A World Premiere by Marisa Smith

January 30 – February 17


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When Julie, married mother of three, unexpectedly leaves her husband and moves in with her mother Cora, she’s shocked at what she finds in her childhood home. Insults, galoshes, and English muffins fly as the women fight for control of Cora’s life and Julie comes to grips with her own mid-life crisis. Playwright Marisa Smith, the creative mind behind 2016’s hit Mad Love, is back with a hilarious and deeply perceptive story of aging gracefully – or sometimes not so gracefully – and how we try to care for one another in the face of life’s challenges. Smith brings to bear her signature brand of humor and acuteness of language to leave us laughing and crying all at once. Northern Stage is proud to present another world premiere production nurtured through New Works Now.

Advisory: Ages 13 and up for adult language and mature themes.
Approximate Run Time: TBD

Sponsored by:​​

Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital Coldwell Banker Lifestyles Stave Puzzles Wells Fargo Advisors

Spot On Venus Rising
February 3, 3 – 4 PM
Free and Open to the Public, with lobby reception to follow
NEW this season: Book your free Spot On tickets through the Box Office at (802) 296-7000 or boxoffice@northernstage.org
Ticketed performance of Venus Rising begins at 5 PM

Playwright Marisa Smith is a master of examining tough topics through a lens of compassion, humanity, and humor. Venus Rising may have you laughing so hard you don’t notice that divorce, mother-daughter dynamics, end-of-life choices, and opioid addiction are all tackled while loving insults, english muffins, and popsicles fly through the air. On February 3, we invite you to join Marisa SmithVenus Rising Director Jess Chayes, and special guest panelists Cameron Ford (Executive Director of Headrest) and Donna Soltura (Continuing Care Manager for the Palliative Care Service at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center) for a conversation about decision making for the best life possible. From dating to mediating pain to money, who gets a say in the decisions we make as we age?