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‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Star Ann Dowd on Her Solo Turn in Adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s ‘Enemy of the People’

In person, Ann Dowd, sweet, solicitous and ready to laugh at herself, is far removed from Gilead, the totalitarian state where Aunt Lydia, her alter ego on “The Handmaid’s Tale,” rules with an iron fist, doling out punishment for the slightest infraction. As she sips a cappuccino and raises her voice ever so slightly to compete with the whooshing sounds of a nearby subway or a fire truck’s siren, she confesses that she wonders why she agreed to tackle her next acting challenge. Dowd, you see, is about to launch a sold-out solo version of “Enemy of the People,” a production that will see the actor assume all the roles in Henrik Ibsen’s morality tale. Moreover, she’ll bring the story — about a town doctor who risks everything to expose a scandal involving contaminated water — to life in the Park Avenue Armory, a cavernous space that dwarfs even the largest Broadway venue.
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Ann Dowd Digs Into Aunt Lydia’s Crisis of Faith on The Handmaid’s Tale

There’s no shortage of tyrannical—yet nuanced—villains in The Handmaid’s Tale, from Bradley Whitford’s Commander Joseph Lawrence to Yvonne Strahovski’s Serena Joy. But Ann Dowd’s Aunt Lydia, whose ironclad grip on power in Gilead seems to be weakening this season, is perhaps the most unsettling character to watch. She’s capable of horrific and unspeakable levels of cruelty, has devoted herself wholeheartedly to enforcing the systematic rape of hundreds of women, and has no qualms about mutilating and torturing those who cross her. But she’s also capable of genuine affection, and seems to truly love at least a few of her Handmaids—none more so than Janine (Madeline Brewer).
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SeriesFest Reveals 2021 Virtual Lineup, Including Jennifer Garner, Mark Duplass, Ann Dowd, ‘The Daily Show’

The Denver-based TV festival SeriesFest is once again going virtual this year, unveiling a lineup of events that include the world premiere of Peacock’s docuseries “Epstein’s Shadow: Ghislaine Maxwell,” as well as conversations with guests including actors Jennifer Garner and Mark Duplass, and YouTube chief business officer Robert Kyncl, and panels dissecting “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” and much more.

Ann Dowd to Star in Solo Adaptation of Ibsen's Enemy of the People

Emmy winner Ann Dowd will return to the stage this summer in a new adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's Enemy of the People, adapted and directed by Robert Icke. The production will run at the Park Avenue Armory June 22-July 25, with opening night set for June 30. Commissioned by the...
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The Park Avenue Armory has announced the fourth commissioned work in its Social Distance Hall series: the world premiere of Enemy of the People, written by Henrik Ibsen, conceived and directed by Robert Icke and starring Emmy award-winning actor Ann Dowd in all the roles. The production will run June 22-July 25.
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Ann Dowd Ponders The Future Of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ And Those Margo Martindale Comparisons

The Handmaid’s Tale is back for its fourth season and Gilead, along with all of her subjects, is in trouble. That’s mostly thanks to Elisabeth Moss’s scrappy heroine June, who managed to send 84 children and a handful of Marthas across the border to Canada at the end of season three. June’s victory was a major blow to devout Gilead followers, chief among them, Aunt Lydia, the maternally-inclined overseer of the Handmaids, and when the show returns — the first three episodes are already streaming on Hulu — a reckoning amongst those in power will be had.
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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: Ann Dowd Channeled Aunt Lydia While Threatening Someone in a Supermarket

Ann Dowd is the perfect actor to play Aunt Lydia, and fans are more excited than ever to see what she brings to the character in The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4. Dowd’s talked plenty about what she brings to her character in the past. And she once explained her inner Aunt Lydia came out after someone harassed her son in a grocery store. Here’s what happened.

Ann Dowd Will Star in a Virtual Reading of

Emmy winner Ann Dowd and her family will perform a virtual reading of Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House, Part 2. The Penguin Repertory Theatre benefit begins streaming December 26 at 8 PM ET and will be available to view through December 30. The comedy picks up several years after Ibsen's...

Ann Dowd and Family to Star in Reading of A Doll's House, Part 2

Emmy winner Ann Dowd (The Handmaid's Tale) and her family will star in an online reading of Lucas Hnath's A Doll's House, Part 2, streaming December 26-30. The production is presented by Penguin Rep Theatre and directed by Joe Brancato. Hnath's sequel to A Doll's House is set 15 years...