Andrew Hinderaker developed The Magic Play during a year-long residency in the Goodman’s Playwrights Unit. The process of creating a play, from inception to fully realized production, is often long and arduous, and writers typically revise their work through a series of workshops and readings. The Playwrights Unit, a program in which four local writers meet bi-monthly to discuss their plays-in-progress, is among the many ways the Goodman supports and develops new plays. Each writer in the group possesses a unique voice and approach to writing; this diversity leads to fruitful discussions, allowing the playwrights to shape their work into the best possible products. The experience culminates in readings of each writer’s work, presented to the public free of charge. Playwrights Unit plays are strongly considered for production at the Goodman.



Lucas Baisch Mr. Baisch’s work has been read and developed at Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago Dramatists’ Saturday Series, American Theatre Company, The NeoFuturists, SF Playground and DePaul University. He recently completed an eight-month residency as Gloucester Stage Company’s 2015 Playwriting Apprentice and will be a 2017 artist-in-residence at Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina.




dawnreneejones_288x375Dawn Renee Jones Ms. Jones’ writing career began in advertising at the Leo Burnett Company, Young & Rubicam and McCann Erickson agencies. Her feature screenplay Man of the Word won Best Screenplay at the 2008 FilmColumbia Film Festival and she has been a script doctor on screenplays for Columbia Pictures and Warner Brothers. She was the founder and artistic director of Alchemy Theatre in Minneapolis and developed theater curriculum for the State of Minnesota’s Professional Development Institute at the Perpich Center for the Arts.




Evan Linder Mr. Linder is a founding member and the co-artistic director of The New Colony. He recently reprised the role of Jim in his play Byhalia, Mississippi (Jeff Award for New Work) at Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theatre. Other plays include FRAT, 11:11, The Warriors, The Bear Suit of Happiness, B-Side Studio and 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche, which ran off-Broadway and has been performed at venues in the U.S., Europe and Australia.





Emma Stanton Ms. Stanton has worked with such companies as American Theater Company, Collaboraction, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Victory Gardens Theater, About Face Theatre, Redmoon Theater and Roundabout Theatre Company. Most recently, she was the recipient of the 2016 Princess Grace Award Playwriting Fellowship, which includes a year-long residency at New Dramatists in New York.