Sam Ashdown to Star as TOM JONES at Northlight Theatre, 1/17-2/23
Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, continues its 2013-2014 Season with Tom Jones, adapted by Jon Jory from the novel by Henry Fielding and directed by William Brown. The production will run at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie, from January 17 - February 23, 2014. The Press Opening is Friday, January 24, at 7:30 pm.
Tom Jones is an amiable young rascal with a fondness for the fairer sex...and for getting into trouble. Caught succumbing to the charms of local girl Molly and the refined Sophia, poor Tom is banished by his benefactor and sets off on a whirlwind of misadventures in this new adaptation of Henry Fielding's classic novel, a charming tale full of timeless wit and good old-fashioned, bawdy fun.
Northlight favorite William Brown returns to direct Jon Jory's new adaptation of the beloved novel. Northlight audiences will remember Jon Jory's previous adaptation of Sense & Sensibility. The Northlight production will be the second-ever for this adaptation, which celebrated its World Premiere in fall 2013.
"The collaboration of Jeff-nominated playwright Jon Jory and Jeff Award-winning director Bill Brown is an irresistible combination of style, swashbuckling thrills and sexy humor. These two Northlight veterans bring their considerable skills back to our stage in a new adaptation of Henry Fielding's lusty comic classic," says BJ Jones.
The cast includes: Chris Amos (ensemble), Sam Ashdown (Tom Jones), Nora Fiffer (ensemble), Molly Glynn (ensemble), Melanie Keller (ensemble), John Lister (ensemble), Cristina Panfilio (ensemble), Eric Parks (ensemble) and Marcus Truschinski (ensemble).
The creative team includes: Jeffrey D. Kmiec (Scenic), Carolyn Cristofani (Costumes), Rachel Anne Healy (Costumes), Sarah Hughey (Lighting), Andrew Hansen (Sound), Kevin Asselin (Fight Choreographer) and Rita Vreeland (Stage Manager).
William Brown (Director) returns to Northlight where he has directed Lady Windermere's Fan, The Chalk Garden, and his own adaptation with music of She Stoops to Conquer. At Writers Theatre he has directed The Liar (Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Director), A Little Night Music, Heartbreak House, As You Like It, Another Part of the Forest, Arms and the Man, Our Town, Rocket to the Moon, Misalliance, The Glass Menagerie, and Incident at Vichy as well as the world premieres of Brett Neveu's Old Glory and Do the Hustle. He directed and wrote (with Doug Frew) To Master the Art for TimeLine Theatre, which was remounted this fall at the Broadway Playhouse. Also at TimeLine, he most recently directed the world premiere of Wasteland by Susan Felder. He directed Skylight at Court Theatre and Fallen Angels at Indiana Rep. He has directed 14 productions at American Players Theatre in Spring Green, including All My Sons, Troilus and Cressida, The Critic, Hay Fever, The Comedy of Errors, Night of the Iguana, and The MatchmakeR. Brown received a Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Henry Kissinger in Writers Theatre's Nixon's Nixon. He received a 2010 Spirit of Diversity Award from Actors' Equity.