Midwest Premiere

Isabelle Arc is a hard-working, pious peasant woman with an odd and extraordinary daughter. When adolescent Joan announces she’s having visions, her mother isn’t quite sure if she should credit the Holy Spirit or teen hormones. But with faith in God and her destiny, Joan sets off to lead the French at war. As she ascends from farm girl to holy martyr, we follow the unexpected perspective of her proud, fierce, and frightened mom in this deeply moving drama about the glories and challenges of raising an exceptional child.

Read a synopsis of Mother of the Maid here.

120 minutes with one 15-minute intermission

at Northlight Theatre
9501 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie, IL 60077

“Full of discovery. Powerful & stunning.” –New York Magazine


“Witty and piercing! Jane Anderson perfectly melds comedy and drama.” –Daily Beast

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Kareem Bandealy

Jacques Arc

Kareem makes his Northlight debut. Chicago: A Christmas Carol, Rock N’ Roll, Gas For Less, King Lear (Goodman); The Wheel (Steppenwolf); 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas, Blood Wedding, Moby Dick, The Little Prince, Big Lake Big City, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, The Last Act of Lilka Kadison, Peter Pan (Lookingglass); Oklahoma! (Paramount); The Good Book, The Illusion (Court); Julius Caesar, Hamlet, The Caretaker, Heartbreak House (Writers); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Edward II, Romeo and Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare); A Disappearing Number, Blood and Gifts (Timeline); The Real Thing, The Skin of Our Teeth (Remy Bumppo); and Othello (The Gift). Regionally: Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Notre Dame Summer Shakespeare, Pittsburgh Irish & Classical, and four seasons with Orlando Shakespeare Theater. Film/TV: The Merry Gentleman, Chicago Fire (NBC). He’s an ensemble member of Lookingglass where he made his playwriting debut with Act(s) of God, and is a recipient of the 2011 3Arts Artist Award.

Hayley Burgess


Hayley makes her Northlight debut. Chicago credits include Twilight Bowl, The Sign In Sidney Brustein’s Window, The Little Foxes (Goodman); Women In Jeopardy (First Folio Theatre); Spin Moves (Ignition Festival of New Plays, Victory Gardens); The Mystery Of Love And Sex (Writers ); Domesticated and the First Look Repertory of New Work reading Stupid Kid (Steppenwolf); Fugitive Awareness (First Floor Theatre); and Jake’s Women (Spartan Theatre). Regional credits include A Trick Of The Light (Peninsula Players Theatre) and Frankenstein (Cardinal Stage Company). Hayley is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and the School at Steppenwolf. She is represented by Stewart Talent.

Kate Fry

Isabelle Arc

Kate Fry returns to Northlight, where she performed in The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Outside Mullingar, and The Miser.  Other Chicago credits include The Winter’s Tale, Ah, Wilderness! (Goodman); The Belle of Amherst, Electra, The Hard Problem and others (Court); Marjorie Prime, Hedda Gabler, The Letters, A Minister’s Wife, Oh Coward! (Writers) as well as productions with Victory Gardens, Chicago Shakespeare, Apple Tree Theatre, and Marriott Theatre. She has also worked with Center Theatre Group in LA, McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and Lincoln Center. TV credits include episodes on Empire (Fox), Boss (Starz), Chicago PD (NBC), and Proven Innocent (Fox). She is the recipient of four Joseph Jefferson awards, the local Sarah Siddons award, the After Dark award, and Chicago Magazine’s actress of the year.  Kate is married to actor/teacher Timothy Edward Kane; they have two sons.

Ricardo Gutierrez

Father Gilbert

Ricardo is delighted to make his Northlight Theatre debut in Mother of the Maid. He most recently appeared in Ah Wilderness and Destiny of Desire at Goodman Theatre. Other acting credits include In The Heights (Paramount) and the world premieres of Lydia (Denver Center Theatre), Fish Men (Goodman) and Ground (Actors Theatre in Louisville). Ricardo has appeared on stages across Chicago and the nation including Steppenwolf, Victory Gardens, Lookingglass and South Coast Rep. Recent television credits include Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Sirens and Boss. Ricardo is the Executive Artistic Director of Teatro Vista, the premiere Latino theatre company in the Midwest, where he leads an ensemble of 40+ actors, resident designers and playwrights.

Casey Morris

Pierre Arc

Grace Smith

Joan Arc

Penelope Walker

Lady of the Court

Penelope is ecstatic to return to Northlight after previously appearing in Into the Breeches!, Curve of Departure, Eclipsed, Gee’s Bend, and Bee Luther Hatchee. Other Chicago credits include Life Sucks, Black Diamond, The Years the Locusts Have Eaten (Lookingglass); The House That Will Not Stand, No One As Nasty (Victory Gardens); A Christmas Carol, The Story, Crowns, (Goodman); Love & Information (Remy Bumppo); We’re Gonna Be Okay, The Projects, Agnes of God, Doubt, People’s Temple (American Theatre Company); Will You Stand Up (Erasing the Distance Theatre Company); Seven Homeless Mammoths Wandering New England (Theatre Wit); Love Lies Bleeding (Steppenwolf); 10 Virgins, Voyeurs de Venus (Chicago Dramatists); The Clink (Rivendell Theatre). She created and performed her own solo show How I Jack Master Funked The Sugar in My Knee Caps. Film/Web/TV: Dubious Ruffians, Olympia, Flowers, Matching Pursuit, Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, Chicago Justice, and Boss.

Production Team

BJ Jones


BJ Jones is in his 22nd season as Artistic Director of Northlight. Mr Jones is a two-time Joseph Jefferson Award Winning actor and a three-time nominated director. He has directed the world premieres of Relativity, Charm, Faceless, White Guy on the Bus, Chapatti, The Outgoing Tide (Jeff Nomination,) Better Late, and Rounding Third. Notably he has directed productions of Outside Mullingar, Grey Gardens, The Price, The Lieutenant of Innishmore, Curve of Departure, and The Beauty Queen of Leenane. As a producer he has guided the world premieres of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, Shining Lives, The Last Five Years, and Studs Terkel’s ‘The Good War.’ Additional directorial credits include Pitmen Painters (Jeff Nomination, Timeline); 100 Saints You Should Know (Steppenwolf); Glengarry Glen Ross (Susie Bass Nomination, Alliance Theatre, Atlanta); The Lady with All the Answers (Cherry Lane, New York); Animal Crackers (Baltimore Center Stage); Three Musketeers, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing (Utah Shakespeare Festival), and four productions at the Galway International Arts Festival. As a performer, he has appeared at Northlight, Goodman, Steppenwolf, Court and other theatres throughout Chicago. Film/TV credits include The Fugitive, Body Double, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Early Edition, Cupid, and Turks, among others.

Jane Anderson


Jane Anderson is an Emmy award-winning writer and director for theater, film and television. Plays include: The Baby Dance, Defying Gravity, Looking for Normal, The Quality of Life, The Escort, Lynette at 3AM, Food & Shelter and The Last Time We Saw Her. Her plays have been produced Off-Broadway and in theaters around the country, including ACT, Arena Stage, Actors Theater of Louisville, Williamstown, Shakespeare & Company, The McCarter Theater, Long Wharf, Geffen Playhouse, and the Pasadena Playhouse. Her latest play, Mother of the Maid, premiered at the Public Theater in 2018 and starred Glenn Close. Screenwriting credits: The Wife, starring Glenn Close, How to Make An American Quilt, It Could Happen to You and The Prizewinner of Defiance, Ohio, starring Julianne Moore & Woody Harrelson, which she also directed. Documentary film: Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson, featured on HBO. Television writing credits: HBO’s Olive Kitteridge, starring Frances McDormand for which she received an Emmy Award for best teleplay and limited series, a Writers Guild Award for best teleplay and nominated for the Golden Globe for best limited series.  She wrote HBO’s The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader Murdering Mom, for which she received an Emmy, Penn Award and Writers Guild Award for best teleplay. She wrote and directed The Baby Dance for Showtime which she adapted from her play and received the Peabody Award as well as Golden Globe and Emmy nominations. She wrote and directed Normal for HBO (starring Jessica Lang & Tom Wilkinson) adapted from her play Looking for Normal which received Emmy, Golden Globe and Directors’ Guild and Writers’ Guild nominations for best writing and directing.  She wrote and directed When Billie Beat Bobby starring Holly Hunter and Ron Silver.  And wrote and directed the first segment of HBO’s If These Walls Could Talk II which starred Vanessa Redgrave for which she received an Emmy nomination for best teleplay.

Scott Davis

Scenic Design

Izumi Inaba

Costume Design

Izumi is thrilled to be at Northlight again after designing Mansfield Park, Faceless, The Mousetrap, Charm, and You Can’t Take It With You. Her recent design credits include Twilight Bow (Goodman); A Doll’s House, Part Two (Steppenwolf); An American Dream (Lyric Unlimited); Cambodian Rock Band, If I Forget (Victory Gardens); and Miracle (Miracle Productions at Royal George). Izumi is a resident artist at Albany Park Theater Project. She received the Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award, and her MFA in Stage Design from Northwestern University.

Christine A. Binder

Lighting Design

Christine has designed for Writers, Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakespeare, Court, Lookingglass, Geva Theatre, and the Joffrey Ballet among others.  Her opera designs include work at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Opera Theatre, San Diego Opera, New York City Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Canadian Opera Company, and Houston Grand Opera.  Recent designs include: Mansfield Park (Northlight), A Doll’s House, Part 2 (Steppenwolf), and Onegin (Canadian Opera Company and Washington National Opera). Upcoming productions are: The Agitators (Alabama Shakespeare); The Last Match (Writers); Her Honor Mayor Jane Byrne, Lookingglass Alice (Lookingglass); and Onegin (Seiji Ozawa Festival/Matsumoto, Japan). Ms. Binder has been nominated for Joseph Jefferson Awards for her work with Court, Northlight, and Lookingglass.  She is an Artistic Associate with Lookingglass and Head of Lighting at The Theatre School at DePaul University.

Andre Pluess

Sound Design

Andre has designed the Broadway productions of Metamorphoses, I Am My Own Wife and 33 Variations (Drama Desk Award nomination) as well as the world premiere of The Clean House at Yale Repertory and Lincoln Center. Based in Chicago, his work has appeared on most of the city’s stages including Northlight (Shining Lives with Amanda Dehnert), Goodman, Steppenwolf, Court, and Lookingglass where he is an associate artist. He has composed music and designed sound for theaters around the U.S., most frequently at the Oregon and California Shakespeare Festivals, Berkeley Repertory, Arena Stage, American Conservatory Theater, Seattle Repertory, La Jolla Playhouse and Center Theater Group. Choral works include: Winesburg, Ohio,Eastland, Whitman, Undone (with Ben Sussman), and Paris By Night (with Amy Warren).

Rita Vreeland

Production Stage Manager

Rita is proud to be starting her 13th season at Northlight, where she has the stage manager for over 30 productions. Other recent projects: The Polar Express train ride, seven seasons of The Christmas Schooner at Mercury Theater, and productions at Victory Gardens, Route 66 Theatre Company, Theatre at the Center, and Northlight’s productions of Chapatti and Stella & Lou in Galway, Ireland. She is the proud wife of actor Tom Hickey and mom to six-year-old Charlie, and has been a member of Actors’ Equity for 18 years. Thank you for supporting live theatre!

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OPEN CAPTIONING – Mother of the Maid, October 12, at 2:30pm
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