It did not happen. And: it happened.
North tells the story of a charged meeting between writer Anne Morrow Lindbergh, wife to aviator Charles, and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the man whom she felt best understood her work.
The story of one woman’s struggle to orient herself, to reconcile motherhood with work and love with duty, and to articulate the responsibility of the artist to a world sunk in war.
Their brief meeting is the beginning point in a spiral of events and memories that ultimately make North the story of one woman’s struggle to orient herself, to reconcile motherhood with work and love with duty, and to articulate the responsibility of the artist to a world sunk in war.
North was produced by the for/word company in 2008 at the American Theater Company (Chicago), 2011 at LexArts (Lexington, KY), and Off Broadway in 2012 at 59E59 Theaters (New York). Direction by Jennifer Schlueter. Scenic design by Brad Steinmetz, costume design by Kristine Kearney, lighting design by Anjeanette Stokes.
North was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in Schlueter’s radio drama adaptation starring Sam West and Christina Ritter and directed by Marion Nancarrow in April 2016. It was rebroadcast in 2018 and 2019.
ABOUT THE PLAY
In keeping with the for/word company’s creative technique, North is based in the historical record. The text is constructed exclusively from Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s prolific letters and journals, memoirs, fiction, poetry, and wartime polemics. It also draws from material written by Charles Lindbergh and by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, including his poetic works on flight, his journals and letters, and his famous children’s book, The Little Prince.