Northern Stage Announces Off-Broadway Transfer & World Premiere Launch

Northern Stage Announces Off-Broadway Transfer & World Premiere Launch

Only Yesterday, by Hollywood writer Bob Stevens, runs live on stage at the Barrette Center for the Arts in White River Junction, VT, January 31 - February 18. For tickets and information, call 802-296-7000 or visit www.northernstage.org. Tickets start at $15 for students and $34 for adults.

Northern Stage cultivated this piece in the 2014 and 2017 New Works Now new play festivals. Bob Stevens (The Wonder Years, Murphy Brown, Malcolm in the Middle) brings to life a little-known night when John and Paul were becoming the most famous young men on earth. Stranded in a hotel room in Key West, they find inspiration for the music that changed our lives. Christopher Sears (John Lennon) and Tommy Crawford?? (Paul McCartney) return to Northern Stage after appearing in the 2017 staged reading of the play. Sears has appeared Off-Broadway at The Public, The Pearl, The Mint Theater, and the Apothecary Theatre Company. His film and television credits include Simple Little Lives, The Wisdom Tooth, Royal Pains, The Michael J. Fox Show, and Law & Order: SVU. Crawford's regional credits include appearances at The Women's Project, White Heron Theater, Florida Studio Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theater, The Flea, Invisible Dog, and The Lark. Christopher Flockton makes his Northern Stage main stage debut as the Road Manager. His film and television credits include The Boondock Saints, Law & Order SVU, and Guiding Light. Area student Olivia Swayze returns to play Shirley Knapp after playing the role in the 2017 staged reading and appearing in Northern Stage's Our Town and A Christmas Carol. Producing Artistic Director Carol Dunne directs the play and says of the piece, "Bob Stevens has written a valentine to John Lennon and Paul McCartney. He opens the door for all of us to get to know the young boys behind the music. The journey of the play is hilariously funny and heartbreakingly real."

The creative team includes Allison Crutchfield (costume designer), Robert Cueva (assistant lighting designer), Michael Ganio (scenic designer), Jess Johnston (production stage manager), Samantha Key (dramaturg), Dan Kotlowitz (lighting designer), and Ben Montmagny (sound designer).

Coldwell Banker Lifestyles, Stave Puzzles, and Wells Fargo Advisors sponsor this production. Free post show conversations with the cast and crew will follow performances February 4 - 17. A free "Spot On" conversation featuring playwright Bob Stevens will be held Sunday, February 4, 3:00 - 4:30 PM. RSVPS are requested to the Northern Stage box office for the Spot On event. Discounted tickets are available for preview performances January 31 - February 2. $15 Anytime Student tickets and $5 Access for All tickets (for EBT card holders) are available for any performance while ticket supplies last, regular adult ticket prices range from $34-$59. A complimentary post-show reception with the cast follows the opening night performance on Saturday, February 3.

Audiences may remember Trick or Treat from Northern Stage's 2017 main stage world premiere production. First seen in our New Works Now festival in 2016, the play continues its journey with a New York premiere in January 2019 as the second Off-Broadway production in Northern Stage's history.Playwright Jack Neary comments on the Off-Broadway transfer: "While I understand that any new play produced off-Broadway is, to a certain extent, at the mercy of the critics, my hope for Trick or Treat is for the New York audience to embrace the story and the superb Northern Stage cast so that the play will have a life beyond NYC. With Carol Dunne at the helm and Gordon Clapp leading the cast, I have every confidence that the success we experienced at Northern Stage will follow us to Manhattan." Specific information regarding location, ticket information and performance dates will be released in the fall of 2018.

Northern Stage (northernstage.org) is a regional non-profit LORT-D professional theater company with a mission to change lives, one story at a time. Located in White River Junction, VT, Northern Stage actively involves its audiences with ambitious productions and expansive educational programs in its new home, the Barrette Center for the Arts. Founded in 1997, the company has offered more than 120 high-quality professional productions of new works, classics, and musicals. The company is now in its 21st season and annual attendance is over 35,000. Five years ago, the company launched a new play festival that has cultivated four world premiere productions, and two Off-Broadway transfers. A robust education program focuses on professional training in a nurturing and supportive environment for student ages 10 and up. Yearlong acting ensembles, by-audition summer musical theatre productions, a regional theater in the schools program, and a Dartmouth College Experiential Learning Term (accredited by Actor's Equity) are hallmarks of the education offerings.

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