Amy Herzog's 4000 Miles will feature Mary Ann Thebus and Josh Salt as Vera Joseph and grandson Leo, respectively. Caroline Neff will play Bec, and Emjoy Gavino will play the parts of Amanda/Lily in the drama about a young man who reunites with his grandmother in her West Village apartment after bicycling across the country. Directed by Kimberly Senior, the Obie Award-winning play, a 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist, will run Sept. 14–Oct. 20.
The Midwest premiere of Dominique Morisseau's Detroit 67 will feature Tyla Abercrumbie (Chelle), Cassandra Bissell (Caroline), Kamal Angelo Bolden (Lank), Coco Elysses (Bunny) and Kelvin Roston, Jr. (Sly). Directed by Ron OJ Parson, the drama set against the backdrop of the title city's 1967 riots will run Nov. 8–Dec. 15.
Sam Ashdown will star as the title character in Tom Jones, Jon Jory's new adaptation of the Henry Fielding novel about a wayward young man with a weakness for women. The cast will also feature Chris Amos, Nora Fiffer, Molly Glynn, Melanie Keller, John Lister, Cristina Panfilio, Eric Parks and Marcus Truschinski. Directed by William Brown, the production runs Jan. 17, 2014–Feb. 23.
Penny Slusher will join John Mahoney in Christian O'Reilly's Chapatti, which will be staged by artistic director BJ Jones for a March opening. The world premiere of the play follows a romance between a dog lover and a woman with 19 cats.
“Part of our mission is to provide a nurturing and creative home for our artists," artistic director BJ Jones said in a statement. "This season we celebrate the return of such Northlight favorites as John Mahoney, Mary Ann Thebus, Molly Glynn, Penny Slusher and John Lister, along with a number of well-known Chicago actors new to Northlight. It's a powerful lineup of plays with powerful players and true to our mission.” Casting for the season's final show, a revival of Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers, will be announced at a later date.
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