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It’s Not Easy Being Green

Steven Strafford slips into the role of Crumpet, the less-than-jolly elf in The Santaland Diaries Celebrated for his knack of identifying the odd in the obvious and weirdness around every turn—expressed with a genuine astonishment at the ways of the world—humorist David Sedaris has become something of a regular Christmas visitor, thanks to The Santaland…

Meet the Man Behind the Miser

An Interview with Actor Larry Yando In 2006, award-winning actor Larry Yando stepped into the role of Ebenezer Scrooge for the very first time. Little did he know that 13 years later, he’d still be delighting Goodman audiences with his take on one of the greatest grouches of all time. As the holiday season swings…

An Enduring Classic in Many Forms

Charles Dickens began writing A Christmas Carol in October 1843; he completed it the following month, and it appeared in bookstores in December. Two months later, eight theater companies had mounted productions of the ghostly Christmas tale. Later in his life, Dickens himself performed the story, giving readings of his work throughout Britain and America.…

The Spirit of the Season

A Conversation with A Christmas Carol’s young performers During the Christmas season at the Goodman, the joyous feeling of holiday magic is palpable throughout the halls of our theater. This year, we asked some of our young performers in A Christmas Carol to tell us what “Christmas Spirit” means to them—and we can learn a…

From Conception To Completion

What New Stages Participation Has Meant to its Playwrights By Thomas Connors In the theater—as in so many professions—it’s all about getting that break, the chance to show what you’re made of. And from there, who knows? But in a business where one is never sure where or when the next job will appear, a…

A Conversation with Playwright Dave Harris

In Dave Harris’ dark new tragicomedy Incendiary, Tanya is a mother dead-set on breaking her son out of death row. A few weeks before rehearsal began, production dramaturg Jonathan L. Green talked with Harris about the play and his inspirations. JONATHAN L. GREEN: In reading this play, and some of your others, one theme that…

A Conversation with Playwright Rajiv Joseph

Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph collaborates with the Goodman for the first time with his newest play, In the Sick Bay of the Santa Maria. His works include Guards at the Taj, Gruesome Playground Injuries, Animals Out of Paper, The North Pool and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, which starred Robin Williams in a…

The Real Hanky-Panky

The Goodman's Hanky-Panky expertly mixed by Lounge Lead Sean Grosshans Over a hundred years ago a pioneering woman was taking on new roles, breaking cultural barriers and leaving her mark on history. No, we are not talking about Sarah Bernhardt this time; we are talking about Ada Coleman, the inventor and inspiration behind the Goodman’s…

“The Sublime is Even Better”—Sarah Bernhardt, Actress/Entrepreneur

“There are five kinds of actresses: bad actresses, fair actresses, good actresses, great actresses—and then there is Sarah Bernhardt.” — Mark Twain Few figures of the 19th century allured the public as much as actress and entrepreneur Sarah Bernhardt. While many actors struggled to gain employment, Bernhardt created her own opportunities and eventually opened her…