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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A Stirring New Play
January 25 – February 12, 2023
By Celeste Jennings
Directed by abigail jean-baptiste
In this powerful world premiere play by Dartmouth alumnae 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 from the Civil War to the 1960s to modern-day America, these strong and inquisitive souls wrestle to unearth a family’s past and build resilience for the future. ‘Bov Water is a touching, vital, and intensely human poetic journey that aims to answer how do you define yourself if you don’t know your family’s history?
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?