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Decades of Delight: Celebrating 40 Years of A Christmas Carol

It was 1978: Grease was on the big screen, Jimmy Carter in the White House and the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack topped the charts for 24 weeks. The world has certainly changed since A Christmas Carol premiered on the Goodman stage that year, yet the production has remained a Chicago standard. As Scrooge reflects on his own past, the Goodman is thrilled to look back over the past 40 years of A Christmas Carol.

A Note About About Yasmina’s Necklace From the Artistic Director

I first heard about Rohina Malik’s work when she wrote and performed her one-woman show, Unveiled, in which she played five distinct Muslim women discussing their choice to cover their heads—and the resulting discrimination they encountered, especially after 9/11. This play demonstrated Rohina’s ability to challenge stereotypes surrounding the Muslim community, of which she is…

Why A View From the Bridge? A Note From the Artistic Director

Welcome to our new 2017/2018 Season. Among the Goodman’s artistic priorities is our desire to explore, reinvigorate and reimagine classic works for the stage, finding new resonance in plays from other eras. Arthur Miller is a playwright whose work is at once specific to his time and place (20th century America) and also universal, with…

Eugene O’Neill and the Goodman

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…

Exploring the Wilderness: A Conversation with Director Steve Scott

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…