Writers’ Theatre Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma and Artistic Director Michael Halberstam announce the two-week extension of Writers’…
Northlight Theatre extends its hit production of The Mousetrap
Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, adds one week of performances for the hit production of The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie, directed by Jonathan Berry. The production will now run at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie, through December 21, 2014.
On a snowy night at Monkswell Manor, newlyweds Mollie and Giles welcome a group of strangers to their guest house, only to discover news of a murderer in their midst! A police investigation reveals the sordid details of each guest’s mysterious past, but not soon enough to stop the killer from striking again. Agatha Christie’s masterful whodunit weaves an intricate plot filled with nerve-rattling suspense, all leading up to the ultimate final twist!
Renowned mystery writer Agatha Christie is not only the best-selling author of all time, but The Mousetrap is the world’s longest-running play, now at 62 years on London’s West End.
Artistic Director BJ Jones comments, “In recent years Northlight has found much success pairing established work with emerging artists, and Jonathan Berry is certainly one of Chicago’s most exciting young auteurs. With The Mousetrap, he will bring a fresh vision to a treasured classic.”
The cast of The Mousetrap includes Greg Matthew Anderson (Det. Sgt. Trotter), Patrick Clear (Major Metcalf), Joey deBettencourt (Christopher Wren), Joe Dempsey (Mr. Paravincini),Laura T. Fisher (Mrs. Boyle), Keith Neagle (Giles Ralston), Lindsey Pearlman (Miss Casewell) and Cora Vander Broek (Mollie Ralston).
The creative team includes Jack Magaw (scenic), Izumi Inaba (costumes), Lee Keenan (lighting), Rick Sims (sound) and Eva Breneman (dialect coach). Laura D. Glenn is the stage manager.
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 Saturdays12:00pm-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.
Northlight is continuing its popular special event series in conjunction with each production. All events are free for subscribers and ticket holders. The remaining events include:
Post-Show discussions with a Northlight facilitator, engaging audiences in a dialogue about the play’s themes and the creative process behind live theatre, will be held after the following performances: 11/23 at 2:30, 11/26 at 1:00.
Community Conversations will be held at local public libraries, featuring scene selections and Q&A with cast members and artists involved with the production. An event will be heldTuesday, December 2 at 2:00pm at Skokie Public Library.
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 40th season, the organization has mounted more than 200 productions, including over 40 world premieres. Northlight has earned 188 Joseph Jefferson Award nominations and 31 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.
The 40th Anniversary is supported by season sponsor BMO Harris Bank and lighting sponsor ComEd.
Northlight is supported in part by generous contributions from BMO Harris Bank; Cramer- Krasselt; Draft FCB; The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation; ComEd, An Exelon Company; Edgerton Foundation for New American Plays Award; Evanston Community Foundation; First Bank & Trust; The Homestead Hotel; Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; Kirkland & Ellis Foundation; The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Melvoin Award for Playwriting; Modestus Bauer Foundation; North Shore Center for the Performing Arts Foundation; NorthShore University HealthSystem; The Offield Family Foundation; The Pauls Foundation; Plante Moran; Pioneer Press; Quince at the Homestead; The Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation; Room & Board; Sage Products; Sanborn Family Foundation; The Shubert Foundation; Skokie Fine Arts Council; The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust; The Sullivan Family Foundation; Tom Stringer Design Partners; Vi at The Glen; the Venturous Theater Fund; and The Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation.
- In the upcoming season, Northlight is producing two world premiere works (White Guy on the Bus and Shining Lives: A Musical), the second-ever productions of two plays (The Commons of Pensacola and Outside Mullingar) and a classic rarely produced in the US (The Mousetrap). In addition, Northlight has a number of new works in development through Interplay, a program that has sent 25 out of 29 scripts on to full professional productions throughout the country and developed Northlight’s three best-selling plays: Better Late by Larry Gelbart and Craig Wright, The Outgoing Tide by Bruce Graham and Chapatti by Christian O’Reilly.
- In the previous few seasons, Northlight hired early-career directors to much success, including Kimberly Senior (The Whipping Man) and Devon de Mayo (Lost in Yonkers). This season, Northlight is introducing directors Robin Witt (The Commons of Pensacola) and Jonathan Berry (The Mousetrap) to its audiences.
- The Mousetrap is a perfect holiday-time production for the family, ages 10 and up.
- The Mousetrap is the world’s longest-running play. It has been playing on London’s West End for 62 years, consecutively. It is rarely produced in Chicago.