by William Shakespeare
Directed by Stephen Brown-Fried
September 28 – October 23
Northern Stage opens our 20th Anniversary season with a bold and daring production of Shakespeare’s iconic tragedy Macbeth. Full of sound and fury, this modern production reflects our troubled times as it follows Lord and Lady Macbeth on their bloody path to the throne. Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy probes the deepest realms of human nature, finding dark truths that still resonate with our world. Gripping and intense, Macbeth remains one of the most dramatic plays ever written and is a fitting tribute to the Bard in the year 2016, the 400th anniversary of our greatest playwright’s death.
Running time: Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes with one 15 minute intermission.
Advisory: Ages 12 and up for violence and mature subject matter including modern warfare and the depiction of drug use.
Please note: Macbeth Contains Violence: Staged Gunshots & Loud Bombings, an Herbal Cigarette as well as Fog, Haze & Strobe Effects.
An optional 20-minute post-show conversation with the company follows Macbeth performances Oct. 4 – 22.
10 AM or 11 AM performances are student matinees, also available for public sale.
A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Michael Wilson
Directed by Peter Hackett
November 16 – December 24
Charles Dickens’ story of redemption remains as powerful and uplifting as ever. In an updated production expanded for the new Byrne Theater, this biennial tradition will bring friends and families together with beautiful music, whirling ghosts, and a tour-de-force performance by Bill Kux (2016’s The Hound of the Baskervilles) as Scrooge. Also featuring Northern Stage favorites Dorothy Stanley, Eric Bunge, Susan Haefner, and a cast of 10 local children. This is a holiday tradition not to be missed!
Running time: Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes with one 15 minute intermission.
Advisory: Ages 8 and up.
Please note: This production contains fog and haze effects.
Trick or Treat
A World Premiere
by Jack Neary
Directed by Carol Dunne
January 18 – February 5
Fresh from New Works Now, Neary’s dark comedy brilliantly skewers a family in crisis on Halloween. A distraught husband, a nosy neighbor, and a dark secret set the wheels in motion for a night of confrontation, mystery, and relentless suspense. This World Premiere is a roller-coaster ride starring NYPD Blue’s Gordon Clapp.
Advisory: Ages 14 and up for subject matter and strong language.
An optional 20-minute post show conversation with the company follows Trick or Treat performances January 24 – February 4
Last of the Red Hot Lovers
By Neil Simon
Directed by Maggie Burrows
February 15 – March 5
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Neil Simon’s charming comedy follows long-married Barney Cashman, a forty-seven-year-old seafood restaurant owner, as he tries to have one passionate tryst before opportunity passes him by. His attempts to become God’s gift to women offer a hilarious look at a fine fellow who just can’t seem to succeed in sinning.
Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes with one 15 minute intermission.
Advisory: Ages 12 and up for subject matter.
by George Brant
Directed by Derek Goldman
March 15 – April 2
“It’s a pilot’s worst nightmare,” huffs our nameless protagonist when she’s grounded by the Air Force. After years soaring through Iraqi skies in an F-16, an unplanned pregnancy triggers a mandatory reassignment to Creech Air Force Base just outside Las Vegas. Her new mission: piloting drones in the same skies she has been forced to abandon. But there’s something very different about this new way of flying and killing. A fiercely relevant and compelling one woman show, Grounded explores the consequences, both moral and psychological, of America’s transition to drone warfare.
Running time: 1 hour 25 minutes with no intermission.
Advisory: Ages 15 and up for subject matter.
10 AM performance is a student matinee, also available for public sale.
Music and Lyrics by Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus
and some songs with Stig Anderson
Book by Catherine Johnson
Directed by Carol Dunne
April 19 – May 21
The musical sensation Mamma Mia! takes the music of ABBA and weaves it into a sunny tale that has delighted over 50 million people worldwide. Shortly before her wedding, a young woman swipes her mother’s diary in the hopes of finding the name of her father. When she discovers three possible candidates, she decides to invite them all. Thus begins a joyous adventure filled with wild twists, wacky characters, and the timeless tunes of ABBA. Featuring hits “Dancing Queen,” “Take A Chance on Me,” “Knowing Me, Knowing You,” and many more, you’re guaranteed to leave singing at the top of your lungs!
Running time: TBD.
Advisory: Ages 10 and up for subject matter.