New Works Now 5.0

January 19-21, 2018

Made possible by the Pussycat Foundation, Mike and Barbara Gerling, The Joyful Living Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, The Norwich Inn, The Quechee Inn at Marshland Farm, Residence Inn by Marriott, and the entire Northern Stage family of supporters.

Mark your calendars for our fifth annual New Works Now, a show case for the development of new plays. Inaugurated in 2014, New Works Now first blossomed with Orwell in America, which progressed through the first New Works play reading process to Northern Stage’s main stage in 2015, and an Off-Broadway run at 59E59 Theaters in 2016. Local playwright Marisa Smith’s Mad Love was workshopped in the 2014 New Works Now festival, followed by a main stage production at Northern Stage in 2016, and continued on to the New Jersey Repertory Company. Last season’s main stage world premiere, Trick or Treat, first presented in New Works Now 2016, will be seen Off-Broadway in 2019. Only Yesterday (initially workshopped in NWN 2015) will premiere on our main stage in February 2018.

Readings are FREE. Seats are reserved, so book today! Box Office: 802-296-7000

Friday, January 19, 7:30 PM
It’s Fine, I’m Fine

by Stephanie Everett
Directed by Akiba Abaka

“What could be more futile, more insane, than creating inner resistance to something that already is?”
– Eckhart Tolle

“To really love something, it’s hard to do. Especially something that doesn’t give you the feelings that make you want to love it. When you love your brain, it’s not like when you love your girlfriend. You don’t get the same thing back.”
– Kevin Pearce (Vermont native, former pro snowboarder, and founder of the Love Your Brain foundation)

In 2016, a young soccer player was knocked in the head for the third time in as many years. The consequence: chronic traumatic brain injury and the resulting isolation, pain, and confusion. This brave, vulnerable, and timely one-woman show is a window into the tumult of modern-day adolescence, made increasingly difficult by the unseen repercussions of concussions. For the first time in the history of New Works Now, Northern Stage is proudly featuring the work of one of our students: Stephanie Everett is a Dartmouth ’19 and a Northern Stage Fall ’17 E-term student. This workshop and reading is made possible by the Pussycat Foundation’s BOLD Women’s Leadership grant and all of Northern Stage’s family of donors.

Run time: Approximately 45 minutes, no intermission.

Saturday, January 20, 7:30 PM
The Coup

Libretto by Rebekah Greer Melocik
Music by Jacob Yandura
Story by Rebekah Greer Melocik and Victor Lesniewski
Directed by Stephen Brackett

“Maybe music will save the world. I think that all people who love art, who teach art, and all of you, should burn with the obligation to save the world.”
– Shinichi Suzuki

“I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don’t let anybody tell you different.”

– Kurt Vonnegut

The creative minds that brought you The Last Queen of Canaan (NWN 2014, NAMT 2015) now offer The Coup, a new musical which brings terrifying possibilities before our eyes and ears. When he was young, Gabriel dreamt of a revolution that would turn his post-climate change wasteland into a thriving utopia. But Gabriel’s rise to power failed to bring change and now it’s his blood that the people want. A lush rock fable about the disconnects in our political system, The Coup features the largest cast seen at New Works Now and includes live music. Made possible by the generous support of the Pussycat Foundation’s BOLD Women’s Leadership grant and Northern Stage’s donors.

Run time: Approximately 90 minutes, no intermission

Sunday, January 21, 2:00 PM
Jane Burgoyne

by Robert Moulthrop
Directed by Stephen Brown-Fried

“There’s resonance in the history of this house, this room. And if I choose to sit another moment and wallow in the verdant ooze of my own past at this particular waterhole that’s now being forsaken, then that’s what I am going to do.”

– Jane in Jane Burgoyne

Jane Burgoyne, her daughter Katherine, and granddaughter Allison are packing up the last of Jane’s belongings before she moves to an independent living facility. Jane’s own past allows her a sympathetic and nuanced understanding of Allison’s illness and depression, an understanding that is viewed with suspicion and envy by Katherine, whose relationships with both women are both complex and adversarial. As Jane’s material life is dismantled, she begins to move toward an independent, clear-eyed decision about her future, about what kind of person she might be when everything else is removed. Jane Burgoyne, a moving exploration of the intergenerational relationship between three women, is revelatory, empathetic, and gracious. This workshop and reading is made possible by the generous support of Mike and Barbara Gerling, The Joyful Living Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, and Northern Stage’s family of donors.

Run time: Approximately 90 minutes, no intermission.

The Duel

by Jack Neary

Accompanying the staged readings is the third annual Thirsty Theater, a pop-up theater experience in White River Junction. This year, the world premiere of the ten-minute play The Dual by Jack Neary (Northern Stage: Trick or Treat) will be performed by Emmy winner Gordon Clapp and Northern Stage favorite Susan Haefner. No tickets are required for this event, which is scheduled for the following times:

The Filling Station: Friday, January 19, 9:00 PM (arrival to the Filling Station at 8:45 PM recommended)

Thyme: Saturday, January 20 at 6:30 PM (dinner reservations no later than 6:00 PM recommended)


Age advisory for all New Works Now readings: 13 and up.

Please note: Advisories are subject to change as our productions go through the rehearsal process. Each parent and child is different; please use your own discretion when deciding what is right for your family.

NWN Panel Discussion, followed by Complimentary Reception: Friday, January 19, 5:30-7:30 PM

Meet this year’s playwrights as they discuss the process of creating new works. Don’t miss this event – featuring Emmy-winning actor Gordon Clapp and a special New Works Now announcement. Then enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages with the playwrights in the Roesch Family Lobby.

RSVPs are essential for the panel and reception. Contact the box office ( to secure your place today and please indicate which event(s) you plan to attend.