Luna Gale

Luna Gale

January 18 - February 23, 2014 In the Albert
Approximate running time: 2 hours and 15 minutes with one intermission

  • Excellent” and an “intensely involving work”— Chicago Sun-Times
  • stars — Chicago Tribune
  • Luna Gale packs quite the punch”— Chicago Tribune
  • Clearly, this writer and this actress, who is doing some of the best work of her career here, are simpatico”— Chicago Tribune
  • The high-stakes Luna Gale had the…Goodman audience in its thrall.” [It] “packs quite the punch”— Chicago Tribune
  • provocative and impassioned” “Fisher is a marvel”— Chicago Sun-Times
  • Gilman’s bristling dialogue continually pops”— Chicago Sun-Times
  • Gilman remains a force to be reckoned with”— Entertainment Weekly
  • Director Robert Falls' top-notch production keeps the audience constantly alert and a little on edge”— Entertainment Weekly
  • “Terrific ensemble” “The best work I've seen from Gilman”— Time Out Chicago
  • Thoroughly moving and believable”— New City
  • Hugely entertaining”— New City
  • I've never seen Fisher create so moving a character. That's really what makes this play so out of the ordinary.”— Chicago Tribune
  • a fast-paced, ferociously involving work”— Chicago Sun-Times
  • Captivating” and A “gripping new play”— Chicago Reader
  • Gilman provides a compelling and compassionate portrait of flawed people making impossible choices”— Chicago Reader
  • Superbly acted, astutely directed”— The Daily Herald
  • An “engrossing, emotionally charged drama” and “Expertly Cast”— The Daily Herald
  • Falls’ direction is brisk, straightforward and reflects a master’s ability to calibrate…the tension in this remarkable, well-written play.”— The Daily Herald
  • FIt’s the kind of exquisitely ambivalent, intelligent performance we’ve come to expect from this award-winning actress”— The Daily Herald

Goodman Theatre Artistic Director Robert Falls directs this gripping world-premiere drama from Rebecca Gilman, whose work “reaches the heart and head with equal force” (Time).

Caroline, a veteran social worker, thinks she has a typical case on her hands when she meets Peter and Karlie, two teenaged drug addicts accused of neglecting their baby (Luna Gale). But when she places their infant daughter in the care of Karlie’s mother, Caroline sparks a family conflict that exposes a shadowy, secretive past—and forces her to make a risky decision with potentially life-altering consequences. Powerful and arresting, Luna Gale is an unforgettable tale of faith and forgiveness.

Groups of 10+ can reserve specially priced tickets for Luna GaleLearn more on our Groups page or email Groups@GoodmanTheatre.org for details.


  • Behind the Scenes of Luna Gale
    Learn more about the making of Luna Gale.

  • Luna Gale is an audience hit!
    Hear what audiences are saying about Rebecca Gilman's latest play, directed by Robert Falls.

  • An Interview with Mary Beth Fisher
    Learn more about the world of Luna Gale from the play's star Mary Beth Fisher.

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  • 2013/2014 Season Teaser
    Step inside Goodman Theatre's 2013/14 DREAM Season and see what is in store.

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  • Luna Gale Production Photos
    Mary Beth Fisher (Caroline) in the world-premiere production of Luna Gale by Rebecca Gilman, directed by Robert Falls.

  • Luna Gale Production Photos
    (L to R) Colin Sphar (Peter) and Reyna de Courcy (Karlie) in the world-premiere production of Luna Gale by Rebecca Gilman, directed by Robert Falls.

  • Luna Gale Production Photos
    (L to R) Mary Beth Fisher (Caroline) and Jordan Baker (Cindy) in the world-premiere production of Luna Gale by Rebecca Gilman, directed by Robert Falls.

  • Luna Gale Production Photos
    (L to R) Jordan Baker (Cindy), Richard Thieriot (Pastor Jay) and Mary Beth Fisher (Caroline) in the world-premiere production of Luna Gale by Rebecca Gilman, directed by Robert Falls.

  • Luna Gale Production Photos
    (L to R) Mary Beth Fisher (Caroline) and Erik Hellman (Cliff) in the world-premiere production of Luna Gale by Rebecca Gilman, directed by Robert Falls.

  • Luna Gale Production Photos
    Erik Hellman (Cliff) in the world-premiere production of Luna Gale by Rebecca Gilman, directed by Robert Falls.

  • Luna Gale Production Photos
    (L to R) Colin Sphar (Peter) and Reyna de Courcy (Karlie) in the world-premiere production of Luna Gale by Rebecca Gilman, directed by Robert Falls.

  • Luna Gale Production Photos
    (L to R) Mary Beth Fisher (Caroline), Richard Thieriot (Pastor Jay) and Erik Hellman (Cliff) in the world-premiere production of Luna Gale by Rebecca Gilman, directed by Robert Falls.

  • Luna Gale Production Photos
    (L to R) Mary Beth Fisher (Caroline) Erik Hellman (Cliff) and Melissa DuPrey (Lourdes) in the world-premiere production of Luna Gale by Rebecca Gilman, directed by Robert Falls.

  • Luna Gale Production Photos
    (L to R) Colin Sphar (Peter) and Jordan Baker (Cindy) in the world-premiere production of Luna Gale by Rebecca Gilman, directed by Robert Falls.

  • Luna Gale Rehearsal Photos
    Playwright Rebecca Gilman in rehearsal for Luna Gale.

  • Luna Gale Rehearsal Photos
    Director Robert Falls in rehearsal for Luna Gale.

  • Luna Gale Rehearsal Photos
    (L to R): Playwright Rebecca Gilman and Mary Beth Fisher (Caroline) in rehearsal for Luna Gale.

  • Luna Gale Rehearsal Photos
    Mary Beth Fisher (Caroline) in rehearsal for Luna Gale.

  • Luna Gale Rehearsal Photos
    (L to R): Mary Beth Fisher (Caroline) and Erik Hellman (Cliff) in rehearsal for Luna Gale.

  • Luna Gale Rehearsal Photos
    (L to R): Colin Sphar (Peter) and Reyna de Courcy (Karlie) in rehearsal for Luna Gale.

  • Luna Gale Rehearsal Photos
    (L to R): Jordan Baker (Cindy), Richard Thieriot (Pastor Jay) and Mary Beth Fisher (Caroline) in rehearsal for Luna Gale.

  • Luna Gale Rehearsal Photos
    (L to R): Mary Beth Fisher (Caroline) and Erik Hellman (Cliff) in rehearsal for Luna Gale.

  • Luna Gale Rehearsal Photos
    (L to R) Jordan Baker (Cindy) and Richard Thieriot (Pastor Jay) in rehearsal for Luna Gale.

  • Luna Gale Rehearsal Photos
    (L to R): Mary Beth Fisher (Caroline) and Melissa DuPrey (Lourdes) in rehearsal for Luna Gale.

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  • Feb 18 2014
    Backstage with: Erik Hellman  

    Backstage with: Erik Hellman

    As Luna Gale enters its final days of performances, we asked Erik Hellman—who plays Cliff—to answer a few "backstage with" questions.

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  • Feb 11 2014
    Backstage with: Reyna de Courcy  

    Backstage with: Reyna de Courcy

    During her busy eight performances a week schedule, we nabbed a few minutes with Luna Gale's Reyna de Courcy (Karlie) and quick-fired five "backstage with" questions at her.

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  • Feb 05 2014
    Luna Gale's Rotating Stage  

    Luna Gale's Rotating Stage

    One of the most remarkable set elements to our production of Rebecca Gilman's Luna Gale is the rotating stage. We got a backstage tour of how this magnificent machine works from Assistant Technical Director Alex Bergeron.

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  • Jan 29 2014
    Costuming Luna Gale: An Interview with Kaye Voyce  

    Costuming Luna Gale: An Interview with Kaye Voyce

    Costume designer Kaye Voyce, who also designed Other Desert Cities and Shining City at the Goodman, was tasked with the responsibility of dressing the cast of Luna Gale. The play is set in present day, so we were curious to know how Voyce designs costumes that will look like the audience's own clothes, but still add to the story. Check out our interview with Voyce below to learn more.

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  • Jan 14 2014
    <i>Methland</i> & <i>Luna Gale</i>  

    Methland & Luna Gale

    As a way to engage and prepare our audience, we’ve chosen Methland as our first Goodman Book Club selection. The book deals with many of the issues faced by the characters in Rebecca Gilman's newest play, Luna Gale, starting performances here on January 18. I’ll be blogging my thoughts and hope that you will share your comments on the book and Luna Gale here as well.

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