by William Shakespeare
September 28 – October 23
To open its 20th Anniversary Season, Northern Stage will present Shakespeare for the first time in five years with the iconic tragedy Macbeth. Full of sound and fury, the “Scottish play” follows Lord and Lady Macbeth on their bloody path to the throne. Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy probes the deepest realms of human nature, finding dark truths that still resonate with our world. Gripping and intense, Macbeth remains one of the most dramatic plays ever written and is a fitting tribute to the Bard in the year 2016, the 400th anniversary of our greatest playwright’s death.
Running time: Approximately 2 hours with one 15 minute intermission.
Advisory: Ages 11 and up for violence and mature subject matter.
A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Michael Wilson
November 16 – December 24
Charles Dickens’ story of redemption remains as powerful and uplifting as ever. In an updated production expanded for the new Byrne theater, the biannual tradition will bring families together in a thrilling and moving way.
Running time: Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes with one 15 minute intermission.
Advisory: Ages 8 and up.
Trick or Treat
A World Premiere
by Jack Neary
January 18 – February 5
Last of the Red Hot Lovers
By Neil Simon
February 15 – March 5
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Neil Simon’s charming comedy follows long-married Barney Cashman, a forty-seven year old seafood restaurant owner, as he attempts to have one passionate tryst before opportunity passes him by. His attempts to become God’s gift to women offer a hilarious look at a fine fellow who just can’t seem to succeed in sinning.
Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes with one 15-minute intermission.
Advisory: Ages 13 and up for subject matter.
by George Brant
March 15 – April 2
“It’s a pilot’s worst nightmare,” huffs our nameless protagonist when she’s grounded by the Air Force. After years soaring through Iraqi skies in an F-16, an unplanned pregnancy triggers a mandatory reassignment to Creech Air Force Base just outside Las Vegas. Her new mission: piloting drones in the same skies she has been forced to abandon. But there’s something very different about this new way of flying and killing. A fiercely relevant and compelling one woman show, Grounded explores the consequences, both moral and psychological, of America’s transition to drone warfare.
Running time: 85 minutes with no intermission.
Advisory: Ages 15 and up for subject matter.
by Catherine Johnson
based on the songs of ABBA, composed by Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus
April 19 – May 21
The musical sensation Mamma Mia! takes the music of ABBA and weaves it into a sunny tale that has delighted over 50 million people worldwide. Shortly before her wedding, a young woman swipes her mother’s diary in the hopes of finding the name of her father. When she discovers three possible candidates, she decides to invite them all. Thus begins a joyous adventure filled with wild twists, wacky characters, and the timeless tunes of ABBA. Featuring hits “Dancing Queen,” “Take A Chance on Me,” “Knowing Me Knowing You,” and many more, you’re guaranteed to leave singing at the top of your lungs!
Running time: TBD.
Advisory: Ages 10 and up for subject matter.