National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere

In 1902 Albert and Mileva Einstein had a baby daughter. After 1904 she was never seen or spoken of again. Forty years later, a reporter interviews Einstein about this mysterious piece of his past, revealing shocking secrets about his family and his personal life. While the reporter questions Einstein on his theory of relativity and his decisions, she also poses a query of her own: to be a great man, does one first need to be a good man?

The author of Freud’s Last Session and Becoming Dr. Ruth showcases his signature blend of insight, intellect, humor and heart in this fictional account of a legendary figure.

at Northlight Theatre
9501 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie, IL 60077

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Katherine Keberlein

Margaret Harding

This is Katherine’s debut with Northlight Theatre. Katherine worked most recently with Circle Theatre in When the Rain Stops Falling, which will play again at the Greenhouse Theatre January/February, 2013, and with Steppenwolf (U/S in Clybourne Park), Profiles (Janine in 50 Words – Jeff nomination for Principal Actress in a Play) and Oracle Theatre as the title character in Ironmistress. She has worked with Oak Park Festival Theatre, Remy Bumppo, Provision Theatre, Theater at the Center, Illinois Theatre Center, Light Opera Works and Buffalo Theatre Ensemble. She is a member of SAG with numerous commercial and independent film credits. Katherine travels internationally to perform classic American music as a vocalist with Trio Chicago & Friends.

Mike Nussbaum

Albert Einstein

Mike is thrilled to to return to Northlight where he previously appeared in Awake and Sing!, Better Late, Grace, and Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays with MorrieRelativity marks his 15th appearance with Northlight. An actor in Chicago for more than 60 years, he was recently seen at TimeLine in Bakersfield Mist and at The Goodman in the much-loved Smokefall by Noah Haidle.  According to Actors’ Equity Association, he is the oldest actor still working on stage.

Ann Whitney

Helen Dukas

Ann feels joy returning to the Northlight stage.  Ms. Whitney’s last appearance here was as Big Edie in Grey Gardens.  Before that, she appeared in Quilters, Driving Miss Daisy (Sarah Siddons Leading Lady Award), and The Cripple of Innishman.  More recently, she played in Everything is Illuminated at Next and Freshly Fallen Snow (Jeff nominated) at Chicago Dramatists, where she is an artistic associate.  Her career has taken her to Actors Theatre of Louisville, where she played the professor in Wit, Illinois Wesleyan University as a guest artist in The Chalk Garden, Northwestern University in Tartuffe, Sacramento Theatre Company in Fossils, and many summers at Wagon Wheel Theatre in Indiana in plays and musicals.  Her work in Chicago theatres includes shows at Court, Writers, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Goodman, Marriott Lincolnshire, Steppenwolf, and Victory Gardens.

Production Team

Mark St. Germain


BJ Jones


BJ Jones is in his 19th season as Artistic Director of Northlight, where he commissioned and directed the world premieres of White Guy on the Bus, Chapatti, Stella & Lou, The Outgoing Tide (Jeff Nomination – Best Director), Better Late, and Rounding Third. Notably he has directed productions of Outside Mullingar, Grey Gardens, The Price (Jeff Nomination- Best Director), A Skull in Connemara, The Cripple of Inishmaan, and The Lieutenant of Inishmore. As a producer he has guided the world premieres of Shining Lives, The Last Five Years, The Gamester, and Studs Terkel’s ‘The Good War’. From Second City to Shakespeare, BJ has directed Pitmen Painters (Jeff Nomination – Best Director, TimeLine), A Number (Next), 100 Saints You Should Know (Steppenwolf), and The Dresser (Body Politic). Regional: Glengarry Glen Ross (Suzie Bass Nominee – Best Director, Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre), Enchanted April (Asolo Theatre), and productions at Cherry Lane Theatre NY, Galway Arts Festival, Baltimore Center Stage, and Utah Shakespeare Festival. As a performer, Mr. Jones is a two-time Joseph Jefferson Award winner and 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.

Jack Magaw

Scenic Design

JR Lederle

Lighting Design

Northlight credits include Charm, Shining Lives, Outside Mullingar, White Guy on the Bus, Detroit ’67, The Odd Couple, Ten Chimneys, Season’s Greetings, A Life, Grey Gardens, The Retreat From Moscow, Lady, Stella & Lou, The Outgoing Tide, Better Late and Chapatti (the last four also at the Galway International Arts Festival, Ireland). Other work has been seen at Lookingglass, Victory Gardens, About Face, Remy Bumppo, Writers, Steppenwolf and Walkabout. JR designed lighting for seven years of the Steppenwolf TRAFFIC Series, and five Steppenwolf performances in Chicago’s Millennium Park. He has served as head of the Lighting Department at Steppenwolf since 1995.​

Rachel Laritz

Costume Design

Rachel is happy to be joining Northlight for the 21st time with this production of By the Water. Other design credits include various shows at: Chicago Shakespeare, Writers, Court, Steppenwolf First Look, Remy Bumppo, TimeLine, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Milwaukee Rep, Florentine Opera, Kansas City Rep, Great Lakes Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare, Illinois Shakespeare, Next Act, Chamber, Renaissance Theaterworks, Skylight Music Theatre, Arkansas Shakespeare, Peninsula Players and the University of Michigan. Off- Broadway: Pearl Theatre. Other professional credits: NBC’s Law & Order, American Players Theatre, Chicago Opera Theater, Garsington Opera and Spoleto Festival USA. Rachel is a recipient of a 2011 Emerging Artist Alumni Award from the University of Michigan and a 2009 Joseph Jefferson Award for The Voysey Inheritance (Remy Bumppo).​

Andrew Hansen

Sound Design

Andrew returns to Northlight where he previously collaborated on Funnyman, Outside Mullingar, White Guy on the Bus, Tom Jones, Stella & Lou, The Outgoing Tide, She Stoops to Conquer and Mauritius. Andy is an Associate Artist at TimeLine where he has been designing since 1999.  Regionally he has composed for American Players, Indiana Rep, Summer Shakespeare at Notre Dame and Montana Shakespeare in the Parks.

Rita Vreeland

Production Stage Manager

Rita is proud to be in her 10th season at Northlight, where she has been fortunate to be the stage manager for 25 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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