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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Kelvin Grullon in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Monday, April 22, 7:30 PM
Performed by Kelvin Grullon
Adapted and Directed by Literature-to-Life Co-Creator Elise Thoron
Based on the novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao ©2008 by Junot Diaz
Tickets are FREE, but seats are reserved. Contact (802) 296-7000 or to book.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is a one-man play based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Junot Diaz​. The play chronicles the life of Oscar de León, an overweight Dominican boy growing up in Paterson, New Jersey, who is obsessed with science fiction and fantasy novels, falling in love, and the curse that has plagued his family for generations. A post-show conversation follows the production.

This 70-minute performance is appropriate for ages 13 and up, due to adult content and strong language, verbatim from the novel.

Other Public Performances:

Tuesday, April 23, 7:30 PM, Norwich University
Saturday, April 27, 7 PM, Hanover High School

Please contact the schools directly for more information about these performances.

FREE Staged reading of Jordan by Brenda Withers
Friday, April 26, 5:30 PM
The Village at White River Junction
A woman’s world is turned upside down when she discovers that a hacker has invaded her online life. The mysterious presence, however, doesn’t seem interested in her money or her data but something much more elusive. Jordan asks its audience to examine how much we give away online and what we risk in our new age of information and technology. This hauntingly relevant new play comes to us from playwright Brenda Withers, Huntington Theater Playwriting Fellow and co-creator of the New York hit Matt & Ben.

Join us for a staged reading of this new play that will premiere in our 2019-20 Season. Tickets are FREE, but seating is limited. Contact (802) 296-7000 or to reserve seats.

Artists’ Receptions

“I want to thank Northern Stage for being so supportive and not charging a commission on art sales. Many spaces ask up to 40% on sales, making it difficult for artists to sell work. I’ve donated some of my profits back to Northern Stage as a thank you.”

Sandra Williams-Crossley

In Conjunction with First Fridays in White River Junction
Join us on select Fridays for Artists’ Receptions with our featured artists throughout the season. Northern Stage’s Lobby Artists Program offers an opportunity for local and regional artists to exhibit visual arts in two Barrette Center for the Arts’ lobby areas: The Roesch Family Lobby and The Upper Lobby. Lobby art rotates on a regular basis and is selected to contextualize the onstage work at the Barrette Center for the Arts. This may manifest as a metaphorical reflection of the themes of the season or a more literal representation of the particular shows or ideas. We hope this program is a gift to our community, allowing visual artists’ work to be viewed by our patrons, while providing those patrons with another cultural touchpoint that is relevant to the work onstage.

2018-19 Artists’ Receptions Schedule:

Friday, July 6, 2018, 5-7 PM
Roesch Family Lobby in the Barrette Center for the Arts
Featured artists: Carol Shearon, Sue Lawrence, and Andrew William.

Friday, October 5, 2018, 5-7 PM
Roesch Family Lobby in the Barrette Center for the Arts
Featured artists:   Shari Boraz, John Kantack, Matthew Sergeant, Craig Sterritt, and Sandra Williams-Crossley.
Special Feature: Poetry Open Mic
Our Poetry Open Mic will feature Deming Holleran, reading poems from her book Gypsy Song (published 2015) and will also bring poems authored by Elizabeth Bishop. We invite everyone to bring your favorite poem to read.

Friday, December 7, 2018, 5-7 PM
Roesch Family Lobby in the Barrette Center for the Arts
Featured artists: Kata Sasvari and Kathy Lowe.

Friday, February 1, 2019, 5-7 PM
Roesch Family Lobby in the Barrette Center for the Arts
Featured artist: Olivia Janna.

Friday, April 5, 2019, 5-7 PM
Roesch Family Lobby in the Barrette Center for the Arts
Featured artists: Amy Fortier and Chris Peirce.

Amy Fortier is a local artist and instructor based in Lebanon specializing in detailed mandala imagery and colorful patterns in acrylics and colored pencils. In “real life” she is a personal trainer at the River Valley Club and volunteers the rest of her spare time with North Country Community Theater’s Teen Program.

Chris Peirce is a local photographer whose work in this exhibit will explore the interplay among light, textures, and shapes and create a tone in which a scene or a story may be discerned through transitions in the light, finding beauty in mundane objects and locations.

Opening Night Receptions

Join us for a complimentary post-show reception with the cast and crew in the Roesch Family Lobby immediately following each opening night performance.

2018-19 Season Opening Night Receptions:

Once, Saturday, April 13

2019-20 Season Opening Night Receptions:

A Doll’s House, Part 2, Saturday, September 21
Jordan, Saturday, October 19
The Sound of Music, Saturday, November 23
King Lear, Saturday, January 25
Citrus, Saturday, February 29
Million Dollar Quartet, Saturday, April 18

2018-19 Opening Night Receptions are sponsored by

Post-Show Conversations

On the second Saturday and select Sundays of each production’s run, we invite you to join us for a short post-show conversation with the company.

2018-19 Season Post-Show Conversations:

Once, Saturday, April 20

2018-19 Season Post-Show Conversations:

A Doll’s House, Part 2, Saturday, September 28 & Sunday, September 29
Jordan, Saturday, October 26 & Sunday, October 27
The Sound of Music, Saturday, November 30 & Sunday, December 8
King Lear, Sunday, January 26 & Saturday, February 1
Citrus, Saturday, March 7 & Sunday, March 8
Million Dollar Quartet, Saturday, April 25 & Sunday, April 26

Tours & Talks

Northern Stage is pleased to provide an inside look at all it takes to produce professional, world-class theater and educational programs through our Tours & Talks Program. To request a 30 – 45 minute tour of our home, the Barrette Center for the Arts, and/or our Administrative & Production Building, please click here to be directed to a Tours & Talks request form. You will be contacted within an week of submitting your request.

Spot On & Lobby Talks

Spot On is a series of community conversations designed to illuminate the major themes of selected plays in Northern Stage’s main stage season. Featuring artists, academics, community leaders, and inspirational figures you will want to hear from, these conversations are curated to spark resonant dialogue among our community members. Conversations take place prior to a Sunday afternoon performance: talks begin at 3 PM and end at 4 PM and – NEW in 2018 – are followed by receptions in the Roesch Family Lobby with light snacks and beverages. Spot On conversations are free and open to the public, but you must reserve your seat by contacting the Box Office at or by calling (802) 296-7000. Click on the title above for more information on this season’s Spot On Conversations and Lobby Talks.

Spot On Conversations are sponsored by