January 15, 2020

Bohjalian’s “Midwives” at George Street Playhouse

FROM PAGE TO STAGE: The cast of “Midwives,” premiering January 21 at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick. David Saint directs the play, adapted by Chris Bohjalian from his best-selling novel of the same name.

George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick will present a stage adaptation of author Chris Bohjalian’s Midwives January 21-February 16 at the Arthur Laurents Theater in the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center. The world premiere play was adapted by the author from his novel of the same name.

The novel, which has sold more than 2 million copies, was also an early selection of Oprah’s Book Club.

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.

Bohjalian is a New York Times bestselling author of 21 books, including The Flight Attendant, now being adapted into an HBO Max limited series, The Sandcastle Girls, and Secrets of Eden. His work has been translated into 35 languages and three films.

This production will star award-winning playwright and actress Ellen McLaughlin, who originated the part of the Angel in Tony Kushner’s Angels in America and appeared in every production from its earliest workshops to Broadway, in the role of Sibyl Danforth. She is joined by John Bolger, who previously appeared opposite her in George Street Playhouse’s production of Outside Mullingar. Bolger most recently appeared in last season’s The Trial of Donna Caine.

The cast also features Molly Carden, Michael Cullen, Grace Experience, Ryan George, Monique Robinson, Armand Schultz, and Lee Sellars.

Visit www.georgestreetplayhouse.org or call (732) 246-7717.