College Theater Tackles American Classic
Ibsen's "A Doll's House" to come to life in COC Black Box Theatre.
In April, the college’s theatre department will present the
Tony Award-winning revival “A Doll’s House” in the Black Box theatre at the Santa
Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons.
Described by Time magazine as a “thunderclap of an evening that takes your
breath away,” “A Doll’s House” has been a controversial play since its original
release in 1879 due to its revelation of the realities of marriage and
restricted female roles during the Victorian era.
However, even after more than 100 years of progress and enlightenment, the play
still remains universally relevant today, says Susan Hinshaw, theatre
instructor at the college and director of the production.
“Some people see this play as a museum piece. I definitely do not, nor do any
of the designers,” Hinshaw said. “We wanted this production to express the
universality of the play, so we’ve come up with several ways of doing that.”
One unique aspect of the production is the decision to direct the play as an
arena, or theatre-in-the-round, production. In addition, each of the
three different acts will be set in a different time period — ranging from the Victorian
age, to the 1950’s and ending in the present.
“It’s a way of showing that these issues are still alive and with us today,”
Hinshaw said. “Our scenic designer, Brodie Steele, has designed a beautiful set
and our students are being challenged, and having a great deal of fun, while
working in-the-round. It’s a very exciting process.”
The College of the Canyons production of “A Doll’s House” will open in the
Black Box theatre Thursday, April 2, and run through Sunday, April 5.
Show times are as follows:
Thursday April 2 and Friday
April 4 and
2 and 7 p.m. Sunday April 5
Admission is $5 for students and seniors and $10 for adults. Group rates are
available. For more ticket information please contact the PAC box office at (661)
362-5304 or go to www.canyonspac.com.