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A Stirring New Play


In this powerful world premiere play by Dartmouth alumna 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?

$20 for 25 and Under

Wednesday & Thursday, January 25th & 26th at 7:30 p.m.
In an ongoing effort to make theater accessible for everyone, Northern Stage wants YOU to tell US how much you want to pay! Pay What You Can tickets are only available by calling or visiting the Northern Stage Box Office at 802-296-7000, Monday through Friday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

*$5 Minimum per ticket. Limit 6 tickets per person.

Dive deeper into the themes of the show with moderated talkbacks after the following performance:
Saturday, February 4th, at 7:30 p.m.

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Photos by Mark Washburn

CELESTE JENNINGS is a costume designer and playwright that’s so happy to return to Northern Stage for ‘Bov Water! She’s currently an MFA candidate at NYU and is expected to graduate in spring 2023. She’s a child of southern drawl, of iced tea with just enough lemon, family reunions that last late into hot summer nights, round tables of relatives reminiscing the good ‘ole days, and the sounds of their comforting laughter. She uses the language of her family to quilt love songs for Black people and invites them to stop and rest awhile as they refamiliarize themselves with the poetic diction of home. She loves to incorporate her unique perspective into her work and is particularly motivated to uplift and protect Black women as a writer and designer. Her dream projects evoke the past, present, and future and remind Black women that they are loved, that they’re soft, powerful, capable of resting, deserving of liberation, and that they are everything – that they always have been. Most recently she developed her play, Contentious Woman, with PlayCo. Selected work includes Citrus (produced at Northern Stage), and Processing. Recently she collaborated with JAG in a designer workshop for Urinetown and worked as an assistant designer on The Notebook. She’s grateful to Northern Stage, and her community of friends, family, and mentors for encouraging and uplifting her work and is excited to graduate soon and continue to learn and grow as a human being and artist.

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This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
‘Bov Water is sponsored in part by Schiffman, Dattilio, & Co.

Thank you to Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, our season underwriter since 2018.