September 2020 | Volume 195


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 Doll's House Illustration by Emily Cooper.

The Doll's House Project
Based on Ingmar Bergman's adaptation of Ibsen's A Doll's House
Studio 58, Langara College
Livestreaming Oct. 10
Oct. 10-17

Embracing the current conditions, the fall semester at Studio 58 is well underway. First in the line-up of public performances is The Doll's House Project, a reimagined, ensemble production based on Ingmar Bergman's adaptation of Ibsen's A Doll's House. Acclaimed actor Laara Sadiq directs for the first time at Studio 58.  

The project examines a classic play—written by a privileged white man about a woman's self-emancipation from oppression—as told by a troupe of young actors, in the midst of a global pandemic and massive social upheaval. Safely apart, but together, the members of the diverse ensemble take turns stepping into multiple roles and each contributes to the unfolding of Nora's journey as she breaks free from a restrictive marriage. This stripped down staging focuses on voices, bodies in motion, and live music, and asks the question, "How did we get here?". 

Sadiq says, "How does an ensemble create a piece of theatre under present circumstances—in masks and spaced six feet apart? We adapt. We're finding modes of expression that transcend their confines. Where there's a will, there's a way. And where there's a story to be told, we will tell it!" 

Directed by Laara Sadiq 
Musical composition & direction by Marguerite Witvoet   
Movement direction & choreography by Noam Gagnon 
Set & costume design by Jessica Oostergo  
Lighting design by Alan Brodie  
Stage management mentorship by Susan Miyagishima 

A free livestream will take place on Saturday, October 10 at 8 PM, followed by a live talkback with the cast. The recording will be available to view until October 17. Sign-up to receive the link to watch at  


Studio 58 is the professional theatre training program at Langara College, located in Vancouver, British Columbia. Under the direction of Kathryn Shaw, it offers nationally recognized training for both actors and production personnel. More information at 



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