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Blue Collar Blues

As historians often try to make clear, the us-and-them divisiveness that defines American life today did not spring full-blown from the election of 2016: our cultural discord goes back decades. And while its causes are varied, the threads of race and the economy are woven deep into the fabric of this dilemma. With "Sweat"—for which she won her second Pulitzer Prize—playwright Lynn Nottage unravels these knots and reminds us that so much of what sets us at odds is often beyond our control.

Two Decades of Drama

With nine productions over the past 20 years, Rebecca Gilman is the most-produced contemporary playwright in Goodman Theatre history. The Pulitzer Prize finalist, Artistic Associate and “one of Chicago’s hottest playwrights” (Chicago Tribune) marks her seventh world premiere at the Goodman with Twilight Bowl. 

7-10 Split: Twilight Bowl by Rebecca Gilman

Lives that derail. Lives that never get up to speed. Ordinary people. Challenging circumstances. Playwright Rebecca Gilman is at home describing worlds in which folks find it tough to stand as straight as everyone thinks they should, or struggle to find a measure of contentment. 

Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out: Creation in San Francisco

The setting for How to Catch Creation is an imagined city by the Bay, described by playwright Christina Anderson in her script as “a place that resembles San Francisco and the surrounding areas.” So though the geography lives somewhere in-between fact and fiction, there is great inspiration, for a play about multiple meanings of “creation,”…

Life Lessons

"The present,” wrote author and folklorist, Zora Neale Hurston, “was an egg laid by the past that had the future inside its shell.” Witness Christina Anderson’s How to Catch Creation—with its overlapping time frames and intersecting lives—and that metaphoric musing makes all the sense in the world. The story of a couple drifting apart, of…

Twice Bitten: A Foreward from the Playwright

It’s 22 years since I wrote St. Nicholas, and I can still remember the dream that inspired it. I dreamt I had been bitten by a vampire, and someone was giving me two paracetamol tablets for the pain. I was a young playwright who had started doing my own plays in fringe venues around Dublin,…

Snaps from Santaland

Not every trip to Santaland is instant holiday magic. Inspired by David Sedaris' The Santaland Diaries, playing November 30 - December 30 in the Goodman's Owen Theatre.  From errant elves and mischievous young ones to holiday picture drama trauma, we want to see your most memorable trip to Santaland. Share your personal Santaland snap with…

Solo Act: Linda Gehringer Takes Center Stage

Stage and screen star Linda Gehringer returns to the Owen Theatre, where she was last seen in Rebecca Gilman’s The Crowd You’re in With (a performance for which she earned a Joseph Jefferson Award nod). This time, she commands the stage as Helene, the central and sole character in Dael Orlandersmith’s new play.