October 27, 2003

SMU's Meadows School Of The Arts Presents "A Doll's House" By Henrik Ibsen, Nov. 13-16 And 20-23

DALLAS (SMU) - The Division of Theatre at SMU's Meadows School of the Arts will present Henrik Ibsen's classic drama "A Doll's House," directed by Rhonda Blair, from Thurs., Nov. 13 to Sun., Nov. 16 and from Thurs., Nov. 20 to Sun., Nov. 23; show times are 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. and 2 p.m. Sun. Performances will be held in the Greer Garson Theatre of the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus. Tickets are $12 for adults, $9 for seniors and $6 for SMU students, faculty and staff. Parking is available at Hillcrest and Binkley and in the garage beneath the Meadows Museum. For more information, call the Meadows Ticket Office at 214.768.2787.

"A Doll's House" tells the story of one woman's awakening to basic truths about her life and place in the world. Written in 1879, the play is said to mark the beginning of modern western theatre, or, in the words of George Bernard Shaw, "Nora's revolt is the end of a chapter of human history." "A Doll's House" is a vital, powerful story of a marriage, a woman's coming of age within that marriage, and the challenge of living a life of integrity and honesty. It remains a deeply radical, deeply theatrical play.

Director Rhonda Blair, professor in the Division of Theatre, has directed and acted in over 60 productions, doing original solo and collaborative performance work since the 1980s. Her most recent projects include Stop Kiss, American Burka and Boy Gets Girl for Echo Theatre. She publishes on acting theory and cognitive neuroscience, feminism and performance, and has received programmatic grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her main areas of interest include acting theory, performance studies, theatre and politics, feminism and theatre, multi/interculturalism and performance, alternative performance, and Chekhov and Ibsen.