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"A witty, delightful exploration of art and identity...The Great Novel is a great time."
- John R. Ziegler & Leah Richards, Thinking Theater

"The animated Nikki E. Walker is a delightful Bertha. Michael Aguirre is appealingly angst-ridden as Saul. MaryKathryn Kopp and Tabatha Gayle are both suitably childish as Charlotte and Anne. Oghenero Gbaje offers a slyly charming characterization of Potter. Joshua Bermudez grandly enacts the role of Dick the father. Madeline McCray is a feisty Granny."
- Darryl Reilly,

"Its steadily driving pace keeps it engaging, and the characters are skillfully acted."
- Gillian Russo, Plays To See

- Hayley Levitt, TheaterMania

"I just want to give a shout out to New Light Theater Project. You never disappoint and put on the best plays possible."
- Eva Heinemann, HiDrama

Photos by Hunter Canning / @huntercanning

Check out the Hollywood Soapbox interview with playwright Amina Henry about her writing influences for The Great Novel



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The Great Novel  Team


Click here to read the bios of our cast, creative + production teams.

Bertha - Nikki E. Walker *

Granny - Madeline McCray *

Dick Brennan - Joshua Bermudez *

Saul Brennan - Michael Aguirre 

Charlotte Brennan - MaryKathryn Kopp 

Anne Brennan - Tabatha Gayle *

Potter - Oghenero Gbaje

Written by Amina Henry

Directed by Sarah Norris

Scenic Design by An-lin Dauber 

Costume Design by Mari Taylor 

Lighting Design by Christina Tang

Sound Design by Carsen Joenk 

Prop Design by Leila Ben-Abdallah 

Stage Management by Daricel Calcano *

Assistant Stage Management by Samantha Walsh

Casting by Gama Valle , Harriet Bass Casting

Assistant Director Alyssa May Gold 

Line Producing by Kyle Metzger

Technical Direction by ToniAnne DiFilippo

Press Representation by Karen Greco

† indicates NLTP company member

* indicates member of Actors Equity Association


The Great Novel is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by LMCC. LMCC empowers artists by providing them with networks, resources, and support, to create vibrant, sustainable communities in Manhattan and beyond.


About the Play

For most of her adult life, Bertha has served as the Brennans’ housekeeper. While polishing the silverware and washing the windows, she dreams of honoring the promise she made to her Jamaican grandmother long ago to write the next great American novel. But as she drafts her story, she can only see the imprints of the Brontë sisters, Dickens, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and most of all, the Brennans. Spurred on by recurring visits from her Granny in the afterlife, Bertha seeks a new language for a narrative that only she can tell, uninhibited by the ghosts of literary convention.

June 7 - 29, 2019

The Flea Theater

Part of The Flea Theater's Anchor Program

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