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2017-2018 Season

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The 2017-18 Season pairs playwrights behind some of the most memorable productions in Northlight history with outstanding artists, in a spectrum of work that will entertain, enlighten, inspire conversation, and encourage open minds.

Pictured above, clockwise from top left: Dominique Morisseau (Playwright, Skeleton Crew), BJ Jones (Director, Sanctions, The Beauty Queen of Leenane), Kate Fry (Actor, The Beauty Queen of Leenane), Lauren Gunderson (Playwright, The Book of Will), Jessica Thebus (Director, The Book of Will), Ron OJ Parson (Director, Skeleton Crew), Lauren Shouse (Director, The Legend of Georgia McBride), Matthew Lopez (Playwright,The Legend of Georgia McBride),  Mary Beth Fisher (Actor, Sanctions),  and Bruce Graham (Playwright, Sanctions).


World Premiere

Sep 14 - Oct 22, 2017

As a university athletic department recovers from past NCAA violations, a new scandal threatens to blow up the whole program. This biting world premiere comes from the author of Funnyman, White Guy on the Bus and The Outgoing Tide.

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The Book of Will

Midwest Premiere

November 9 - December 17, 2017

Armed with wit, humor, a deep camaraderie and a passion to preserve the plays that shaped their lives, the members of Shakespeare’s own company cunningly navigate the production of the 1623 First Folio.

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Skeleton Crew

Midwest Premiere

Jan 25 - March 4, 2018

At the start of the Great Recession, workers at one of the last auto plants in Detroit confront the life-altering choices they must make if their plant goes under. When pushed to the limits of survival, how far over the lines are people willing to cross?

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The Beauty Queen of Leenane

March 15 - April 22, 2018

Forty-year-old spinster Maureen Folan lives with her manipulative aging mother Mag, stuck in a caretaking relationship that has them both seething with resentment. When a romantic encounter finally sparks Maureen’s hopes for an escape, Mag’s interference sets in motion a chain of events that is as tragically funny as it is terrifying.

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The Legend of Georgia McBride

Chicago Premiere

May 10 - June 17, 2018

When a drag show takes over the entertainment at the Florida Panhandle bar, a down-on-his-luck Elvis impersonator does what it takes to keep his job – including stepping into some high heels. This heartwarming, music-filled comedy celebrates the unexpected path to finding your true voice.

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