Northern Stage: The New 2019-2020 Season

By Susan B. Apel

For decades, I have been wondering about Nora. What happened to her after she famously slammed the door, the freedom-proclaiming sound ricocheting through theaters and forever in our imaginations? After her departure, did she hear the thwack of that door in her sleep? Was it a comfort, an inspiration, a regret? 

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Northern Stage will bring back Henrik Ibsen’s famed heroine in Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House, Part 2, its opening main stage production of the upcoming 2019-2020 season. (This follows the original A Doll’s House, which opened Northern Stage’s season of two years ago.)  Having missed the opportunities to see this play in New York and more recently in Boston, I’m eagerly awaiting the chance to finally meet Nora again. I’ve got so many questions . . .

The remainder of the line-up for the new season includes: 

—Two new world premieres in a single season: Jordan by Brenda Withers, in which the protagonist is the victim of a hacker. But what does the hacker really want? And Citrus, a choreopoem about the struggles and successes of Black women in America, is by Celeste Jennings, originally presented as part of 2019’s New Works Now. Jennings is the winner of the 2018 Kennedy Center Hip Hop Theater Creator Award, and a Dartmouth College graduate.

—The Sound of Music is the choice for the holiday season. Always excellent for singing along even if just in your head. 

—Shakespeare’s King Lear. Often described as Shakespeare’s most intense drama, and re-popularized by Glenda Jackson’s (yes!) return to the New York stage in the title role even as you are reading this, this production will be directed by the acclaimed Stephen Brown-Fried, who staged a daring modernized Macbeth at Northern Stage in 2016.

—Elvis will be in the building. As will Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis, in Million Dollar Quartet by Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott. Directed by Carol Dunne, this play portrays a 1956 one-day meeting of the four musicians at Sun Records in Memphis TN. Wear those Blue Suede Shoes.  

For more information, dates, times, tickets, contact the Northern Stage Box Office online or at 802.296.7000.

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