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Tiny Necessary Theater culminates with two hilarious plays, presented as a double feature and streaming November 12 – 29. To learn more about Tiny Necessary Theater, a celebration and curation of four theater pieces that give us hope and inspiration towards a better tomorrow, click here.

About The Naked Librarian

Upper Valley playwright Marisa Smith (Mad Love, Venus Rising) brings us a world premiere cycle of monologues that weave a tale of love, regret, family, and how things change (or don’t) from generation to generation. When memory is so strong, how can we make sure our best days are ahead of us?

About On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco

Northern Stage favorite and Emmy-winner Gordon Clapp (NYPD Blue) brings to life one of Anton Chekhov’s heartbreakingly comic characters in this companion piece to Smith’s The Naked Librarian. Nyukhin, a long suffering husband and father, has been prodded by his wife to give a lecture on “The Harmfulness of Tobacco,” in spite of the fact (and because, we realize) he is a smoker. This ineffectual little man lays bare his unhappiness and failed dreams as we laugh together about the ridiculousness of life.

Age Advisory: Recommended for ages 12 and up for adult themes.

Ticket Prices

Virtual Tickets: $15
Ensemble Member Tickets: With a tax-deductible donation of $150 per person, our new Ensemble Membership replaces our regular Northern Stage subscription and will provide one complimentary ticket to each of our professional productions through May 31, 2021. Your support through the Ensemble Membership will help us chart a path to success in the year ahead and truly makes a difference to our trajectory. Click here for more information.

Free Naked Librarian & On the Harmfulness of Tobacco Event

Post-Show Artist Talkback
Friday, November 13, 9:00 PM

Add some necessary laughter to your day by having a lively discussion with the Naked Librarian & On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco artists. To receive the link to this virtual event, please register by emailing boxoffice@northernstage.org. We encourage you to watch the show before attending, but we hope all will join us for this conversation with the artists.

The Naked Librarian Cast

Goosie: Diane J. Findlay
Martha: Susan Haefner
Pumpernickel: Steve Routman
Aviva: Caitlin Deerin

The Naked Librarian Creative Team

Playwright: Marisa Smith
Director: Jess Chayes
Line Producer: Brian R. Sekinger
Film Designer/Editor: Alek Deva
Sound Designer: Sam West
Costume Consultant: Laurie Churba
Scenic Consultant: James Roeder
Lighting Consultant: Helen Rooker
Assistant Director: Caitlin Deerin
Assistant Stage Manager: Narissa Agustin
Camera Operator: Denise Pence

On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco Cast

Nyukhin: Gordon Clapp

On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco Creative Team

Director: Jack Neary
Line Producer: Brian R. Sekinger
Film Designer/Editor: Alek Deva
Sound Designer: Sam West
Costume Consultant: Laurie Churba
Scenic Consultant: James Roeder
Lighting Consultant: Helen Rooker
Assistant Stage Manager: Narissa Agustin

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