Northlight Theatre announces STONES IN HIS POCKETS Written by Marie Jones Directed by J.R. Sullivan


Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, continues its 2012-2013 season with Marie Jones’s Stones in His Pockets,directed by J.R. Sullivan, featuring Brian Vaughn and David Ivers.  The production will run at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie, from March 8 – April 14, 2013.  

 A couple of small town Irishmen hope to hit it big when hired as extras for an epic American movie filming in their scenic County Kerry village. Two actors portray a colorful cast of dozens in this rollicking tale that pits harsh reality against Hollywood endings.

Stones in His Pockets is presented in association with the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

BJ Jones comments, “One of the greatest pleasures in my job is the opportunity to bring old friends and colleagues to Chicago.  Northlight veteran director J.R. Sullivan, with whom I worked first in 1976, returns to direct Stones in His Pockets with Brian Vaughn and David Ivers—two versatile actors who will play 15 roles in a play that is both hilarious and heartbreaking.  David and Brian are the Artistic Directors of the Utah Shakespeare Festival and J.R. is the Artistic Director of the Pearl Theatre in New York.  With all this artistic firepower on display I am sure you will be as delighted as I am to welcome them to Northlight.”

The designers are Scott Davis (Set Design/Props), David Kay Mickelsen (Costume Design),Casey Diers (Lighting Design) and Lindsay Jones (Sound Design).  The stage manager isChristine D. Freeburg and the dramaturg is Kristin Leahey.


J.R. Sullivan (Director) previously directed Northlight’s Benefactors and The Last Survivor. He has been the artistic director of The Pearl Theatre Company in New York City since 2009, directing six shows for the company’s three-season residency at New York City Center, includingMoon for the MisbegottenRichard IIWittenberg, and Hard Times. For seven seasons, Sullivan served as associate artistic director of the Utah Shakespeare Festival, directing productions there of Henry V, Hamlet, King Lear, Gaslight, ‘Art,’ and Stones in His Pockets among others. J.R. Sullivan’s work has also been seen at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, American Players, The Arden in Philadelphia, The Studio Theatre in Washington DC, and Delaware Theatre Company, among many others. His 1995 production of Faith Healer was a great success for the Turnaround Theatre Company located at Halsted and Belmont, garnering critical acclaim and later continuing in an extended run at Steppenwolf.

Marie Jones (Playwright) has written shows that have been produced around the world. Her playStones in His Pockets was produced on Broadway in 2001.  She founded the Charabanc Theater Company in 1983 and later co-founded DubbleJoint in 1990.  Other Credits: A Night in November;ConvictionsDon’t Look DownEddie Bottom’s DreamGold in the StreetsHang All the Harpers;Hiring DaysIt’s a Waste of Time TraceyNow You’re Talkin’Oul Delf and False TeethRuby;Somewhere over the BalconyThe Blind Fiddler of GlenadauchThe Cow, the Ship and the IndianThe Girls in the Big PictureThe Hamster WheelThe Terrible Twins’ Crazy Christmas;Under Napoleon’s NoseWeddin’s Wee’ins and WakesWomen on the Verge of HRTYours, Truly; book for the musical The Chosen Room.  Awards: TMA Award, Glasgow Mayfest Award, Irish Times/ESB Award, three Tony Award nominations for Stones in His Pockets, John Hewitt Award, Special Judges Award, Belfast Arts Award in 2000, the Order of the British Empire in 2002

Brian Vaughn is currently the Artistic Director for Utah Shakespeare Festival; as an actor for the Festival, his title roles include Hamlet, Henry V, and Cyrano de Bergerac; Leontes, The Winter’s Tale, Mr. Collins, Pride and Prejudice; Richard Hannay, The 39 Steps; Benedick, Much Ado about Nothing; Prince Hal and Hotspur, Henry IV Part One; Charlie,Stones in his Pockets; Victor Flemming, Moonlight and Magnolias; King Arthur, Camelot; others. Festival directing credits include Greater Tuna, 2010, Dial M for Murder, 2011.  Brian is also a resident company member at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, roles there include Amadeus, Bach at Leipzig, Doubt, The Glass Menagerie, Proof, The Voysey Inheritance. He has also performed at Arizona Theatre Company; Chicago Shakespeare Theatre; Milwaukee Chamber Theatre; PCPA Theatrefest; RenaissanceTheatreworks; Skylight Opera.

David Ivers is currently the co-Artistic Director for Utah Shakespeare Festival; as an actor for the Festival, he has been in thirty productions, sixteen seasons, including Benedick, Much Ado about Nothing, Clown #1, The 39 Steps, Jacques, As You Like It, Jake, Stones in His Pockets, Berowne, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Truffaldino, The Servant of Two Masters, Caliban, The Tempest; directed Cyrano de Bergerac, 2008, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), 2009, Romeo and Juliet, 2011.  David is also a resident company member at Denver Center Theatre Company (actor and director, 1999–2010); roles include John Wheelwright, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Garry, Noises Off!, Michal, The Pillowman; the Oregon, Alabama, Idaho Shakespeare festivals; Portland Center Stage; Portland Repertory Theatre; ACT; Seattle Repertory Theatre.

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.

Curtain times areTuesdays: 7:30pm (March 12 and 26 only); Wednesdays: 1:00pm (except April 3) and 7:30pm (except April 10); Thursdays: 7:30pm; Fridays: 8:00pm (except Opening March 15 at 7:30); Saturdays: 2:30pm (except March 9) and 8:00pm; Sundays: 2:30pm (except March 31), and 7:00pm (except March 17, 24, 31).

Northlight is continuing its popular special event series in conjunction with each production.  All events are free for subscribers and ticket holders. 


Community Conversations is a series of post-show discussions.  Local experts join a Northlight facilitator, engaging audiences in a dialogue about the play’s themes and the creative process behind live theatre! The post-show discussions for Stones in His Pocketswill be held on Sundays, March 10 and March 24 after the 2:30 performances; Tuesday, March 12 after the 7:30 performance; Wednesday, March 13, after the 7:30 performance; and Wednesdays March 20 and March 27 after the 1:00pm performances.

Backstage with BJ is a mid-day discussion with Artistic Director BJ Jones, featuring special guest artists, actors, directors and designers, offering behind-the-scenes insight into each production while it is still in rehearsal.  Backstage with BJ for Stones in His Pockets will be held on March 1 at 12:00pm and will last approximately one hour.  Reservations are required, 847.679.9501 x3555 or

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 38th season, the organization has mounted nearly 200 productions, including over 40 world premieres.  Northlight has earned 151 Joseph Jefferson Award nominations and 28 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’s production of Stones in His Pockes is sponsored in part by CramerKrasselt.  This production is presented in association with the Utah Shakespeare Festival.


Northlight is supported in part by generous contributions from The Allyn Foundation; Arts Midwest; Blackman Kallick Bartelstein, LLP; BMO Harris Bank; Draft FCB; the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation; ComEd, An Exelon Company; Edgerton Foundation for New American Plays Award; Ernst & Young; Evanston Community Foundation; Gand Music & Sound; The Homestead Hotel; Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; The Irving Harris Foundation; The Joyce Foundation; Kirkland & Ellis Foundation; The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Madison Dearborn Partners; Melvoin Award for Playwriting; Modestus Bauer Foundation; North Shore Center for the Performing Arts Foundation; Nuveen Investments; The Offield Family Foundation; The Pauls Foundation; Pioneer Press; Quince at the Homestead; Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation; Room & Board; Sanborn Family Foundation; Shubert Foundation; Skokie Fine Arts Council; Sullivan Family Foundation; Target; and Tom Stringer Design Partners.

Notes of Interest:

Brian Vaughn and David Ivers are co-Artistic Directors of Utah Shakespeare Festival.

J.R. Sullivan (Director) returns to Northlight where he directed Benefactors and The Last Survivor.  Chicagoans may also remember his 1995 Chicago production of Faith Healer, produced at Turnaround Theatre Company, and then an extended run at Steppenwolf.  He has been the artistic director of The Pearl Theatre Company in New York City since 2009.

Stones in His Pockets received three Tony nominations for its 2001 production.