Farmers Alley Theatre Brings Timely “A Doll’s House, Part 2” to the Stage this November

Opening November 2nd and running for three weekends thru November 18th, Farmers Alley Theatre is proud to present the West Michigan area premiere of A Doll’s House, Part 2.  Called “smart, funny and utterly engrossing” by The New York Times, this whip-smart new play by Lucas Hnath (author of last season’s hit The Christians) is THE play of the moment that delivers explosive laughs while also posing insightful questions about marriage, gender inequality, and human rights.

In the final scene of Henrik Ibsen’s groundbreaking masterwork of 1879, A Doll’s House, Nora Helmer makes the shocking decision to leave her husband and children, and begin a life on her own.  This climactic event – when Nora slams the door on everything in her life – instantly propelled world drama into the modern age.  In A Doll’s House, Part 2, many years have passed since Nora’s exit.  Now, there a knock on that same door. Nora has returned.  But why? And what will it mean for those she left behind? A timely work filled with powerful women who struggle against a society that has defined gender roles, A Doll’s House, Part 2 is the rare sequel that stands perfectly well on its own.

Farmers Alley Theatre welcomes back director D. Terry Williams to helm this modern classic.  Mr. Williams is known for tackling vibrant new works at Farmers Alley having directed Hnath’s The Christians last season along with his previous credits Disgraced, The Whipping Man, Other Desert Cities and the Wilde Award Winning production of Old Wicked Songs.

Elizabeth Terrel will bring life to the classic character of Nora Helmer.  An associate professor of voice and movement in Western Michigan University’s Theatre Department, Ms. Terrel was last seen on our stage as the beautiful, self-obsessed movie star, Masha in our 2015 production of Vanya + Sonia + Masha + Spike.  Chicago actor Paul Stroili plays Nora’s estranged husband, Torvald.  A resident artist at the Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, Mr. Stroili has an impressive list of credits on stage (God of Carnage, August: Osage County) and screen (“Empire”, “Chicago PD”, “Malcolm in the Middle”).  Zoe Vonder Haar returns to Farmers Alley Theatre to play the Helmer’s housekeeper Anne Marie, after lighting up our stage the past two summers in It Shoulda Been You and The Bridges of Madison County.  WMU Theatre Major Arizsia Staton portrays Nora’s daughter, Emmy, whom she abandoned all those years ago.

A Doll’s House, Part 2 runs November 2nd through the 18th at 221 Farmers Alley in Downtown Kalamazoo.  Tickets are $32 on Fri/Sat/Sun and $27 on Thursdays.  Seniors 65 and above receive $2 off per ticket and student tickets are $15.  Reservations can be made by calling our Box Office at (269) 343-2727 or visiting

  • Friday, November 2nd at 8 pm
  • Saturday, November 3rd at 2 pm
  • Saturday, November 3rd at 8 pm
  • Sunday, November 4th at 2 pm
  • Thursday,  November 8th at7:30 pm
  • Friday, November 9th at 8 pm
  • Saturday, November 10th at 8 pm
  • Sunday, November 11th at2 pm
  • Thursday, November 15th at 7:30 pm
  • Friday, November 16th at 8 pm
  • Saturday, November 17th at 8 pm
  • Sunday, November 18th at 2 pm

We will be holding post-show talkbacks after performances on 11/3 (2pm show), 11/9 and 11/16.