NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rehearsals have begun at George Street Playhouse for New York Times bestselling author Chris Bohjalian’s "Midwives" — a world-premiere play adapted by the author from his celebrated novel of the same name.

The novel, which has sold more than 2 million copies, was also an early selection of Oprah’s Book Club. George Street Playhouse’s stage adaptation premieres Jan. 21 in The Arthur Laurents Theater at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center.

“It is very fulfilling to present this new work in our beautiful new theatre named after that champion of new work in the theatre, Arthur Laurents,” George Street Artistic Director David Saint, who is directing this new production, said. “'Midwives,' based on the bestselling novel, makes a powerful and compelling new play,” 

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A severe snowstorm breaks out during a routine at-home birth. With no way to contact the outside world, midwife Sibyl Danforth makes an impossible decision to save the life of a baby. But when the sun rises and the blizzard clears, questions arise about what really occurred that icy Vermont night. 

Chris Bohjalian is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of 21 books, including "The Flight Attendant," now being adapted into an HBO Max limited series, "The Sandcastle Girls" and "Secrets of Eden." His work has been translated into 35 languages and three times become films. 

This world-premiere production of "Midwives" will star award-winning playwright and actress Ellen McLaughlin ("Blue Window" at Manhattan Theater Club; "A Bright Room Called Day" at the Public Theater), who originated the part of the Angel in Tony Kushner’s "Angels in America" and appeared in every production from its earliest workshops to Broadway, in the role of Sibyl Danforth.

McLaughlin is a Drama Desk Award-nominated playwright known for new adaptations of "Lysistrata," "The Trojan Women" and more. Her work has been widely produced both nationally and internationally.

She is joined in "Midwives" by John Bolger, who previously appeared opposite her in George Street Playhouse’s production of "Outside Mullingar." Bolger most recently  appeared in last season’s "The Trial of Donna Caine."

The cast also features Molly Carden ("Emotional Creature" at Signature Theater); Michael Cullen ("King Liz" at Second Stage Theater and "The Trial of Donna Caine" at George Street Playhouse); Grace Experience (Chris Bohjalian’s "Grounded" at 59E59); Ryan George ("Othello" at Alchemical Theater Laboratory and "The Trial of Donna Caine" at George Street Playhouse); Monique Robinson ("Fairview" at the Berkeley Repertory Theater); Armand Schultz (Broadway’s "Frost/Nixon," "The Herbal Bed," "A View From the Bridge" and "The Secret Rapture"); and Lee Sellars ("A Time to Kill," "West Side Story" and "Talk Radio" on Broadway; "House of Cards" and "Luke Cage" on Netflix)

"Midwives" will feature set design by Shoko Kambara; lighting design by David Lander; sound design by Scott Killian; costume design by Lisa Zinni; and stage management by Samantha Flint. Casting by McCorkle Casting, Ltd.

This world-premiere is George Street Playhouse’s book club selection for 2019/20, offering patrons the opportunity to read the novel, see the play, and then discuss the show with a member of the George Street team.

Groups of 10 or more save 20%. For more information, to bring your group, or to purchase a book club package, contact 732-258-7575.

Audiences are encouraged to buy tickets early for the best seats. To purchase, visit www.GeorgeStreetPlayhouse.org or call 732-246-7717.