By Neena Arndt
We know you were looking forward to the final four productions of the 2019/20 Season. Don’t worry: they’re not cancelled, just postponed! The Goodman is committed to bringing these masterful plays to life as soon and as safely as we can. The 2020/21 Season will include all of these exciting previously scheduled productions, so you won’t miss a thing. Here’s a taste of what you can expect.
School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play
By Jocelyn Bioh
Directed by Lili-Anne Brown
Playwright Jocelyn Bioh was thrilled as her play School Girls became a hit off-Broadway and regionally. As the production began to be produced regionally, those staging dreams turned into streams. We made our final preview performance available online for those who couldn’t wait to experience the fun, but the full-hearted heroines of School Girls are too fierce to not make a comeback to the stage. We’re going back to school next season.
This biting and buoyant comedy, “ferociously entertaining, as heartwarming as it is hilarious” (The Hollywood Reporter), enjoyed a critically acclaimed, extended run Off-Broadway As the reigning queen bee at Ghana’s most exclusive boarding school sets her sights on the Miss Universe pageant, a new student unexpectedly changes the game. Don’t miss this “nasty-teen comedy, wonderfully refreshed and deepened” (The New York Times) that spotlights the universal similarities—and glaring differences—of teenage girls around the globe.
By José Cruz González
Directed by Henry Godinez
Artistic Collective member and director Henry Godinez was in previews for American Mariachi at the Dallas Theater Center when circumstances halted the production (it was originally scheduled to be staged at the Goodman in April). Instead, acclaimed playwright José Cruz González will make his Goodman Theatre debut in the 2020/21 Season, when the (mariachi) beat will go on.
Familia, amor and tradiciόn are at the heart of this hilarious and heartwarming new comedy about the freedom to dream big. Lucha spends her days caring for her ailing mother, but longs to shake up her 1970s home life. When a forgotten record album sparks her mother’s memory, Lucha and her cousin strike upon a radical idea: to create an all-female mariachi band. Infused with live mariachi music, this “big-hearted, musical tug at the heartstrings” (Denver Post) reveals how music and love can make just about anything possible.
Based on the Novel by S.E. Hinton and Francis Ford Coppola’s Motion Picture
Book by Adam Rapp
Music and Lyrics by Jamestown Revival (Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance) and Justin Levine
Music Supervision, Arrangements and Orchestrations by Justin Levine
Choreography by Lorin Latarro
Directed by Liesl Tommy
After months of workshopping, this adaptation of S.E. Hinton’s classic novel was slated to bethe musical finale of the Goodman’s season. Now, audiences will have to “stay gold” a little longer while they await this world premiere.
The story that defined a generation is reimagined in a groundbreaking musical for a new generation. In 1967 Tulsa, Oklahoma, the hardened hearts, aching souls and romantic dreams of Ponyboy Curtis, Johnny Cade and their band of greasers take center stage in a fight for purpose and a quest for survival. Adapted from S.E. Hinton’s seminal book and Francis Ford Coppola’s iconic film, and directed by Tony nominee Liesl Tommy with a book by Pulitzer Prize finalist Adam Rapp, The Outsiders features a score by acclaimed Austin-based rock duo Jamestown Revival and Justin Levine.
By Brian Friel
Directed by Robert Falls
Just before our theater temporarily shut our doors, artists and staff were preparing to begin rehearsals for Brian Friel’s shrewd, poetic play Molly Sweeney. We’re thrilled to pick up the creative process right where we left off as part of the 2020/21 season.
In this riveting exploration of triumph and loss, master storyteller Brian Friel—“a towering figure of the stage, from Dublin to Broadway” (The Guardian)—reveals the unexpected consequences of a modern medical miracle. Having lost her sight at infancy, Molly agrees to an operation that could restore her fifth sense. But is it she who benefits most—or her hopeful husband, or her ambitious doctor? Robert Falls directs a major revival of this “astonishing, highly entertaining, deeply moving meditation on hope, change and despair” (The New York Times).