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An Epic Odyssey for a New Era

An epic journey. Lyrical language. A devoted dog. These are a few recognizable elements from the famed poem, The Odyssey, which playwright Suzan-Lori Parks uses as loose source material for Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3). A staple of high school curricula for generations, The Odyssey is one of the…

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.

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…

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…