Because the new musical The Glass House, by Ellen Gould, is still in development, IL's Northlight Theatre has moved that show out of this season and into 1997-98. Replacing Glass House will be Away, by Australian playwright, Michael Gow. David Petrarca, resident director at the Goodman, will stage Gow's drama of three families summering on the Australian seashore in 1968.
Ellen Gould was the author/lead performer of Bubbe Meises, which played Off-Broadway and at Northlight.
A fantasy with winged fairies and Shakespearean, on-stage tempests to complement its "very human story of living, dying, healing and reconciliation," Away will begin previews May 28 for an official opening June 4.
Director Petrarca got his start at Northlight with 1987's Postcards, followed by Nothing Sacred in 1988. He was the original director of Marvin's Room at the Goodman and in its subsequent Off-Broadway mounting.
Northlight artistic director Russell Vandenbroucke chose Away for production after his 5-month Fullbright Scholarship down-under, "where he studied and immersed himself in Australian theatre." (Vandenbroucke's own Atomic Bombers will be the next Northlight show, March 13 13-April 16.) In the U.S., Away has received previous productions at the Sacramento Theatre Company (1989) and the Pepsico Festival. Now in its 22nd year, Northlight has a new home in the $18 million North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie (NSCPAS). The first show will be a world premiere of artistic director Vandenbroucke's Atomic Bombers, about physicist Richard Feynman.
The state-of-the-art, 345 seat, thrust-stage theatre will be ready for the March 19 opening of Bombers. For more information on Away, running through June 22 at the Skokie center, call (847) 673 6300.
--By David Lefkowitz