The Goodman welcomes four Chicago-based writers to its 2021/2022 Playwrights Unit: Mallory Raven-Ellen Backstrom, Susan H. Pak, Andrew Rosendorf and Omer Abbas Salem.
Stage and screen star Linda Gehringer returns to the Owen Theatre, where she was last seen in Rebecca Gilman’s The Crowd You’re in With (a performance for which she earned a Joseph Jefferson Award nod). This time, she commands the stage as Helene, the central and sole character in Dael Orlandersmith’s new play.
Perhaps best known for her solo works in which she often inhabits multiple characters—with admirably expressive subtlety—playwright and performer Dael Orlandersmith is a storyteller through and through, an artist for whom no moment in life is insignificant, no person undeserving of consideration.
I want to aim really high, artistically and emotionally. In the ‘70s I saw Bette Midler, and what she did to me as an audience member in making me feel connected to life, I want to do to other people.
“It’s very much like a film score,” Marsh says of the music, which he will perform live on piano at every performance, accompanied by a quintet of musicians. “The song structures harken back to American Songbook-type songs—but with a contemporary flair.
This play, at its core, is about a group of guys attempting–not necessarily succeeding—to be open about who they are, what they’re afraid of, and how they might learn to move forward in a world that is moving forward with or without them.