Monday, February 20, 2006


Bread and Circus Theatre Company presents “A Doll’s House” at the Tripleforce Artistic Center, 3979 Parkway Lane in Hilliard. Evening performances at 8 PM Friday March 3, Saturday March 4, Friday March 10, and Saturday March 11; matinee Sunday March 5 at 2:30 PM. Reservations $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors; call 614-470-4895 or visit

Henrik Ibsen is rightfully regarded as the father of modern drama in theatre and literary circles. It was Ibsen who discarded the tired remnants of the romantic, idyllic Shakespearean drama of 250 years earlier, with its tales of old kings, faeries, ancient Greeks and Romans, and similar story elements rooted in a certain level of fantasy, for the doings of the great and near-great have little grounding in the travails of the common people.

It was partly in recognition of this detached tradition that Bread and Circus Theatre Company produced, in March 2005, Age of Wolves, a tale of great deeds and powerful people firmly rooted in the viewpoint and experiences of the common man. Likewise, it was Ibsen who recognized the bankruptcy of the drama of the nineteenth century, and resolved to create plays that reflected the reality of the ordinary for the first time. The result was the New Realism, a revolution in theatre, and its most eloquent realization, A Doll’s House.

A Doll’s House features Hilliard actors Christine Liberto as Nora, Briana Biffath as Ellen, and Frank Biffath as Krogstad; Columbus actors Carrie Hays as Anna, Manny Flowers as Dr. Rank, and Mony Carpenter as Christina; and Westerville’s Pete Swingle as Torvald. Artistic Director Howard Carpenter is directing, assisted by Kate Campbell and Carrie Hays.

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