Classic 'Doll's House' to open spring theatre season

Doll's House castHenrik Ibsen’s classic and controversial play “A Doll’s House” brings SUNY Oswego alum Kevin Kennison back to campus and launches the college’s spring theatre season on Feb. 29.

Kennison, a 1982 SUNY Oswego graduate, has returned from New York City as a visiting professor of theatre and to direct “A Doll’s House.”

“I look forward to the huge challenge of working with this great play, so controversial in its time that it caused riots and was banned in places, and together with the actors make its characters and message from another age come alive for present-day audiences,” Kennison said of the play that debuted in 1879 and proved shocking for its then-progressive view of a woman’s rights in marriage.

Often referred to as the father of modern drama, Ibsen created material that drove theatre in a direction other than simple entertainment to a forum for exposing and discussing social issues. His portrayal of common people facing extraordinary circumstances was denounced by critics, and captivated audiences, Kennison said. “A Doll’s House” remains a fixture in literature classes today.

“Is Ibsen’s deeper theme relevant for a 2008 audience to relate and react? That is our investigative goal,” Kennison explained. “Through our Victorian-era sets, costumes and music, the audience will be transported back in time, but it’s Ibsen’s words spoken through the actors that share a story of people, relationships, actions and consequences that may evoke surprising reactions even in Waterman Theatre.”

Oswego’s production features the student ensemble cast of Lucaya Luckey-Bethany (Nora Helmer), Ryan Santiago (Torvald Helmer), Sara Weiler (Kristine Linde), Knate Roy (Dr. Rand), Nathaniel Angstrom (Nills Krogstad), Kim Greenawalt (Helen), Katherine Boswell (Ann-Marie) and Charlie Smith (messenger).

“A Doll’s House” will preview at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre with all seats priced at $5.

Additional 8 p.m. performances will be offered Feb. 29 and March 1, 7 and 8, with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee on March 9. Tickets for the regular run cost $12 ($10 for seniors and children, $7 for SUNY Oswego students).

A high school matinee is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 5. Teachers wishing to bring their students should e-mail Tyler box office at Tickets for this special show are $7 per student with complimentary tickets to chaperones.

For reservations or more information, contact Tyler box office at 312-2141 or

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PHOTO CAPTION: ‘Doll’s’ cast—Henrik Ibsen’s classic play “A Doll’s House” will open the spring theatre season at SUNY Oswego on Feb. 29. The student cast includes, standing from left, Nathaniel Angstrom (Nills Krogstad), Ryan Santiago (Torvald Helmer), Knate Roy (Dr. Rand) and Katherine Boswell (Ann-Marie); and seated from left, Kim Greenawalt (Helen), Lucaya Luckey-Bethany (Nora Helmer), Sara Weiler (Kristine Linde) and Charlie Smith (messenger).

CONTACT: Kelly Cullinan, 312-3097

(Posted: Feb 04, 2008)