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by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon
directed by Jessica Thebus
November 7 - December 15, 2019
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While the Bennets and Darcys are celebrating upstairs, the servants below stairs find themselves in the midst of a holiday scandal. Lydia’s ne’er-do-well husband Mr. Wickham has arrived, and it’s up to the loyal housekeeper, footman, and new maid to keep the festivities running smoothly without revealing the unwelcome guest. As old misunderstandings and new secrets start to spiral out of control, the residents of Pemberley prove that family, forgiveness, and the true spirit of giving always win the day.
The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley is a rolling world premiere commissioned and originally produced by The Jungle Theater, Minneapolis, MN; Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley, CA; and Northlight Theatre, Chicago, IL
Jennifer returns to Northlight after appearing in Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley as Lydia Wickham. She is a Georgia peach at heart, but actually enjoys the cold of the Midwest. Her most recent credits include Ann in The African Company Presents Richard III and Chloe in Arcadia (American Players Theatre).
Luigi returns to Northlight after appearing in The Book of Will. Other Chicago credits include The Tempest, Othello, Shakespeare In Love (Chicago Shakespeare); and Buena Vista (Steppenwolf). Regional credits: Sex With Strangers (Signature Theatre DC); Zombie: The American (Woolly Mammoth); The Three Musketeers, Much Ado About Nothing (Utah Shakespeare Festival); Angels In America Parts I & II, In the Next Room Or The Vibrator Play, Leaving (Wilma Theater); The Three Sisters, Cyrano (Arden Theatre); A Christmas Carol (Milwaukee Rep); The Two Gentlemen Of Verona, Troilus And Cressida (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival); An Ideal Husband (Walnut Street Theatre); Seminar (Philadelphia Theatre Company); Nathan the Wise, Cherry Orchard (People’s Light & Theatre); The Lonesome West, Hothouse, The School For Wives, The Government Inspector (Lantern Theater); and The Mystery Of Irma Vep (Act II Playhouse).
Penny last appeared at Northlight in Into the Breeches!. Other Northlight productions include By the Water, You Can’t Take It With You, Chapatti, Sense & Sensibility and A Life. Chicago credits include: Sweet Bird of Youth (Goodman); Uncle Vanya (After Dark Award), The Importance of Being Earnest, James Joyce’s “The Dead” (Court); Old Glory, Another Part of the Forest (Jeff Award), Bus Stop, The Subject Was Roses (Writers). Regional: Chapatti and The Hollow (Peninsula Players), My Fair Lady (Asolo Repertory), Sense & Sensibility (Actors Theatre of Louisville and Saint Louis Repertory). International Theatre: Chapatti and Stella & Lou (Northlight at Galway International Arts Festival, Ireland), August: Osage County (Steppenwolf at Sydney Theatre, Australia). Film: Virginia, Meet the Browns, Grace is Gone. Television: The Connie Banks Show.
Jessica is a director of theater and an educator based in Chicago. Past Northlight credits include The Book of Will, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, Shining Lives: A Musical, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Inherit the Wind and Red Herring. At Steppenwolf, she has directed Sex with Strangers, Intimate Apparel, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, No Place Like Home, When the Messenger is Hot (also at 59 E 59th in NYC) and Sonia Flew. Other favorite projects: Richard III (Gift), In the Garden by Sarah Gmitter (Lookingglass), Buzzer by Tracy Scott Wilson (Goodman), Welcome Home Jenny Sutter (Next), As You Like It (Oregon Shakespeare), The Feast: an intimate Tempest (Chicago Shakespeare with Redmoon). She is Director of the Graduate Directing Program at Northwestern University.
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 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.
Kevin is thrilled be back at Northlight where previous credits include Cry It Out, The Legend of Georgia McBride, Miss Bennet, You Can’t Take it With You, The Lady with All the Answers, and Inherit the Wind. As a composer and sound designer he has received 10 Jeff Awards (20 nominations), and is a company member with The House Theatre. Locally he has worked with Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakespeare, Lookingglass, Court, and many others. Regionally: The Pasadena Playhouse, The Southern Rep, Le Petite Theatre, The Seattle Rep, The Signature Theatre, The Olney Theatre Center, The Adrienne Arscht Center of Miami, and others. He is also a drummer.
Production Stage Manager
Recent credits include Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight (Windy City Playhouse); The Project(s) (world premiere), Let Me Down Easy, Mercy Strain, columbinus (Boston & Chicago), Rent and Disgraced (world premiere, 2013 Pulitzer Prize), among many others over the past seven seasons as a resident stage manager at American Theater Company; Mr. Burns-a post electric play, Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England (Las Vegas & Chicago) and The Santaland Diaries all at Theater Wit; Saudade: Dreams & Longing (Music Theatre Company); The Pride (About Face). Katie is on faculty at Loyola University Chicago where she teaches stage management.
Assistant Stage Manager
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OPEN CAPTIONING – The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley, December 7, at 2:30pm
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