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Real-Life Married Couple Gretchen Hall and Fred Arsenault
Star as Nora and Torvald Helmer

SAN DIEGO (March 4, 2013)—The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team for the Globe’s world premiere adaptation of A Doll’s House, Henrik Ibsen’s masterful exploration of society, money, gender roles and marriage. Translated and adapted by Anne-Charlotte Hanes Harvey and adapted and directed by Kirsten Brandt, A Doll’s House will run March 23 – April 21, 2013 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run March 23 – March 27. Opening night is Thursday, March 28 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.

Written in 1879, Ibsen’s A Doll’s House is a landmark of modern drama. In a time of financial desperation, a young wife makes a dangerous decision, taking an illegal risk to save her husband’s life. Years later, her secret comes back to haunt her, and its revelation shakes the foundations of her entire world. A Doll’s House continues the Globe’s Classics Up Close series, which takes dramatic masterworks out from behind the proscenium arch, allowing audiences to experience great drama in new and often unexpected ways.

“Next to Shakespeare, Ibsen is my favorite playwright,” said Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “His plays find a vivid theatrical language for basic human questions of morality and our responsibility to each other. A Doll’s House is one of his masterpieces, a story about marriage, truth and lies. Watching this famously explosive play in the intimate surroundings of the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre will be a visceral thrill. Kirsten Brandt and Anne-Charlotte Hanes Harvey have a wonderful and fresh approach to the play, and I look forward to sharing it with our audience.”

Real-life married couple Gretchen Hall and Fred Arsenault will make their Globe debuts as the imperiled central couple Nora and Torvald Helmer. Hall appeared in last season’s Broadway production of Stick Fly, and her Off Broadway credits include 7th Monarch and Saturn Returns directed by Bartlett Sher for Lincoln Center Theatre. Arsenault appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning revival of The Royal Family and Born Yesterday, and he has worked Off Broadway with the legendary performance art troupe Blue Man Group.

The cast of A Doll’s House alsofeatures Richard Baird (Nils Krogstad, Porter), Jack Koenig (Dr. Rank), Amanda Naughton (Anne-Marie), Nisi Sturgis (Mrs. Kristine Linde) and Katie Whalley (Helene).

The creative team includes Sean Fanning (Scenic Design), Alina Bokovikova (Costume Design), David Lee Cuthbert (Lighting Design), Paul Peterson (Sound Design), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting) and Jess Slocum (Stage Manager).

A Doll’s House is supported in part through gifts from Production Sponsors Pamela A. Farr, Jo Ann Kilty and US Bank.

Swedish-born and educated in Sweden and the U.S., Anne-Charlotte Hanes Harvey (Translation, Adaptation) is a board member of The August Strindberg Society of Los Angeles and a former board member of the Ibsen Society of America. As a translator and dramaturg she specializes in the plays of Ibsen and Strindberg as well as contemporary Swedish plays for young audiences like Medea’s Children. Her platform translations have been used by a wide range of Ibsen productions, from academic theater to regional theater to Broadway, serving adaptations of Ibsen’s plays by Jon Robin Baitz, Christopher Shinn and Mabou Mines, among others. Her first assignment at The Old Globe was as dramaturg for Jack O’Brien’s production of Ibsen’s Ghosts. Her first collaboration with director Kirsten Brandt was as translator/dramaturg for Strindberg’s A Dream Play at Sledgehammer Theatre in San Diego. Committed to providing global access to the vibrant dramas of Ibsen and Strindberg, Harvey is pleased that her translations into English have also served as source texts for local language productions in Mysore, India and Beijing. In 1998, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden awarded her the Kings’ Medal, 8th class, with the ribbon of the Order of the Seraphim for outstanding contributions to Swedish-American culture in the United States.

Kirsten Brandt (Adaptation, Director) has directed Hold Please, Lobby Hero, Christmas on Mars and The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow at The Old Globe. She is currently the Associate Artistic Director of San Jose Repertory Theatre where she has directed Rabbit Hole, Splitting Infinity, Groundswell, This Wonderful Life and Legacy of Light and this spring will direct a four-person multimedia version of Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus. Her regional directing credits include La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Repertory Theatre (including last summer’s Zoot Suit), Shakespeare Santa Cruz, TheatreWorks, North Coast Repertory Theatre and Sierra Repertory Theatre. Brandt was Executive Artistic Director of Sledgehammer Theatre from 1999 to 2005 where she produced 23 theatrical events, directed 15 productions including Macbeth, A Knife in the Heart, A Dream Play and Sweet Charity and wrote The Frankenstein Project, NU and Berzerkergäng. Last winter Brandt wrote and directed The Thinning Veil, a multimedia, multisite telematic performance piece based on Electra. She is the recipient of numerous KPBS Awards, a Backstage West Garland Award and two San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Awards. Brandt is a faculty member in the Theatre Arts and Digital Arts New Media (DANM) departments at the University of California, Santa Cruz and is an alumna of UC San Diego.

TICKETS to A Doll’s House can be purchased online at, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. Performances begin on March 23 and continue through April 21. Ticket prices start at $29. Performance times: Previews: Saturday, March 23 at 8:00 p.m., Sunday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday, March 27 at 7:00 p.m. Regular Performances: Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m. There is a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Wednesday, April 10 and no matinee performance on Saturday, April 13. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 29 years of age and under, seniors and groups of 10 or more.

Associated events taking place during the run of A Doll’s House include:

Monday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m. FREE
Insights Seminars are informal presentations of ideas and insights to enhance the theatergoing experience. The seminars feature a panel selected from the artistic company of each production. Reception, 6:30 p.m. Seminar, 7:00 p.m. Admission is free and reservations are not required.

Tuesdays, April 2 and 9 and Wednesday, April 17. FREE
Discuss the play with members of the A Doll’s House cast and crew at post-show discussions led by the Globe’s creative staff after the performances.

LOCATION: The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way. There are numerous free parking lots available throughout the park. Valet parking is also available ($10). For additional parking information visit

CALENDAR: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (3/8-4/14), A Doll’s House (3/23-4/21), Other Desert Cities (4/27-6/2), Be a Good Little Widow (5/11-6/9), A Midsummer Night’s Dream
(6/2-9/29), The Merchant of Venice (6/9-9/28), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (6/16-9/26).

PHOTO EDITORS: Digital images of The Old Globe’s productions are available at

The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional regional theaters and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for over 75 years. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and Managing Director Michael G. Murphy, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, both part of The Old Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, and the 605-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival. More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theater's education and community programs. Numerous world premieres such as The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A Catered Affair and the annual holiday musical, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theaters across the country.

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FRED ARSENAULT (Torvald Helmer) has appeared on Broadway in The Royal Family (Manhattan Theatre Club) and Born Yesterday. His Off Broadway credits include Henry V (Guthrie Theater/The Acting Company) and Blue Man Group. His regional and international credits include Marie Antoinette and Stone in His Pockets (Yale Repertory Theatre), The Spy (Guthrie Theater), The Book Club Play (Arena Stage), Travesties (McCarter Theatre Center), Twelfth Night, She Stoops to Conquer and Measure for Measure (American Shakespeare Center), Billy Bishop Goes to War (Virginia Stage Company), The Playboy of the Western World (Hangar Theatre) and Pericles (Continuum Company in Florence, Italy). His film and television credits include Shadows & Lies, “The Good Wife,” “Person of Interest” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” Arsenault has been awarded the Baryshnikov Arts Center Fellowship and is a Beinecke Fellow at the Yale University School of Drama.

RICHARD BAIRD (Nils Krogstad, Porter) has appeared regionally as Oberon and Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Portland Center Stage), The Prince of Wales in The Madness of George III (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Gus in The Dumb Waiter, Tom in This directed by Kirsten Brandt, Tajomaru in Rashomon, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet and Valentine in Arcadia (North Coast Repertory Theatre), the title role in Macbeth and Leontes in The Winter’s Tale (Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival) and in productions at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Diversionary Theatre. Baird served as Associate Artistic Director of Southwest Shakespeare Company where he played the title roles of Cyrano de Bergerac and Tartuffe, Iago in Othello, Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew, Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice and Leontes in The Winter’s Tale. In San Diego, Baird formed the award-winning Shakespeare troupe Poor Players, for whom he has acted and directed in over 20 productions. His favorites include the title roles in Hamlet, Macbeth and Coriolanus, Angelo in Measure for Measure (2004 San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award), Malvolio in Twelfth Night and Hotspur in Henry IV, Part I.

GRETCHEN HALL (Nora Helmer) was a member of the Broadway company of Stick Fly. Her Off Broadway credits include Saturn Returns and 7th Monarch. Regionally, she has worked at Arena Stage, Westport Country Playhouse, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, CENTERSTAGE, Shakespeare on the Sound and Hangar Theatre. Her television credits include “Law & Order,” “Person of Interest,” “Louie,” “Deception,” “Gossip Girl” and “Lipstick Jungle.” Her movie credits include Almost in Love and The Weekend (soon to be released).

JACK KOENIG (Dr. Rank) spent three years on Broadway in The Lion King asstandby for the leading role of Scar. He has also appeared on Broadway in The Pitmen Painters and Accent on Youth, Off Broadway in Incident at Vichy, The Cocktail Party and The Grand Manner and in 16 regional theater productions, including A Moon for the Misbegotten, Private Lives, Heartbreak House (NH Theatre Award) and four world premieres, most recently Clementine in the Lower 9 at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. He received a Drama Desk Award for the Off Broadway play Tabletop. Television viewers have seen him this season on “The Good Wife” and “Zero Hour” and in previous years on “Sex and the City,” “The Cosby Mysteries,” “Now and Again,” “The Education of Max Bickford,” various soaps and all three “Law & Order”programs. His film credits include National Treasure, I.Q., Last Exit to Brooklyn, Ceremony, The Proprietor and My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend.

AMANDA NAUGHTON (Anne-Marie) has previously appeared at The Old Globe in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Jane Austen’s Emma – A Musical Romantic Comedy, Lost in Yonkers, The Women, The Constant Wife, Loves & Hours and Paramour. Her Broadway credits include Into the Woods (2002 revival) and The Secret Garden (also the National Tour, Jefferson Award nominee). She has appeared Off Broadway in Romance in Hard Times, Hundreds of Hats, 3 Postcards and Mr. President. Regionally she has been seen in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Chasing the Song (La Jolla Playhouse), A Little Night Music (at Goodspeed Musicals, LA Opera and South Coast Repertory!), Amour and O. Henry’s Lovers (Goodspeed Musicals), On the Town (Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera), Gypsy, Tartuffe, The Waves, Misalliance, Bedroom Farce and The Threepenny Opera (Hangar Theatre), Anything Goes, Hello, Dolly!, The Sound of Music, The Foreigner, Lend Me a Tenor, Steel Magnolias and Barefoot in the Park (Forestburgh Playhouse), The Royal Family (Caldwell Theatre Company), The Betrayal of Nora Blake (Cuillo Centre For The Arts), Another Kind of Hero (Walnut Street Theatre) and Edith Stein (Geva Theatre). Her television credits include the role of Betty Roberts on AMC’s original series “Remember WENN,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Payne” with John Larroquette and “Chappelle’s Show.” Her film credits include Mexico City and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which opens in December 2013.

NISI STURGIS (Mrs. Kristine Linde) has previously appeared at The Old Globe as Honey in Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf? and Monica in Life of Riley, both directed by Richard Seer, Loves & Hours directed by Jack O’Brien, Pentecost directed by Mark Lamos, The Taming of the Shrew directed by John Rando, Much Ado About Nothing directed by Brendon Fox and Pericles directed by Darko Tresnjak. Her Broadway and New York credits include The Woman in The 39 Steps directed by Maria Aitken, Laura in The Pretty Trap (Theatre Row), Mrs. Van Buren understudy in Intimate Apparel directed by Daniel Sullivan (Roundabout Theatre Company and Mark Taper Forum) and Dsyphoria and The Less We Talk directed by Alec Duffy (Ontological-Hysteric Theater). Sturgis’ regional credits include three seasons with Denver Center Theatre Company as Vivie Warren in Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Alice Sycamore in You Can’t Take It with You, Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, Sister James in Doubt, Lady Anne in Richard III and four seasons with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire, Jean Louise in To Kill a Mockingbird, Raina in Arms and the Man and Rose Trelawny in Trelawny of the Wells. This summer Sturgis will play Lady Macbeth at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. In HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” she has the recurring role of June Thompson. She received her M.F.A. from The Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program.

KATIE WHALLEY (Helene) has San Diego credits that include Cabaret, Parade and Man of La Mancha (Cygnet Theatre Company), Chicago (San Diego Musical Theatre), miXtape (Lamb’s Players Theatre), Hello, Dolly! (Starlight Musical Theatre) and Gypsy (ion theatre company), for which she received a Craig Noel Award for her portrayal of the title role. Her other regional credits include White Christmas, The Secret Garden, Big River and The Producers (Musical Theatre of Georgia), Nunsense and Thoroughly Modern Millie (McLeod Playhouse), Rivets (Galatean Players) and It’s a Wonderful Life (Janesville Armory).

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By Henrik Ibsen
Adaptation by Anne-Charlotte Hanes Harvey and Kirsten Brandt
Directed by Kirsten Brandt

RUNS: March 23 – April 21, 2013
Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

TICKETS: Ticket prices start at $29.

SYNOPSIS: A young wife makes a dangerous decision to save her husband's life, and years later her secret comes back to threaten the foundations of her entire world.

CREATIVE TEAM: Henrik Ibsen (Playwright), Anne-Charlotte Hanes Harvey (Translation, Adaptation), Kirsten Brandt (Adaptation, Director), Sean Fanning (Scenic Design), Alina Bokovikova (Costume Design), David Lee Cuthbert (Lighting Design), Paul Peterson (Sound Design), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting) and Jess Slocum (Stage Manager).

CAST: Fred Arsenault (Torvald Helmer), Richard Baird (Nils Krogstad, Porter), Gretchen Hall (Nora Helmer), Jack Koenig (Dr. Rank), Amanda Naughton (Anne-Marie), Nisi Sturgis (Mrs. Kristine Linde) and Katie Whalley (Helene).

Mar 23 SAT 8pm
Mar 24 SUN 7pm
Mar 26 TUE 7pm
Mar 27 WED 7pm
Mar 29 FRI 8pm
Mar 30 SAT 2pm
Mar 30 SAT 8pm
Mar 31 SUN 2pm
Mar 31 SUN 7pm
Apr 2 TUE 7pm (Post-Show Forum)
Apr 3 WED 7pm
Apr 4 THU 8pm
Apr 5 FRI 8pm
Apr 6 SAT 2pm
Apr 6 SAT 8pm
Apr 7 SUN 2pm
Apr 7 SUN 7pm
Apr 9 TUE 7pm (Post-Show Forum)
Apr 10 WED 2pm
Apr 10 WED 7pm
Apr 11 THU 8pm
Apr 12 FRI 8pm
Apr 13 SAT 8pm
Apr 14 SUN 2pm
Apr 14 SUN 7pm
Apr 16 TUE 7pm
Apr 17 WED 7pm (Post-Show Forum)
Apr 18 THU 8pm
Apr 19 FRI 8pm
Apr 20 SAT 2pm
Apr 20 SAT 8pm
Apr 21 SUN 2pm
Apr 21 SUN 7pm

BOX OFFICE WINDOW HOURS: Noon to final curtain Tuesday through Sunday. American Express, Discover, MasterCard and VISA accepted. (619) 23-GLOBE [234-5623].

LOCATION: The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way. Free parking is available throughout the park. Valet parking is also available ($10).

Monday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m.
Seminar series features a panel of artists from the current show. Reception at 6:30 p.m. FREE

Tuesdays, April 2 and 9 and Wednesday, April 17
Discuss the play with members of the cast following the performance. FREE

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