A Doll’s House
by Henrik Ibsen
A new version by Robert Kropf
Directed by Eric Bunge
September 20 – October 29
Henrik Ibsen, the father of modern drama, argued that everyone, man or woman, had a right to be who they wanted to be. In A Doll’s House, protagonist Nora epitomizes struggles against the constraints of social conformity as she confronts her identity and the state of her marriage. Though Ibsen was writing in the 19th century, his masterpiece remains just as relevant as when it was written. As Mark Lawson writes, “Our culture is in moral chaos, with inquiries, trials, and debates agonizing over what we should think about politics, money, journalism, medicine, and sex, themes to which Ibsen…urgently returned.” – The Guardian
Robert Frost: This Verse Business
by A.M. Dolan
October 5 – 28
For nearly fifty years, Robert Frost “barded” around the country with his poetry, dry wit, and “promises to keep,” performing some of the greatest verse in the English canon and sharing his “wild surmises” on religion, science, poetic form, whatever was on his mind. Starring Emmy winning and Tony nominated actor Gordon Clapp, This Verse Business not only gives us Frost, the rascally wit of the platform, but also a personal view of Frost at his cabin.
Disney’s The Little Mermaid
by Doug Wright
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Glenn Slater and Howard Ashman
Directed by Chad Larabee
November 15 – January 7
Adapted from Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved tale, this Disney classic will delight Northern Stage audiences of all ages. Mermaid Ariel is fascinated by the world and lives of people on dry land and longs to someday join them though her father, King Triton, forbids it. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, this beautiful tale of love will capture your heart with its irresistible songs including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl,” and “Part of Your World.”
A World Premiere by Bob Stevens
Directed by Carol Dunne
January 31 – February 18
Paul McCartney and John Lennon together again for one night only. This intimate play by Hollywood writer Bob Stevens (The Wonder Years, Murphy Brown, Malcolm In The Middle) brings to life a little-known night when John and Paul were becoming the most famous young men on earth. Stranded in a hotel room in Key West, they do what many young men do when they’re bored–get drunk. They have some laughs, but as their talk turns serious, they bond over the revelation of traumatic childhood events they have in common and find inspiration for the music that changed our lives.
Please note: This production contains smoke from herbal cigarettes.
by Ayad Akhtar
Directed by Carol Dunne
February 28 – March 18
Amir Kapoor is a successful Pakistani-American lawyer who is rapidly moving up the corporate ladder while distancing himself from his cultural roots. Emily, his wife, is a white artist whose work is influenced by Islamic imagery. When the couple hosts a dinner party, what starts out as a friendly conversation escalates into something far more damaging. Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize. “In dialogue that bristles with wit and intelligence, Mr. Akhtar…puts contemporary attitudes toward religion under a microscope, revealing how tenuous self-image can be for people born into one way of being who have embraced another…” – The New York Times
by Michael Frayn
Directed by Peter Hackett
April 11 – May 13
Called the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearse a flop called Nothing’s On. Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play. “The most dexterously realized comedy ever about putting on a comedy. A spectacularly funny, peerless backstage farce. This dizzy, well-known romp is a festival of delirium.” – The New York Times
Parking and Access – Accessible parking is located next to our Administrative & Production Building (76 Gates Street). The main and side entrances to the Barrette Center for the Arts are wheelchair-accessible. The building has wheelchair-accessible restrooms on the first floor, and an elevator to take patrons to second floor seating.
Accessible Seating – If you would like accessible seating, please call the box office. We hold special seats to accommodate wheelchairs, walkers, canes, hearing, and sight challenges. We would love to speak with you before you book your seats to make sure you are comfortable!
Hearing Assist Devices – T-Coil and FM assistive listening devices (headsets and neck loops) are available at the box office.