Smokefall

Smokefall

October 5 - November 3, 2013 In the Owen
Approximate running time: 1 hour 56 minutes with one intermission

  • Beautifully Lyrical”— Chicago Sun-Times
  • stars — Chicago Tribune
  • One of the best plays of the year”— Newcity
  • Gorgeous”— Chicago Reader
  • Not-to-be-missed”— Chicago Tribune
  • The cast is a marvel”— Chicago Sun-Times
  • Extraordinary performances”— Chicago Tribune
  • An epic of the human heart”— Chicago Reader
  • Enchanting”— Chicago Sun-Times
  • Poetic”— Time Out Chicago
  • Haidle…writes about the ordinary like no one else”— Chicago Sun-Times
  • flawless direction [by] Anne Kauffman”— Chicago Sun-Times

This lyrical new work from “formidably talented” (The New Yorker) playwright Noah Haidle explores the passage of time and the fleeting pleasures of life through three generations of a Midwestern family. 

Change is in the air as Violet prepares to bring twin boys into the world. Inside her womb, her unborn sons contemplate their future, while outside her body her world is in transformation: her husband is secretly planning to leave her, her father is slipping into senility and her daughter has taken a vow of silence. Smokefall spans the lives of this family in an expansive poetic treatise on the fragility of life and the power of love.

  • The Making of Smokefall
    Get behind the scenes with the cast and crew of Smokefall for a look at this remarkable new production.

  • Smokefall Audience Reactions
    Check out what audiences had to say about the 2013/2014 Season production of Noah Haidle's Smokefall.

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  • Smokefall Production Photos
    (L to R) Katherine Keberlein (Violet), Mike Nussbaum (Colonel), Eric Slater (Daniel and Fetus One), Guy Massey (Footnote, Samuel and Fetus Two) and Catherine Combs (Beauty) in Smokefall by Noah Haidle.

  • Smokefall Production Photos
    (L to R) Catherine Combs (Beauty), Mike Nussbaum (Colonel) and Guy Massey (Footnote, Samuel and Fetus Two) in Smokefall by Noah Haidle.

  • Smokefall Production Photos
    (L to R) Eric Slater (Daniel and Fetus One), Guy Massey (Footnote, Samuel and Fetus Two) in Smokefall by Noah Haidle.

  • Smokefall Production Photos
    (L to R) Mike Nussbaum (Colonel), Katherine Keberlein (Violet) and Eric Slater (Daniel and Fetus One) in Smokefall by Noah Haidle.

  • Smokefall Production Photos
    (L to R) Guy Massey (Footnote, Samuel and Fetus Two), Eric Slater (Daniel and Fetus One) and Katherine Keberlein (Violet) in Smokefall by Noah Haidle.

  • Smokefall Production Photos
    Katherine Keberlein (Violet), Mike Nussbaum (Colonel) and Eric Slater (Daniel and Fetus One) in Smokefall by Noah Haidle.

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    Catherine Combs (Beauty) in Smokefall by Noah Haidle.

  • Smokefall Production Photos
    Katherine Keberlein (Violet), Guy Massey (Footnote, Samuel and Fetus Two) and Catherine Combs (Beauty) in Smokefall by Noah Haidle.

  • Smokefall Rehearsal Photos
    (L to R) Director Anne Kauffman, Assistant Director Beth Lopes, Playwright Noah Haidle and Director of New Play Development Tanya Palmer in rehearsal for Smokefall.

  • Smokefall Rehearsal Photos
    Eric Slater (Daniel and Fetus One) in rehearsal for Smokefall.

  • Smokefall Rehearsal Photos
    (L to R) Mike Nussbaum (Colonel), Katherine Keberlein (Violet), Eric Slater (Daniel and Fetus One), Guy Massey (Footnote, Samuel and Fetus Two) and Catherine Combs (Beauty) in rehearsal for Smokefall by Noah Haidle.

  • Smokefall Rehearsal Photos
    (L to R) Mike Nussbaum (Colonel) and Katherine Keberlein (Violet) in rehearsal for Smokefall.

  • Smokefall Rehearsal Photos
    (L to R) Mike Nussbaum (Colonel), Katherine Keberlein (Violet) and Eric Slater (Daniel and Fetus One) in rehearsal for Smokefall.

  • Smokefall Rehearsal Photos
    Guy Massey (Footnote, Samuel and Fetus Two) in rehearsal for Smokefall.

  • Smokefall Rehearsal Photos
    Playwright Noah Haidle in rehearsal for Smokefall.

  • Smokefall Rehearsal Photos
    Katherine Keberlein (Violet) in rehearsal for Smokefall by Noah Haidle.

  • Smokefall Rehearsal Photos
    (L to R) Catherine Combs (Beauty) and Eric Slater (Daniel and Fetus One)in rehearsal for Smokefall by Noah Haidle.

  • Smokefall Rehearsal Photos
    Director Anne Kauffman in rehearsal for Smokefall.

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  • Aug 21 2013
    Interview: Noah Haidle  

    Interview: Noah Haidle

    Noah Haidle’s latest play, Smokefall, examines life’s big questions through the prism of an ordinary Midwestern family. Inspired in equal parts by Thornton Wilder’s simple evocative humanity, Samuel Beckett’s bleak poetry and Haidle’s own wild theatrical imagination, it begins on an average morning as the family is getting ready for their day, and then telescopes in—and out—to look at both the minutia of daily life and the broader implications of choices made for the individual, the family and the community. In a recent conversation with Tanya Palmer, the Goodman’s director of new play development, Haidle spoke about the genesis of the play and where it fits into the trajectory of his own burgeoning career as a playwright and screenwriter. 

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