Nora: A Doll’s House

Nora: A Doll’s House
Runs Jan 18Feb 18, 2024
Written by:Stef Smith, after Henrik Ibsen
Directed by:Angie Higgins
Northern California premiere!
Supported by:Producers Christy Martin & Cindy Melter, and by Producers who wish to remain anonymous
Season supported by:Season Producers Nancy B. Coleman & Paul M. Resch


Why you should see Nora: A Doll’s House

Because this innovative twist on a classic story will bring fresh eyes to this story.
Because feminism rings true, no matter the era.
Because The Mercury News describes our production as “exciting” and “stunning,” and Talkin’ Broadway says it’s “imaginatively and astutely directed.”
Because if you thought Jessica Chastain’s revival of A Doll’s House on Broadway was creative…just you wait.


The more things change, the more they stay the same in this bold new retelling of the classic A Doll’s House, which sets the story in 1918, 1968 and 2018. In each time period, Nora is the flawless wife and mother. But she has a secret that threatens to upend this precariously perfect existence. Ibsen challenged gender norms and outraged audiences when A Doll’s House was first performed in 1879. Today, we look back at the roles that women have been allowed to play during the fight for female suffrage, the swinging sixties, and the modern day, and wonder how far we’ve really come. Presented by arrangement with Nick Hern Books. To get a taste of the show, watch our promo video or listen to our special podcast episode!


Nora 1/Christine 3: Gabriella Goldstein
Nora 2/Christine 1: Melissa Mei Jones
Nora 3/Christine 2: Roneet Aliza Rahamim
Thomas: Jeff Bracco
Nathan: Kyle Dayrit
Daniel: Christian Pizzirani


Details and special events

Nora: A Doll’s House previews January 18 and 19, and runs through February 18. Showtimes are Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m., and tickets are $28-$67 now with no fees! The show runs about two hours, plus one 15-minute intermission. We would rate this production PG-13 for language and mature themes.

Bring a group of 10 or more and get 25% off the face value of each ticket. The discount is automatically applied when 10 or more tickets are in the cart. (Contact the box office if group members are paying separately.) If you are an employee of a fellow theater company seeking industry comps, please email us at least 48 hours in advance. Subject to availability.

Covid protocols:
If you are feeling unwell, please stay home, and don’t worry about your tickets. We’ll be happy to exchange them for another performance, free of charge. Masks are recommended indoors, except for February 11 and 15, when they are required indoors. Learn more about our Covid-19 protocols.

Special events:
Thursday, January 18, 8 p.m.: Pay What You Can Preview Night. (Call the box office at 408-295-4200 to name your own price.)
Friday, January 19, 8 p.m.: Preview Night.
Saturday, January 20, 8 p.m.: Opening Night.
Saturday, January 27, 8 p.m.: See the show on this night, and 10% of your ticket will support Theatre Bay Area’s Lemonade Fund!
Sunday, January 28: Before the 2 p.m. matinee, folks from our nonprofit partner Silicon Valley Shakespeare will talk about their upcoming shows and programs. Then, stay after the 2 p.m. show for a talkback with director Angie Higgins and the cast.
Tuesday, February 6, 7 p.m.: Join director Angie Higgins and members of the cast on Zoom for a lively free discussion about the show. To sign up, “buy” a free ticket online.
Sunday, February 11: Mask-required performance.
Thursday, February 15: Mask-required performance.

Nonprofit partner:
We are thrilled to be supporting Silicon Valley Shakespeare as our nonprofit partner for this production. City Lights is proud to support a fellow theater company who is all about invigorating the classics and making theater accessible for all, with free productions and free staged readings. Check out SVS’s summer 2024 season!

Parking and other info:
We are unfortunately unable to offer any designated patron parking for the theater. View a parking map of downtown San Jose to see your options for street or lot spaces. The closest city lot is the First Street and I-280 Lot, under the freeway.

The theater is wheelchair-accessible; book the ADA & Companion seats when buying tickets. If you need ADA parking in front of our glass doors, note that on your order during check-out, or email or call the box office (408-295-4200).

Due to the intimate size of our theater, we unfortunately are not able to seat late patrons. Thank you for your understanding.

Download the full gallery of high-res photos by Evelyn Huynh.