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Explore Our 2019-20 Season

The 2019-20 Season inspires us to explore the past to reimagine our future. From classics to world premieres, it prompts us to say yes to a future that uplifts, includes, and heals, uniting our community through the experience of theater. We can’t wait to share it with you.

A Doll’s House, Part 2

Written by Lucas Hnath
Directed by Peter Hackett
September 18 – October 6, 2019

Nora has returned! Northern Stage is thrilled to present the unofficial sequel to our 2017 production of A Doll’s House. In the final scene of Ibsen’s 1879 groundbreaking masterpiece, Nora Helmer makes the shocking decision to leave her husband and children and begin a life on her own. In this new play by Lucas Hnath, many years have passed since Nora’s exit. Now, there’s a knock at the Helmer’s door. Why has Nora come home? And what will it mean for those she left behind? Whether you enjoyed our 2017 production or are new to the iconic story, you will delight in this moving contemporary classic that happens to be America’s most produced play this season.

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Jordan

Written by Brenda Withers
Directed by Jess Chayes
October 16 – November 3, 2019

A woman’s world is turned upside down when she discovers that a hacker has invaded her online life. The mysterious presence, however, doesn’t seem interested in her money or her data but something much more elusive. Jordan asks its audience to examine how much we give away online and what we risk in our new age of information and technology. This hauntingly relevant world premiere comes to us from playwright Brenda Withers, Huntington Theater Playwriting Fellow and co-creator of the New York hit Matt & Ben.

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The Sound of Music

Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse
Suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp
Directed by Maggie Burrows
November 20, 2019 – January 5, 2020

Based on the true story of the Von Trapp Family Singers, this play offers a tale of personal growth and hope amidst the horrors of World War II. Young postulant Maria Rainer is a free spirit who has trouble fitting into the rules and regulations of Nonnberg Abbey. Commissioned by the Mother Abbess to serve as the governess for seven motherless children, Maria transforms the Von Trapp family home from a place of dour rules and regulations to one filled with joy, laughter, and music. The classic score by Rodgers and Hammerstein features some of Broadway’s greatest songs such as “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain.”

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King Lear

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Stephen Brown-Fried
January 22 – February 9, 2020

Considered by many to be the greatest of Shakespeare’s tragedies, King Lear depicts two aging fathers – one a King, one his courtier – as they reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends. This bold new vision of Shakespeare’s epic stars Northern Stage favorite Jamie Horton (Northern Stage’s Orwell in America at 59E59 Theaters Off-Broadway) under the direction of nationally-acclaimed Shakespeare director Stephen Brown-Fried (Northern Stage’s Macbeth).

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Citrus

Written by Celeste Jennings
Directed by JaMeeka Holloway-Burrell
February 26 – March 15, 2020

A riveting choreopoem, Citrus chronicles the struggle and resilience of Black women in America from 1840 through the present day. With music, dance, and spoken word, an intergenerational cast illuminates the experiences of and pays homage to Black women in this poignant and uplifting performance piece. 2018 Kennedy Center Hip Hop Theater Creator Award-winner and recent Dartmouth College graduate Celeste Jennings returns to the Upper Valley with this New Works Now 2019 audience favorite.

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Million Dollar Quartet

Written by Floyd Mutrux & Colin Escott
Directed by Carol Dunne
April 15 – May 24, 2020

On December 4, 1956, rock-and-roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins gathered for the first and only time at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. Million Dollar Quartet brings that legendary night to life, featuring a score of rock hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Walk the Line,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and “Hound Dog.” This electrifying musical brings you inside that unforgettable night in the studio. An event audiences won’t soon forget, the cast acts, sings, and plays their own instruments. Directed by Northern Stage Producing Artistic Director Carol Dunne.

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