Northlight Theatre announces full casting for “By The Water” and “Relativity”

Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, announces casting for the upcoming productions of By The Water by Sharyn Rothstein, directed by Cody Estle, and Relativity, a new play by Mark St. Germain, directed by BJ Jones.


The cast of By the Water includes Francis Guinan and Penny Slusher (both previously announced), with Janet Ulrich Brooks(Andrea Carter), Jordan Brown (Sal), Patrick Clear (Phillip Carter),Amanda Drinkall (Emily) and Joel Reitsma (Brian).

Previously announced, Mike Nussbaum will play Albert Einstein inRelativity. He will be joined by Katherine Keberlein as Margaret Harding and Ann Whitney as Helen Dukas.

The previously announced cast of the World Premiere of Faceless by emerging playwright Selina Fillinger is: Joe Dempsey (Alan Glenn),Susaan Jamshidi (Claire Fathi), Timothy Edward Kane (Scott Bader), Ross Lehman (Mark Arenberg) and Lindsay Stock (Susie Glenn).

The remainder of the 2016-2017 Northlight season includes:


The World Premiere of

By Selina Fillinger

Directed by Artistic Director BJ Jones

January 26 – March 4, 2017

The previously announced cast includes: Joe Dempsey (Alan Glenn),Susaan Jamshidi (Claire Fathi), Timothy Edward Kane (Scott Bader), Ross Lehman (Mark Arenberg) and Lindsay Stock (Susie Glenn).

The creative team includes John Culbert (Set Design), Izumi Inaba(Costume Design), Heather Gilbert (Lighting Design), Andre Pluess(Sound Design), and Stephan Mazurek (Projection Design). The stage manager is Rita Vreeland.

Eighteen-year-old Susie Glenn is on trial for conspiring to commit acts of terrorism, and recent Harvard Law grad and practicing Muslim, Claire Fathi, has been brought on to prosecute. Though pitted against one another in the courtroom, these two young women are fighting a similar battle to defend their morals, motives and religious freedoms in this riveting and timely new drama.

The Midwest Premiere of

By Sharyn Rothstein

Directed by Cody Estle

March 16 – April 23, 2017

By the Water features Francis Guinan, Penny Slusher, Janet Ulrich Brooks, Jordan Brown, Patrick Clear, Amanda Drinkall and Joel Reitsma.

The creative team includes Jeffrey D. Kmiec (Set Design), Rachel Laritz (Costume Design), JR Lederle (Lighting Design), and Lindsay Jones (Sound Design). The stage manager is Mara Filler.

Hurricane Sandy has just ravaged the lifelong home of Marty and Mary Murphy. But the storm has ripped apart more than just the walls: with their neighbors too devastated to stay, the couple’s beloved Staten Island community is in danger of disappearing forever. Determined to rebuild, Marty wages a campaign to save his neighborhood and his home, but when the Murphys’ sons arrive to help their parents dig out, past betrayals come rushing to the surface.

With fierce compassion and poignant humor, the Primus Prize-winning play By the Water reminds us that the very powers that tear us apart can also bring us together.

The National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of


By Mark St. Germain

Directed by Artistic Director BJ Jones
May 11 – June 18, 2017

The cast is Mike Nussbaum, Katherine Keberlein and Ann Whitney.

The creative team includes Jack Magaw (Set Design), Rachel Laritz(Costume Design), JR Lederle (Lighting Design), and Andrew Hansen (Sound Design). Rita Vreeland is the stage manager.

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.

Tickets for Faceless are currently on sale. Tickets for By the Waterand Relativity will be on sale beginning January 2, 2017. The Box Office is located at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Boulevard, in Skokie. Box Office hours are Monday-Friday 10:00am-5:00pm, and Saturdays 12:00pm-5:00pm. On performance days, the box office hours are extended through showtime. The Box Office is closed on Sundays, except on performance days when it is open two hours prior to showtime.

Tickets for previews are $30-$57. The regular run is $30-$81. Student tickets to any performance (subject to availability) are $15.

Curtain times are: Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.; Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays at 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Northlight Theatre aspires to promote change of perspective and encourage compassion by exploring the depth of our humanity across a bold spectrum of theatrical experiences, reflecting our community to the world and the world to our community.

Now in its 42nd season, the organization has mounted over 200 productions, including more than 40 world premieres. Northlight has earned 198 Joseph Jefferson Award nominations and 34 Awards. As one of the area’s premier theatre companies, Northlight is a regional magnet for critical and professional acclaim, as well as talent of the highest quality.

Northlight is supported in part by generous contributions from Allstate Insurance; the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation; Robert & Isabelle Bass Foundation; BMO Harris Bank; Henrietta Lange Burk Fund; The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation; The Chicago Community Trust; ComEd, An Exelon Company; The Davee Foundation; Edgerton Foundation for New American Plays Award; Evanston Community Foundation; Full Circle Foundation; Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; Kirkland & Ellis Foundation; The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Melvoin Award for Playwriting; Modestus Bauer Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; NorthShore University HealthSystem; The Offield Family Foundation; The Pauls Foundation; Room & Board; Sanborn Family Foundation; The Shubert Foundation, Inc.; The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust; The Sullivan Family Foundation; Tom Stringer Design Partners; Turner Construction; and the Venturous Theater Fund of the Tides Foundation.