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.

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.

conceived by:

Christina Ritter & Jennifer Schlueter

written and directed by:

Jennifer Schlueter


Kalafatic Poole
Christina Ritter
Christopher Marlowe Roche

designed by:

Brad Steinmetz

choreography by:

Karen Mozingo

About North

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.

North with the BBC

In 2015, Jennifer Schlueter was commissioned to adapt North for BBC Radio 4. This winter, Schlueter and Christina Ritter, who originated the role of Anne, joined the artists at BBC Radio 4 where they recorded the radio drama for broadcast. The cast also included British film actors Sam West as Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and Ian Conningham as Charles Lindbergh and was directed by Marion Nancarrow. North will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2016. More information, along with downloads, are available on the BBC's website.

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North on Vimeo
Amy Lee Pearsall - nytheatre.com
David Roberts - Theatre Reviews Limited
Lisa Jo Sagolla - Backstage
Deirdre Donovan - CurtainUp
Kerry Reid - Chicago Tribune
Lisa Buscani - Time Out Chicago
Ronald Gross - nytheaterguide.com

Production History

59E59 (Off Broadway premiere):
October 4-28, 2012.
LexArts (Lexington, KY): April 7-10, 2011.
American Theater Company (Chicago, IL):
June 5-22, 2008.

Presenter Info

North consists of three performers and runs 75 minutes without intermission.
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