‘A Doll’s House’ defies happy endings

By Jose Ramos

East Los Angeles College Theater Arts Department will perform “A Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen Friday at 8 p.m. at the P2 Proscenium Theater.

Director David Laird Scott will  present a traditional version of the play.

The play offers social criticism on the code of conduct of men and women in the 19th Century Victorian era.

Ibsen’s drama revolves around a scandal of social interactions of marriage and gender norms of the century.

“A Doll’s House” is a tale of liberation. Its theme is about public reputation and morality within a marriage.

Ibsen reveals the performance of marriages at the time through the realism of Nora, the female protagonist’s actions and emotions of uncertainty.

The genius of Ibsen’s play lies in the layers of social power encoded in Torvald the male protagonist, and Nora’s household roles not only to her family, but herself.

Thus the play comments on the social signifiers and uncertain tension between the microcosmic household and the macrocosm of society as expressed through the bank.

The play is of great historical value, having been recognized as such by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization branch of the United Nations, placing it in the Memory of the World Register in 2001.

UNESCO’s Memory of the World Program is an international initiative launched in 1992 seeking to preserve, safeguard, document and disseminate humanity’s historical heritage.

Director Laird Scott stated, “Academics often consider it to be the first modern play, because during most of the 18th and 19th Centuries, the well made play was the most popular form of drama.

In the well made play, happy endings always occurred. Audiences of the 1880s were stunned, even angry,but theater had changed forever, depicting the world as it is, rather than the way society believed it should be.”

Show times for “A Doll’s House” are scheduled Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. December 4, 5, 11 and 12, as well as matinée performances  Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. on Dec. 6 and 13.

Tickets can be purchased at the lobby for $8 with an ASU sticker, $10 for general admission and $12 at the door.

Lobby ticket sales hours are Monday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tickets can also be purchased directly from company manager Natalie Wong’s office in P2-101A or online to www.elac.edu and searching under Upcoming Events. Wong can be reached for further ticket inquiries at (323) 415-5034 or by email at wongnm@elac.edu

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