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April 19, 2006

Knox College Theatre presents "Nora," Ingmar Bergman's adaptation of the Henrik Ibsen play "A Doll's House," at 7:30 p.m. nightly, Wednesday, April 26 through Saturday, April 29, in Harbach Theatre, Ford Center for the Fine Arts, on the Knox campus in Galesburg, Illinois.

Tickets are available at the door or in advance from the Student Activities Office, 309-341-7489. Because of the close proximity of the audience and stage in the production, there will be no seating after the performance has started. Thursday's performance will be followed by a post-show discussion with the cast and director.

"Bergman is a legendary film artist who also has strong theatrical sensibilities," said the director, Neil Blackadder, associate professor of theatre. "Bergman's script is a sleeker, more concise adaptation of Ibsen's play, which itself is a landmark of theatrical and cultural history." The play depicts Nora Helmer, a passionate, free-spending woman whose financial dealings create conflict with her husband, a stern and successful banker.

The play will be presented "in the round," with a small performance space surrounded by specially constructed seating platforms.

"The play is all about Nora and her feeling that she's trapped," Blackadder said. "Placing the audience on all sides of the stage reinforces the impression that Nora is surrounded by circumstances. It also adds a degree of unrealism. You can't forget that you're watching a play, because right across from you, other people are also watching the performance."

Nora: Saras Gil
Helmer: Nick Perry
Mrs. Linde: Anjalika Kapur
Dr. Rank: Randy Geary
Krogstad: Martin Helms

Director: Neil Blackadder, associate professor of theatre
Assistant Director: Brian Conley
Stage Manager: Sarah Hasse
Assistant Stage Managers: Hannah Rapp and Rachel Deffenbaugh
Lighting and Scenic Designer: Craig Choma, associate professor of theatre
Assistant Scenic Designer: Kari Lefevre
Costume Designer: Margo Shively, lecturer in theatre
Sound Designer: Evan Sawdey
Sound Board Operator: Tom Basciani
Properties Coordinator: Jasmin Tomlins
Assistant Properties Coordinator: Lani Tortoriello
Run Crew: Maren Reisch

Related Links

Knox College Theatre Program

External Site
  Knox production of Nora noted in the international listing at Ibsen Year 2006


Peter Bailley
309 341 7337

Saras Gil, Nick Perry, in "Nora"
Gil, Perry in "Nora"