2014

Methland & Luna Gale

Posted by: Gabriela Jirasek at 01/14/2014 02:45 PM
<i>Methland</i> & <i>Luna Gale</i>

Cover of the non-fiction book Methland and author Nick Reding

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.


Costuming Luna Gale: An Interview with Kaye Voyce

Posted by: Madeline Wolfe at 01/29/2014 12:00 PM
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.


Audiences react to Luna Gale

Posted by: at 01/27/2014 02:49 PM
Audiences react to Luna Gale

Take a look at what theater-goers are saying about Rebecca Gilman's latest play, directed by Robert Falls. Have something to share? Leave a comment!


Luna Gale's Rotating Stage

Posted by: at 02/05/2014 02:25 PM
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.


Backstage with: Reyna de Courcy

Posted by: at 02/11/2014 04:50 PM
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.


Backstage with: Erik Hellman

Posted by: at 02/18/2014 04:44 PM
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.


Watch: Buzzer Artist Encounter

Posted by: at 02/19/2014 12:28 PM
Watch: Buzzer Artist Encounter

If you were unable to attend our Artist Encounter around Buzzer—which opened last night—here is a recording of the livestream.


Backstage with: Rufus Collins

Posted by: Elizabeth Elliott at 03/11/2014 06:10 PM
Backstage with: Rufus Collins

Venus in Fur features two dynamic actors who go head-to-head for a heated 90 minute battle eight times a week. Rufus Collins was gracious enough to take a moment between performances to discuss his fantastic career.


APTP Discovers the World of Puppetry

Posted by: Jennifer Merriman at 03/21/2014 03:01 PM
APTP Discovers the World of Puppetry

“It isn’t an actor, but it is much more than a prop. APTP is discovering the world of puppetry.”


Goodman Artists Around Town

Posted by: Madeline Wolfe at 03/24/2014 05:23 PM
Goodman Artists Around Town

APTP: From Story to Stage

Posted by: David Feiner at 03/28/2014 03:24 PM
APTP: From Story to Stage

"Like all of APTP’s original plays, God’s Work was inspired by a true story." APTP artistic director David Feiner recounts how the group's special knack for collaboration led to the creation of the show.


Bright Ideas and Bright Colors

Posted by: at 04/17/2014 02:14 PM
Bright Ideas and Bright Colors

Mara Blumefeld's sketch for The White Snake

The clothing White Snake costume designer Mara Blumenfeld imagines becomes a reality she shares with audiences, and her vision shapes our understanding of the story we are told. Even a small decision like making the Green Snake jade rather than blue colors our view of the play, and transports us to a different, and very specifically imagined world.


APTP: Interview with Paloma Morales

Posted by: at 04/18/2014 12:15 PM
APTP: Interview with Paloma Morales

Paloma Morales joined APTP when she was thirteen years old. Audiences will remember her as the young Ahlam selling her treasured dolls to audience members in Home/Land, and as the young heroine who loses her childhood home in I Will Kiss These Walls. Below Paloma reflects on APTP’s new play, God’s Work, and her time with the company.


The White Snake: A Gif-Story

Posted by: at 04/24/2014 04:48 PM
The White Snake: A Gif-Story

The White Snake

Never heard of The White Snake? Here’s a primer on the basics of Mary Zimmerman’s adaptation (we promise no spoilers!).


Backstage with Meghan Reardon

Posted by: at 06/05/2014 11:39 AM
Backstage with Meghan Reardon

In Ask Aunt Susan, Seth Bockley's sharp new satire about the Internet era, Meghan Reardon plays Betty, an aspiring young actress who's decided to unplug herself from all her addictive digital devices. Luckily Reardon hasn't completely abandoned new media herself, and sat down to answer a few "backstage" questions for the Goodman blog.


Backstage with Alex Stage

Posted by: at 06/18/2014 12:00 PM
Backstage with Alex Stage

In the new comedy Ask Aunt Susan, Alex Stage takes on the moniker of Aunt Susan, an online advice provider whose identity remains an enigma to her many devoted followers. No need for all the mystery with Alex himself though as he gladly answered a few "backstage" questions about his own identiy and past. See his answers after the jump!


Backstage with Robyn Scott

Posted by: at 06/11/2014 05:01 PM
Backstage with Robyn Scott

Robyn Scott serves up the goods as a hilarious diner waitress in Ask Aunt Susan, Seth Bockley's sharp new satire about the Internet era. Robyn recently took a break from taking breakfast orders to answer a few "backstage" questions. Check out her answers!


The Goodman Guide to Fake Twitter-verse

Posted by: Sam Barickman at 06/19/2014 12:30 PM
The Goodman Guide to Fake Twitter-verse

Ask Aunt Susan by Seth Bockley, introduces us to Aunt Susan, a twenty-something man who moonlights as a female online advice guru. In keeping with the show’s themes, we have collected some of the funniest fake online personalities the Twitter-verse has to offer. See them all after the jump!


Audiences on Brigadoon

Posted by: at 06/25/2014 01:51 PM
Audiences on Brigadoon

Audiences on Brigadoon

Read what audience members are saying about Brigadoon!


We Remember Meshach Taylor (1947-2014)

Posted by: at 07/01/2014 04:49 PM
We Remember Meshach Taylor (1947-2014)

Meshach Taylor in rehearsal for the Goodman’s production of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn from the 1984/1985 Season.

We at the Goodman Theatre were saddened to learn of the death from cancer on June 28 of actor Meshach Taylor.  A much loved and highly respected mainstay of the Chicago theater community in the 1970s, Meshach created indelible performances at a variety of local theaters, among them the original Organic Theatre Company and the Goodman, where his performance in Sizwe Bansi is Dead in the 1977/1978 Season earned him a Jeff Award. His other Goodman appearances included Native Son in 1978 and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1985).


Memories of "Brigadoon"

Posted by: at 07/08/2014 12:39 PM
Memories of "Brigadoon"

Part of the fun of showcasing a long-time favorite musical is listening to stories from those who have a personal connection to the show. We put out a call for stories from patrons who were a part of a production of Brigadoon during their life, and we received some fantastic memories! 


Dance in Brigadoon

Posted by: Rachel Rockwell at 07/14/2014 10:32 AM
Dance in Brigadoon

Director and Choreographer Rachel Rockwell

What I learned about dance storytelling, I learned from watching Agnes de Mille’s beautiful ballets in movies like Oklahoma and Carousel.  It was new way of approaching the work that had an indelible effect on me as young choreographer.  It gave me a foundation upon which to base my own brand of dance storytelling.  I have never seen any of the footage of the de Mille choreography for Brigadoon. I don’t know if any exists. I have no doubt it would have been revolutionary.


Backstage with: Francis Jue

Posted by: at 10/09/2014 02:30 PM
Backstage with: Francis Jue

Francis Jue plays a variety of roles in The World of Extreme Happiness including Mr. Destiny, an eccentric self-help guru who inspires his followers to find inspiration through their “personal power position.” Jue, a New York-based actor whose taking full advantage of his time in Chicago, took a break from motivating his co-stars to reveal some of the things that make him happy. Check out his answer to our backstage questionnaire!


Backstage with: Jo Mei

Posted by: Goodman Theatre at 10/09/2014 12:30 PM
Backstage with: Jo Mei

In The World of Extreme Happiness Joe Mei plays Ming-Ming, a young factory worker determined to get ahead in life. Ming-Ming is a devoted follower of an energetic self-help guru who teaches his students to build their confidence with a “personal power position.” In this backstage interview, Mei reveals how her character’s enthusiasm is rubbing off on her, and how she loves everything from cupcakes to superheroes.


Backstage with: Ruy Iskandar

Posted by: Goodman Theatre at 10/05/2014 03:30 PM
Backstage with: Ruy Iskandar

Ruy Iskandar’s character in The World of Extreme Happiness, Pete, is a Chinese teenager obsessed with the Monkey King, a mythical figure frequently found in Chinese literature. Iskandar took time between performances to share some of his own obsessions. He also revealed how he modeled Pete of the characters from a current hit TV show (we’ll give you a hint about which show: “Bazinga!”) See Iskandar’s responses to our backstage questionnaire below! 


A Fetus Prepares

Posted by: at 10/06/2014 11:20 AM
A Fetus Prepares

Playwright Noah Haidle has been keeping a  video diary while working with the cast on Smokefall. Take a look at what's going on behind the scenes and in the mind of Noah Haidle.


More Critical Praise for "Smokefall"

Posted by: at 10/08/2014 11:57 AM
More Critical Praise for "Smokefall"

Chicago's top critics are calling Smokefall "the best new play of 2014." Watch these new interviews with Chicago Tribune's Chris Jones and the Chicago Sun-Times' Hedy Weiss to hear more.


Make It Better Photo Shoot

Posted by: at 11/25/2014 01:20 PM
Make It Better Photo Shoot

Make It Better TV got a behind the scenes look at our December cover shoot of the cast of "A Christmas Carol" at the Goodman Theatre. The actors who play Tiny Tim and Bob Cratchit weighed in on how practice and production have been going so far.


A Conversation with Kimberly Senior

Posted by: at 12/29/2014 04:22 PM
A Conversation with Kimberly Senior

Director of Rapture, Blister, Burn Kimberly Senior

Acclaimed Chicago-based director Kimberly Senior, who recently helmed the world and Broadway premieres of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Disgraced, makes her Goodman Theatre debut with Rapture, Blister, Burn.