by J.T. Rogers
September 19 – October 21
Fresh from Broadway and the West End, the regional premiere of this stunning new play will captivate audiences. Inspired by the true story of the back-channel talks, unlikely friendships, and quiet heroics that led to the Oslo Peace Accords between the Israelis and the Palestinians, Oslo is a deeply personal story set against a complex historical canvas, a story about the individuals behind world history and their all too human ambitions. Oslo is “thrilling, a colossus,” raves Ben Brantley of The New York Times. At this cultural moment when finding common ground is paramount, “Oslo gives us hope” (Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News). Winner of the 2017 Tony Award for Best Play.
Post-Show Conversations will be held after evening performances on September 29, October 7, and October 13.
Joining the conversation on Saturday, October 13, will be producing Artistic Director Carol Dunne and guest Mohsen Mehdawi. Mehdawi is a third generation refugee who was born and raised in Al-Fara’a refugee camp in the West Bank of Palestine. For 18 years and before leaving to study Computer Engineering at Birzeit University in Palestine, Mohsen suffered from war, injustice, segregation, and poverty in the refugee camp. While his family was still in the camp, Mohsen considered the Upper Valley his home. He is currently studying at Lehigh university, fulfilling his passion for engineering and peace work. If you asked Mohsen, “How did you end up here?” His response would be “What’s the strongest power in this life?”
Advisory: Ages 13 and up for mature themes and strong language.
Warning: Electronic cigarettes are used in this production. They do not contain nicotine or tobacco.
Approximate Run Time: 2 hours and 40 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission
by Sarah Ruhl
October 4 – 28
A tale of love and longing, Dear Elizabeth follows the beautiful and bittersweet friendship between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. Across oceans, continents, and three decades, these esteemed poets found a marriage of true minds in their eloquent correspondence. They traded hundreds of vibrant, witty, and passionate letters that now spring to life on stage. This intimate story paints a portrait of two ordinary – and quite extraordinary – lives.
This production will feature a rotating cast of artists. Susan Haefner (Broadway: State Fair, Thoroughly Modern Millie; Northern Stage: Noises Off, Mamma Mia!, Mary Poppins) and David Mason (Northern Stage: Noises Off, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Trick or Treat) will perform October 4-14. Northern Stage’s own Producing Artistic Director Carol Dunne (Northern Stage: Songs for a New World, Lend Me a Tenor, Cats, Private Lives) and Thom Miller (Northern Stage: The Hound of the Baskervilles, Mad Love, Boeing Boeing) will perform October 18-28.
Post-Show Conversations will be help after evening performances on October 27 & 28.
Advisory: Appropriate for all ages, but ideal for 12 and up, due to some adult themes and language.
Approximate Run Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission
Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical
Book by Dennis Kelly
Music & Lyrics by Tim Minchin
November 14 – January 1
A regional premiere, this recent Tony Award-winning musical follows the struggles of Matilda against her neglectful parents and cruel headmistress. An avid reader and brilliant young girl, Matilda dreams of a better life and a happy home. With the help of her kind teacher Miss Honey, the other students in her class, and a touch of magic, Matilda takes a stand against the evil forces in her life. The addictively raucous score propels this heartwarming story of empowerment.
Advisory: Appropriate for all ages, 5 and up.
Approximate Run Time: 2 hours, 40 minutes
A World Premiere by Marisa Smith
January 30 – February 17
When Julie, married mother of three, unexpectedly leaves her husband and moves in with her mother Cora, she’s shocked at what she finds in her childhood home. Insults, galoshes, and English muffins fly as the women fight for control of Cora’s life and Julie comes to grips with her own mid-life crisis. Playwright Marisa Smith, the creative mind behind 2016’s hit Mad Love, is back with a hilarious and deeply perceptive story of aging gracefully – or sometimes not so gracefully – and how we try to care for one another in the face of life’s challenges. Smith brings to bear her signature brand of humor and acuteness of language to leave us laughing and crying all at once. Northern Stage is proud to present another world premiere production nurtured through New Works Now.
Advisory: Ages 13 and up for adult language and mature themes.
Approximate Run Time: TBD
Buyer & Cellar
by Jonathan Tolins
Starring Northern Stage’s Director of Education Eric Love
February 27 – March 17
Alex More has a story to tell. A struggling actor in L.A., he takes a job working in the Malibu basement mini-mall of beloved megastar Barbra Streisand. One day, the star herself comes downstairs to play. It feels like real bonding in the basement, but will their relationship ever make it upstairs? Buyer & Cellar is an outrageous comedy about the price of fame, the cost of things, and the oddest of odd jobs.
Advisory: Ages 12 and up for mild and limited profanity.
Approximate Run Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Book by Enda Walsh
Music & Lyrics by Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová
April 10 – May 19
Winner of eight Tony Awards, Once is a truly original theatrical experience. Based on the hit movie, and featuring an ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments on stage, Once tells the enchanting story of a Dublin street musician who is about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. A musical collaboration becomes much more as their songs and lives become intertwined. Hansard and Irglová’s Oscar-winning music will take audiences on a heartbreakingly romantic journey.
Advisory: Ages 12 and up for mild and limited profanity.
Approximate Run Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes
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