A young violinist and her song collector boyfriend flee the confines of their Brooklyn apartment to the mountains of North Carolina, where the Appalachian music of Mira’s childhood is just the authentic inspiration they’re searching for. When they descend on her old family home, and an estranged grandfather she’s never mentioned, the unexpected complexity of past pain, prejudice, joy, and discovery reveals itself through the music that binds them. Featuring bluegrass favorites and the foot-stomping, hand-clapping finest of American roots music.

at Northlight Theatre
9501 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie, IL 60077

Calendar for The Porch On Windy Hill: a new play with old music

  • 7:30pm
  • 8:00pm
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  • 2:30pm
    Post-Show Discussion
  • 7:00pm
  • 7:30pm
    Post-Show Discussion
  • 1:00pm
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  • 2:30pm
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  • 1:00pm
    Post-Show Discussion
  • 7:30pm
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  • 2:30pm
    Post-Show Discussion
  • 7:30pm
  • 1:00pm
  • 7:30pm
  • 7:45pm
  • 8:00pm
  • 2:30pm
    Open Captioning
  • 8:00pm
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  • 1:00pm
  • 7:30pm
  • 7:30pm
    Post-Show Discussion
  • 8:00pm
  • 2:30pm
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  • 7:00pm

Cast

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Lisa Helmi Johanson

Mira

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Morgan Morse

Beckett

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David Lutken

Edgar

Broadway: Inherit the Wind (’07 revival), Ring of Fire, The Civil War, The Will Rogers Follies. NY City Opera: Paul Bunyan. Off-Broadway: Southern Comfort, Stars in Your Eyes, The Portable Pioneer and Prairie Show, Woody Guthrie’s American Song, Winter Man. Regional: Man of La Mancha, Elmer GantryFinian’s Rainbow, Big River, Pump Boys and Dinettes, The Love List, Death in England, On Golden Pond, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Fire On The Mountain, Stand By Your Man, In the Deep Heart’s Core.

Production Team

Sherry Lutken

Director

Off –Broadway and Regional musical staging, choreography and directing credits include: The Bourgeois Gentleman, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Stars in Your Eyes and Anything Goes. Sherry was part of the regional reinvention of Ring of Fire in 2009 at North Carolina’s Flat Rock Playhouse. She directed subsequent productions at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse and in Ivoryton, Connecticut. She has danced in New York at the Duke on 42nd (Tap City), Town Hall (w/ Bill Irwin), at the Joyce Soho and many others. Her acting credits include: Crimes of the Heart (Babe), The Last Night of Ballyhoo (Lala), Brighton Beach Memoirs (with Robert Sean Leonard), and Abigail in the 2008 Off-Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.

David Lutken

Music Director

Broadway: Inherit the Wind (’07 revival), Ring of Fire, The Civil War, The Will Rogers Follies. NY City Opera: Paul Bunyan. Off-Broadway: Southern Comfort, Stars in Your Eyes, The Portable Pioneer and Prairie Show, Woody Guthrie’s American Song, Winter Man. Regional: Man of La Mancha, Elmer GantryFinian’s Rainbow, Big River, Pump Boys and Dinettes, The Love List, Death in England, On Golden Pond, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Fire On The Mountain, Stand By Your Man, In the Deep Heart’s Core.

Gregory Graham

Costume Design

Lee Fiskness

Light Design

Rick Sims

Sond Design

Rick has composed and designed sound for numerous Chicago-area theaters, including Steppenwolf, Lookingglass, Congo Square theatre, Writers, Lifeline, Griffin, Chicago Children’s Theatre, The Hypocrites, House, Court, ATC, Victory Gardens, Raven, Steep, Northlight and About Face. Regional credits include Arena Stage and Roundhouse Theatre in Washington D.C., Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, South Coast Rep in Southern California, The Getty, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia, Playwrights Horizons in New York City, Actors Theatre of Louisville and Portland Playhouse. Sims won a Jeff Award for sound design for Moby Dick and Hepheastus (Lookingglass), and a BTA award for Brothers In the Dust (Congo Square). He is an artistic associate of Lookingglass, and artistic affiliate with American Blues. Sims also wrote the book, music and lyrics for Hillbilly Antigone (Lookingglass).

Katie Klemme

Stage Manager

Katie is pleased to return to Northlight after serving as Assistant Stage Manager on You Can’t Take It With You. Recent credits include Hamilton: An American Musical (Chicago, Rehearsal, Sub ASM); Sorin: A Notre Dame Story (National Tour); Indecent, Lettie (Victory Gardens); The Realistic Joneses (Theater Wit & Shattered Globe); Southern Gothic (Windy City Playhouse); and Mother and Me (Geva Theater Center, Rochester, NY). She’s also served as resident production stage manager from 2008-2018 for over 25 productions at American Theater Company where highlights include the world premieres of Disgraced (Pulitzer Prize) and The Project(s) as well as columbinus which played to audiences in Chicago and Boston (ArtsEmerson). She is on the faculty at Loyola University Chicago and is a proud member of Actors Equity Association.