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By amina henry

with direction by sarah norris

part of the flea theater's anchor program 

running june 7 - june 29, 2019

the flea theater @ 20 thomas street

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

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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


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Photos by Hunter Canning / @huntercanning


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




Nikki E. Walker* as Bertha

Madeline McCray* as Granny

Joshua Bermudez* as Dick Brennan

Michael Aguirre  as Saul Brennan

MaryKathryn Kopp  as Charlotte Brennan

Tabatha Gayle* as Anne Brennan

Oghenero Gbaje as Potter

† indicates NLTP company member - click on name for more info

* indicates member of Actors Equity Association


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 - click on name for more info

* 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.

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The Great Novel Cast + Creative + Production Team

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.

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