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The Resident Theatre at Edge of the Wood produces family-friendly, professional-caliber shows in our community, engaging and inspiring young people as performers and theatre-goers. 

SUMMER 2024 “Studio Series” Production

A Doll’s House, Part 2

by Lucas Hnath

Director: Grant Kilian*
Costume Design:  Mark Burrows*

August 14-23

A Doll’s House, Part 2 is part of our Studio Series – scaled-back productions outside the regular Resident Theatre season that let our artists experiment with new ways of working. Join us for these intimate plays that take us back to fundamentals: an empty space, actors, and a story to tell.

A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2 is presented by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing, LLC, servicing the Dramatists Play
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Tickets on sale in July.

Wednesday, August 14, 7:30pm
Thursday, August 15, 7:30pm
Friday, August 16, 7:30pm
Wednesday, August 21, 7:30pm
Thursday, August 22, 7:30pm
Friday, August 23, 7:30pm

Health and safety

As of March 28, 2023 masks are recommended, but not required, for all patrons attending performances.


Christa Ciesil* (Emmy) – Bio and photo coming soon!

Headshot of Herb Metzler

Herb Metzler* (Torvald) recently became a Resident Artist at Edge of the Wood, where he has appeared in It is So (If You Think So), The Minutes, Light Up the Sky, The Book of Will and The Beautiful People. He has performed at the Goodman, with St. Sebastian Players and Theatre Above the Law, Prop Thtr, and The Practical Theatre Co., and is a co- founder and active member of The Sturdy Beggars, who have been entertaining audiences with The Mud Show© at Renaissance faires around the country for over 44 years. Live theatre is important to our economy and our sense of community; by being here, you make it all happen. Thank you!

Headshot of Barbara Roeder Harris

Barbara Roeder Harris (Anne Marie) is delighted to return to Edge of the Wood after appearing in The Minutes last year. Previously she created featured roles in these world premieres:  Principal Principle (Stage Left Theatre), American Beauty Shop (Chicago Dramatists), Successors and Plainsong (both with Eclipse Theatre).  Other credits include: The Crucible (Invictus Theatre), Rasheeda Speaking (Shattered Globe), Enron (TimeLine Theatre), The December Man (Mary Arrchie Theatre), A Loss of Roses (Raven Theatre), JB (City Lit Theatre), Agnes of God (Hubris Theatre).  Barbara has also held production positions with Victory Gardens Theatre, 16th Street Theatre, Apple Tree Theatre and Marriott Theatre. 

Headshot of Janet Rourke

Janet Rourke* (Nora) has directed and/or appeared on the stage of the Goodman Theatre, the Marriott, the Barn, CenterStage Theatre, and OOCC, where she worked with Rick Snyder, Steppenwolf ensemble member, and Broadway favorite Karen Mason. At Edge, she has appeared in Into the Woods (Jack’s Mother), Our Town (Mrs. Gibbs), The Seagull (Arkadina/Polina), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (The Princess Puffer), The Beautiful People (Harmony Blueblossom), Pride & Prejudice (Lady Catherine/Mrs. Reynolds), and Light Up the Sky (Stella Livingston–Lou Award nominee for Best Actor in a Leading Female Role), among others. Janet recently directed The Minutes which received four Jeff Award nominations including Best Director – Short Run.

*Resident Artist

Behind the Scenes

Check out rehearsal and production photos and meet cast members in our Facebook group,  on our Facebook page, or on Instagram @residenttheatre.

Learn more about the Resident Theatre

Learn more about the resident artists behind Edgebrook’s neighborhood theatre company, and check out our past productions.