Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, announces casting for its 45th season, opening with Mother of the Maid by Jane Anderson, directed by BJ Jones.
Mother of the Maid will feature Kate Fry (Isabelle Arc), Kareem Bandealy (Jacques Arc), Hayley Burgess (Monique/us Joan), Ricardo Gutierrez (Father Gilbert/Chamberlain/Guard/Scribe), Casey Morris (Pierre Arc), Grace Smith (Joan Arc) and Penelope Walker (Lady of the Court). The season continues with the World Premiere of The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley, a companion piece to Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon, directed by Jessica Thebus, featuring Jennifer Latimore (Lydia Wickham), Jayson Lee (Brian), Aurora Real De Asua (Cassie), Penny Slusher (Mrs. Reynolds), Luigi Sottile (Mr. Darcy) and Netta Walker (Mrs. Darcy). The World Premiere of How A Boy Falls, by Steven Dietz, directed by Halena Kays, features Cassidy Slaughter-Mason (Chelle), Sean Parris (Sam), Tim Decker (Paul), Michelle Duffy (Miranda) and Travis A. Knight (Mitch). Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel, directed by Tasia A Jones, features Yao Dogbe (George), Rashada Dawan (Mayme), Sean Fortunato (Mr. Marks), Mildred Marie Langford (Esther), Tiffany Scott (Mrs. Van Buren) and Jacqueline Williams (Mrs. Dickson). Closing out the season is Songs for Nobodies by Joanna Murray-Smith, directed by Rob Lindley, featuring Bethany Thomas with music direction by Andra Velis Simon.
BJ Jones comments, “Next season is both fresh and familiar, bold and brash, the kind of work we challenge ourselves with season after season – and we're showcasing a spectrum of artists ready to meet the challenge! A combination of familiar faces and exciting newcomers highlight our upcoming season. We're delighted to bring Northlight audiences some of their returning favorites, and to introduce them to even more members of the incredibly deep talent pool that Chicago has to offer.”
The 2019-20 Season with casting is as follows:
MOTHER OF THE MAID
By Jane Anderson
Directed by BJ Jones
Featuring Kate Fry (Isabelle Arc), Kareem Bandealy (Jacques Arc), Hayley Burgess (Monique), Ricardo Gutierrez (Father Gilbert/Chamberlain/Guard/Scribe), Casey Morris (Pierre Arc), Grace Smith (Joan Arc) and Penelope Walker (Lady of the Court)
September 12 – October 20, 2019
Press Opening: Friday, September 20, 2019 at 8pm
Isabelle Arc is a hard-working, pious peasant woman with an odd and extraordinary daughter. When adolescent Joan announces she’s having visions, her mother isn’t quite sure if she should credit the Holy Spirit or teen hormones. But with faith in God and her destiny, Joan sets off to lead the French at war. As she ascends from farm girl to holy martyr, we follow the unexpected perspective of her proud, fierce, and frightened mom in this deeply moving drama about the glories and challenges of raising an exceptional child.
The World Premiere of
THE WICKHAMS: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY
By Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon
Directed by Jessica Thebus
Featuring Jennifer Latimore (Lydia Wickham), Jayson Lee (Brian), Will Mobley (George Wickham), Aurora Real De Asua (Cassie), Penny Slusher (Mrs. Reynolds), Luigi Sottile (Mr. Darcy) and Netta Walker (Mrs. Darcy).
November 7 – December 15, 2019
Press Opening: Friday, November 15, 2019 at 8pm
From the authors of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley comes a charming new companion piece!
While the Bennets and Darcys are celebrating upstairs, the servants below stairs find themselves in the midst of a holiday scandal. Lydia’s ne’er-do-well husband Mr. Wickham has arrived, and it’s up to the loyal housekeeper, footman, and new maid to keep the festivities running smoothly without revealing the unwelcome guest. As old misunderstandings and new secrets start to spiral out of control, the residents of Pemberley prove that family, forgiveness, and the true spirit of giving always win the day.
The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley is a rolling world premiere commissioned and originally produced by Northlight Theatre with The Jungle Theater, Minneapolis, MN; and Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley, CA.
The World Premiere of
HOW A BOY FALLS
By Steven Dietz
Directed by Halena Kays
January 23 – March 1, 2020
Press Opening: Friday, January 31, 2020 at 8pm
Featuring Cassidy Slaughter-Mason (Chelle), Sean Parris (Sam), Tim Decker (Paul), Michelle Duffy (Miranda), Travis A. Knight (Mitch)
This world premiere from one of America’s essential playwrights will keep you on the edge of your seat!
A newly hired au pair is thrust into the midst of a mystery when the loss of a young boy casts suspicion on her and the boy’s wealthy parents. The parents are each seeking answers and retribution while the au pair is hatching a dangerous scheme of her own, and no one is exactly who they seem to be in a new psychological thriller that asks who can we trust… if we can trust anyone.
By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Tasia A Jones
Featuring Yao Dogbe (George), Rashada Dawan (Mayme), Sean Fortunato (Mr. Marks), Mildred Marie Langford (Esther), Tiffany Scott (Mrs. Van Buren) and Jacqueline Williams (Mrs. Dickson).
March 12 – April 19, 2020
Press Opening: Friday, March 20, 2020 at 8pm
New York Drama Critics’ Circle and Outer Critics Circle awards for Best Play!
In 1905, a black seamstress named Esther sews her way out of poverty stitch by delicate stitch, creating fine lingerie for her Manhattan clientele while longing for a husband and a future. She finds common ground with the Jewish merchant who sells her fabric, yet both know their relationship cannot be. So when correspondence with a lonesome Caribbean man leads to a marriage proposal, she accepts. But as her new marriage quickly turns to regret, Esther turns back to her sewing machine to rebuild her life and refashion her future.
SONGS FOR NOBODIES
By Joanna Murray-Smith
Directed by Rob Lindley
Music Direction by Andra Velis Simon
Featuring Bethany Thomas
May 7 – June 14, 2020
Press Opening: Friday, May 15, 2020 at 8pm
This one-woman tour-de-force celebrates the iconic work of Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf and Maria Callas. Share in the unexpected encounters between these legendary divas and the ordinary women whose lives were changed by their brush with fame. Featuring such favorites as “Come Rain or Come Shine,” “Crazy,” and “Ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do,” Songs for Nobodies illuminates the power of song to share a story, heal a heartbreak, and inspire a dream.
Curtain times are: Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.; Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays at 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Subscriptions to the 2019-20 Northlight Season are available through the box office, 9501 Skokie Boulevard in Skokie, by phone at 847.673.6300 or online at northlight.org.
Subscriptions range in price from $99-$250. With its wide range of ticket prices, discounted subscription packages and complimentary parking, Northlight remains of one of the best theatrical values in Chicagoland.
Northlight Theatre aspires to promote change of perspective and encourage compassion by exploring the depth of our humanity across a bold spectrum of theatrical experiences, reflecting our community to the world and the world to our community.
Now in its 45th season, the organization has mounted over 220 productions, including more than 40 world premieres. Northlight has earned 208 Joseph Jefferson Award nominations and 36 Awards, as well as ten Edgerton Foundation for New Play Awards. As one of the area’s premier theatre companies, Northlight is a regional magnet for critical and professional acclaim, as well as talent of the highest quality.
Northlight is supported in part by generous contributions from Allstate Insurance; the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation; BMO Harris Bank; Henrietta Lange Burk Fund; The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation;, An Exelon Company; The Davee Foundation; Edgerton Foundation for New Plays Award; Evanston Community Foundation; Full Circle Foundation; Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; Kirkland & Ellis Foundation; The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Melvoin Award for Playwriting; Modestus Bauer Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; Niles Township; NorthShore University HealthSystems; The Offield Family Foundation; The Pauls Foundation; PNC Bank; Room & Board; Sanborn Family Foundation; Dr. Scholl Foundation; The Shubert Foundation, Inc.; The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust; The Sullivan Family Foundation; and Tom Stringer Design Partners.
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