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Henrik Ibsen at the Goodman

Artistic Director Robert Falls’ adaptation of An Enemy of the People is the latest in Goodman Theatre’s six-decade history of producing Henrik Ibsen and works inspired by the writer’s plays. 1953 David B. Itkin, director of the Goodman Memorial Theatre, helms a production of The Master Builder. 1962 Melvin Bernhardt directs Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, with…

Leaders of the Pack: A Conversation with The Wolves Playwright Sarah DeLappe and Director Vanessa Stalling

If there’s a theatrical equivalent to scoring a championship-winning goal, 26 year-old playwright Sarah DeLappe has certainly done it with her soccer-themed play, The Wolves—written as a graduate student at Brooklyn College. DeLappe earned a spot among the 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalists for the New York premiere of her debut play, which received two encore…

The Peace Room: Goodman Theatre at the ATHE Conference

This summer, the Goodman joined forces with the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) conference to further influence the rise in “Peace Room” initiatives in university classrooms. Peace Rooms focus on creating spaces where conflicts are solved in a holistic matter without resorting to punitive or violent measures. Members from ATHE visited the Goodman’s…

From Houdini To Hinderaker: The Ever-Expanding World of Magic

Imagine a magician. What comes to mind? Perhaps an image of a formally-dressed man extracting a rabbit from a hat, or guessing which card occupies the thoughts of an earnest volunteer? It’s the stuff of birthday parties, cruise ship entertainment and relatives who knew a few sleights of hand. But for many contemporary magicians, their field encompasses much more than timeworn tricks....

The King of Hell’s Palace: Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig Explores the Repercussions of Plasma Donation in China

In the early 1990s, the Chinese Ministry of Health set up plasma stations across Henan province that allowed impoverished farmers to sell their plasma for compensation. This infused cash into small villages, and also became a profit source for Health Ministry officials. When plasma is donated, red blood cells are routinely returned to the donor.…