Professionals Weekend

New Stages Professionals Weekend

New Stages
Professionals Weekend: November 14 – 16, 2014

Make your plans now to attend the Professionals Weekend, November 14 – 16, 2014, and see all three workshop performances and 3 staged readings—for FREE! In addition, we invite you to meet the artists and mingle with other professionals at our welcome reception, enjoy an afternoon panel discussion and sip drinks in our exclusive Patrons’ Lounge after each evening’s workshop performance.

Registration for New Stages Professionals Weekend is now closed.

Questions? Contact Joe Pindelski at 312.553.7253 or


Friday, November 14

  • 6:30pm

    Welcome Reception

    Network with Industry Colleagues | 6:30pm

    Grab some drinks with colleagues involved in new work development from Chicago and around the country before the evening's performance.

  • Carlyle

    By Thomas Bradshaw | Directed by Benjamin Kamine
    8pm Developmental Production

    Thomas Bradshaw’s Carlyle slices open the heart of right-wing poliltics in America as an African-American politician recounts his journey to becoming a Republican. Rendered with absurd humor and stinging insight, Carlyle explores questions of affirmative action, party alliance and the state of race in America.

  • Post
    Post-Show Cocktail Hour Cocktail Hour

    Post-Show Cocktail Hour

    Goodman Theatre

    Relax and enjoy the comforts of our exclusive Patrons’ Lounge, where you can discuss the evening’s performance with fellow colleagues over drinks.


Saturday, November 15, 2014

  • Women Lauging Alone with Salad

    Written by Sheila Callaghan | Directed by Kip Fagan
    10am Reading

    All the women in Guy’s life love salad. But does all that salad nourish them, or just fuel their neuroses? Inspired by a popular internet meme, Women Laughing Alone with Salad explores the harsh reality of gender stereotyping in a world ruled by social media and appearance.


  • Feathers and Teeth

    By Charise Castro Smith | Directed by Henry Godinez
    2pm Developmental Production

    What was your greatest fear as a child? Monsters under your bed? Creatures in your closet? What if the scariest monster imaginable wasn’t an animal, but a person invading your home? That fear of the unknown inspired Feathers and Teeth, a dark new comedy sure to make your hair stand on end.


  • Changing the Picture

    Goodman Theatre | Healy Rehearsal Room 

    Join writers Thomas Bradshaw, Sheila Callaghan, Tanya Saracho and Tracey Scott Wilson for a candid conversation about challenging traditional representations of women and people of color in theatre and on television.

  • The Magic Play

    By Andrew Hinderaker | Directed by Halena Kays
    8pm Developmental Production

    A good magician is always in control of his show. But the rest of his life might be a little messier. In The Magic Play, Andrew Hinderaker creates a world in which magic and real life collide—and the result is a theatrical event that’s equal parts affecting and astonishing.

  • Post
    Post-show Cocktail HourCocktail Hour

    Post-show Cocktail Hour

    Patron's Lounge | Goodman Theatre

    Relax and enjoy the comforts of our exclusive Patrons’ Lounge, where you can discuss the evening’s performance with fellow colleagues over drinks.


Sunday, November 16

  • Ugly

    By Tracey Scott Wilson | Directed Leigh Silverman
    11am Reading

    Lora is a 60-something white woman, once active in the 70’s feminist movement, now cut off from the community In the days leading up to the 2008 election, she is confronted by Amanda, a bi-racial teenager claiming to be her granddaughter. The women circle each other with curiosity and suspicion in a compelling examination of how the feminist movement has evolved–and how little has changed.

  • Acquainted with The Night

    By Keith Reddin | Directed by Henry Wishcamper
    3pm Reading

    At the height of the modern economic and environmental crises, a group of disparate people find themselves at a research facility in the South Pole, struggling to connect with themselves and each other in a place where the sun doesn’t rise for months on end.