Light Shining in Buckinghamshire


By Caryl Churchill
Directed by Rachel Chavkin

2017/18 Season

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On the heels of her acclaimed production of Hadestown on our stage and her Broadway debut with Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, three-time Obie Award winner Rachel Chavkin returns to New York Theatre Workshop with Caryl Churchill's incisive drama LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE. In 1647 England, power is shifting and, amid the chaos and confusion, revolutionaries across the country are dreaming of a new future.


Caryl Churchill / Playwright

Stage plays include: Owners (Royal Court Upstairs, London); Objections to Sex and Violence (Royal Court); Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (Joint Stock UK tour, Royal Court Upstairs); Vinegar Tom (Monstrous Regiment, UK tour); Traps (Royal Court Upstairs), Cloud Nine (Joint Stock UK tour, Royal Court); Three More Sleepless Nights (Soho Poly and Royal Court Upstairs); Top Girls (Royal Court); Fen (Joint Stock UK tour, Almeida Theatre); Softcops (RSC at the Pit); A Mouthful of Birds with David Lan (Joint Stock UK tour, Royal Court); Serious Money (Royal Court, Wyndham’s Theatre); Icecream (Royal Court); Mad Forest (Central School of Speech and Drama, Royal Court); Lives of the Great Poisoners with Orlando Gough and Ian Spink (Second Stride UK tour, Riverside Studios, London); The Skriker (National Theatre, London); Thyestes translated from Seneca (Royal Court Upstairs); Hotel with Orlando Gough and Ian Spink (Second Stride UK tour, The Place, London); This Is A Chair (London International Festival of Theatre at the Royal Court); Blue Heart (Joint Stock UK tour, Royal Court); Far Away (Royal Court Upstairs, The Albery Theatre, London); A Number (Royal Court); a new version of Strindberg’s A Dream Play (National Theatre); Drunk Enough to Say I Love You? (Royal Court); Seven Jewish Children (Royal Court); A Ring A Lamp A Thing an opera with Orlando Gough (Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House); Love and Information (Royal Court); Ding Dong the Wicked (Royal Court); Here We Go (National Theatre); and Escaped Alone (Royal Court Theatre).

Rachel Chavkin / Director

Rachel is an Obie Award-winning, Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel nominated director, writer, dramaturg, and the Artistic Director of Brooklyn-based experimental ensemble, the TEAM (, now in its 10th year. She recently made her Broadway debut with Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812 which stars Josh Groban and opened to rapturous reviews. The Great Comet originated Off-Broadway at Ars Nova before receiving two commercial transfers in New York and a sold-out run at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge. Other selected projects: Anaïs Mitchell’s new folk-opera Hadestown (NYTW), Bess Wohl’s Small Mouth Sounds (World Premiere – Ars Nova, Off-Broadway at the Signature Center), The Royal Family (Guthrie), Anything That Gives Off Light (a collaboration between The TEAM and the National Theatre of Scotland), Marco Ramirez’s The Royale (Lincoln Center Theater, The Old Globe), Anne Washburn’s new transadaptation of Euripedes’ Iphigenia in Aulis (CSC), Dave Malloy’s Preludes (World Premiere – LCT3), The TEAM’s RoosevElvis (PS122’s COIL festival, Tour to the Royal Court, Walker Art Center, A.R.T.), British artist Chris Thorpe’s Confirmation (World Premiere – Warwick Arts Centre and Battersea Arts Centre, 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe First Award, Top 10 Shows at the Edinburgh Fringe – American Theatre); Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 (Northern Stage, UK national tour); Meg Miroshnik’s The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls (Yale Rep); and multiple collaborations with Taylor Mac, including his extravaganza The Lily’s Revenge (World Premiere (Act II) – HERE). NYTW Usual Suspect, Artistic Associate at London’s Gate Theatre and Classic Stage Company, alum of Soho Rep’s Writer/Director Lab, Drama League Directors Project, Women’s Project Director’s Lab, and New Georges Affiliate Artist. She has also taught extensively at NYU, Pace, and other colleges. BFA NYU, MFA Columbia. Current and Upcoming: Sarah Gancher’s I’ll Get You Back Again at Round House Theatre, Hadestown at The Citadel in Edmonton, Canada and other projects with the TEAM.