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North Central College stages Chicago-area premiere of "The Navigator" April 20-23

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North Central College stages Chicago-area premiere of "The Navigator" April 20-23

North Central College presents the Chicago-area premiere of "The Navigator," a New York Times Critic's Pick and twice nominated Drama Desk Award Play by Eddie Antar.

North Central's Assistant Professor of Theatre Laura Lodewyck will direct four performances of this dark comedy at 7:30 p.m. April 20-22 and at 2 p.m. April 23 in the College's theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St. Tickets are $10/adults and $8/students and seniors; call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/show. Please note, the production contains strong language.

"The Navigator" is the story of Dave, a husband and father whose GPS system starts to lead him in the right direction, for the first time in his life. 


Out of work for six months, he's struggling with his marriage, parenting his twins and teenage daughter, and a bad call he made in the stock market. He seems at a loss when it comes to making any decision. Driving home one day from a job interview, his car navigation system begins to instruct him on more than just directions, and he suddenly finds he can't go wrong. But once Dave has the answers to everything, he begins to wonder about the true cost of always knowing the right way to turn.

"The story is a universal one," Lodewyck said. "What happens when you are granted everything you ever wanted by a power beyond yourself? And where do you go from there? Knowing we potentially have the world at our fingertips can make even small decisions seem paralyzing.

"Today's college students understand this perhaps better than anyone, which is why I think 'The Navigator' is particularly resonant on a college campus," said Lodewyck. "There's enormous pressure in being told you can be anything you want, or that you have all the information needed to optimize your situation, if, of course, you make the correct call."

The Saturday, April 22, performance will feature a talkback after the show by the playwright, moderated by Dave Peterson, visiting assistant professor of theatre and dramaturg for the play. A dessert reception will follow.

The cast for "The Navigator" is (role, name, hometown, major):

Dave: John Bihun of Oak Brook, a senior majoring in marketing and broadcast communication

The Navigator: Jordan DePhillips of Minooka, a junior majoring in musical theatre and marketing

Al/Brooklyn Bobby/Marberry: Cody Talkie of Joliet, a senior majoring in musical theatre and theatre

Lilly/Travel Agent: Upasna Barath of Clarksville, Tenn., a sophomore majoring in political science and theatre

This production is among many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. North Central offers a variety of venues accommodating a rich range of local and world-class events, performances and space needs for the public. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and more, visit northcentralcollege.edu/show or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).

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