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New Stages 2017

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…