The Outgoing Tide

The Outgoing Tide

By Bruce Graham

Directed by BJ Jones

Originally produced at Northlight Theater, Chicago, IL.

May 22, 2011 through June 19, 2011

About the Premiere Production:
In a summer cottage on Chesapeake Bay, Gunner has hatched an unorthodox plan to secure his family’s future but meets with resistance from his wife and son, who have plans of their own. As winter approaches, the three must quickly find common ground and come to an understanding – before the tide goes out. The new drama hums with dark humor and powerful emotion.

Artistic Statement: 
One of the important parts of our commissioning program is the ability to bring artists together who feel passionately about working on a project that speaks to them, and whose voices combine to produce work that is both harmonious and vigorous. With John Mahoney, a frequent collaborator, and Bruce Graham a Northlight veteran I felt that the combined gifts of these artists would approach a potentially painful topic, the right to choose one's fate, in a fresh and compassionate way. I have worked with both these artists on several occasions, and I'm convinced that bringing them together will create a blended perspective of unique and vital impact. In addition our audience is demographically perfect for the topic, themes and characters that Bruce's play represents. It is an important and timely opportunity and I am excited to help bring it to life

Director: BJ Jones

Cast: Gunner:John Mahoney


Two Tony winners, perfectly paired in 'The Outgoing Tide'

Chicago Sun-Times, May 24, 2011


Play about end-of-life issues is Mahoney's finest work to date

Chicago Tribune, May 23, 2011


Critic's Choice: 'The Outgoing Tide' explores big issues

Lake County Journal, May 23, 2011


"The Outgoing Tide" Review - An Important Subject for Our Time at Northlight Theatre

Splash Magazine, May 23, 2011


Mahoney, Reed find 'wedded bliss' in 'Outgoing Tide'

Chicago Sun-Times, May 19, 2011

The Outgoing Tide at Northlight

Irish American News, April 25, 2011

John Mahoney, Rondi Reed, et al. Set for Northlight's OUTGOING TIDE

Broadway World, April 5, 2011

Subsequent Productions:

Delaware Theatre Company in Wilmington, DE October 10, 2012 - October 28, 2012

Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, MA April 23, 2015 - May 17, 2015

Montgomery Theater in Souderton, PA September 12, 2019 - October 2, 2019

Philadelphia Theatre Co in Philadelphia, PA March 23, 2012 - April 15, 2012

South Carolina Repertory Company in Hilton Head, SC April 28, 2014 - May 11, 2014 (Co-production with The Good Theater, Portland, Maine)