Linda Kimbrough and Lucia Strus Arrive at The Commons of Pensacola, Beginning Sept. 12 | Playbill

News Linda Kimbrough and Lucia Strus Arrive at The Commons of Pensacola, Beginning Sept. 12 Northlight Theatre presents The Commons of Pensacola, a new play by Amanda Peet, with performances beginning Sept. 12 prior to an official opening Sept. 20.

Barbara Kingsley
Barbara Kingsley

The production continues through Oct. 19. 

Directed by Robin Witt, The Commons of Pensacola includes Erik Hellman (The Mystery of Irma Vep, "The Dark Knight") as Gabe, Leah Karpel (Feet of Clay, Hot L Baltimore) as Lizzy, Linda Kimbrough ("Phil Spector") 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.

Here's how the production is billed: "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."

“Fresh from its New York premiere, Northlight is proud to present The Commons of Pensacola, directed by Robin Witt, one of Chicago's hottest directors," artistic director BJ Jones said in a previous statement. "Examining the collateral damage wrought by a crooked Wall Street financier, Amanda Peet stirs the embers of one family’s scorched life. Northlight kicks off its 40th Anniversary with fresh new work, brimming with topicality, starring Northlight favorite Linda Kimbrough and Lusia Strus.”

The creative team includes Jeffrey D. Kmiec (scenic), Emily McConnell (costumes), Sarah Hughey (lighting), Nick Keenan (sound) and Kristin Leahey (dramaturgy). Rita Vreeland is the stage manager. The season also includes Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap, the world premiere of White Guy on the Bus, Shining Lives: A Musical and Outside Mullingar. 

Northlight Theatre is located at 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie. Visit for more information.

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