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Music Director Doug Peck on the Legacy of Leonard Bernstein

For Wonderful Town, music director Doug Peck reunites with director Mary Zimmerman. Having also previously collaborated on The Jungle Book and Guys and Dolls, this marks their second partnership on a Leonard Bernstein musical after the Goodman’s acclaimed 2010 production of Candide. Below Peck talks about Bernstein’s impact on American culture, in both the musical…

A Conversation with Playwright Rebecca Gilman

In Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976, playwright Rebecca Gilman depicts a family in a small Wisconsin town who, along with their surrounding community, are forever altered when a food conglomerate buys their local cheese factory. A few weeks before rehearsals began for Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976, Gilman spoke with the production’s dramaturg, Neena Arndt,…

Parental Guidance: Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976 Actor Cliff Chamberlain Takes on Fatherly Duties On Stage and Off

Family is certainly on actor Cliff Chamberlain’s mind at the moment. At the first day of rehearsals for Rebecca Gilman’s newest play, Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976, Chamberlain and his co-stars gathered for their first read-through of the script, which focuses on the economic woes of a tight-knit Wisconsin household. But earlier that week in…

Lies, Truth and Theatricality: Thornton Wilder’s Vision

Nearly each day of the year, somewhere in America, an actor strides on stage and declares, “This play is called Our Town…The name of the town is Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire—just across the Massachusetts line: latitude 42 degrees 40 minutes; longitude 70 degrees 37 minutes.” ...

A Conversation with Carlyle Playwright Thomas Bradshaw

Known for his audacious, sometimes incendiary plays, Thomas Bradshaw sets his sights on American politics with his newest satire Carlyle. In the play, Bradshaw, whose work last appeared at the Goodman with 2011’s Mary, traces one African American’s path to becoming a Republican. Shortly before beginning rehearsals, Bradshaw spoke with Tanya Palmer, the play’s dramaturg,…

Creating Carlyle: Actor James Earl Jones II Takes on the Title Role

In the new political satire Carlyle, Carlyle Meyers is an African American lawyer for the Republican Party overcome by stage fright during a theatrical retelling of how and why he became a member of the GOP. Happily, no such affliction seems to be affecting the play’s leading actor James Earl Jones II, as he prepares…