About the Plays

In 1985, after decades of tension between the United States and the Soviet Union, U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev assembled for a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. These men, representing two of the world’s superpowers, sat in cream-colored armchairs; once the photographers had captured the occasion on film, only interpreters were […]

About the Plays

RONALD WILSON REAGAN (1911 – 2004) Born in northern Illinois in the second decade of a new century, Ronald Reagan grew up in a poor family, his father an Irish Catholic traveling salesman. At age 11, he chose to be baptized a Protestant, his mother’s faith. Attending Eureka College, “Dutch” (as his father nicknamed him) was a […]

Artists

1953 – David B. Itkin, director of the Goodman Memorial Theatre, introduces Chicago audiences to Arthur Miller’s work with a production of Death of a Salesman. 1955 – Maurice Gnesin directs a production of The Crucible. The production features costumes from famed designer Theoni V. Aldredge, who went on to create a fashion sensation with her designs […]

About the Plays

Counted among the major cultural and historical touchstones of 1950s America are the rise of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), Marilyn Monroe’s ill-fated stardom and the premiere of ground-breaking new plays like The Crucible and A View From the Bridge. Remarkably, all of these events were affected, to one degree or another, by Arthur […]

Artists

Barefoot and alone with their outsized emotions, with minimal props or setting to distract, the characters prowl and scurry, delivering text with stark authority on a stage that calls to mind a sleek boxing ring. This is the world director Ivo van Hove has conceived for Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge. Though the […]

Blog & Buzz

This fall, the international sensation A View From the Bridge comes to Goodman Theatre after sold out runs on Broadway and in London. Visionary director Ivo van Hove’s production has been a smash hit and “allows us to see Arthur Miller’s play anew” (Huffington Post)—and experience it in seats directly on the stage. Each performance, […]