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An Epic Odyssey for a New Era

An epic journey. Lyrical language. A devoted dog. These are a few recognizable elements from the famed poem, The Odyssey, which playwright Suzan-Lori Parks uses as loose source material for Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3). A staple of high school curricula for generations, The Odyssey is one of the…

A Note from the Artistic Director

When I first encountered the work of Suzan-Lori Parks in the 1990s with her play Venus, I was struck both by her poetic, jazz-inspired language, and by her ability to exhume history and create relevance and resonance for contemporary audiences. With Venus, she explored the objectification, both past and present, of black women’s bodies by…

Director Mary Zimmerman at the Goodman

Summer of 2019 sees a classic American musical revived at Goodman Theatre. The Music Man, directed by Mary Zimmerman is one of the highlights of the Goodman's 2018/2019 Season. In anticipation of this sure-to-be spectacular production, we look back at Zimmerman's history with the Goodman and Chicago's vibrant theater community.

A Note from the Artistic Director

Among the Goodman’s artistic priorities is the examination of history—particularly events that, despite their impact on society, have not traditionally found a place in textbooks or in the popular consensus of what is considered historically important.