By Brenda Lunsford Lily


Performances of Doll begin April 19 and continue through May 5, with shows at 7:30pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Tickets range from $12 (for preview performances on April 19 and 20) to $16 for performances from April 21-May 5. $10 student rush tickets available 15 minutes before curtain with valid I.D. All admissions are subject to North Carolina Sales Tax. 

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t's 1962, and Nora and David Helms have the perfect marriage, the perfect home, and all the right friends. Everything is…. Perfect. Or is it? Asheville-based playwright, Brenda Lunsford Lilly’s searing and provocative re-telling of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House is timely and shattering.

Based on Henrik Ibsen's revolutionary 19th century drama A Doll's House; Doll zeroes in on the growing pressure on Nora, a housewife who struggles to please her husband; who has shot up the corporate ladder at a Manhattan-based bank. However, Nora isn't all she seems and she has a secret that if her husband found out would change everything.

An Asheville native, Brenda Lunsford Lilly is an accomplished actor, director, playwright, screenwriter, and producer. She has written for many television series, including: “Big,” “Shades of L.A.,” “Parker Lewis Can’t Lose,” “L.A. Law,” “Christy,” “Walker: Texas Ranger,” “Xena: Warrior Princess,” “Bobby’s World,” “Second Noah,” “Fame L.A.” and “Honey I Shrunk the Kids.” In 1999, she partnered with Hollis Rich to create and produce the critically acclaimed coming of age series, State of Grace. In 2002, Lilly and Rich received a Humanitas Award nomination for the pilot episode of the series. Additionally, the series received two Humanitas Award nominations, four Jewish Image Awards (including best 1/2 hour series), four Viewers Voice Awards (including best 1/2 hour series) and The Parents Television Council Award for best 1/2 hour series.

The Magnetic Theatre production of Doll features Mary Katherine O’Donnell as Nora and Maximilian Koger as her husband, David. The cast also includes Daniel Henry, Hannah Williams-Beaver, Scott Voloshin, and Ivy Rose Volshinin in a production that is being directed by Andrew Gall, The Magnetic Theatre’s current Producing Artistic Director. The production also features a scenic design by Terry Martin; lighting design by Jason Williams; sound design by Mary Zogzas; costume design by Victoria Smith. The production is being stage managed by Christopher Kingsley.



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A whimsical story meant for ages 5+ of 3 sisters Nelly, Jenny June, and Gerty living out their lives above the family clock repair shop near the Chicago River, before their time unexpectedly runs out.

This modern fairy tale follows the journey of 3 girls growing to adulthood, navigating friendship and loss, and shows that in the end, the power of love is far greater than any individual's successes or failures.

ACA returns in our 6th milestone season with a signature style of lyrical language and sophisticated visual storytelling devices including live video and found object puppets to present a crowd pleasing performance for audiences of all ages.

With: Daniele Martin, Katie Jones, Kelsey Sewell and Julia Cunningham.



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