New Stages

For nearly two decades, playwright Rebecca Gilman’s emotionally compelling dramas have made for thought-provoking nights of theater on the Goodman’s stages. Plays like Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976; Luna Gale; A True History of the Johnstown Flood; The Crowd You’re in With and Blue Surge, among others, have explored class distinctions in both contemporary and […]

Blog & Buzz

We’re thrilled to announce the next Playwrights Unit! Our commitment to new works and living writers continues in the 2017/2018 Season. The five Chicago-based playwrights newly named to the Playwrights Unit, a year-long residency in partnership with Chicago Dramatists, include Sam Collier, finalist for The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s 2017 National Playwright Conference for her […]

Heather Prete and Matthew Modine in the 2004 Goodman production of Finishing the Picture. Photo by Liz Lauren.

1953 – David B. Itkin, director of the Goodman Memorial Theatre, introduces Chicago audiences to Arthur Miller’s work with a production of Death of a Salesman. 1955 – Maurice Gnesin directs a production of The Crucible. The production features costumes from famed designer Theoni V. Aldredge, who went on to create a fashion sensation with her designs […]

About the Plays

Counted among the major cultural and historical touchstones of 1950s America are the rise of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), Marilyn Monroe’s ill-fated stardom and the premiere of ground-breaking new plays like The Crucible and A View From the Bridge. Remarkably, all of these events were affected, to one degree or another, by Arthur […]