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Michael Mellini

Why Wonderful Town?

To those of us who grew up in the Midwest in the 1950s, New York City seemed  like Oz—a fantastical potpourri of bustling streets, gleaming skyscrapers and millions of people of every shape and description, all of whom had come to the city to chase their dreams. And in New York, all of those dreams…

Wonderful Town: A Costume Designer’s Perspective

“Such interesting people live on Christopher Street…Here we live, here we love, this is the place for self-expression.” So goes the lyrics to “Christopher Street,” the opening musical number of Wonderful Town.  Costume designer Ana Kuzmanic was tasked with bringing that sense of individual style to the “poets, actors, dancers, writers” of 1950s Greenwich Village…

Entering a New Era: Introducing Goodman Theatre’s New Alice Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement

Since 1925, Goodman Theatre has used the art of performance to explore the most crucial and challenging issues and ideas which confront us. This month, it is with considerable pride that we open the Alice Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement—“the Alice”—a state-of-the-art facility which signals a new era in that exploration. At the Alice,…

A Set Designer’s Perspective

In Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976, the fate of a Wisconsin cheese factory comes into question after it is acquired by a larger food conglomerate. The majority of conversations about its future, however, take place not within the factory, but at the kitchen table of employee Kim Durst and his family. As playwright Rebecca Gilman…

A Conversation with Playwright Rebecca Gilman

In Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976, playwright Rebecca Gilman depicts a family in a small Wisconsin town who, along with their surrounding community, are forever altered when a food conglomerate buys their local cheese factory. A few weeks before rehearsals began for Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976, Gilman spoke with the production’s dramaturg, Neena Arndt,…