World Premiere

When shy but clever Fanny Price is sent away by her impoverished parents, she must adapt to life as the poor relation at her aunt and uncle’s wealthy estate. But Fanny soon learns that beneath the glitter of wealth and status, people aren’t always what they seem. Playwright Kate Hamill, known for her acclaimed adaptations of Sense and Sensibility and Vanity Fair, brings her unique sense of playfulness and theatricality to Austen’s classic tale of the clash between love and conscience.

at Northlight Theatre
9501 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie, IL 60077

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Cast

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Anu Bhatt

Maria Bertram/Susan Price

Chicago credits include Ten (The Gift), Antigonick (Sideshow Theatre/Victory Gardens) and Jane Eyre (Lifeline). Regional credits include As You Like It and Richard II (Michigan Shakespeare Festival). Television credits include Chicago Fire (NBC) and APB (Fox). Anu also performs her one-woman show Where Is My Goddamn Coconut around Chicago and abroad. She holds a BA degree in Linguistics from U.C. Berkeley and an MFA degree in Acting from Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. She is represented by Gray Talent Group. Visit www.anubhatt.com.

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Nate Burger

Henry Crawford/John Price

Chicago credits include The Heir Apparent and Short Shakespeare! A Midsummer Nights’ Dream (Chicago Shakespeare); The Liar (Writers); Wasteland and “Master Harold” …and the Boys (TimeLine); A Christmas Carol (Goodman) and The Man Who Was Thursday (New Leaf). He is a core company actor at American Players in Spring Green, WI where favorite credits include Mercutio, Cassio, Mr. Bingley, Claudio, Troilus and James Joyce, amongst others. TV: Chicago Fire and Chicago Med. He is a proud graduate of Loyola University Chicago.

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Kayla Carter

Fanny Price

Chicago credits include work with The Shakespeare Project of Chicago and Artemisia. Regional credits: River City (NNPN World Premiere, Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte and Phoenix Theatre Indianapolis), the World Premiere of The Patron Saint of Losing Sleep and Passing Strange (Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte). TV: Chicago Med (NBC) and APB (Fox). She is a graduate of University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

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Kate Hamill

Mary Crawford/Lady Bertram

Kate was named 2017’s Playwright of the Year by the Wall Street Journal. Recent plays include Sense and Sensibility (in which she originated the role of Marianne) – Winner, Off-Broadway Alliance Award; Nominee, Drama League Award; 265+ performances off-Broadway; “Top Ten Theater of 2014” – Ben Brantley; “the greatest stage adaptation of this novel in history” – Huffington Post. Other plays include Vanity Fair (in which she originated the role of Becky Sharp; Nominee, Off Broadway Alliance Award; WSJ Critic’s Pick), Pride and Prejudice (In which she originated the role of Lizzy Bennet; Nominee, Off Broadway Alliance Award; “Best Theater of 2017”, Huffington Post; WSJ Critic’s Pick), In the Mines (Sundance Lab semi-finalist), Little Women, Em (Red Bull New Play finalist), Little Fellow (O’Neill semi-finalist). Her plays have been produced off-Broadway, at A.R.T., Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Guthrie Theatre, Seattle Rep, PlayMaker’s Rep, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Dallas Theater Center, Folger Theatre (8 Helen Hayes Award nominations; Winner, best production – S&S) & others. She was one of 2016-2017’s top 20 most-produced playwrights; Sense and Sensibility was one of the top 10 most-produced plays.

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Curtis Edward Jackson

Tom Bertram/Mr. Rushworth/William Price

Curtis makes his Northlight debut in Mansfield Park. He is originally from Philadelphia and studied acting at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. He moved to Chicago after graduating and has been working in Television, Film, Commercials, and Theatre, in and out of the city, ever since. Curtis attended the School at Steppenwolf summer training program in 2013 where he trained with renowned actors, directors, and instructors such as Amy Morton, Sheldon Patinkin, Tarell Alvin Mccraney, Jane Alderman, and Kimberly Senior. He has had the pleasure of working with Chicago theatrical institutions like Steppenwolf Theatre Company, The Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens, and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre as well as many fantastic storefront companies like Rivendell Ensemble, Steep Theatre, Griffin Theatre, Jackalope and more.

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Heidi Kettenring

Mrs. Norris/Mrs. Price

Appeared at Northlight in Sense & Sensibility, readings of House On Stilts and Auctioning The Ainsleys, and Side Show. Chicago credits include three years in the Broadway in Chicago production of Wicked, as well as work with Writers’, Marriott Lincolnshire, Court, Chicago Shakespeare, Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace and Evergreen Park, Theatre At The Center, and American Theatre Company. Regionally she has appeared at Theatre Works in Palo Alto, Peninsula Players and Bar Harbor Theatre. Heidi has also sung concerts for the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Pensacola Symphony and can be heard singing on a Disney Princess children’s book. She is a five-time Jeff nominee, an After Dark Award winner, and the recipient of the Sarah Siddons’ Chicago Leading Lady Award.

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Mark Montgomery

Sir Thomas Bertram/Mr. Price

Mark returns to Northlight where he appeared in Outside Mullingar and Experiment with an Air Pump. Other Chicago credits: 2666, Rapture, Blister, BurnCamino Real and Stage Kiss (Goodman); Hedda Gabler and The Letters (Writers); AgamemnonIphigenia in Aulis and M. Butterfly (Court); Twelfth Night, Troilus and Cressida, Rose Rage, Henry VI Parts 1, 2 and 3 and As You Like It (Chicago Shakespeare); In the Next Room, or the vibrator play (Victory Gardens); The Wheel, The Time of Your Life and Want (Steppenwolf); In the Belly of the Beast: Letters from Prison (Journeymen, After Dark Award) and productions at Remy Bumppo, among others. New York credits: The Seagull and Mamma Mia! (Broadway), Our Town (Barrow Street), Macbeth (Public), The Runner Stumbles (Actors Company) and The Madras House (Mint). Regional credits: Julius Caesar (American Repertory) as well as the show’s French tour. Television: Law & Order and Chicago Fire.

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Gabriel Ruiz

Edmund Bertram

A proud ensemble member of Teatro Vista, Chicago credits include You Got Older, The Rembrandt, The Way West, How Long Will I Cry? and The Motherfucker with the Hat (Steppenwolf); Native Gardens (Victory Gardens); Agamemnon and Man in the Ring (Court); Arcadia and Company (Writers); City of Angels and Singin’ in the Rain (Marriott); The Upstairs Concierge (Goodman); The Wolf at the End of the Block and White Tie Ball (Teatro Vista); Creditor (Remy Bumppo); Sita Ram (Chicago Children’s Choir); Working: The Musical (Broadway Playhouse); Richard III and Short Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chicago Shakespeare) and Arabian Nights (Lookingglass). His regional credits include Native Gardens (Cincinatti Playhouse), Harvey (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre), Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them (Forward Theatre Company), and Blood and Gifts (Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York). He has composed music and lyrics for Don Chipotle performed at DCASE, and Epic Tale of Scale for Chicago Children’s Theater. He has appeared on television in Boss, APB, Electric Dreams, Chicago Fire, Chicago Justice, and Chicago PD.

Production Team

Kate Hamill

Playwright

Kate was named 2017’s Playwright of the Year by the Wall Street Journal. Recent plays include Sense and Sensibility (in which she originated the role of Marianne) – Winner, Off-Broadway Alliance Award; Nominee, Drama League Award; 265+ performances off-Broadway; “Top Ten Theater of 2014” – Ben Brantley; “the greatest stage adaptation of this novel in history” – Huffington Post. Other plays include Vanity Fair (in which she originated the role of Becky Sharp; Nominee, Off Broadway Alliance Award; WSJ Critic’s Pick), Pride and Prejudice (In which she originated the role of Lizzy Bennet; Nominee, Off Broadway Alliance Award; “Best Theater of 2017”, Huffington Post; WSJ Critic’s Pick), In the Mines (Sundance Lab semi-finalist), Little Women, Em (Red Bull New Play finalist), Little Fellow (O’Neill semi-finalist). Her plays have been produced off-Broadway, at A.R.T., Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Guthrie Theatre, Seattle Rep, PlayMaker’s Rep, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Dallas Theater Center, Folger Theatre (8 Helen Hayes Award nominations; Winner, best production – S&S) & others. She was one of 2016-2017’s top 20 most-produced playwrights; Sense and Sensibility was one of the top 10 most-produced plays.

Stuart Carden

Director

Chicago: The Old Man and The Old Moon, Yellow Moon, Hesperia, Travels with my Aunt (Writers); The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Frederick (Chicago Children’s Theatre); The Merchant on Venice by Shishir Kurup, Golden Child, Back of the Throat, 10 Acrobats in an Amazing Leap of Faith (Silk Road Rising). Regional: The Old Man and The Old Moon (Williamstown Theatre Festival, New Victory – NYC, ArtsEmerson – Boston); Tribes (Philadelphia Theatre Company & City Theatre);Oblivion, Blackbird, Mary’s Wedding, The Moonlight Room (City Theatre); Circle Mirror Transformation, In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), Crime and Punishment, The Lieutenant of Inishmore (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); The Pillowman, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The False Servant, Stones in his Pockets (PICT). Stuart served five seasons as associate artistic director at Writers from 2009-14 and two seasons at City Theatre from 2007-2009.

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