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Fact, Fiction and the Unknown: The Civilians’ Process

Where do plays come from? A quick, glib answer is “from the mind of the playwright.” That response, however, fails to take into account the myriad ways in which different artists work to shape their plays. While some writers toil in solitude, others gather inspiration from a variety of sources, and some plays are the…

Actress Socorro Santiago on Navigating the World of Another Word for Beauty‘s Buen Pastor Prison

New York-based actress Socorro Santiago anchors the cast of José Rivera’s Another Word for Beauty as Ciliana, a sixtysomething “feisty prisoner with mischievous eyes, a real prison busybody,” who’s also “an intense survivor,” as the character is described by the script. As the play begins, Ciliana serves as a host of sorts, providing audiences with a crash…

Actor Janet Ulrich Brooks on Preparing for the Marathon Experience of 2666

Jeff Award-winning actress Janet Ulrich Brooks is one of 15 actors appearing in Robert Falls’ and Seth Bockley’s epic stage adaptation of Roberto Bolaño’s novel 2666. With its large cast, decade-spanning storyline and five-hour running time, 2666 presents a unique challenge to its cast and creative team. Below, Brooks, who recently appeared at the Goodman…

Double the Humbug: A Conversation with A Christmas Carol’s Two Scrooges Larry Yando and Allen Gilmore

For eight seasons, Jeff Award-winning actor Larry Yando (The Goodman’s The Little Foxes and The Jungle Book) has simultaneously frightened and delighted theatergoers with his performance as greedy businessman Ebenezer Scrooge. Jeff-nominated actor Allen Gilmore also appears on the Albert stage as the miserly Scrooge, performing the role at select performances. Shortly before performances began,…