Professionals Weekend

New Stages
Professionals Weekend: October 7 - 9, 2016

Make your plans now to attend New Stages Professionals Weekend, October 7-9, 2016, and see all three developmental productions and three staged readings—for FREE! In addition, we invite you to meet the artists and mingle with other professionals at our welcome reception, network at our late-night dramaturgs’ salon and enjoy a panel discussion with some of the brightest minds in our field.

RSVPs for Professionals Weekend are now closed. We look forward to seeing you this weekend!

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Friday, October 7

  • Welcome Reception

    6:30pm | Goodman Theatre | "The Alice"

    Enjoy food and beverages before the evening’s performance and say hello to colleagues involved in new work development from around Chicago and the country. Hosted in Goodman Theatre’s newest addition, the Alice Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement.

  • The King of Hell's Palace

    By Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig | Directed by Tea Alagic
    8pm | Owen Theatre

    When the Henan Ministry of Health begins paying citizens for blood plasma which is then sold to pharmaceutical companies, impoverished farmers in the province's remote villages sell blood to buy fertilizer, mend their houses and create a better life for their children. As corrupt health officials cut costs to maximize profits, safety standards are ignored, bringing potential catastrophe to China's most vulnerable population. Inspired by true events, this gripping drama explores the conflicts that arise when a community's greatest source of capital becomes their own bodies.

  • Post-Show
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    Professionals Weekend Lounge Night

    Post-show | Goodman Lounge

    Following The King of Hell’s Palace – and throughout Professionals Weekend – the Goodman Lounge will be open to you for cocktails and conversation. No RSVP is required; just show your Professionals Weekend ID for entry.

Saturday, October 8

  • 10:30am
    Kirsten Reading

    And Moira Spins

    By Kirsten Greenidge
    10:30am | Owen Theatre

    Determined to have a perfect vacation with her sisters. Lavinia has dropped off her kids at camp and rented a summer house. Her siblings, however, bring along their own baggage that threatens to ruin Lavinia’s meticulously planned week. And when their long-estranged stepmother shows up out of the blue, dormant tensions boil to the surface, forcing the women to face their cherished notions of family and how far they will go to preserve those beliefs.


  • 2pm

    Florissant & Canfield

    By Kristiana Rae Colón
    2pm | Owen Theatre

    Colliding in the fevered arena of a civil rights renaissance, a newly formed alliance of protesters is forced to put their nascent ideologies to the test in the quest for new visions of justice. Located at the intersections of tear gas and teddy bear memorials, of policeman Darren Wilson and teenager Michael Brown, of looting and liberation, Florissant & Canfield refracts the realities of Ferguson, Missouri, in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement.


  • Immersive Theater: a conversation with producers and directors on the unique challenges of developing and producing site-specific and immersive work.

    5:30pm | The Alice

    Some of today’s most vibrant theatrical creators and innovative producers discuss the expanded possibilities and potential pitfalls of moving beyond the proscenium and taking theatrical storytelling into new frontiers.


  • Blue Skies Process

    By Abe Koogler | Directed by Henry Wishcamper
    8pm | Owen Theatre

    To make something new. That's the task facing co-workers Amy, Peter and Kenny. To bolster their efforts, the team’s visionary leader has mandated a “blue skies process”: no hierarchy, everything is on the table and everyone's equal. Except they're not. Underneath the veneer of workplace civility, an epic power struggle is unfolding. Hilariously absurd and darkly menacing, Blue Skies Process pokes fun at office politics but takes the process of creation very, very seriously.


  • Dramaturgs' Salon

    Goodman Lounge

    Join other dramaturgs and literary managers for a casual networking event over complimentary food and cocktails. Talk about your current projects and get to know others in the field. Students, interns and anyone interested in dramaturgy are also welcome to attend!


Sunday, October 9

  • Amy and the Orphans

    By Lindsey Ferrentino | Directed Scott Ellis
    10am | Owen Theatre

    When their 85-year-old father dies, sparring siblings Maggie and Jake must break the news to their sister Amy, who has Down syndrome and lives in a state care facility. As they travel to their father’s memorial service with Amy and her straight-talking caregiver in tow, Jake and Maggie try to save the family by reintegrating Amy back into their lives—but soon must confront the truth about how truly far apart they’ve all grown.

  • Support Group for Men

    By Ellen Fairey | Directed by Kimberly Senior
    2pm | Owen Theatre

    Every Thursday night in an apartment on the border of Wrigleyville and Boystown, four men gather—not to blow off steam at a Cubs game, but as a make-shift support group complete with invented Native American names, a baseball bat/talking stick, and most importantly a ‘no women’ policy that is strictly enforced. But when a gender non-conforming visitor abruptly crashes their party, the guys’ traditional notions of masculinity are upended. This topical comedy spotlights the many ways gender functions in an increasingly non-binary world—and proves help can sometimes be found in the most unlikely places.