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Engaging Communities. Expanding Minds. The Alice B. Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement at Goodman Theatre Opens This Spring

Goodman Theatre believes that theater is more than a play or a place: it is an inspiring, expansive lens on the world that can profoundly engage communities and expand minds. Goodman programs promote literacy and learning, inspire self-confidence and empowerment — and effect positive change in society. The new Alice B. Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement at…

Why Feathers and Teeth? Artistic Director Robert Falls on the Play’s Wholly Original Outlook

In a world in which many things (including plays) are easily categorized, Charise Castro Smith’s Feathers and Teeth is a delightful anomaly. At first glance, it’s a dark parody of such late ‘70s family sitcoms as The Brady Bunch, replete with shag carpeting, lacquered hairstyles and uneasy family dinners. Beneath its chrome-and-plastic surface, though, the play…

First Person: Actor Behzad Dabu Recounts his Journey with Disgraced

In Disgraced, Chicago-based actor Behzad Dabu portrays Abe, the 22-year-old nephew of successful Manhattan lawyer Amir. Abe’s request for his uncle to assist a local imam facing legal trouble sparks the tumultuous events of Ayad Akhtar’s drama. The Goodman production of Disgraced will mark a homecoming of sorts for Dabu, who also played Abe in…

Inside Disgraced: A Set Designer’s Perspective

The action of Disgraced unfolds over four different scenes set in the luxurious Manhattan apartment of wealthy lawyer Amir Kapoor and his artist wife Emily. Tony Award-winning set designer John Lee Beatty was tasked with creating the Upper East Side abode on stage, filling the apartment with the glamorous amenities laid out in the script…

Stage Screams: The Horror Genre in Theater

For the first time in its history, Goodman Theatre dips a toe into the crimson waters of horror this fall with playwright Charise Castro Smith’s Feathers and Teeth. The play focuses on a family whose matriarch recently succumbed to cancer, but rather than taking the form of a taut emotional drama, Feathers and Teeth plumbs its…

Beyond Disgraced: Three Additional Works by Ayad Akhtar

“After September 11, I realized that I wasn't going to be able to run away from myself,” Disgraced playwright Ayad Akhtar recently said during an interview for the Goodman’s OnStage+. “I was going to have to account for what was happening in my community, for how life changed not only for me, but also for…

Disgraced: A Production History

Now among the most celebrated American plays of this decade, Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced will soon become among the most performed, with more than 20 regional theater productions scheduled for the coming season alone. Following is a brief history of the play’s journey from its acclaimed off-Loop roots to its Tony Award-nominated Broadway run and beyond.…