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Inside Disgraced: A Set Designer’s Perspective

The action of Disgraced unfolds over four different scenes set in the luxurious Manhattan apartment of wealthy lawyer Amir Kapoor and his artist wife Emily. Tony Award-winning set designer John Lee Beatty was tasked with creating the Upper East Side abode on stage, filling the apartment with the glamorous amenities laid out in the script…

Beyond Disgraced: Three Additional Works by Ayad Akhtar

“After September 11, I realized that I wasn't going to be able to run away from myself,” Disgraced playwright Ayad Akhtar recently said during an interview for the Goodman’s OnStage+. “I was going to have to account for what was happening in my community, for how life changed not only for me, but also for…

Disgraced: A Production History

Now among the most celebrated American plays of this decade, Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced will soon become among the most performed, with more than 20 regional theater productions scheduled for the coming season alone. Following is a brief history of the play’s journey from its acclaimed off-Loop roots to its Tony Award-nominated Broadway run and beyond.…

Paving the Way for Latino/a Work: Feathers and Teeth Director Henry Godinez Champions New Voices at the Goodman

During the 2015/2016 Season, the Goodman will present three works by Latino/a writers: Charise Castro Smith’s horror comedy Feathers and Teeth; José Rivera’s Another Word for Beauty, a musical exploration of a Colombian women’s prison and an adaptation of Roberto Bolaño’s soaring novel 2666. This abundance of Latino/a work reflects a substantial shift in the…

Developmental Production: King of the Yees

KING OF THE YEES By Lauren Yee Directed by Joshua Brody November 1 – November 15 Visit any Chinatown in America and you will likely find a small sign posted over an inconspicuous door with this family name character: 余 The Yee Fung Toy (the Yee Family Association) originated in 1886 when Yee clansmen immigrated to…

Developmental Production: Mother Road

MOTHER ROAD By Octavio Solis Directed by Juliette Carillo October 28 – November 14 Originally commissioned by the National Steinbeck Center, playwright Octavio Solis’ latest work, Mother Road, is inspired by John Steinbeck’s depression-era masterpiece The Grapes of Wrath. Steinbeck’s novel depicts the Joad family’s journey from Oklahoma to California in search of work after…

Staged Readings

LADY IN DENMARK By Dael Orlandersmith Directed by Chay Yew Sunday, November 15 at 10:30 a.m. in the Owen Theatre In this one-woman show, Obie Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith presents the life of Helene, a Danish American woman, who in the wake of her husband’s death, finds solace in the music…

Developmental Production: Objects in the Mirror

OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR By Charles Smith Directed by Chuck Smith Dates: October 30 - November 15 In 2009, playwright Charles Smith traveled to Adelaide, Australia, to see a production of his play Free Man of Color, which originally premiered at Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theater and earned Smith the 2004 Jeff Award for Best New…