Such Small Hands

by Adam Szymkowicz
directed by BJ Jones
Featuring Francis Guinan and Rondi Reed

This benefit reading is a part of Northlight’s Interplay New Play Development program, providing customized support for new work in the critical stages of early play development.

ABOUT THE PLAY: Long-married couple Paul and Marie are the center of this moving new play about love, aging, selfishness, and selflessness. As Paul’s illness progresses, he can sense his mind changing and doesn’t want to let it go too far. Still cherishing their many years of happiness, Marie strives to convince him to continue the fight. 

Join us for a reading of this new drama while still in the development process!

  • View our premiere on Sunday, January 31 at 6:30pm and you’ll be able to join for a post-show Q&A with the playwright and director.
  • Recordings of the performance and post-show Q&A will be available through 6:30pm on Thursday, February 4.
  • Free with suggested donation, but registration is requested. Sign up here to receive a viewing link! (donation optional)
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Francis Guinan


Francis returns to Northlight where he previously appeared in By the Water, White Guy On The Bus, Stella & Lou, Season’s Greetings and Inherit the Wind. Chicago credits include The Night Alive, The Birthday Party, Time Stands Still, The Book Thief, American Buffalo, Balm in Gilead and Say Goodnight, Gracie (Steppenwolf); The Book of Joseph (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre); Twist Your Dickens, Pullman Porter Blues and The Seagull (Goodman); A Guide for the Perplexed (Victory Gardens, Jeff Award); and Rantoul and Die (American Blues). He appeared on Broadway in August: Osage County, The Grapes of Wrath and As Is. His television credits include Boss, Eerie, Indiana, ER, Frasier and several Star Trek franchise episodes. Mr. Guinan’s film credits include Abundant Acreage Available, The Last Airbender, Typing, Low Tide and Constantine.

Rondi Reed


Rondi Reed previously appeared at Northlight in The Outgoing Tide opposite John Mahoney. She has been a member of the Steppenwolf Ensemble for 35 years, appearing in over 50 productions at Steppenwolf Theatre, her artistic home, and in Festival productions for Steppenwolf in Australia, Ireland, and the U.K. Rondi is a teacher / director in Chicago and has worked extensively in Regional Theatre, as well as Broadway and Off-Broadway. She is the recipient of several awards for her work, most recently the Tony Award (Featured Actress) for her performance in August: Osage County, written by Tracy Letts and directed by Anna Shapiro. Rondi was also an original cast member of Wicked (Chicago) as Madame Morrible and reprised her role in the Broadway production. She can also be seen on the hit CBS series Mike & Molly as Peggy and in HBO films, You Don’t Know Jack with Al Pacino, and Normal with Tom Wilkinson and Jessica Lange.