The Arthur Laurents Theater
at the New Brunswick Performing Arts CenterDirections
Chris Bohjalian (Playwright) is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of 20 books. His work has been translated into 35 languages and three times become movies. His new novel, TheFlightAttendant, debuted as a New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, and National Indiebound Bestseller. It is in development with Kaley Cuoco and Warner Brothers Television for a limited series. He is also a playwright and screenwriter. His first play, Grounded, premiered at the 59 East 59th Theatres in New York City in the summer of 2018 and is now available as an audiobook and eBook, Wingspan. His books have been chosen as Best Books of the Year by the Washington Post, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Hartford Courant, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Bookpage, and Salon. His awards include the Walter Cerf Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts; the ANCA Freedom Award for his work educating Americans about the Armenian Genocide; the ANCA Arts and Letters Award for The Sandcastle Girls, as well as the Saint Mesrob Mashdots Medal; the New England Society Book Award for The Night Strangers; the New England Book Award; Russia’s Soglasie (Concord) Award for The Sandcastle Girls; a Boston Public Library Literary Light; a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Trans-Sister Radio; a Best Lifestyle Column for “Idyll Banter” from the Vermont Press Association; and the Anahid Literary Award. His novel, Midwives,was a number one New York Times bestseller, a selection of Oprah’s Book Club, and a New England Booksellers Association Discovery pick. He is a Fellow of the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has written for a wide variety of magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, Reader’s Digest,and The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine. He was a weekly columnist in Vermont for The Burlington Free Press from 1992 through 2015. Chris graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from Amherst College. He has been awarded Honorary Degrees as well from Amherst, Champlain College, and Castleton University. He lives in Vermont with his wife, the photographer Victoria Blewer. Their daughter, Grace Experience, is a young actor in New York City. Among the audiobooks she has narrated are Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands and The Guest Room.
David Saint (Artistic Director) is in his 23rd season as Artistic Director of George Street Playhouse. He has directed 39 mainstage production at GSP, having most recently helmed last season’s The Trial of Donna Caine, in addition to American Hero; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; and An Act of God starring the legendary Kathleen Turner in the 2017-18 season. His time here has been marked by collaborations with such artists as Keith Carradine, Tyne Daly, Rachel Dratch, Sandy Duncan, Boyd Gaines, A.R. Gurney, Uta Hagen, Jack Klugman, Dan Lauria, Kathleen Marshall, Elaine May, Anne Meara, David Hyde Pierce, Chita Rivera, Paul Rudd, Stephen Sondheim, Marlo Thomas, Eli Wallach and many others, including a remarkable partnership with Arthur Laurents. In addition, many new award-winning works have begun their life here during his tenure, such as The Toxic Avenger, Proof, The Spitfire Grill, Joe DiPietro’s Clever Little Lies and It Shoulda Been You. He has directed Final Follies at Primary Stages, Clever Little Lies at Guild Hall in East Hampton, N.Y., and off-Broadway at Westside Theatre, as well as the National Tour of West Side Story. In July 2016, he directed a two-night concert performance of West Side Story at the legendary Hollywood Bowl. In Summer 2019, he directed a revolutionary new production of West Side Story for IHI Stage Around in Tokyo and currently serves as a creative consultant for a new film version of West Side Story directed by Steven Spielberg. He also has directed on Broadway, offBroadway and regionally at Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, Primary Stages, McCarter, Williamstown, Seattle Rep, Pasadena Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public, Long Wharf and many others on premieres by writers such as Aaron Sorkin, Wendy Wasserstein, Peter Parnell, Jonathan Marc Sherman, Joe DiPietro and Jonathan Larson. He is the recipient of the Alan Schneider Award, Helen Hayes Award, L.A. Drama Critics Award, several Drama-Logue Awards and is the President of The Laurents/ Hatcher Foundation.
John Bolger (Rand Danforth) returns to George Street Playhouse for an eighth time, having previously appeared here in The Trial of Donna Caine, American Hero, American Son, Outside Mullingar; Good People; Twelve Angry Men and Lips Together, Teeth Apart. National Tours: South Pacific and Dirty Dancing; Regional: Five Presidents at Bay Street, cover for That Face at MTC; staged concert of Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream with The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; Richard III at Hartford Stage; The Real Thing and Antony and Cleopatra at The Old Globe; Light Up The Sky at The Roundabout; The Lady From Maxim’s at The Huntington; Safe Sex at La Mama; Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, The Sea Plays and Ages of Man, with The Willow Cabin Theatre Co. TV: Taken, Bull, Homeland, The Blacklist, Orange is the New Black, The Black Donnelly’s, Sex and the City, Law & Order, NYPD Blue, General Hospital, One Life to Live and Another World. Film: Patriots Day, The Only Living Boy in New York, Just Looking, Parting Glances and Black and White. And thank you Pat McCorkle for your decades, yes decades, of encouragement and support. You wonderful woman you!
Molly Carden (Connie Danforth) New York: Emotional Creature (Signature Theatre), Please Continue (Ensemble Studio Theater), How To Live On Earth (Colt Coeur), Cherry Smoke (Working Theater), Downtown Race Riot (NYSF/Powerhouse Theater). Regional: Indecent (Weston Playhouse), The Carpenter (Alley Theatre), Translations (Studio Theatre), Frankenstein (Denver Center), The Night Alive (John Drew/Guild Hall), On Clover Road (Contemporary American Theater Festival), Emotional Creature (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), The Great Immensity, (The Civilians at Kansas City Repertory Theatre). Proud member of Colt Coeur, EST, and the 52nd St. Project. B.F.A. from UNCSA.
Michael Cullen (Judge Howard Dorset/Dr. Terry Tierney) NY Stage: King Liz (Second Stage Theater): Finks (Ensemble Studio Theater); Bug (Barrow St. Theater-Obie Award); Len, Asleep In Vinyl (Second Stage Theater); Cobb (Lucille Lortel Theater- Drama Desk Award, Best Ensemble); Dark Matters (Rattlestick Theater); One Shot, One Kill (Primary Stages); The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow (Atlantic Theater); Bus Stop (Circle In The Square); Regional Theatres: Actors Theater of Louisville-Humana Festival, Denver Stage, Dallas Theater Center, Penguin Theater, Buffalo Studio Arena, The English Theater of Frankfurt-Germany. TV: Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: SVU, Life On Mars, A Gifted Man, Ed, Third Watch, NY Undercover, Flesh and Bone, The Blacklist, Claws, Film: The Place Beyond The Pines, Margot At The Wedding, Dead Man Walking, Clockers, Malcolm X and the Coen Brothers’ The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.
Grace Experience (Anne Austin) is excited to be making her George Street debut. Credits include: Grounded (59E59, directed by Alexander Dinelaris), The Wolves (Lyric Stage Company), Beauty and the Beast (Berkshire Theatre Group), The Turn of the Screw (Middlebury Actors’ Workshop), Our Town (Heartwood Regional Theatre), Beardo (Pipeline Theatre Company), The Thanksgiving Play (Lyric Stage Company), Into the Woods (Heartwood Regional Theatre), and Some People Hear Thunder (The Space at Capital Repertory). Grace is an award winning audiobook narrator for Penguin Random House Audio and a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA. Love to her family, and the amazing folks at Professional Artists and Tsu Tsu Unlimited.
Ryan George (Asa Bedford) is a Miami raised, NYC based actor, with a BFA from the University of Florida. His NYC credits include the title role of Othello (Alchemical Theater Laboratory) and Jeb in Rush (Paradise Factory Theater). His Regional Credits include Oshoosi Size in The Brothers Size (Gablestage), Fish in The Royale (Gablestage), Spike in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Florida Rep), Trevor in The Play That Goes Wrong (Repertory Theater of St. Louis), Associate in The Christians (Riverside Theater) and Terrance in Thirst (CATF). He was last seen here as Jacob Walker in The Trial of Donna Caine and excited to return to George Street for another wonderful premiere.
Ellen McLaughlin (Sibyl Danforth) is marking her third appearance at George Street Playhouse, having previously portrayed Rosemary Muldoon in Outside Mullingar and Margie in Good People. Broadway: Angels in America (Walter Kerr Theater). Off-Broadway: The Heart is Not Made of Stone (BAM); Septimus and Clarissa (Ripe Time); Blue Window, (Manhattan Theater Club); The Bacchae (LaMaMa); A Bright Room Called Day (Public Theater); String of Pearls (Primary Stages). Regional: Seascape (ACT, SF, CA); Good People, Ros and Ray (Seattle Rep.); Dear Elizabeth (People’s Light and Theater); Penelope, The Year of Magical Thinking, All My Sons (Playmakers’ Rep. NC); A Delicate Balance (Yale Rep. and Arena Stage, DC); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (McCarter Theatre, NJ); For Peter Pan…, Hedda Gabbler, Ghosts (Berkeley Repertory Theater); Fen, Road, Angels in America (Eureka Theater, SF, CA); King Lear (Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Portland); Three Penny Opera (Trinity Rep., RI); Cryptogram (Yale Rep.); Angels in America (Mark Taper Forum, LA); Top Girls (Williamstown, MA); Homebody/Kabul (Intiman Theater, Seattle). TV: Law & Order. McLaughlin is also an award-winning playwright whose plays have received numerous Off-Broadway, regional and international productions.
Monique Robinson (Charlotte Fugett Bedford) is ecstatic to make her George Street Playhouse debut! Her credits include: Fairview at the Berkeley Repertory Theater (Theater Bay Award Nominee for Outstanding Performance In a Featured Role, West Coast Premiere), Comedy of Errors at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, A Midsummer Night's Dream at Folger Theatre, Two Gentlemen of Verona at Shakespeare & Company, G.O.A.T. at the Queen's Theatre in the Park; Onscreen credits: Younger (Paramount), See You Yesterday (Netflix), Tell Me A Story (CBS), Product Of My Environment (NYCIFF Nominee), A Ring, and FAWK. University of Washington Professional Actors Training Program, MFA. Psalms 27:1
Armand Schultz (Bill Tanner) At George Street: American Hero, The Spitfire Grill, Jolson Sings Again. Broadway: Frost/Nixon, The Herbal Bed, A View From the Bridge, The Secret Rapture. First National Tour: Billy Elliot, Chicago/Toronto Companies. Off-Broadway: Our Town, The House In Town, Stuff Happens, King Lear, The Spitfire Grill, Sight Unseen, Cyrano de Bergerac. Regional: The Guthrie Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Ogunquit Playhouse, Westport Country Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage, among others. Film: Inez&Doug&Kira, Crown Heights, SALT, Burn After Reading, The Happening, Vanilla Sky. Recent Television: BULL, Blue Bloods, Mr. Robot, The Blacklist. Upcoming: Billions. Mr. Schultz is the President and Chairman of the Board of The Actors Center and a lifetime member of The Actors Studio.
Lee Sellars ( Stephen Hastings) Broadway: A Time to Kill,West Side Story (Officer Krupke), Talk Radio. Other NY credits: Iow@, Gun-Shy ( Playwrights Horizons) A Small Melodramatic Story ( LAByrinth Theatre) The Alchemist ( Classic Stage). George Street Playhouse: Our Town, Twelve Angry Men, The Subject Was Roses, The Pillowman. Regional: The Great Leap ( Guthrie Theatre), Hollywood ( LaJolla Playhouse), A Few Good Men ( Alley Theatre), On Clover Road ( CATF). TV: Happy ( recurring), Billions, Law and Order SVU, Deception, Elementary, House of Cards ( recurring), Mindhunter, Power, Luke Cage ( recurring), Shades of Blue, Chappelle’s Show, The Sopranos, Law and Order ( recurring) Film: Naked Singularity ( upcoming), James White, The Savages, Tenderness, The Crimson Mask, Groundhog Day.
Based on the best-selling novel Midwives by Chris Bohjalian.
A severe snowstorm breaks out during a routine at-home birth. With no way to contact the outside world, midwife Sibyl Danforth makes an impossible decision to save the life of a baby. But when the sun rises and the blizzard clears, questions arise about what really occurred that icy Vermont night.
This production includes an intense childbirth sequence.
In the novel Midwives by Chris Bohjalian, the character of Sibyl faces a devastating incident in the middle of a snowstorm while she’s helping another woman give birth. What was supposed to be a routine at-home pregnancy turns into a high-stakes situation that finds the midwife making a difficult decision to save the baby’s life. Learn More
The world was a very different place in 1997 when Chris Bohjalian published “Midwives,” the first of his best-selling novels. Learn More
“Midwives” is a story with a sharp knife, lots of blood, a death, and a criminal trial—but no villain. Learn More