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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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: 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! 

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