The New Stages Festival started as a simple reading series designed to give the Goodman’s artistic staff an opportunity to hear interesting plays read out loud, but the series was such a success that it soon developed into the theater’s primary engine for identifying and developing new work for production. Each year since its inception at least one play from New Stages has gone on to receive a full production at the Goodman. In the photo gallery below, explore the many works that began life at New Stages before becoming part of the Goodman’s regular season programming. How many plays have you seen?
Michael Mellini is the communications coordinator at Goodman Theatre. He has worked as a contributor for Broadway.com, Thrillist Media Group, Chicago Tribune, RedEye, Newcity, Where, IN London, The A.V. Club and Ship to Shore Productions. He holds a journalism degree from Indiana University.