The Way North
When a lost, cold and very pregnant young woman stumbles on to her rural homestead in the Minnesota wilderness, Freddy Hanson doesn’t hesitate to take her in. It’s the right thing to do, and as the county’s former Sheriff, Freddy has dedicated her life to protecting and serving others. But when her new guest turns out to be a Sudanese refugee making a run for the Canadian border, what it means to protect and serve becomes a more complicated, and far more dangerous, question.
Tira Palmquist – Playwright:
TIRA PALMQUIST is known for plays that merge the personal, the political and the poetic. Her most produced play, Two Degrees, premiered at the Denver Center, and was subsequently produced by Tesseract Theater in St. Louis and Prime Productions at the Guthrie (among others). Her newest play The Way North was a Finalist for the O’Neill, an Honorable Mention for the 2019 Kilroys List, and will be featured in the 2019 Ashland New Plays Festival.
This year, Tira has been working on several new commission projects: The Worth of Water, the 2019 Clutch Productions commission, will go up in NYC in October. Tira’s commission for Lower Depth Theater Ensemble in Los Angeles. Safe Harbor, a play about sex trafficking, will premiere in November in LA. Tira has also been commissioned to write new work for the UCI graduate acting students. Her play Hold Steady was workshopped at UCI in January 2019, and she is currently working All We Ever Wanted Was Everything, to be workshopped in January 2020.
Her other plays include Ten Mile Lake (Serenbe Playhouse), Age of Bees (NYU Stella Adler Studio, MadLab Theater, Tesseract), And Then They Fell (MadLab, Brimmer Street, New York Film Academy) and This Floating World.
Chuck McCollum – Director:
The Way North marks Chuck’s second venture directing for The Road. Previous directorial credits: Motherland for SPF8, Emma at the El Segundo Playhouse, as well as Godspell, The Rainmaker, Picasso at the Lapin Agile and Play it Again, Sam at the Knightsbridge Theatre. Currently, he can be found cleverly disguised by day as an actor; recent theater credits include John is a Father and The Play About the Baby at the ROAD, Sweeney Todd and 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the El Portal; The Dinosaur Within and Futura at Theatre @ Boston Court. Television appearances include S.W.A.T., Lethal Weapon, Castle, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Hawaii Five-O.
Jonell Kennedy as Freddy Hansen
Nthenya Ndunda as Agnus Kuur
Chloe Wyatt Taylor as Alex Hansen
Brian Majestic as Dan Williams