness in him, and out of that develops relationships to other human beings, tensions, misunderstanding, tenderness, coming in contact, touching and being touched, cutting off a contact and what happens then.”

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