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The upcoming journey is one you will not want to miss. Kicking off the season outdoors in June will be a musical celebration of the life and work of a composer who changed the form of the American musical: Stephen Sondheim. A cult phenomenon and coming-of-age rock musical brings us back inside in the fall. We’ll introduce a new holiday classic play with music during the festive season. A stirring new choreopoem will bring Celeste Jennings (Citrus) back to Northern Stage next winter. Lynn Nottage’s 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama winner will shine a light on working class communities that often feel left behind. And a playful new adaptation of one of Jane Austen’s most beloved novels closes out the season outdoors next summer. Plus, we are adding an array of 25th Anniversary events including a Gala Celebration in May to applaud the past and look toward the future of Northern Stage.

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The New Musical Holiday Classic

November 22, 2022 – January 1, 2023

Novel by Edith Nesbit
Music & Lyrics by Jane Shaw & Mark Hartman
Adapted and Directed by Carol Dunne & Eric Love

Faced with a family crisis during the Great Depression, three siblings are uprooted from their city lives to a small Vermont railway town. Bobbie, Peter, and Phyllis are transformed by their life in the country as they make thrilling discoveries exploring the railroad and befriending the people in their new town. Adapted from the beloved children’s novel of the same name, this new musical holiday classic celebrates resilience, kindness, and the power of community.

A Stirring New Choreopoem

January 25 – February 12, 2023

By Celeste Jennings
Directed by Abigail Jean-Baptiste 

How do you define yourself if you don’t know your family’s history? In this stirring new choreopoem by Celeste Jennings (Citrus), four generations of Black women breathe and bathe in a past that’s both intentionally and accidentally forgotten. Challenging and discovering their own narratives, these strong and inquisitive souls span time and space on a journey that is touching, vital, and intensely human. 

The 2017 Pulitzer Prize Winner

March 8 – 26, 2023

By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Sarah Elizabeth Wansley

Cynthia shocks her friends, a group of factory workers in Reading, PA, by applying for a position in the factory’s management. Globalization and automation bring massive cuts to the factory, unraveling decades-old friendships and exposing the racial fault lines of the town. Can the union strike hold or will everyone have to fend for themselves? This heart-wrenching portrait of the human cost of the decline in manufacturing shines a light on working class communities that often feel left behind. Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama! 

A Playful New Jane Austen Adaptation

June 14 – July 9, 2023

Adapted from Jane Austen
By Kate Hamill
Directed by Aileen Wen McGroddy

A playful new adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of the Dashwood sisters — sensible Elinor and passionate Marianne — after their father’s sudden death leaves them financially destitute and socially vulnerable. Set in gossipy late 18th-century England, with a fresh female voice, the play is full of humor, emotional depth, and bold theatricality. Sense and Sensibility examines our reactions, both reasonable and ridiculous, to societal pressures. When reputation is everything, how do you follow your heart?