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Laurie Metcalf, Chris Cooper Star in Broadway ‘Doll’s House’ Sequel Produced by Scott Rudin

Laurie Metcalf Chris Cooper A Doll's House Part 2
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Laurie Metcalf, Chris Cooper, recent Tony winner Jayne Houdyshell and Condola Rashad will star this spring in “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” a new play by Lucas Hnath that debuts this spring in a Broadway staging produced by Scott Rudin.

Sam Gold (“Fun Home”), who’s also staging the Rudin-backed revival of “The Glass Menagerie” with Sally Fields this season, directs the play, which takes place years after the events of Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House.” In Hnath’s story, Nora, who famously slammed the door on her old life in the Ibsen play, returns years later to the house and the people she left.

Hnath, who makes his Broadway debut with the show, has been turning heads Off Broadway with plays including “The Christians,” “Red Speedo” and “A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney.” Rudin has shown he has a canny eye for new stage work in the past, with his Broadway transfer of “The Humans” scoring the Tony for new play (and an acting trophy for Houdyshell) and managing to turn a profit, too. This season the busy producer also has buzzy revivals on tap including the starry “The Front Page,” opening later this month, and “Hello, Dolly!” with Bette Midler.

Metcalf (“Getting On”) is something of a Broadway regular, last appearing in “Misery” in 2015, but Cooper (“Adaptation,” the upcoming “Live by Night”) hasn’t been on Broadway since a 1980 stint in “Of the Fields, Lately.” Condola Rashad’s stage credits including “Romeo and Juliet,” opposite Orlando Bloom, and “Stick Fly.”

“A Doll’s House, Part 2” begins previews April 1 ahead of an April 27 opening at the Golden Theater. West coast audiences will be able to catch the play around the same time in a separate, previously scheduled production at South Coast Rep that runs April 9-30.