“A Doll’s House Part 2” is performed Wednesday, May 12 through Sunday, May 30 at Stage Left Productions.
Performances are at 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.
Tickets are $28 for reserved seating and may be purchased online at stageleftaz.com or over the phone from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays.
Stage Left Productions is in the Bell Mar Plaza at 11340 W. Bell Road, Suite 105, next door to Hurricane Grill and Wings.
In the final scene of Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 masterwork “A Doll’s House,” Nora Helmer makes the shocking decision to leave her husband and children and begin a life on her own. This climactic event — when Nora slams the door on everything in her life — propelled world drama into the modern age.
In “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” many years have passed since Nora’s exit. Now, there is a knock on that same door. Nora has returned. But why? And what will it mean for those she left behind?
Nora is played by local actress Amber Ryan who is no stranger to the stage. Stage Left patrons will remember her in her comical performance as Charlie in “Always a Bridesmaid” or her endearing performance as Mrs. Van Dan in “Diary of Anne Frank.”
Ms. Ryan is also Stage Left Productions Youth and Education Director and received an AriZoni nomination in 2020 for her direction of “The Adventures of Rose Red: Snow White’s Less Famous Sister.”
Playing the beaten down and heartbroken Torvald is Andy DeCarlo who was last seen on the Stage Left stage in his performance as Otto Frank in “Diary of Anne Frank.”
Mr. DeCarlo is also no stranger to the stage having been in numerous local productions including a regional premiere of “The Trojan War” where he played King Priam. He also is in numerous Valley-wide commercials for such companies as U-Haul, Nextiva and the Arizona Lottery.
Book ending these leads are Haiden Ruffino and Debra Lyman. Ms. Ruffino who plays Emmy, Nora and Torvald’s daughter. She has been in several local productions many of them at Stage Left Productions. Ms. Ruffino is a graduate of the Childsplay Conservatory and has received several NYA, and AriZoni nominations.
Ms. Lyman was last seen portraying the Pat Nixon in Stage Left’s production of “Tea for Three: Ladybird, Pat, and Betty.” Ms. Lyman, who plays Anne Marie, also has worked with many theaters across the Valley. Ms. Lyman has received an AriZoni Award for best supporting actress in a play for her work in “John” at the Stray Cat Theatre.
The play is directed by Stage Left Production’s artistic director Cody Dull. In 2020 Mr. Dull earned an AriZoni award for his direction of Stage Left’s production of “The Comedy of Tenors.”
“A Doll’s House Part 2” premiered on Broadway in 2017 and was nominated for Best Play. Laurie Metcalf, who portrayed Nora in the Broadway production, received the Tony Award for leading actress in a play.