Plan to attend

What: “A Doll’s House”

Where: St. Andrews Center, 1918 Union Ave.

When: May 4-20: Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 6:30 p.m.

How much: $10

The community is invited to join Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga for Kelly Lapczynski’s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House,” which will run from May 4 through 20.

The performance will be held Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 6:30 p.m. All performances will be held at the St. Andrews Center, located at 1918 Union Ave.

“First and foremost, Ibsen wrote a tragedy.   The story is based on the true life events of one of Ibsen’s friends, author Laura Smith Petersen,” Lapczynski, who is directing the piece, said.  “When Laura’s husband contracted tuberculosis, doctors advised that he go south to recuperate, and Laura participated in a forgery to acquire the money.  When he discovered the forgery, he divorced Laura and threw her out of the house.  Within a few years, Laura was sent to a mental hospital, and Ibsen began to write ‘A Doll’s House.'”

“I love the way it address marriage conventions,” said actor John Thomas Cecil. “Ibsen’s classic delves into issues that are so mainstream today, yet were so controversial in his time. It has been fun to explore the contrast between the life we live today and Ibsen’s world.”

Tickets are $10 and are available here, by calling 423-987-5141 and at the box office. Doors open 30 minutes before each performance.  Free parking is available behind the St. Andrews Center.

ETC’s production of “A Doll’s House” is directed by Kelly Lapczynski.  Cast members include Brandi Alexander, John Thomas Cecil, Evie Durant, Christy Gallo, Jamie Goodnight, Karen Keith and Doug May.  The stage manager is Eric “Red” Wyatt. More information about the show can be found at