2013

Extras: Interview with Jon Robin Baitz and Henry Wishcamper

Posted by: Neena Arndt at 01/25/2013 02:24 PM
Extras: Interview with Jon Robin Baitz and Henry Wishcamper

Several weeks before rehearsals began, Other Desert Cities director Henry Wishcamper spoke with playwright Jon Robin Baitz about the play.


Brigadoon to Appear in 2014!

Posted by: Goodman Press Department at 01/29/2013 05:23 PM
Brigadoon to Appear in 2014!

Director of Brigadoon Rachel Rockwell

“It’s almost like being in love!” Goodman Theatre proudly announces a Summer 2014 production of the 1947 musical Brigadoon, with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe—marking the first major revival of the musical in nearly 20 years. 


Scene It

Posted by: Lee Mickus at 02/04/2013 01:49 PM
Scene It

Last week the Goodman’s Scenemakers Board—our young professional’s advisory committee—hosted Cocktails & Cacti, a fun event designed to give young professionals a behind-the-scenes look at Jon Robin Baitz’s play Other Desert Cities. Scenemakers Board Member Lee Mickus gives us a recap of the evening after the jump.


InstaSet: Behind the Scenes of Other Desert Cities

Posted by: at 02/05/2013 05:02 PM
InstaSet: Behind the Scenes of Other Desert Cities

While Other Desert Cities is now well underway, we thought you might enjoy getting a behind-the-scenes look at how the set came together. We asked Mike Durst, an electrician in the lighting department here at the Goodman, to snap a few Instagram photos for us during the construction process. 

While Other Desert Cities is now well underway, we thought you might enjoy getting a behind-the-scenes look at how the set came together. We asked Mike Durst, an electrician in the lighting department here at the Goodman, to snap a few Instagram photos for us during the construction process.


Backstage with Paloma Nozicka

Posted by: Madeline Wolfe at 02/11/2013 05:18 PM
Backstage with Paloma Nozicka

For this edition of "Backstage with," we interviewed Paloma Nozicka, who plays Jenny in Teddy Ferrara now in the Owen Theatre. Find out what Paloma's pre- and post-show rituals are and her most desired roles in our questionaire.


Backstage with John Hoogenakker

Posted by: Lesley Gibson at 02/13/2013 02:29 PM
Backstage with John Hoogenakker

Other Desert Cities is closing this weekend, which means if you haven’t seen it already it’s your last chance to catch John Hoogenakker in his role as Trip Wyeth, the laid-back younger son in a family of politicians, artists, alcoholics and depressives. We caught up with this prolific Chicago actor inbetween performances for our Backstage interview.


Jaq vs. Jax: An interview with Teddy Ferrara’s Jax Jackson

Posted by: Madeline Wolfe at 02/18/2013 03:37 PM
Jaq vs. Jax: An interview with Teddy Ferrara’s Jax Jackson

There are a lot of special things about Christopher Shinn’s new play Teddy Ferrara—now in the Owen Theatre through March 9—but one of the greatest is the young, diverse cast. A key member of the ensemble is actor Jax Jackson, the first transgender actor to appear on the Goodman stage. In Teddy Ferrara, Jax plays a transgender male student named Jaq, who is fighting for the voice of the LGBTQ community within the university, which has been stricken with tragedy. We spoke with Jax about his experience as part of the Teddy Ferrara cast.

 


AMA: Christopher Shinn

Posted by: Amanda ReCupido at 02/19/2013 12:18 PM
AMA: Christopher Shinn

We at the Goodman understand that once the final curtain goes down, the dialogue about a play is only beginning, and Teddy Ferrara is no exception. We’ve appreciated your comments so far and wanted to keep the conversation going, so we sent out a call for your questions on social media and forwarded them to Teddy Ferrara playwright Christopher Shinn, in the Goodman’s first “Ask Me Anything” (or “AMA” as it’s been popularized). Check out his responses below, and let’s continue the discussion!


Teddy's Playlist

Posted by: Madeline Wolfe at 02/19/2013 03:41 PM
Teddy's Playlist

Actors use many different tactics to learn more about their characters in preparation for a play. Many spend time with the play’s dramaturg to learn about the time and place the character is living in—they may also do independent research or spend time with the director. Often actors will spend time getting into the mind of their characters before the curtain goes up. Each practice can vary from play to play. For example, Teddy Ferrara star Ryan Heindl listens to a special playlist of songs that he thinks Teddy would have on his iPod and songs that make him think of Teddy. Some of the songs even appear in the production out the speakers of Teddy’s computer. We are sharing a selection of his playlist below.


10 Minute Play Competition

Posted by: Goodman Ed at 03/14/2013 12:32 PM
10 Minute Play Competition

Latino Theatre Festival 2013

Goodman Theatre is pleased to announce its third biennial 10-minute play competition for playwrights ages 12 - 23 in conjunction with its Latino Theatre Festival. Participation is entirely free. Two plays from each age group (12 - 15, 16 - 19 and 20 - 23) will be selected for a reading by a company of professional actors, to be performed on stage at the Goodman! 


The Goodman Goes to "Brigadoon"

Posted by: at 04/01/2013 09:55 AM
The Goodman Goes to "Brigadoon"

The highlands of Brigadoon, Scotland

It’s a place where anything is possible, even miracles—and one you won’t find on a map! In anticipation of the Goodman’s Summer 2014 production of Brigadoon, the theater offers a deluxe travel package to give audiences a glimpse of the small Scottish town where it all began. Theater leaders will personally accompany patrons on a guided tour of the always-sunny Brigadoon while discussing their inspiration for bringing the play to life at Goodman Theatre.


Staff Profile: Kelly Rickert

Posted by: Andrew Knight at 04/08/2013 11:23 AM
Staff Profile: Kelly Rickert

Our next staff profile is long overdue, and we were lucky enough to grab a few moments with Kelly Rickert, the Goodman’s creative director, to talk about his work in our design office. All of the Goodman’s marketing materials are created by Kelly and his colleagues—a job that requires the keen artistic talent to evoke the essence of a play through imagery.


A Message from Robert Falls

Posted by: at 05/07/2013 02:44 PM
A Message from Robert Falls

A special message for our subscribers from Goodman Theatre Artistic Director Robert Falls.


Quiara's Playlist

Posted by: at 05/09/2013 03:15 PM
Quiara's Playlist

We asked playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes to share with us what music she listened to while writing The Happiest Song Plays Last. Here you will find Hudes' playlist, which contains an array of both Middle Eastern artists and Puerto Rican/Latin artists.


Staff Profile: Kim Osgood

Posted by: Neena Arndt at 05/09/2013 04:27 PM
Staff Profile: Kim Osgood

We sat down with the stage manager for The Happiest Song Plays Last and over 20 year veteran of the Goodman, Kim Osgood, to learn more about what it is like to work behind the scenes in the theater.


Inside the Jungle with Kevin Carolan

Posted by: Elizabeth Elliot at 06/11/2013 12:55 PM
Inside the Jungle with Kevin Carolan

Throughout the run of The Jungle Book, we’ll be getting to know the cast through a series of interviews with the people that make up this crazy talented ensemble. First up: Kevin Carolan who plays Baloo. Check back for new posts weekly, and if you haven’t already, buy your tickets to The Jungle Book now, before it’s sold out! 


A Note from Mary Zimmerman

Posted by: Goodman Theatre at 06/12/2013 05:18 PM
A Note from Mary Zimmerman

Inside the Jungle with Usman Ally

Posted by: Elizabeth Elliot at 06/13/2013 10:45 AM
Inside the Jungle with Usman Ally

Throughout the run of The Jungle Book, we’ll be getting to know the cast through a series of interviews with the people that make up this crazy talented ensemble. We recently spoke to Usman Ally, who plays Bagheera.


Making the Jungle Sing and Dance

Posted by: at 06/18/2013 10:41 AM
Making the Jungle Sing and Dance

EMMY Award Winning Choreographer Hema Rajagopalan Reflects on Mary Zimmerman’s Production of The Jungle Book

One of the most noticeable ways you’ll see Indian art represented in The Jungle Book is through movement. The story of The Jungle Book unfolds in the jungles of India, and as part of their commitment to bring authentic Indian dance into the production, Mary Zimmerman invited Chicago’s Natya Dance Theatre artistic director Hema Rajagopalan to be part of the creative team.



Inside the Jungle: Nikka Graff Lanzarone

Posted by: at 06/20/2013 11:28 AM
Inside the Jungle: Nikka Graff Lanzarone

Jungle Book ensemble member Nikka Graff Lanzarone

As part of our weekly "In the Jungle" blog series, we're chatting with Nikka Graff Lanzarone of The Jungle Book cast. Get to know what life is like as an ensemble member of this world premiere production.


Conductor's Reports: Part 1

Posted by: Goodman Theatre at 06/21/2013 11:32 AM
Conductor's Reports: Part 1

Hello and welcome to Conductor’s Reports, the first in a series of blogs from Doug Peck, The Jungle Book's music supervisor, musical adaptor, arranger and orchestrator. 


In the Jungle: Nehal Joshi

Posted by: at 06/21/2013 02:11 PM
In the Jungle: Nehal Joshi

Nehal Joshi of The Jungle Book cast

Throughout the run of The Jungle Book, we’ll be getting to know the cast through a series of interviews with the people that make up this crazy talented ensemble. Check back weekly for new posts, and if you haven’t already, buy your tickets to The Jungle Book now, before it’s sold out! 


In the Jungle: André De Shields

Posted by: at 06/21/2013 03:13 PM
In the Jungle: André De Shields

André De Shields

Throughout the run of The Jungle Book, we’ll be getting to know the cast through a series of interviews with the people that make up this crazy talented ensemble. Check back weekly for new posts, and if you haven’t already, buy your tickets to The Jungle Book now, before it’s sold out! 


In the Jungle: Tim Wilson

Posted by: Elizabeth Elliot at 07/02/2013 02:30 PM
In the Jungle: Tim Wilson

Jungle Book ensemble member Tim Wilson

This week we sat down with Tim Wilson to find out more about his Jungle Book experience so far. Throughout the run of The Jungle Book, we’ll be getting to know the cast through a series of interviews with the people that make up this crazy talented ensemble. 


In the Jungle: Alka Nayyar

Posted by: at 06/26/2013 10:42 AM
In the Jungle: Alka Nayyar

Alka Nayyar of The Jungle Book cast

Throughout the run of The Jungle Book, we’ll be getting to know the cast through a series of interviews with the people that make up this crazy talented ensemble. Check back weekly for new posts, and if you haven’t already, buy your tickets to The Jungle Book now, before it’s sold out! 


Conductor's Reports: Part 2

Posted by: Goodman Theatre at 06/28/2013 03:35 PM
Conductor's Reports: Part 2

Hello and welcome to Conductor’s Reports, the second in a series of blogs from Doug Peck, The Jungle Book's music supervisor, musical adaptor, arranger and orchestrator. 


Breakfast with Richard Sherman and Chris Jones

Posted by: Hank Greene at 07/01/2013 03:35 PM
Breakfast with Richard Sherman and Chris Jones

Richard Sherman’s classic songs will be heard all summer long at the Goodman as The Jungle Book opens runs through August 11. But this past Saturday guests at our special event—Breakfast with Richard Sherman—were treated to an exclusive performance from the man himself. 


Share your thoughts on The Jungle Book!

Posted by: Goodman Theatre at 07/03/2013 01:37 PM
Share your thoughts on The Jungle Book!

The Jungle Book opened this Monday, and we have been overwhelmed by the great response from our audiences. Take a moment to see what patrons of all ages have been saying, and if you have not yet had a chance to voice your thoughts on the show, feel free to leave a comment. 


Conductor's Reports: Part 3

Posted by: at 07/11/2013 02:41 PM
Conductor's Reports: Part 3

Hello and welcome to Conductor’s Reports, the third in a series of blogs from Doug Peck, The Jungle Book's music supervisor, musical adaptor, arranger and orchestrator. During Candide, my first collaboration with Mary Zimmerman, I sent Mary conductor’s reports after performances to enhance the daily stage management reports and keep her connected to the show as we continued to develop the production in our travels from Chicago to Washington, DC and Boston. In keeping with this tradition, when I went on my second music research trip to India, I sent her reports of my experiences. The Goodman has asked me to share these notes and I am happy to do so. Enjoy! 


Henry Godinez on Home/Land

Posted by: at 07/15/2013 11:24 AM
Henry Godinez on Home/Land

Hear from Goodman Theatre artistic associate Henry Godinez why Albany Park Theatre Project's Home/Land is not to be missed. Starts This thursday!


Share Your Immigration Stories

Posted by: at 07/24/2013 10:55 AM
Share Your Immigration Stories

Albany Park Theater Project's Home/Land on stage now through July 28


Conductor's Reports: Part 4

Posted by: Goodman Theatre at 07/31/2013 03:30 PM
Conductor's Reports: Part 4

Hello and welcome to Conductor’s Reports, the fourth in a series of blogs from Doug Peck, The Jungle Book's music supervisor, musical adaptor, arranger and orchestrator. 


From Tiny Tim to Mowgli: Roni Akurati

Posted by: Goodman Theatre at 07/30/2013 04:29 PM
From Tiny Tim to Mowgli: Roni Akurati

We sat down with actor Roni Akurati to hear about his experiences being in both the 2011 production of A Christmas Carol, and this season’s The Jungle Book. He alternates the role of Mowgli with Akash Chopra, and will appear in several performances this week!


Conductor's Reports: Part 5

Posted by: Goodman Theatre at 08/06/2013 02:32 PM
Conductor's Reports: Part 5

Hello and welcome to Conductor’s Reports, the last in a series of blogs from Doug Peck, The Jungle Book's music supervisor, musical adaptor, arranger and orchestrator.


Inside the Jungle: Anjali Bhimani

Posted by: at 08/13/2013 05:15 PM
Inside the Jungle: Anjali Bhimani

This week we sat down with Anjali Bhimani to find out more about her Jungle Book experience so far. 


Interview: Noah Haidle

Posted by: at 08/21/2013 01:58 PM
Interview: Noah Haidle

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. 


A. Philip Randolph

Posted by: at 08/28/2013 10:39 AM
A. Philip Randolph

A. Philip Randolph at the March on Washington, August 28, 1963.

Today our nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. While many Americans know the role Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. played on this historic day, few realize that the founder of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters union, A. Philip Randolph, originated the idea of a peaceful march on Washington D.C.


Backstage with Tosin Morohunfola

Posted by: at 09/09/2013 03:30 PM
Backstage with Tosin Morohunfola

Our Backstage series is back for the 2013/2014 Season! We are kicking it off this season with a few questions for Tosin Morohunfola, star of Pullman Porter Blues.


40 Years a Roche Star!

Posted by: at 09/04/2013 01:25 PM
40 Years a Roche Star!

Roche Schulfer

One of the most respected theater producers in the country, Roche has been central to the Goodman’s emergence as a major cultural institution and leading US theater. He began his theater career in the Goodman’s box office in 1973, and quickly rose through the ranks; he currently serves as Goodman Theatre’s Executive Director (a position he has held since 1980) and, with Artistic Director Robert Falls, shares a 27-year producing partnership—one of the longest in the industry. 


Audiences on Pullman Porter Blues

Posted by: at 09/19/2013 11:59 AM
Audiences on Pullman Porter Blues

Read what audience members are saying about Pullman Porter Blues on social media!


The Goodman visits Newberry Library

Posted by: at 09/26/2013 12:00 PM
The Goodman visits Newberry Library

Many of the Chicago Defender archives are housed in the Newberry Library here in the city. The library also contains a very large archive of Pullman Company artifacts. The Goodman’s new media team decided to take a field trip to the Newberry Library to learn more about what the paper’s coverage of this historic fight and get some insight into 1937 Pullman porter life.


Listen: Monday Blues

Posted by: at 09/23/2013 12:30 PM
Listen: Monday Blues

Have you got the back-to-work blues? If you have already seen Pullman Porter Blues, some of the songs in this playlist will be familiar to you. If you haven’t seen it yet, consider this your pre-show homework. 


Jacob Marley

Posted by: at 11/08/2013 11:46 AM
Jacob Marley

So what exactly did Jacob Marley die of? There are clues in Dickens' text and the answer may have you heading to the dentist!

"Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. "Every year Christmas Carol fans get a fright seeing Jacob Marley appear in a new and wondrous way at Goodman Theatre. But audience members might be curious as to what lead to Marley's original demise.


#ScroogeSelfies

Posted by: at 11/26/2013 01:57 PM
#ScroogeSelfies

Check out our gallery of the Scroogiest faces around. Tag us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and you'll be entered to win a $100 gift certificate to Catch 35, a Bah Humbug t-shirt and a special Scrooge ornament.

Check out our gallery of the Scroogiest faces around. Tag us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and you'll be entered to win a $100 gift certificate to Catch 35, a Bah Humbug t-shirt and a special Scrooge ornament. A winner will be chosen on Friday, December 13.


Joy to the World from Goodman Theatre

Posted by: at 12/02/2013 02:56 PM
Joy to the World from Goodman Theatre

Enjoy a special holiday message from all of us at Goodman Theatre.


Backstage with: Carlo Lorenzo Garcia

Posted by: at 12/04/2013 11:11 AM
Backstage with: Carlo Lorenzo Garcia

We are thrilled to have Carlo Lorenzo Garcia back in the theater for another year as a part of the New Stages Festival. Mr. Garcia was gracious enough to answer a few quick questions for us between tech rehearsals for The Solid Sand Below.