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What New Stages Participation Has Meant to its Playwrights By Thomas Connors In the theater—as in so many professions—it’s all about getting that break, the chance to show what you’re made of. And from there, who knows? But in a business where one is never sure where or when the next job will appear, a…

A Conversation with Playwright Dave Harris

In Dave Harris’ dark new tragicomedy Incendiary, Tanya is a mother dead-set on breaking her son out of death row. A few weeks before rehearsal began, production dramaturg Jonathan L. Green talked with Harris about the play and his inspirations. JONATHAN L. GREEN: In reading this play, and some of your others, one theme that…

A Conversation with Playwright Rajiv Joseph

Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph collaborates with the Goodman for the first time with his newest play, In the Sick Bay of the Santa Maria. His works include Guards at the Taj, Gruesome Playground Injuries, Animals Out of Paper, The North Pool and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, which starred Robin Williams in a…

Twilight Bowl: Rebecca Gilman Explores the Road Ahead for a Group of Young Women

For nearly two decades, playwright Rebecca Gilman’s emotionally compelling dramas have made for thought-provoking nights of theater on the Goodman’s stages. Plays like Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976; Luna Gale; A True History of the Johnstown Flood; The Crowd You’re in With and Blue Surge, among others, have explored class distinctions in both contemporary and…

Creating Communities On Stage and Off

Welcome to the New Stages Festival. Now in its 14th season, New Stages unites artists and audiences to share in the process of creating a new play. The centerpiece of the festival are three “developmental productions,” which run in rotating repertory. While scaled back from the Goodman’s usual production values, each of these plays receives three…

Continuity: A Conversation with Playwright Bess Wohl

“In the very near future, habitat for Homo sapiens will be gone. And shortly thereafter…all humans will die.” In Continuity, Bess Wohl’s new comedy, a film crew stationed in a New Mexico desert is shooting a high-budget thriller about climate change and an eco-terrorist villain. Maria, the director, must juggle a high-maintenance cast, a cynical…

Lottery Day: Ike Holter Reunites Old Friends for His Newest Play

With Lottery Day, Chicago playwright Ike Holter has created an expansive and combustible final chapter for a series of plays that have earned critical and popular acclaim for the prolific writer over the last three years. It began with Exit Strategy, about the final days of a Chicago public school slated for closure. Produced by…

Video: Director Joshua Kahan Brody on King of the Yees

"Audiences should be excited about new work because all masterpieces were new at some point…The American theater lives and thrives on new work." Hear from director Joshua Kahan Brody on why he enjoys working on new plays and why he is excited to direct Lauren Yee's King of the Yees at the New Stages festival.…

Video: Director Chuck Smith on Objects in the Mirror

"It just happens to be timely, it's a refugee play and we're talking about refugees everyday in the news." Director Chuck Smith talks about working on playwright Charles Smith's "Objects in the Mirror." Now playing at ‪#‎NewStages15‬! Get free tickets at GoodmanTheatre.org/NewStages…

Video: Director Juliette Carrillo on Mother Road

"We are searching for home, we're looking for what the essence of what this play is... We're making discoveries daily." Director Juliette Carrillo talks about working on Octavio Solis' new play Mother Road as part of New Stages. FREE tickets at GoodmanTheatre.org/NewStages.…