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Lynn Nottage at Goodman Theatre

Sweat marks the fourth play by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright to be produced at the Goodman. Here is a look back at her previous works. Crumbs from the Table of Joy (2006) Directed by Chuck Smith in the Owen Theatre Pictured: Ella Joyce (standing) as Lily Ann Green and Nambi E.…

Reading, Pennsylvania: A Brief History

Lynn Nottage sets her play Sweat in Reading, Pennsylvania—a once-prosperous city 48 miles northwest of Philadelphia—captivated by its early 21st century economic struggles. Reading’s story, from its earliest pre-Revolutionary beginnings to its apex in the 1930s to its current state of economic decline, mirrors that of many cities across the nation that have undergone sweeping changes…

Blue Collar Blues

As historians often try to make clear, the us-and-them divisiveness that defines American life today did not spring full-blown from the election of 2016: our cultural discord goes back decades. And while its causes are varied, the threads of race and the economy are woven deep into the fabric of this dilemma. With Sweat—for which…

Two Decades of Drama

With nine productions over the past 20 years, Rebecca Gilman is the most-produced contemporary playwright in Goodman Theatre history. The Pulitzer Prize finalist, Artistic Associate and “one of Chicago’s hottest playwrights” (Chicago Tribune) marks her seventh world premiere at the Goodman with Twilight Bowl. 

7-10 Split: Twilight Bowl by Rebecca Gilman

Lives that derail. Lives that never get up to speed. Ordinary people. Challenging circumstances. Playwright Rebecca Gilman is at home describing worlds in which folks find it tough to stand as straight as everyone thinks they should, or struggle to find a measure of contentment. 

Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out: Creation in San Francisco

The setting for How to Catch Creation is an imagined city by the Bay, described by playwright Christina Anderson in her script as “a place that resembles San Francisco and the surrounding areas.” So though the geography lives somewhere in-between fact and fiction, there is great inspiration, for a play about multiple meanings of “creation,”…

Life Lessons

"The present,” wrote author and folklorist, Zora Neale Hurston, “was an egg laid by the past that had the future inside its shell.” Witness Christina Anderson’s How to Catch Creation—with its overlapping time frames and intersecting lives—and that metaphoric musing makes all the sense in the world. The story of a couple drifting apart, of…

Twice Bitten: A Foreward from the Playwright

It’s 22 years since I wrote St. Nicholas, and I can still remember the dream that inspired it. I dreamt I had been bitten by a vampire, and someone was giving me two paracetamol tablets for the pain. I was a young playwright who had started doing my own plays in fringe venues around Dublin,…