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2015-16 Season


Funnyman

by Bruce Graham

directed by BJ Jones

September 11 - October 18, 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.

 

Funnyman features George Wendt and Tim Kazurinsky. Read about the full cast>

 


You Can't Take it With You

by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman

directed by Devon de Mayo

November 6 - December 13, 2015

 

Meet the Sycamores - a madcap clan that 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.


Mothers and Sons

by Terrence McNally

directed by Steve Scott

January 22 - February 28, 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.

 

"A masterpiece. Terrence McNally is one of the greatest contemporary playwrights the theatre world has yet produced. Mothers and Sons is profound. - NY Observer

 


Butler

by Richard Strand

directed by Stuart Carden

March 11 - April 17, 2016

 

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.

 

"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


The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord

by Scott Carter

directed by Kimberly Senior

May 6 - June 12, 2016

 

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 from Scott Carter, the Executive Producer/Writer of Real Time with Bill Maher, is "Poignant ... deeply satisfying ... sparkling!" (Variety)


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