Ike Holter sat down with Regina Victor in advance of the upcoming "Lottery Day" to discuss his incisive politics storefront theater and how he perfects his lyrical language.
Lynn Nottage sets her play "Sweat" in Reading, Pennsylvania—a once-prosperous city 48 miles northwest of Philadelphia—captivated by its early 21st century economic struggles. Reading’s story, from its earliest pre-Revolutionary beginnings to its apex in the 1930s to its current state of economic decline, mirrors that of many cities across the nation that have undergone sweeping changes in their economic landscapes.
With nine productions over the past 20 years, Rebecca Gilman is the most-produced contemporary playwright in Goodman Theatre history. The Pulitzer Prize finalist, Artistic Associate and “one of Chicago’s hottest playwrights” (Chicago Tribune) marks her seventh world premiere at the Goodman with Twilight Bowl.
Stage and screen star Linda Gehringer returns to the Owen Theatre, where she was last seen in Rebecca Gilman’s The Crowd You’re in With (a performance for which she earned a Joseph Jefferson Award nod). This time, she commands the stage as Helene, the central and sole character in Dael Orlandersmith’s new play.
Perhaps best known for her solo works in which she often inhabits multiple characters—with admirably expressive subtlety—playwright and performer Dael Orlandersmith is a storyteller through and through, an artist for whom no moment in life is insignificant, no person undeserving of consideration.
I want to aim really high, artistically and emotionally. In the ‘70s I saw Bette Midler, and what she did to me as an audience member in making me feel connected to life, I want to do to other people.
“It’s very much like a film score,” Marsh says of the music, which he will perform live on piano at every performance, accompanied by a quintet of musicians. “The song structures harken back to American Songbook-type songs—but with a contemporary flair.