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With acclaimed productions of The Iceman Cometh, Long Day’s Journey Into Night and more to his name, Goodman Theatre Artistic Director Robert Falls has been hailed as one of the leading interpreters of Eugene O’Neill. The Goodman’s rich history with the “Father of American Drama” (1888-1953) spans most of the theater’s history. 1939 – O’Neill’s work […]

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A few weeks before rehearsals began for Ah, Wilderness!— playwright Eugene O’Neill’s only comedy—director Steve Scott sat down with Production Dramaturg Neena Arndt to share his insights on the play and its place within O’Neill’s canon. Neena Arndt: Tell me about your relationship with Eugene O’Neill’s work. How were you introduced to him, and why do his […]

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Shortly before beginning rehearsals for Pamplona, Golden  Globe Award winner, two-time Tony and Emmy Award nominee  and Theater Hall of Famer Stacy Keach spoke about preparing to portray one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century, Ernest Hemingway. Michael Mellini: You have a long, celebrated history with Ernest Hemingway. Do you remember the […]

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In Pamplona—named for the storied Spanish town that is home to the annual running of the bulls at the Festival of San Fernín—we meet Ernest Hemingway in what will turn out to be the final year of his life. He recently turned 60—an event that Mary, his fourth wife and ultimately his widow, marked with […]

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Literary great—and Chicagoland native son—Ernest Hemingway (1899 – 1961) traversed the world, reporting on both World Wars in Europe, taking residence in Cuba, exploring Africa and much more. 1899 – Ernest Miller Hem-ingway is born in Oak Park, IL—the second of six children of Dr. Clarence Edmonds Hemingway, a physician and outdoorsman, and Grace Hall […]

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Ernest Hemingway has often been described as a “notorious man’s man” whose prose is rife with depictions of men engaged in bull fights, boxing, hunting and warfare. Though women also play key roles in his fiction, numerous scholars and literary critics (not to mention casual readers) have taken him to task for creating female characters […]

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As the curtain rises on Charles Smith’s Objects in the Mirror, Liberian refugee Shedrick Yarkpai has been resettled in Australia — one of more than one million refugees displaced when their homes and communities were destroyed in the Liberian civil wars. A plurality of internationally-resettled refugees ended up in neighboring countries in West Africa: Guinea, Sierra Leone […]