Vanguard University’s Department of Theater Arts will present A Doll’s House written by Hendrik Ibsen. The production runs at the Lyceum Theater on the campus of Vanguard University, beginning October 21, 2022 and running for two weekends until October 30.
“Nora and Torvald represent the power struggle that has taken place between man and woman across all generations across the globe. But A Doll‘s House is more than dominating a human being and maintaining the woman in her place. It’s a question of self-respect, conditional love, but above all… hope. I put on the piece in 1959 because it still resonates in that decade; and in our current decade, it reminds us of how far we’ve come in the U.S. -Susan K. Berkompas
SUSAN K. BERKOMPAS, BFA/MFA in interpretation and production of CalRep; Professor Berkompas was director of the theater department for twenty-four years at VU. She is a member of SDC, SAG and AFTRA. She is a recipient of KCACTF Excellence in Education and Gold Medallion awards and is an alumnus of Directors Lab West. She studied Shakespeare with Sir John Barton at the British American Drama Academy in Oxford. She is the founder and production artistic director of the American Coast Theater Company, and she is the chair of the Department of Theater Arts at Vanguard University where she teaches acting and directing. Sue has directed shows such as Othello, The Boys Next Door, Metamorphoses, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Crucible, Kiss Me Kate, Bullshot Crummond and Life Without Parole. She has played roles such as Gertrude (Hamlet), Eleanor (The Lion in Winter), Blanche (A Streetcar Named Desire), Kate (All My Sons), Kate (Taming of the Shrew), Joy (Shadowlands) and Edith/ Eddie. (Gray Gardens). www.SusanBerkompas.com
Synopsis of A Doll’s House: a play in three acts written by a Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. It concerns the life of a group of middle-class Norwegians in the 1870s, as well as the values and problems they may encounter in the bourgeoisie of the 19th century. Specifically, Nora, who grapples with the power of money, respect for appearances, and the way women navigate a landscape that leaves little room for them to assert themselves as real human beings.
This production is suitable for teenagers and older people.
All shows are performed on the Vanguard University campus at the Lyceum Theater. Ticket prices are $17 for general admission and $15 for seniors, children, students and groups. Tickets can be purchased at www.vanguardtickets.com Where
by calling the Theater Department box office at 714-668-6145.
The dates and times of the performances are
October 21, 22, 28, 29 at 7:30 p.m.; October 22, 23, 29, 30 at 2 p.m.