Book & Lyrics by Laurie Flanigan Hegge
Music by James Valcq
Summer 2018 World Premiere
A tender story about an unlikely friendship
Set in Wisconsin in the 1930s, Boxcar tells the inspiring story of a young boy named Charlie who befriends two hobos camped out on the edge of his family’s property. As this tender story unfolds and soars, Boxcar explores the deep struggles of the era while celebrating the ultimate triumph that comes from one human being coming to the aid of another in tough times.
“Laurie was one of the authors of Loose Lips Sink Ships and James composed the music for Victory Farm,” said Artistic Director, Jeff Herbst. “It’s exciting to have these two accomplished artists collaborating for the first time on a Northern Sky world premiere.”
Showing Summer 2018: Mondays @ 8:30pm, Wednesdays @ 8pm*, Fridays @ 8pm
*July 4th Fireworks-Friendly time change to 6pm
About the Writers
About the Writers
LAURIE FLANIGAN HEGGE (Playwright & Lyricist)
Laurie is an actor and playwright who spent many years as a company member at Northern Sky Theater, appearing in many beloved shows, including Loose Lips Sink Ships, which she co-wrote with Jacinda Duffin and James Kaplan, and See Jane Vote, another Kaplan collaboration. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband Jon Hegge and daughter Celia. Other writing credits include: Hormel Girls, Twenty Days to Find a Wife, Sweet Land, the Musical (catch it in Seattle at Taproot Theatre this summer), and Dirty Business, a new spy musical set to premiere at the History Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota in May 2019. She serves as the Twin Cities Regional Rep for the Dramatists Guild of America.
JAMES VALCQ (Composer & Orchestrator)
James is best known as the composer of the Off-Broadway musical The Spitfire Grill (Playwrights Horizons, 2001) which won the Richard Rodgers Production Award administered by the American Academy of Arts and Letters (Stephen Sondheim, chair) and received Best Musical nominations from the Outer Critics Circle and Drama League as well as two Drama Desk nominations. Written with collaborator Fred Alley, Spitfire has been produced almost 700 times across the United States, in Germany, South Korea, Japan, Australia, and London. Also Off-Broadway, James was the composer/author of Zombies from the Beyond, which opened to critical acclaim in 1995. Broadway credits as conductor and/or musician include Chicago and Flower Drum Song. James is the co-artistic director of Third Avenue Playhouse in Sturgeon Bay where his creations/adaptations have included Maid to Marry, I Love a Piano, Madame Sherry, and Velvet Gentleman.
JASON HANSEN (Orchestrator)
Jason has served as music director, composer, orchestrator, educator, and/or performer at Theater Latté Da, the Children’s Theater Company, Mixed Blood Theater, Guthrie Theater, History Theater, Theater Mu, Ten Thousand Things, Open Eye Figure Theater, the MN Fringe Festival, the Hennepin Theater Trust, and the Arkansas Repertory Theater. In the past three years, Jason has contributed to over ten world premieres. He also co-directs the senior rock ensemble Alive & Kickin and is a published composer and arranger continuing to develop new music for choir, cabaret and theater. He lives in St. Paul with his wife Alise and daughter Madeleine.
Cast of Characters
Cast of Characters
Gladys Benson (Woodrow’s devoted wife)………………..Molly Rhode*
Woodrow Benson (father and owner of the local savings and loan)………………..Doug Mancheski*
Gordon (railroad stationmaster and telegraph operator)………………..Alex Campea
Mack (Fred’s fellow hobo and traveling companion)………………..Doug Clemons
Fred (a weathered hobo down on his luck with an injured arm)………………..Jeffrey Herbst*
Charlie Benson (Francis’ younger brother, age 10)………………..Ben Martin (understudy Cole Albertson)
Francis Benson (Charlie’s older sister and reporter for the local paper)………………..Nadja Simmonds
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.