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The Winter’s Tale: Neither Comedy nor Tragedy

By 1611 at age 47, William Shakespeare had already penned most of the plays that would come to define his oeuvre. Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night and Othello had all premiered in London, along with 27 other plays. Though he could not have known how long-lasting his…

A Seven-Play Success

“One of the most significant literary achievements in modern-day Chicago” ("Chicago Tribune")—Ike Holter’s seven-play “Rightlynd Saga”—is now complete. Courtesy of the playwright and dramaturg Kendra Miller, here is a look back at these remarkable works.

Reading, Pennsylvania: A Brief History

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.

Blue Collar Blues

As historians often try to make clear, the us-and-them divisiveness that defines American life today did not spring full-blown from the election of 2016: our cultural discord goes back decades. And while its causes are varied, the threads of race and the economy are woven deep into the fabric of this dilemma. With "Sweat"—for which she won her second Pulitzer Prize—playwright Lynn Nottage unravels these knots and reminds us that so much of what sets us at odds is often beyond our control.

Two Decades of Drama

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. 

7-10 Split: Twilight Bowl by Rebecca Gilman

Lives that derail. Lives that never get up to speed. Ordinary people. Challenging circumstances. Playwright Rebecca Gilman is at home describing worlds in which folks find it tough to stand as straight as everyone thinks they should, or struggle to find a measure of contentment. 

Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out: Creation in San Francisco

The setting for How to Catch Creation is an imagined city by the Bay, described by playwright Christina Anderson in her script as “a place that resembles San Francisco and the surrounding areas.” So though the geography lives somewhere in-between fact and fiction, there is great inspiration, for a play about multiple meanings of “creation,”…