Oct. 26, 2023 By Rachel Butler
A pair of famed international actors who are known from their work on the stage and on screen recently participated in a Q&A event about their upcoming play at Queens Theatre.
Lupita Ferrer, a Venezuelan theater actress who has starred in movies such as “Mariana de la Noche,” “The Children of Sanchez” and “Rosa Diamante,” joined Lili Rentería, who known for her role in García Lorca’s “Mariana Pineda” and appeared in Venezuelan television series in the 1990s, participated in a Q&A session to discuss their starring roles in Queens Theatre’s production of “Casa de Muñecas 2,” which is a Spanish translation of Lucas Hnath’s Tony-nominated show, “A Doll’s House Part 2,” which received eight Tony nominations during its 2017 run on Broadway.
The Oct. 19 event at Queens Theatre also featured the show’s producer and director, Juan Montero.
In this sequel play, main character Nora returns home brimming with newfound confidence as a successful writer, but her husband hasn’t divorced her despite the events of the original play “A Doll’s House,” a classic from Henrik Ibsen that dates back to 1879. The sequel takes place 15 years after Nora slammed the door on her husband, feeling empowered but facing new struggles along the way.
“While traveling the world and searching for plays with current, relevant content, we found this adaptation for ‘Casa de Muñecas, 2’ and I knew right then that we had to bring it to North America,” said Juan Montero, producer and director of “Casa de Muñecas 2.”
“I found such vital, contemporary elements in it, such as women’s development in today’s society,” Montero added. “This story takes place in the 1890s, yet today in 2023, women are at a disadvantage despite how far we have come.”
Ferrer, who has performed in countless Spanish speaking telenovela shows and has been acting since the age of 15, said she was drawn to “Casa de Muñecas 2” after reading the script.
“I realized that this was a wonderful work filled with all the elements that a play should have: drama, confrontation, comedy and above all – a homage that applauds womanhood,” said Ferrer, who stars as Ann Marie in the production.
Queens Theatre Executive Director Taryn Sacramone called Ferrer a “legendary actress.”
“The opportunity to see her live onstage is one that her fans won’t want to miss,” Sacramone said before praising the rest of the cast, including Rentería. “The entire cast is outstanding – Lilli Rentería, who plays Nora, grew up in a theater family – I loved seeing her explore our space for the first time. She stepped onstage and started right into a monologue! Their energy is extraordinary and I’m looking forward to seeing them perform for our audiences.”
The play will be performed in Spanish with open captioning in English, with showtimes scheduled from Nov. 10-12 at Queens Theatre, located at 14 United Nations Ave. S. in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Tickets are available at the Queens Theatre website and range in cost from $32-$42.
The Queens Theatre which is located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park has long been the hub of high quality performances that are available to the residents of Queens.