Northern Stage

Celeste Jennings’ “’Bov Water,” which shares the intimate lives of four generations of ordinary African American women, will be premiered by Northern Stage Jan. 25-Feb. 12 at the Barrette Center for the Arts in White River Junction. Pictured is a scene at Tuesday’s rehearsal.

Playwright Celeste Jennings remembers surreptitiously listening to family and elders talking, telling stories, and she so much wanted to be included.

“Through that kind of eavesdropping, I learned so much about my relatives they didn’t necessarily tell me to my face, especially as a child, and there were a few particular stories that always stuck with me,” Jennings said. “As I got into writing, my immediate impulse was to dramatize them into plays. I was so excited to talk to them and ask them more questions, to get the full story and finally get what I consider to be a beautiful interpretation of my family history up on stage.”

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