An Inside Look at All Things Goodman Theatre

Robert Falls

A Note from the Artistic Director

When I first encountered the work of Suzan-Lori Parks in the 1990s with her play Venus, I was struck both by her poetic, jazz-inspired language, and by her ability to exhume history and create relevance and resonance for contemporary audiences. With Venus, she explored the objectification, both past and present, of black women’s bodies by…

A Note from the Artistic Director

Among the Goodman’s artistic priorities is the examination of history—particularly events that, despite their impact on society, have not traditionally found a place in textbooks or in the popular consensus of what is considered historically important.

A Note from the Artistic Director

Any theater artist will inevitably confront the genius of 19th century Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. Often dubbed “The Father of Modern Drama,” Ibsen wrote plays that differed from his forerunners’ in both style and subject matter. Portraying life “just as it is” had never been a goal for playwrights in previous eras: the ancient Greeks…

A Note from the Artistic Director

For decades, the competitive and energizing world of sports has been the backdrop for many acclaimed theatrical works. From Clifford Odets’ boxing-themed drama Golden Boy to the baseball centric Damn Yankees and Richard Greenberg’s Take Me Out, writers use athletics to create high-stakes drama, to build atmosphere and as a metaphor for life’s challenges. Yet…

A Note from the Artistic Director

In 1985, after decades of tension between the United States and the Soviet Union, U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev assembled for a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. These men, representing two of the world’s superpowers, sat in cream-colored armchairs; once the photographers had captured the occasion on film, only interpreters were…

Why War Paint?

Few tales of fiction can match the improbable rags-to-riches stories of cosmetic giants Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden. Emerging from modest means, each would find initial success in the still-nascent industry of women’s skincare products by promising eternal youth and beauty to respectable women of the middle class—women already intrigued by other signs of post-World…

Why Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976?

The past four decades have seen massive changes in American commerce, some of which are evident to all of us every day. Your call to customer service, once attended to by a local representative, may now be answered by someone in Phoenix or Mumbai; the mom-and-pop coffee shop that you patronized every morning may now…

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