Henrik Ibsen's proto-feminist heroine Nora will be back on Broadway next spring, only this time she's knocking at the same door she slammed shut many years ago when she left her husband and children to discover herself at the end of A Doll's House.
Laurie Metcalf, Chris Cooper, Jayne Houdyshell and Condola Rashad will star in A Doll's House, Part 2, American playwright Lucas Hnath's new drama, which picks up after Ibsen's 1879 classic, revealing why Nora has returned and what it will mean for those she left behind.
Scott Rudin is producing the play, which Sam Gold, a 2015 Tony winner for Fun Home, will direct. It begins previews April 1 next year at the John Golden Theatre, in a 16-week limited engagement that officially opens April 27, which is the cutoff date for 2017 Tony Awards eligibility.
Rudin and Gold also will collaborate this season on a revival of The Glass Menagerie, starring Sally Field, Joe Mantello, Madison Ferris and Finn Wittrock, which begins performances Feb. 7 at the Belasco Theatre.
A rising star in American drama, Hnath's plays have included Red Speedo, The Christians and A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney. A Doll's House, Part 2 will mark his Broadway debut. The new play also will be seen on the West Coast in a previously scheduled run April 9-30 at South Coast Rep.
Metcalf was last on Broadway starring opposite Bruce Willis in 2015 in Misery, for which she received a Tony nomination. A three-time Emmy winner for Roseanne, she was nominated for three Emmys this year - as lead actress in a comedy series for Getting On, guest actress in a drama for Horace and Pete and guest actress in a comedy for The Big Bang Theory. She is currently filming Lady Bird, a feature written and directed by Greta Gerwig, in which Metcalf stars opposite Saoirse Ronan.
Screen veteran Cooper won an Oscar in 2003 for Spike Jonze's Adaptation; he was last on Broadway in 1980 in Of the Fields, Lately. Houdyshell won a Tony this year for Stephen Karam's best play winner The Humans, also produced by Rudin, which runs through Jan. 15 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Rashad, a regular on Showtime's Billions, was last on Broadway in 2013 starring opposite Orlando Bloom in Romeo and Juliet. She received Tony nominations in 2012 for Stick Fly and in 2013 for The Trip to Bountiful.
Rudin's Broadway slate this season includes a starry revival of The Front Page, currently in previews with a cast that includes Nathan Lane, John Slattery and John Goodman; and a spring revival of Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce.