Northlight Theatre Announces 2019–20 Season

Northlight Theatre Announces 2019–20 Season

Pictured: Bethany Thomas

Northlight Theatre has announced the lineup that will make up the company’s 45th season, opening with “Mother of the Maid” by Jane Anderson, directed by BJ Jones and featuring Kate Fry. 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. The beginning of 2020 sees the world premiere of “How A Boy Falls,” by Steven Dietz, directed by BJ Jones; followed by Lynn Nottage’s “Intimate Apparel.” Closing out the season is “Songs for Nobodies” by Joanna Murray-Smith, directed by Rob Lindley, featuring Bethany Thomas.

“From fresh new work like Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon’s ‘The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley,’ and Steven Deitz’s ‘How A Boy Falls,’ to a classic like ‘Intimate Apparel’ by Lynn Nottage, Northlight continues to bring our audiences the kind of work that earned their loyalty for 45 years,” comments Artistic Director BJ Jones. “We welcome back Northlight favorite Kate Fry in ‘Mother of the Maid,’ the Joan of Arc story told thru the eyes of her mother. And Bethany Thomas stars in a tour de force performance performing music by Judy Garland, Billie Holiday and Maria Callas. Next season is both fresh and familiar, bold and brash, the kind of work we challenge ourselves and our audience with, season after season.”


The 2019-20 Season (from the press release):

MOTHER OF THE MAID
By Jane Anderson
Directed by BJ Jones
Featuring Kate Fry
September 12 – October 20, 2019

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
November 7 – December 15, 2019

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 World Premiere of
HOW A BOY FALLS
By Steven Dietz
Directed by BJ Jones
January 23 – March 1, 2020

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.

INTIMATE APPAREL
By Lynn Nottage
Director TBA
March 12 – April 19, 2020

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
Featuring Bethany Thomas
May 7 – June 14, 2020

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.


For more information on Northlight Theatre’s 2019/2020 season visit northlight.org.

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