2012

Discovering Mamet's Race

Posted by: Goodman Theatre at 01/25/2012 03:13 PM
Discovering Mamet's Race

“When a white person asks a black person a question such as, ‘What is it like to be black?’ the black person knows that it is not a question as a means of inquiry and discovery, but a test for which the white person perceives a right or wrong answer of which that white person is presumed to be the judge." This it seems to me is the role that David Mamet has assumed as the author of Race...


Welcome to our new website!

Posted by: The Goodman Web Team at 03/07/2012 12:00 PM
Welcome to our new website!

The new Goodman website will bring you closer than ever to the magic of live theater, with exhaustive archives, interactive features and new ways to experience the drama—wherever the internet may find you!


Why Camino Real?

Posted by: Robert Falls, Artistic Director at 03/05/2012 04:52 PM

During my tenure as artistic director I have had the privilege of bringing some of the most notable directors now working on the world stage to the Goodman, including Peter Sellars, JoAnne Akalaitis, Ivo van Hove, Elizabeth LeCompte, Flora Lauten (fromthe esteemed Cuban company Teatro Buendía) and our own Mary Zimmerman. Although vastly different in style and approach, these directors share a passion for exploring new ways of theatrical storytelling, an uncompromising singularity of vision and a radical (and often controversial) way of reimagining classical texts. To this group I am extremely proud to add Calixto Bieito, a Barcelona-based director whose soaring, radical interpretations of everything from classic operas to Shakespeare have astonished, inflamed and challenged audiences throughout Europe and South America.


Fish Men in the Round

Posted by: Lesley Gibson at 04/11/2012 11:45 AM
<i>Fish Men</i> in the Round

Goodman Theatre presents Teatro Vista's production  of Fish Men | April 7 - May 6

Cándido Tirado’s new play Fish Men began preview performances last weekend, and when audiences arrived for the world premiere production in the Owen they entered into a rare setting for the Goodman: a theater configured stadium-style, with the stage planted in the center of the auditorium and seats built up around it on all four sides.


The Iceman Speaketh

Posted by: Neena Arndt at 04/20/2012 03:07 PM
The Iceman Speaketh

Waiting for the Iceman: Actual Vagrants in the 1910s

The Iceman is here, and he’s brought the language of 1912 with him.

After six weeks of rehearsal and nine months of anticipation, The Iceman Cometh begins preview performances in the Albert Theatre tomorrow night. Audiences, and especially O’Neillphiles, are in for a special treat, as the four-and-a-half-hour classic features a virtuoso ensemble that seamlessly become the residents of Harry Hope’s saloon, the Greenwich Village flophouse in which The Iceman Cometh is set.


Choreographed Chess

Posted by: Elizabeth Elliott at 04/24/2012 01:32 PM
Choreographed Chess

Chess move notes on Fish Men script

Cándido Tirado’s Fish Men, now playing in the Owen Theatre, chronicles an afternoon in Washington Square Park with a group of chess hustlers who play a series of lightning-fast games designed to confuse and swindle any “fish” foolish enough to take them up on a match. But as audiences observe the speedy matches they may not know that the actors on stage aren’t just randomly moving pieces around as quickly as possible—they’re playing actual moves of actual games that they’ve memorized just like their lines and their blocking.


Playing the Part of a Survivor: Raúl Castillo

Posted by: Andrew Knight at 04/27/2012 03:14 PM
Playing the Part of a Survivor: Raúl Castillo

Cándido Tirado’s new play Fish Men, now playing in the Owen, is a fast-paced firecracker of a play that takes place on a sweltering afternoon in Washington Square Park, where a quick-witted group of chess hustlers play spirited matches hoping to make a profit off of unsuspecting “fish.” It’s a funny, sharp, exciting piece of theater, but it’s also a play that’s unafraid to tackle a dark and complex subject matter, as it’s quickly revealed that its central character, Rey Reyes, is a survivor of the Guatemalan civil war.


“The Family Circle of Inmates”

Posted by: Marianne Cassidy at 04/26/2012 12:51 PM
“The Family Circle of Inmates”

The gang at Harry Hope’s have all known each other for years and all ages, professions, nationalities and creeds are welcome under Harry’s roof. Since the cast is so large and the characters so varied, we’ve compiled an intro to these colorfully drawn characters, each with a history and a pipe dream that is uniquely their own. 


Backstage with Fish Men’s Howard Witt

Posted by: Aoife Carolan, Literary Intern at 05/01/2012 03:11 PM
Backstage with Fish Men’s Howard Witt

For each Goodman production we’ll feature one “Backstage”—an informal Q & A designed to help us better know a cast member. Check back often to learn more about your favorite Goodman actors!  For Fish Men we talked with Howard Witt.


The Iceman Speaketh, Part Two: Insults

Posted by: Neena Arndt at 05/04/2012 09:51 AM
The Iceman Speaketh, Part Two: Insults

If you want a poetically snarky insult, then William Shakespeare is probably your man (“you starveling, you elf-skin,”  “thou hast the most unsavoury similes,” etc.). But if you want a down-and-dirty dig without the floweriness of the bard, then Eugene O’Neill delivers.


In Rehearsal with the Iceman

Posted by: Lesley Gibson at 05/08/2012 12:58 PM
In Rehearsal with the Iceman

We were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to capture a tiny bit of rehearsal and turn our footage into a behind-the-scenes video of the making of The Iceman Cometh. This video includes about the only rehearsal footage you’ll ever see of this production, plus exclusive interviews with members of the cast and director Robert Falls.


At the Starting Line with Tara Sissom

Posted by: Elizabeth Elliott at 05/10/2012 03:44 PM
At the Starting Line with Tara Sissom

With nearly 50 performances of Iceman scheduled, the actors who work every day to bring this piece to life may have one perspective at the beginning of the eight-week run—when expectations are high and the general excitement of opening a show is pervasive—and another towards the end of the long run. We talked to Iceman cast member Tara Sissom, who plays one of the “tarts,” Pearl, to compare her perspective at the beginning of the run to her perspective at the end. Stay tuned to for our follow-up with Tara in mid-June.


The Iceman Speaketh, Part Three: Miscellaneous Terms

Posted by: Neena Arndt at 05/15/2012 03:18 PM
The Iceman Speaketh, Part Three: Miscellaneous Terms

In our first two installments of The Iceman Speaketh, we explored drinking terms and insults. Now for the miscellaneous catetory: words and phrases that O’Neill uses in Iceman that you don’t hear everyday.


A Leisurely Journey: Iceman’s Marc Grapey

Posted by: Lesley Gibson at 05/18/2012 11:34 AM
A Leisurely Journey: Iceman’s Marc Grapey

The last time Marc Grapey appeared on the Goodman stage was in February as attorney Jack Lawson in Race, a snappy four-character legal drama by David Mamet that speeds by in just over an hour. Just two months after its run ended Marc returned to the Goodman to take on the role of Chuck Morello in The Iceman Cometh, which has a cast of 18 and clocks in at 4 hours and 45 minutes—our longest play of the season. With Marc’s two Goodman experiences this season at the opposite end of the running-time spectrum, we asked him to share his thoughts on how the length of a play affects an actor’s experience—from the rehearsal process to performance.


The Jungle Book Photo Album

Posted by: Lesley Gibson at 05/21/2012 04:14 PM
The Jungle Book Photo Album

To gain a sense of the sights and sounds that inspired Kipling to create these wild, wonderful stories, Mary and her design team traveled to India last December; she was kind enough to let us share a few photos of their travels with you.


Backstage with John Douglas Thompson

Posted by: Lesley Gibson at 06/01/2012 12:42 PM
Backstage with John Douglas Thompson

In his many years as a New York–based actor, John Douglas Thompson has built a reputation so stellar that he is now “regarded by some as the best classical actor in America,” according a recent profile in The New Yorker. But John’s gripping performance as Joe Mott in the Goodman’s production of The Iceman Cometh marks only the second Chicago production for this celebrated actor, and his first on the Goodman stage. Here’s our Backstage interview with this extraordinarily talented actor.


Staff Profile: Julie Massey

Posted by: Neena Arndt at 06/06/2012 03:21 PM
Staff Profile: Julie Massey

It may take a village to raise a child, but it also takes a village to put on plays and keep an organization like the Goodman humming along. We’re creating a new series of blog posts to reveal the men and women behind the curtain; check back here for monthly interviews with Goodman staffers about their work, their passion for theater and their lives outside the Goodman.


All Hymns Considered: The Music of Crowns

Posted by: Gabriela Jirasek at 06/11/2012 04:51 PM
All Hymns Considered: The Music of Crowns

A major part of the popular appeal of Crowns is Regina’s seamless integration of several gospel standards into the musical, creating a score that is moving, celebratory, familiar and fun. To get into the spirit of Crowns, we’ve compiled a “greatest hits” guide to some of the classic tunes you may hear in the production. It’s an introduction to the music of Crowns and a mini-history of some of gospel music’s pioneers and most enduring voices.


Costuming Crowns: A Sketchbook

Posted by: at 07/12/2012 12:00 PM
Costuming Crowns: A Sketchbook

Now that you’ve met the creator of the costumes for the classy ladies of Crowns, here are some of the sketches to give you an idea of what the costumes looked like in their initial stages. Below each sketch is a caption that describes each character’s orisha and the colors that accompany it. Which Crowns costume is you favorite?


At the Finish Line with Tara Sissom

Posted by: Elizabeth Elliott at 06/15/2012 01:05 PM
At the Finish Line with Tara Sissom

Six weeks ago we checked in with The Iceman Cometh’s Tara Sissom as she and her cast mates began what was likely to be one of the most exhausting (and exhilarating) experiences of their stage careers. With nearly 40 performances of the four hour and 45-minute epic ahead of her, we wanted to see how she was feeling as the show opened and compare it to how she felt with all those performances behind her. Now, with only three performances of Iceman left, we caught up with Tara and asked her the same set of questions as before—check out her old interview to see how her answers have changed.


Crowns at the Chicago Gospel Music Festival

Posted by: at 06/20/2012 03:44 PM
Crowns at the Chicago Gospel Music Festival

We’re still a few weeks away from the premiere of Regina Taylor’s revamped production of Crowns (performances start June 30), but tomorrow you can check out a sneak peek of some of the songs and dances from the gospel musical for FREE. In celebration of Chicago’s annual Gospel Festival, the cast of Crowns will appear in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millenium Park to kick things off on the first night of the festival. The performance is completely free and open to the public—you don’t even need to reserve tickets. Just drop by the park around 6:30 to experience the songs of Crowns!


Thank You Chicago!

Posted by: Goodman Theatre at 06/22/2012 12:03 PM
Thank You Chicago!

Because of your extraordinary support, more than 42,000 Subscribers and ticket buyers were able to experience this monumental work, dubbed "one of the most significant productions in Chicago theater history," by the Chicago Tribune.


All Hymns Considered—Opus 2

Posted by: Madeline Wolfe at 06/22/2012 04:03 PM
All Hymns Considered—Opus 2

This week the theater is abuzz with gospel tunes as the Crowns cast prepare for the first preview performance on Saturday. With the launch of the run just days away, we have compiled the second half of our guide to the tunes that inspired this 10th anniversary production of Crowns. Check out these classic hymns—you can also listen to a playlist that includes Opus 1 of “All Hymns Considered” on the Goodman’s YouTube page


Designer Karen Perry Talks Crowns Garb

Posted by: Madeline Wolfe at 07/06/2012 10:00 AM
Designer Karen Perry Talks Crowns Garb

This week we’re giving you an inside look at the creation of the costumes of Crowns from costume designer Karen Perry. We sat down with her to find out more about the amazing clothing of this tenth anniversary production.


Crowns Guest Vocalists

Posted by: Lesley Gibson at 07/06/2012 02:06 PM
Crowns Guest Vocalists

Chicago is world-renowned for its gospel community, and as part of a greater effort to connect this gospel musical to the community, select performances of Crowns will feature guest vocalists from the Chicago gospel scene singing the classic hymn How I Got Over. In honor of the city’s gospel tradition and its deep well of musical talent, Regina has tapped local luminaries.


Women's Night: CROWNS

Posted by: Goodman Theatre at 07/13/2012 12:09 PM
Women's Night: CROWNS

Goodman Theatre celebrated Women's Night and honored the contributions of Chicago area women to the community. Watch a video of these women sharing their own crowns and "hattitude" stories.


Talking Crowns with Regina Taylor

Posted by: Amanda ReCupido at 07/26/2012 11:41 AM
Talking Crowns with Regina Taylor

Goodman Theatre has the high honor of celebrating the 10th anniversary of Crowns, now as a soaring musical with an expanded production featuring a fleshed-out cast performing new choreography and never-before-heard songs. Much like Yolanda’s journey, writer and director Regina Taylor has undergone her own journey with Crowns. We sat down with her to discuss the experiences and impact this show has had on her own life. 


Staff Profile: Dorlisa Martin

Posted by: Andrew Knight at 08/01/2012 05:00 PM
Staff Profile: Dorlisa Martin

This is the second installment in our staff profiles series, a collection of interviews with the people who work behind the scenes here at the Goodman. For this profile we were lucky to grab a moment with one of our busiest staff members, Director of Development Dorlisa Martin. The Goodman is a nonprofit organization, and we rely on independent and government grants, as well as corporate and individual sponsorships, to supplement our ticket sales to keep the theater thriving. That’s where Dorlisa and her team come in, advocating for the art and fostering relationships.


Backstage with Melanie Brezill

Posted by: Elizabeth Elliott at 08/08/2012 11:03 AM
Backstage with Melanie Brezill

Actor Melanie Brezill made her Goodman debut in this summer’s production of Crowns, but this Chicago native is no theatrical rookie—she’s already appeared in Broadway in The Book of Mormon and throughout Chicago. Here’s our backstage interview with this talented Chicago-grown thespian.


Goodbye Red Hot, Hello Something Wild

Posted by: Madeline Wolfe at 08/16/2012 12:01 PM
Goodbye Red Hot, Hello Something Wild

With a sad farewell the Goodman 2011/2012 Season came to a close on Sunday with the final performance of Crowns. But then just two days later we welcomed in the 2012/2013 Season with the first rehearsal of Sweet Bird of Youth! Before we jump into the new season with all its rich and exciting content ahead, we wanted to take a minute to look back on a great RED HOT season and remember some of our favorite moments. We put out a call for stories onTwitterFacebook and around the office. Here are some favorites.


A Character Guide to Sweet Bird of Youth

Posted by: Shelly Horwitz at 09/21/2012 01:37 PM
A Character Guide to Sweet Bird of Youth

In Sweet Bird of Youth, 29-year-old Chance Wayne returns to his hometown—a sleepy Gulf Coast hamlet known as St. Cloud—to win back his girl, Heavenly. But once there, he is forced to confront the mistakes of his past and the people from his hometown that won’t let him forget. To keep all the names and faces from Chance’s past straight, we’ve compiled a guide to the residents—and visitors—of St. Cloud that Chance encounters on that day in 1959. 


Why Black n Blue Boys/Broken Men?

Posted by: Robert Falls at 09/24/2012 12:10 PM
Why Black n Blue Boys/Broken Men?

We’re extremely proud to present Black n Blue Boys/Broken Men—Dael Orlandersmith’s riveting one-woman exploration of the cycle of violence and abuse in men. Here you will find a letter from our Artistic Director Robert Falls on why we chose to present it as one of our nine plays this season.


Staff Profile: Joseph Drummond

Posted by: Andrew Knight at 10/04/2012 03:43 PM
Staff Profile: Joseph Drummond

For the third installment of our staff profile series, we talked with Production Stage Manager Joe Drummond. Joe is currently stage managing our 2012/2013 Season opener, Sweet Bird of Youth, now playing in the Albert Theatre. He’s one of our staffers with the longest tenure at the Goodman—almost 40 years—and during that time he has been an indispensable member of over 125 creative teams. 


Backstage with John Judd

Posted by: Lesley Gibson at 10/19/2012 03:54 PM
Backstage with John Judd

If you’re a regular Chicago theatergoer, you’ve probably seen John Judd on stage. For years he has been a fixture in the local theater scene, appearing regularly in work here at the Goodman (Shining CityA Christmas CarolThe Iceman Cometh) and at most major theaters throughout the area, effortlessly shifting from role to role with total command of the various characters—and accents—he takes on. John is currently appearing in Sweet Bird of Youth as the fearsome Boss Finley; here’s our Backstage interview with one of Chicago’s finest. 


Backstage with Kevin Matthew Reyes

Posted by: Gabriela Jirasek at 11/29/2012 11:25 AM
Backstage with Kevin Matthew Reyes

This month for our Backstage interview we talked to actor Kevin Matthew Reyes, recent acting school grad making his professional debut in three different roles in Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s workshop production of The World of Extreme Happiness, as part of our New Stages festival. Read on to hear this California-transplant’s perspective on the play, the future and the dynamic theater scene in his new hometown, Chicago.


Season's Greetings!

Posted by: at 11/30/2012 11:40 AM
Season's Greetings!

A very special holiday message from the cast of Goodman Theatre's 35th Anniversary production of A Christmas Carol.


A Christmas Carol Memories

Posted by: Gabriela Jirasek at 12/07/2012 01:16 PM
A Christmas Carol Memories

In celebration of our 35th anniversary production of A Christmas Carol we asked our audience to send us your favorite, funniest and most heartwarming memories of the holiday classic. As always, they came through—and below is the first in a series of posts we’ll run throughout the month sharing responses. Enjoy! And send your favorite Christmas Carol memories toENews@GoodmanTheatre.org


New Stages, New Work

Posted by: Madeline Wolfe at 12/13/2012 05:20 PM
New Stages, New Work

While A Christmas Carol rings in the holiday season in the Albert Theater, New Stages has started the celebration of new work in the Owen Theater. We sat down with the Goodman’s literary mavens, Director of New Play Development Tanya Palmer and Associate Dramaturg Neena Arndt to learn about what makes New Stages so special.