Stephanie Everett in "Disney's The Little Mermaid" at Northern Stage in 2018. (Photo by Kata Sasvari)

Northern Stage Announces 2018-19 Season

The lineup will include a world premiere, a new-play festival, and youth performances.

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT.: Northern Stage has announced its 2018-19 season, featuring six mainstage productions and a new-play festival.

The season will start with Oslo (Sept. 19-Oct. 21), by J.T. Rogers, about the individuals behind the historic 1993 Oslo Peace Accords.

In rotating repertory will be Sarah Ruhl’s Dear Elizabeth (Oct. 4-28), about the epistolary friendship between American poets Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell.

Next up will be Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical (Nov. 14-Jan. 1, 2019), with music and lyrics by Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin, about a girl who uses her special powers to fight against her tyrannical parents and school principal.

Following will be the sixth annual New Works Now Festival (Jan. 18-19, 2019), featuring staged readings. Jessica Andrewartha’s Choices People Make will be part of the lineup.

Next, Jack Neary’s Trick or Treat will be presented Off Broadway at 59E59 Theaters (Jan. 12-Feb. 24, 2019). Gordon Clapp will star.

The season will continue with the world premiere of Marisa Smith’s Venus Rising (Jan. 30-Feb. 17, 2019), a mother-daughter comedy about aging gracefully. Jess Chayes will direct.

Following will be Buyer & Cellar (Feb. 27-March 17, 2019), by Jonathan Tolins, about a struggling actor who works in the basement mini-mall of Barbra Streisand’s Malibu home. Northern Stage’s director of education, Eric Love, will star.

The season will conclude with Once (April 10-May 19, 2019), based on the movie by John Carney, with book by Enda Walsh, and music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová. The musical follows a Dublin street musician inspired by a beautiful young woman who takes interest in his songs.

The programming will also include a devised performance (Oct. 13 and 14) by Northern Stage’s Youth Ensemble Studio at local libraries and the Barrette Center for the Arts.

Also, the Youth Ensemble Studio will present Pete(Her) Pan, Jr. (March 22-24, 2019), with book by Melvin Tunstall III, music by Michael Thurber and Douglas Lyons, and lyrics by Lyons. The musical, which tells the story of Peter Pan through the eyes of Wendy’s daughter.

Founded in 1997, Northern Stage presents contemporary plays and musicals and offers professional training, school residencies, and summer intensives through its education program.