A Look At Betsy Aidem, Director of "A Doll's House, Part 2" at George Street Playhouse

Betsy Aidem has seen the stage from both sides now.

An award-winning actress, Aidem is taking her first professional turn as a director, guiding the George Street Playhouse production of Lucas Hnath’s comedy A Doll’s House, Part 2.

The play, which was nominated for eight Tony Awards in 2017 and scored the best-actress award for Laurie Metcalf, will be on stage from November 27 to December 23 at George Street’s temporary quarters, 103 College Farm Road, New Brunswick.

“Part 2” in the title refers to the fact that Hnath has written what Aidem describes as a “clever reprisal” of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, which first appeared in Copenhagen in 1879.

Ibsen’s play was controversial at the time, because it critically exposed the subordinate and circumscribed position to which women were consigned in late 19th-century Europe—when, as Aidem describes it, “the options for women were governess, wife, or prostitute.”

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