Northlight's current production, "Mothers and Sons" by Terrence McNally, reveals the new definition of "family" in light of changing social stigmas around homosexuality. "Mothers and Sons" runs now through February 27.
The play is directed by Steve Scott and stars Cindy Gold, Ben Miller, Jeff Parker, and Benjamin Sprunger.
Almost 20 years after her son died, mother Katharine visits the New York apartment of his former partner- who is now married to another man, with a young child between them. Confronted with her son's lifestyle, Katharine must face the ways in which society has changed to accept a new definition of family.
Jeff Parker, Benjamin Sprunger, Ben Miller, and Cindy Gold.
“Terrence McNally’s work has been produced at Northlight several times, notably 'Master Class' and 'Perfect Ganesh',” says Artistic Director BJ Jones. “With Mothers and Sons, McNally’s clear and penetrating eyes gaze unflinchingly at the deep reservoir of pain and regret that some parents harbor about their gay children whose lives don’t match their expectations or moral judgements. This piece examines the generation gap in the gay community, as well as the post legislative state of gay marriage. It’s ambitious in its scope and informed by a playwright who has accompanied his audience through the rapidly changing landscape of gay life.” (Taken from the press release)
"Mothers and Sons" runs at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie, from January 22 – February 27, 2016.