The Great Novel
For most of her adult life, Bertha has served as the Brennans’ housekeeper. While polishing the silverware and washing the windows, she dreams of honoring the promise she made to her grandmother long ago to write the next great American novel. But as she drafts her story, she can only see the imprints of the Brontë sisters, Dickens, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and most of all, the Brennans. Spurred on by recurring visits from her Jamaican Granny in the afterlife, Bertha seeks a new language for a narrative that only she can tell, uninhibited by the ghosts of literary convention.
Bertha: Nikki E. Walker*
Granny: Madeline McCray*
Anne: Tabatha Gayle*
Saul: Michael Aguirre
Dick: Joshua Bermudez*
Potter: Oghenero Gbaje
Scenic Design by An-lin Dauber
Costume Design by Mari Taylor
Lighting Design by Christina Tang
Sound Design by Carsen Joenk
Prop Design by Leila Ben-Abdallah
Technical Direction by ToniAnne DiFilippo
Stage Management by Daricel Calcano*
Assistant Stage Management by Samantha Walsh
Casting by Gama Valle
Press by Karen Greco
** Represents member of Actors’ Equity Association
*All tickets include an additional $2 Theater Restoration Fee, which keeps the lights on in our new digs.
Led by Artistic Director Sarah Norris and Producing Director Michael Aguirre, NLTP is an ensemble-driven theater company that strives to capture the Little Theater Movement (artistry over commerce; producing new and classic works), supporting independent and emerging artists by providing and promoting growth opportunities through exposure to new audiences. Since 2013, NLTP has mounted over 30 productions which have received critical praise including Best of Theater 2014 (The L Magazine for Picture Ourselves in Latvia), TimeOut NY Critics’ Pick (Bubba, Breeders, The American Tradition), recipients of the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Residency Fellowship, Chicago Dramatists Grafting Project, and the Access Theater Residency Program. Proud to be an Anchor Partner at The Flea Theater. NLTP is a 501(c)3 organization. Follow NLTP on Facebook @New Light Theater Project; Twitter @NewLightTheaterProj; Instagram @NewLightTheaterProject; and NewLightTheaterProject.com.