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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,…

Snaps from Santaland

Not every trip to Santaland is instant holiday magic. Inspired by David Sedaris' The Santaland Diaries, playing November 30 - December 30 in the Goodman's Owen Theatre.  From errant elves and mischievous young ones to holiday picture drama trauma, we want to see your most memorable trip to Santaland. Share your personal Santaland snap with…

Lady on Tour

On January 11, 1954, jazz singer Billie Holiday arrived in Copenhagen to kick off her first European tour, a trip long in the making.

Danes in Chicago

As America’s melting pot coalesced in the 19th and 20th centuries, Danish immigrants comprised a small portion of the millions of new citizens. Between 1840 and 1914, around 300,000 Danes arrived in America (by comparison, more than four million Italians and four million Irish immigrated during this period).

Solo Act: Linda Gehringer Takes Center Stage

Stage and screen star Linda Gehringer returns to the Owen Theatre, where she was last seen in Rebecca Gilman’s The Crowd You’re in With (a performance for which she earned a Joseph Jefferson Award nod). This time, she commands the stage as Helene, the central and sole character in Dael Orlandersmith’s new play.