Chicago Premiere

Cooped up on maternity leave and eager for conversation, Jessie invites the funny and forthright Lina for coffee in their neighboring backyards. They become fast friends, quickly bonding over their shared “new mom” experience—and arousing the interest of a wealthy neighbor hoping for a similar connection. This insightful comedy takes an honest look at the absurdities of new motherhood, the dilemma of returning to work versus staying at home, and how class impacts parenthood and friendship.

at Northlight Theatre
9501 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie, IL 60077

“Masterful! An incisive, detailed survey of modern motherhood.”

- WFPL, Louisville

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Cast

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Laura Lapidus

Lina

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Gabriel Ruiz

Mitchell

Gabriel is a graduate of the Theatre School at DePaul University and an ensemble member of Teatro Vista. His Chicago credits include The Wolf at the End of The BlockWhite Tie Ball (Teatro Vista); Singin’ in the RainCity of Angels (The Marriott Theater); Man in the RingAgamemnon (Court Theater); ArcadiaCompany (Writers Theatre); The Upstairs Concierge (The Goodman Theater); Creditors (Remy Bumppo Theater); How Long Will I Cry?Motherfucker with the HatThe Way West (Steppenwolf Theater); Sita Ram (Chicago Children’s Choir); Working: The Musical (The Broadway Playhouse); Richard IIISS! A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Arabian Nights (Lookingglass Theater). Regional credits Native Gardens (The Cincinnati Playhouse); Harvey (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre); Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them (Forward Theater Company). Off-Broadway credits include Blood and Gifts (Lincoln Center). Film and TV credits include “Boss,” “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Justice” and “APB.”

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Darci Nalepa

Jessie

Chicago Theatre: A Life Extra Ordinary, Good for Otto, Othello, Thinner Than Water, Dirty (The Gift Theatre); Kill Floor (American Theater Company); Yankee Tavern(American Blues Theater); Northanger Abbey (Remy Bumppo); The Drunken City (Steppenwolf Theatre – Next Up); Flare Path, Company (Griffin Theatre); Love and Money (Steep Theatre). Film/TV: Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party, “Chicago Fire”, “Shameless”, “Patriot.”

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Kristina Valada-Viars

Adrienne

Production Team

Molly Smith Metzler

Playwright

Molly is the author of Cry it Out, Elemeno Pea, The May Queen, Carve, Training Wisteria and Close Up Space. Regional:  Actors Theatre of Louisville/Humana Festival, South Coast Repertory, The Kennedy Center, The O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Chautauqua Theater Company,  City Theatre,  Play Makers Rep, Geva Theatre Center,  and many more. Off-Broadway: Manhattan Theatre Club. Metzler’s awards include the Lecomte du Nouy Prize from Lincoln Center, the National Student Playwriting Award from The Kennedy Center, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education’s David Mark Cohen Award, the Mark Twain Comedy Prize, and a finalist nod for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.  She is currently under commission at Manhattan Theatre Club and South Coast Repertory. In television, Metzler has written for Casual (Hulu), Orange Is the New Black (Netflix),  Codes of Conduct (HBO), and is currently a writer/co-producer on Shameless (Showtime). She is also a screenwriter, currently adapting Ali Benjamin’s award-winning novel The Thing About Jellyfishinto a film for OddLot and Pacific Standard (Reese Witherspoon’s company). Metzler was educated at SUNY Geneseo, Boston University, New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts, and The Juilliard School.  She lives in Los Angeles.

Jessica Fisch

Director

Andrew Boyce

Scenic Design

Stephanie Cluggish

Costume Design

Paul Toben

Lighting Design

Kevin O'Donnell

Sound Design

Kevin is thrilled be back at Northlight, where previous credits include You Can’t Take it With You, The Lady with All the Answers, and Inherit the Wind.  As a composer and sound designer he has received 10 Jeff Awards (20 nominations), and is a company member with The House Theatre, and a Hypocrites community member.  Locally he has worked with Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakespeare, Lookingglass, Court, and many others.  Regionally: The Seattle Rep, The Signature Theatre, A.C.T., The Olney Theatre Center, The Adrienne Arscht Center of Miami, and others.  He is also a drummer.

Rita Vreeland

Stage Manager

Rita is proud to be completing her 10th season at Northlight, where she has been fortunate to be the stage manager for 26 productions as well as two trips to Galway. Recent credits elsewhere in the Chicagoland area include productions at Theatre at the Center (Munster, IN), Victory Gardens, Route 66 Theatre Company, Goodman, and the annual Christmas Schooner at the Mercury Theater. She is the proud wife of actor Tom Hickey and mom to four-year-old Charlie, and has been a member of Actors’ Equity for over 15 years. Thank you for supporting live theatre!

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