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The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord
by Scott Carter
directed by Kimberly Senior


May 06 - June 12

"If region and comedy had a baby, this would be it" -Huffington Post


What do a Founding Father, a Victorian novelist and a Russian revolutionary have in common? Not much, but each of these notoriously great minds was once brazen enough to pen his own Gospel. Brought together, they debate the meaning of life and the nature of God in a whip-smart comedy that illuminates the brilliance, flaws and humor of three unforgettable philosophers.


This new play is from Scott Carter, the Executive Producer/Writer of Real Time with Bill Maher.

Running time is approximately 90 minutes, no intermission.


This production is made possible in part by Individual Production Sponsors Carol and Steve Mullins and Michael and Joan Callahan;


By Corporate Production Sponsors:


Cramer-Krasselt     Coldwell Banker logoMesirow Financial


And by Opening Night Sponsors:

McCormick & Schmick's     Koi



by Bruce Graham
directed by BJ Jones


September 11 - October 25

This production closed on October 25, 2015.




New York City, 1959. Fading vaudeville comic Chick Sherman, along with his long-suffering agent, tries to revive his career with a role in an avant-garde off-Broadway play. While his grown daughter searches for answers from her absentee showbiz father, a lifetime of private and professional struggles rise to the surface, cracking the polished public persona of the world's favorite former "funny man."


Funnyman marks Northlight's fourth world premiere with playwright Bruce Graham, author of The Outgoing Tide, Stella & Lou and White Guy on the Bus.


Running Time: approximately 2 hours including one 15-minute intermission.


This production is made possible in part by Corporate Production Sponsor:


Tom Stringer Design Partners


and by Opening Night Sponsors:




by Philip Dawkins
directed by BJ Jones


October 14 - November 08

This production closed on November 8, 2015.

World Premiere presented at Steppenwolf's Garage Theatre


Charm depicts the colorful inner workings of an etiquette class taught by Mama Darleena Andrews, an African-American transgender woman, in an LGBTQ organization known as The Center. Despite her students' daily battles with identity, poverty and prejudice, Mama's powerful love and unapologetic attitude ultimately help her pupils find a new way to respect each other and to redefine what "having charm" means.

Developed through Northlight's Interplay Series, Charm is inspired by the true story of Miss Gloria Allen and her work at Center on Halsted. This new play carries a message of dignity and inclusion to all those it touches.


Charm includes strong language and mature themes.
Running Time: approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes including one 15-minute intermission.

Charm is a Northlight Theatre production presented in Steppenwolf's Garage Theatre at 1624 N Halsted St, Chicago.
For tickets or more information, call the Steppenwolf Box Office: 312.335.1650 or visit steppenwolf.org.


Charm is supported by Venturous Theater Fund of the Tides Foundation, The Chicago Community Trust, Edgerton Foundation for New American Plays Award, The National Endowment for the Arts, Tom Stringer Design Partners, Illinois Humanities Council, and The Chicago Foundation for Women.



You Can't Take It With You

You Can't Take It With You
by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
directed by Devon de Mayo

You Can't Take It With You

November 06 - December 13

This production closed on December 13, 2015.




Meet the Sycamores - a madcap clan who sets the bar for eccentricity. When Alice brings her high society fiancé home to meet the parents, fireworks (figuratively and literally) nearly bring the house down. Despite their zany antics and unconventional ways, this tight-knit family offers hope that love and laughter lead to happiness, even in the hardest of times.


One of the most popular and successful comedies in American theatre, this Pulitzer Prize-winning, Depression-era classic has a timeless appeal.


Recommended for ages 10 and up.

Running Time: approximately 2 hours and 5 minutes including one 15-minute intermission.


This production is made possible in part by Individual Production Sponsors Mr. and Mrs. Nick Alexos and


Corporate Production Sponsors:


U.S. Trust logo North Shore Community Bank Ratio Architects




Mothers and Sons

Mothers and Sons
by Terrence McNally
directed by Steve Scott

Mothers and Sons

January 22 - February 27

This production closed on February 27, 2016.




Nearly 20 years after her son's death, Katharine pays an unexpected visit to the New York apartment of his former partner, who is now married to another man and has a young child. Confronted with the life her son might have led, Katharine is challenged to face the powerful ways in which society has changed around her and to accept an ever-evolving definition of family.


Running Time: approximately 95 minutes, no intermission.


This production is made possible in part by Individual Production Sponsors the Zunamon-Cunniff Family;


By Foundation Production Sponsor:


The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation


And by Opening Night Sponsors:

Room & Board     Koi


by Richard Strand
directed by Stuart Carden


March 11 - April 17

This production closed on April 17, 2016.


"It's part comedy, part historical drama and part biography, often all at once, and sometimes none of those. Yet the show is easy enough to review. Just call it splendid." -The New York Times


Early in the Civil War, three escaped slaves arrive at a Union fort to seek sanctuary from Major General Butler. Despite the conflict between the states, law requires that the slaves be returned to their rightful owner. Seeking a solution that satisfies both ethics and duty, Butler embarks on a battle of words and wits, calling into question what is legal versus what is right in a captivating story based on actual events.


Running Time: approximately 2 hours including one 15-minute intermission.


This production is made possible in part by Individual Production Sponsors Bob and Lisa Silverman;


By Corporate Production Sponsors:


Baker & McKenzie     PolsinelliQuarles & Brady


And by Opening Night Event Sponsors:

Kirkland & Ellis LLPSage ProductsAutobarn of EvanstonFirst Bank & TrustPlante MoranFifth Third Bank

Oceanique  Koi