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Director Mary Zimmerman at the Goodman

Summer of 2019 sees a classic American musical revived at Goodman Theatre. The Music Man, directed by Mary Zimmerman is one of the highlights of the Goodman's 2018/2019 Season. In anticipation of this sure-to-be spectacular production, we look back at Zimmerman's history with the Goodman and Chicago's vibrant theater community.

Navigating the Waters: Pulitzer Prize Finalist Dael Orlandersmith Takes to the Streets of Ferguson, Missouri in Until the Flood

In Until the Flood, Goodman Artistic Associate and Alice Center Resident Artist Dael Orlandersmith explores the social unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting of teenager Michael Brown. Drawing from her extensive interviews with Ferguson residents, Orlandersmith crafts an extraordinary theatrical experience in which she embodies eight residents of the town as they try to…

Testing the Waters: Stage Chemistry on the Science of Water

Flying actors; giant, moving set pieces; storms of thunder, rain and lightning—what appears as onstage magic in Goodman Theatre productions is quite often science concepts at work behind the scenes. Since 2008, the Goodman’s unique Stage Chemistry program has brought high school students into the unseen technical world of the theater to explore the use…

Drink Up: The History Behind Your Clean Glass of Water

From cooking to showering, fresh coffee and laundry, we often take the availability of clean water for granted. Yet when Henrik Ibsen wrote An Enemy of the People in 1882, the specialty of bacteriology was in its infancy, and viruses had yet to be discovered, so scientists had just begun to understand how diseases could…