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A Doll House

Directed by Kate Jopson

@ Mandell Weiss Forum Theatre

January 29 - February 8


About the Play

About the Playwright

With the impending threat of blackmail, Nora tries desperately to hold on to life as she knows it, only to discover that everything she knows is a sham; a life constructed for her by men.


Henrik Johan Ibsen (20 March 1828 – 23 May 1906) was a major 19th-century Norwegian playwright, theatre director, and poet. He is often referred to as "the father of realism" and is one of the founders of Modernism in theatre. His major works include Brand, Peer Gynt, An Enemy of the People, Emperor and Galilean, A Doll's House, Hedda Gabler, Ghosts, The Wild Duck, Rosmersholm, and The Master Builder. His plays often dissect societal breakdowns, gender stereotypes, class struggle, and issues of morality. He is the most frequently performed dramatist in the world after Shakespeare, and A Doll's House became the world's most performed play by the early 20th century.

About the Director

Kate Jopson is a third year MFA Directing candidate at UC San Diego.

UC San Diego credits: Casagemas, Elizabeth I, Cry Old Kingdom, The Storm (Assistant Director), Spring Awakening (AD), Tonight we Improvise (AD). Bay Area Credits: The Hanging Odes (Theater Pub), Jesus, She Said (Marin Fringe Festival), Speak Roughly (Bay One Acts ), 8 Shorts (Play Cafe), Entangled Plays (Flying Island Theater) , Macbeth and Othello (Subterranean Shakespeare Reading series). Assistant Directing Credits: Sideways (Des McAnuff:La Jolla Playhouse), A Christmas Carol (Domenique Lozano: A.C.T), Pastures of Heaven (Jonathan Moscone) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Aaron Posner: California Shakespeare Theatre), Lily’s Revenge (Erika Chong-Shuch: The Magic Theatre), Bad Apples (Jon Langs: Circle X Theatre).

Formerly Associate Artistic Director of the all-female company Woman’s Will where she directed Blood Sisters and Jewish Roots. As an actress her favorite roles were Kate in Taming of the Shrew and Viola in Twelfth Night.

Kate holds a BA in Anthropology with Middle Eastern emphasis and a Theater minor from UC Berkeley.

Director's Statement

Nora Helmer has lived a charmed life: daughter to a rich man, wife to a successful husband, mother to a beautiful girl. Yet when a mistake from her past returns to haunt her, Nora's marriage and self-image start to crack. Henrik Ibsen's masterpiece questions materialism, social uniformity, and ingrained gender roles. A rally-cry for the individual spirit, A Doll House, explores the struggle to “be a human being before anything else.”


The Cast

The Creative Team

Nora - Kim Blanck
Torvald - Toby Onwumere
Dr. Rank - Ron Washington
Kristine - Jasmine St.Clair
Krogstad - MacGregor Arney
Anna - N'jameh Camara
Emmy - Lauryn Rowe
Director - Kate Jopson
Scenic Designer - Natalie Khuen
Costume Designer - Tijana Porobic
Lighting Designer - Bo Tindell
Sound Designer - Emily Jankowski
Projections Designer - Ryan Brady
Production Stage Mgr. - Sarah Dion
Asst. Director - Emilie Whelan
Asst. Scenic Designer - Raphael Zhao
Asst. Costume Designer - Melissa Ng
Reny Narae Kim
Asst. Lighting Designer - Gwikyoung Ko
Asst. Sound Designer - Rio Villa
Asst. Projection Designer - Anthony Jannuzzi
Asst. Stage Manager - Liz Fiala
Dramaturg - Jason Dorwart
Vocal Coach - Eva Barnes



Wed,Jan 297:00 pm PREVIEW
Fri,Jan 317:30 pm OPENING
Sat,Feb 12:00 pm MATINEE
Sat,Feb 17:30 pm  
Thur,Feb 67:30 pm  
Fri,Feb 77:30 pm  
Sat,Feb 87:30 pm CLOSING

Located at: Sheila & Hughes Potiker Theatre

Parking Passes Required: Monday through Friday. Weeknight passes are $2 per vehicle from the vending machines located in the UC San Diego Theatre District/La Jolla Playhouse parking lots and entry display case. Please remember your parking space number. You will need it to purchase your parking pass.

Note: Machines take all major credit cards except Discover and when paying with cash you must use exact change, NO CHANGE GIVEN.

Parking Passes Not Required: Saturdays and Sundays

Cars without permits are subject to ticketing by UCSD Campus Police. The Theatre & Dance Department does not have the authority to waive and cannot pay parking tickets.



Advance tickets for this production are available Monday-Friday, noon to 6 pm by calling the Box Office at 858.534.4574 or in person at the Theatre District’s Central Box Office at the Sheila & Hughes Potiker Theatre. 

At-the-Door tickets, if available, can be purchased one hour before show time at the performing theatre’s box office at Mandell Weiss Forum Theatre.

General Admission: $20
UCSD Faculty/Staff/Alumni Association,
and Seniors (over 62): $15
UCSD Students/UCSD Alumni Association (with ID): $10

Of Interest:

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La Jolla Playhouse - UCSD is home to this Tony Award winning theatre
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