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.

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

Hayley Burgess


Kate Fry

Isabelle Arc

Kate Fry returns to Northlight, where she performed in The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Outside Mullingar and The Miser.  Most recently, she played Emily Dickinson in The Belle of Amherst at Court Theatre, where she has appeared in many productions over the years.  Other Chicago credits include work with Writers’ Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, and Victory Gardens Theatre.  She has also worked with Center Theatre Group in LA, McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and Lincoln Center.  She is the recipient of three Joseph Jefferson awards, the local Sarah Siddons award, an After Dark award, and Chicago Magazine’s actress of the year.  Kate is married to actor/teacher Timothy Edward Kane, with whom she has two sons.

Ricardo Gutierrez

Father Gilbert

Casey Morris

Pierre Arc

Casey returns to Northlight after appearing in The Beauty Queen of Leenane. Last fall, you may have seen Casey in the role of Mike Danver in Janine Naber’s Welcome to Jesus at American Theater Company. Other Chicago theatre credits include: Ah, Wilderness! (Goodman Theatre, u/s), What of the Night? (Stage Left & Cor Theatre), Hand to God (Victory Gardens, u/s), The Grapes of Wrath (The Gift Theatre), EOM (Ignition Festival ’16, Victory Gardens), Voyage (Cock and Bull), The Revel (The House Theatre of Chicago, u/s), Post Apocalypto (Sketchbook ’15, Collaboraction), In a Little World of Our Own (Irish Theatre of Chicago, u/s), and Charlotte’s Web (Emerald City Theatre). Casey received his MFA from The Theatre School at DePaul University and is represented by Grossman & Jack Talent.

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 is in his 21st 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, Better Late, and Rounding Third. Notably he has directed productions of Outside Mullingar, Grey Gardens, The Price, The Lieutenant of Innishmore, 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 (Timeline); 100 Saints You Should Know (Steppenwolf); Glengarry Glen Ross (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.

Scott Davis

Scenic Design

Izumi Inaba

Costume Design

Izumi is thrilled to be at Northlight again after designing Faceless, The MousetrapCharm, and You Can’t Take It With You. Her recent design credits include Borealis (House), Frankenstein (Lifeline), Koalas (16th Street), Zurich (Steep), Frederick (Chicago Children’s), Scientific Method (Rivendell), Cosmologies (Gift). Izumi is a resident artist at Albany Park Theater Project. She received Michael Maggio Emerging Designed Award, and her MFA in Stage Design from Northwestern University.

Christine A. Binder

Lighting Design

Christine has designed for Writers, Steppenwolf Company, Chicago Shakespeare, Court, Northlight, Lookingglass, the McCarter Theatre, Hartford Stage, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  Her opera designs include work at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Opera Theatre, San Diego Opera, New York City Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, and Houston Grand Opera.  Recent designs include: Swan Lake (Joffrey Ballet Chicago), 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas (Lookingglass), and Onegin (Canadian Opera Company). Upcoming productions are: Dolls House Part 2 (Steppenwolf) and Onegin (Washington National Opera). Ms. Binder has been nominated for Joseph Jefferson Awards for her work with Court Theatre, Northlight Theatre, and Lookingglass Theatre Company.  She is an Artistic Associate with Lookingglass Theatre Company 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 and Undone (with Ben Sussman) and Paris By Night (with Amy Warren).

Rita Vreeland

Production Stage Manager

Rita is proud to be the stage manager for over 30 Northlight 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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