Northlight Announces Casting for The Commons of Pensacola, White Guy on the Bus and The Mousetrap

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26 Jun 2014

Northlight Theatre has announced the casting for the first three productions of its 2014-15 season: The Commons of Pensacola, The Mousetrap and White Guy on the Bus.

Casting for Outside Mullingar and Shining Lives: A Musical at the Illinois venue will be announced at a later date.

The casting follows.

Midwest Premiere
The Commons of Pensacola
By Amanda Peet
Directed by Robin Witt
Sept. 12–Oct. 19
Opening: Sept. 19

"Judith is a woman in exile, relegated to a Florida condo after her husband's Madoff-like crimes have expelled her from a luxurious life. Family ties are tested when her daughter Becca comes to visit for Thanksgiving, joined by Becca's filmmaker boyfriend and rebellious niece. Guilt by association, lost wealth, and questionable motives make trying to love your family an uncommonly difficult challenge in this funny, incisive and timely new drama."

The Commons of Pensacola will include Erik Hellman (The Mystery of Irma Vep, "The Dark Knight") as Gabe, Leah Karpel (Feet of Clay, Hot L Baltimore) as Lizzy, Barbara Kingsley (August: Osage County, "A Simple Plan") as Judith, Lily Mojekwu (The Exonerated, Welcome Home) as Lorena, Lori Myers (Men Should Weep, Man Eats Lion) as Ali and Lucia Strus (No One as Nasty, SLAVS!) as Becca.



The Mousetrap
By Agatha Christie
Directed by Jonathan Berry
Nov. 7–Dec. 14
Opening: Nov. 21

"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."

The cast includes Greg Matthew Anderson (The Best Man, The Philadelphia Story) as Det. Sgt. Trotter, Patrick Clear (Pride & Prejudice, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde) as Major Metcalf, Joey deBettencourt (Peter and the Starcatcher, Punk Rock) as Christopher Wren, Joe Dempsey (Inherit the Wind, Gypsy) as Mr. Paravincini, Laura T. Fisher (The Seagull, The Trojan Women) as Mrs. Boyle, Keith Neagle (Seminar, Harry and the Thief) as Giles Ralston, Lindsey Pearlman (Never the Bridesmaid, The Eight Reindeer Monologues) as Miss Casewell and Cora Vander Broek (Dancing at Lughnasa, Book of Days) as Mollie Ralston.

World Premiere
White Guy on the Bus
By Bruce Graham
Directed by artistic director BJ Jones
Jan. 23-March 1, 2015
Opening: Jan. 30

"Ray, a successful white business executive, rides the bus every Saturday. On his weekly ride he befriends Shatique, a young black woman putting herself through school and struggling to raise a son on her own. The threads that tie these disparate individuals together gradually unravel in a complex web of class, revenge and racial biases from a candid and unexpected perspective."

White Guy on the Bus will feature Jordan Brown (Sense and Sensibility, West Side Story) as Christopher, Amanda Drinkall (Hamlet is Dead, No Gravity) as Molly, Mary Beth Fisher (God of Carnage, Night of the Iguana) as Roz, Patrese D. McClain ( Tartuffe, Spunk) as Shatique and Francis Guinan (The Birthday Party, Time Stands Still) as Ray.

Visit northlight.org for more information.