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An Important New Voice in American Theater: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

The New York Times hails playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins as “one of the most exciting young dramatists working today,” and counts him among “this country’s most original and illuminating writers.” For someone who just turned 32, and whose first major production was staged only in 2010, Jacobs-Jenkins has earned an impressive number of accolades. Three of…

A Conversation with Gloria Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Shortly before the world premiere of Gloria, the Vineyard Theatre’s Miriam Weiner sat down with Branden Jacobs-Jenkins to discuss his play. Miriam Weiner:  What was the seed idea for Gloria? Branden Jacobs-Jenkins: I was living in Germany for a couple years beginning in 2010 and right before I was about to move back to the…

A Story of Love and Survival: A Christmas Carol‘s Kim Schultz on Her New Memoir Three Days in Damascus

Starring as the Ghost of Christmas Present in A Christmas Carol, actor Kim Schultz sheds light on the many injustices of the world, urging Scrooge to change his ways. Off stage, Schultz has found a similar calling, becoming an advocate for refugees of international crises. After volunteering in the Middle East, Schultz recently released Three…

Ringing in the Holidays with the Cast of A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol is a long-standing tradition for Chicago audiences—and for the cast and crew, many of whom return to the production year after year. Here, several cast members share their favorite holiday memories, traditions and more! What is your favorite part about performing in A Christmas Carol, and why do you like to return…

A Costume Designer’s Perspective

Goodman Theatre’s Costume Shop Manager Heidi Sue McMath has designed the elaborate costumes for A Christmas Carol for the past 16 years. With her designs, McMath has brought life to the many inhabitants of Victorian London, as well as the supernatural spirits who visit Scrooge. These designs can change each year pending the arrival of…

How’d They Do That? Making The Magic Play

Jaw-dropping acts of magic + the poignant punch of Chicago theater = “a singular new play” (The New York Times). Andrew Hinderaker’s The Magic Play, which makes its world premiere here in the Goodman’s Owen Theatre, uses visual spectacle to tell an intimate story of love and loss—and the desperate measures we take to hold…

A Conversation with Support Group for Men Playwright Ellen Fairey

Much like the characters in her new comedy Support Group for Men, playwright Ellen Fairey recently sat down with the play’s dramaturg, Isaac Gomez, for an open discussion about her work and writing process. Isaac Gomez: What inspired you to write Support Group For Men? Ellen Fairey: The initial thought happened while I was watching Brian…

A Conversation with Blue Skies Process Playwright Abe Koogler

Abe Koogler’s new play Blue Skies Process examines the professional dynamics of several co-workers during an unconventional business meeting. Shortly before beginning rehearsals, Koogler spoke with the play’s dramaturg, Jonathan L. Green, to discuss his inspirations for the play. Jonathan L. Green: Several of your plays examine workspaces, with your characters trying to navigate personal…