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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.…

Playwright Ayad Akhtar on PBS Newshour

Ayad Akhtar, the Pulitzer-prize winning playwright of  Disgraced, sat down with PBS Newshour during the play’s recent Broadway run to discuss the hit play. Watch Akhtar discuss the themes of identity and religion in the United States in this video. Learn more about Akhtar's influences as an artist, then come see the production here at the Goodman—perfromances…