A.R.T. Season
December 4, 2016 - January 8, 2017
Take a neck brace with you: There are so many whiplash-inducing twists in “Fingersmith” that you may need it.

The job seems simple at first: all pickpocket Sue Trinder, played by Tracee Chimo (Bad Jews), has to do is help a con man, played by Josiah Bania, cheat a gullible young heiress (The Heart of Robin Hood's Christina Bennett Lind) out of her fortune. But nothing is quite what it seems in this mystery set in the shadows of Victorian England. Spiraling through London streets, madhouses, and a stifling mansion with a shocking secret, Sue finds herself in the most dangerous landscape of all: awakening sexuality, love, and betrayal. Oregon Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Bill Rauch (All the Way) directs this adaptation of Sarah Waters’ best-selling novel, a finalist for the Man Booker Prize.


Fingersmith premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2015.

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WGBH's Jared Bowen on Fingersmith: 
Creative team
Playwright Alexa Junge
Author, Fingersmith Sarah Waters
Director Bill Rauch
Scenic Designer Christopher Acebo
Costume Designer Deborah Dryden
Lighting Designer Jen Schriever
Sound Designer Andre Pluess
Video Designer Shawn Sagady
Wig & Makeup Design

Rachel Padula Shufelt

Dramaturg Christopher Liam Moore
Associate Director Illana Stein
Production Stage Manager Mandy Younger
Young Sue/Young Maud (in alternating performances) Morgan Jamie Bénard, Giana Ribeiro
John Vroom/Mr. Kent Luke Marinkovich
Mrs. Sucksby Kristine Nielsen
Sue Trinder Tracee Chimo
Mr. Ibbs/Vicar/Huss Patrick Kerr
Dainty Warren/Margaret/Betty Jo Mei
Richard "Gentleman" Rivers Josiah Bania
Mrs. Styles/Mrs. Cream/Miss Wilson Kate Levy
Mr. Way/Dr. Christie/Hawtrey Kingsley Leggs
Cook/Nurse Spiller Lauren Modica
Charles/Mr. Hedges Zachary Infante
Maud Lilly Christina Bennett Lind
Christopher Lilly T. Ryder Smith
Marianne/Agnes Lenne Klingaman
Ensemble Zachary Infante, Patrick Kerr, Lenne Klingaman, Kingsley Leggs, Kate Levy, Luke Marinkovich, Jo Mei, Lauren Modica, Kristine Nielsen, T. Ryder Smith
Additional staff
Assistant Stage Manager Taylor Brennan
Voice/Text Erika Bailey
Fight Director Lisa Kopitsky
Associate Set Designer

Richard Anderson

Associate Lighting Designer

Ben Green

Assistant Lighting Designer

Ben Travis

Associate Sound Designer

Ray Nardelli

Associate Projections Designer

Omar Ramos

A.R.T. Institute Production Dramaturg

Leland Frankel

Production Assistants

Kate Hausler, Alta Lewis-Millard

Child Wranglers

Olivia Viola, Jess Anne Kemp


Lauren Noll


Claire Frederiksen/Charlotte Stoiber

Christopher Lilly

Alexander Pepperman

Mrs. Sucksby

Zonia Edward

Richard "Gentleman" Rivers

Brian Lore Evans


Soomin Chun; Ricky Davis, Jr.; Joey Donnelly; Frankie Diciaccio; Adrienne Powell; Ben Winter

Ms. Lind's costumes by Carmel Dundon.

Additional equipment provided by Sound Associates.

Flying consulting by Henry Wheaton. 


The ART production brilliantly captures the dark underside of Victorian life with Fagin-like petty criminals and then some. More

Radio Boston's Meghna Chakrabarti sits down with Fingersmith playwright Alexa Junge to discuss this Victorian thriller. More

Tracee Chimo (Sue Trinder in Fingersmith) riffs on her potty mouth, her singing voice and playing baddies. More

It was love at first read for actress Tracee Chimo when she encountered Sue Trinder, the unconventional heroine of the Sarah Waters novel "Fingersmith". More

It was love at first read for actress Tracee Chimo when she encountered Sue Trinder, the unconventional heroine of the Sarah Waters novel “Fingersmith,” whom she will portray in a stage adaptation of the historical crime drama being presented by the American Repertory Theatre beginning tomorrow night at the Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge. More

Kristine Nielsen comes to the American Repertory Theater with Alexa Junge’s acclaimed adaptation of Sarah Waters’ Fingersmith, a delicious, edge-of-your-seat Victorian thriller that will no doubt be the hottest ticket in town this winter. More

“Fingersmith” has a lot of moving parts — even after you account for the turntable built into the set, the carefully coordinated video projections, and the mid-scene costume changes. There’s also the dense, twisty story itself, in which one view of events is enacted only to be jostled aside by competing versions, and the reliability of narrators is repeatedly questioned. More


Press Releases

The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University has scheduled its remaining access performances for the 2016/17 Season including American Sign Language (ASL), open captioned, audio described, and sensory-friendly performances for select shows.
The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, under the leadership of Artistic Director Diane Paulus and Executive Director Diane Quinn, begins performances of FINGERSMITH by Alexa Junge, based on the novel by Sarah Waters, directed by Bill Rauch. Performances begin on Sunday, December 4, 2016 and run through Sunday, January 8, 2017 at the Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle Street, Cambridge.

Click here to read the show's program.


Read these blog posts from the A.R.T. Guide to learn more about the production:


Big Imaginings

Director Bill Rauch (All the Way), Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, discusses his production of Fingersmith. 


A Note from Playwright

by Alexa Junge


Uncovering Secrets

by Judith Rosen

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Ticket prices

Tickets from $25.

Run time

2 hours and 40 minutes with one intermission.


64 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets: 617.547.8300

Administrative Office: 617.495.2668


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There may be a limited number of standing room tickets sold in person for select sold-out shows on the day of each show at 12 noon. There is no guarantee that standing room will be available and number of standing room tickets will not be known in advance of the Ticket Services office opening at 12 noon. Please call our Ticket Services office with any ticket related questions at 617.547.8300. Their hours are: Tuesday-Sunday, Noon-5PM.


Age Appropriateness

This literate and thrilling look at Victorian England through the lens of Waters' 21st-century feminist point of view is appropriate for mature high school students. The play contains graphic sexual themes and imagery, occasional strong language, as well as physical and emotional violence.

ASL Interpreted

Jan. 4 at 7:30PM & Jan. 7 at 2PM

Audio Described

Jan. 5, 7:30PM & Jan. 8, 2PM

Open Captioned Logo Open Captioned

Jan. 5, 7:30PM & Jan. 8, 2PM


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