Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976

Written by Rebecca Gilman
Directed by Robert Falls
May 21 – June 19, 2016 in the Owen
A Chicago Premiere

The powerful team of Artistic Associate and playwright Rebecca Gilman and Goodman Artistic Director Robert Falls (Blue Surge, Dollhouse, Luna Gale) reunites for a new drama about the heart and soul of a small town and its citizens. A wave of uncertainty spreads across the once peaceful hamlet of Monroe, Wisconsin, after a Chicago-based corporation acquires the town’s main employer, leaving workers and their families to fear for their livelihoods. The merger, however, presents longtime employee Kim a newfound opportunity—and a moral dilemma. Should he accept a lucrative promotion under the new management and risk alienating himself from his longtime co-workers, neighbors and family? Fresh off her Jeff Award-winning Luna Gale, Gilman presents a humorous yet thought-provoking examination of workers’ rights and the effects of big business on small town lives. 

PRESS RELEASES

May 12, 2016 | Robert Falls Directs Rebecca Gilman’s newest work, “Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976,” May 21 – June 19
April 20, 2016 | Cast and Creative Team Set for Soups, Stews and Casseroles: 1976 

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Soups | We Used to Mail Cheese Kat Durst (Cora Vander Broek), Kelly Durst (Lindsay Stock) and JoAnne (Ann Whitney) discuss the Limburger Cheese Trial of 1935 in celebration of the bicentennial. 
Soups | New Neighbor Kat Durst (Cora Vander Broek), Kelly Durst (Lindsay Stock) and JoAnne (Ann Whitney) tell their new neighbor Elaine (Angela Reed) about the annual Soups, Stews, and Casseroles cookbook. 
Soups | Assertiveness Elaine (Angela Reed) teaches Kat Durst (Cora Vander Broek) the importance of assertiveness and introduces her to some “recommended reading.”  
Soups |  Unions Kyle (Ty Olwin) congratulates Kim Durst (Cliff Chamberlain) on his new promotion and explains what this means for the union contract.  

Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976

  • Soups, Stews and Casseroles; 1976, Director
    Soups, Stews and Casseroles; 1976, Director

    Robert Falls (Goodman Theatre Artistic Director) has been the Artistic Director of Goodman Theatre since 1986. From 1977 to 1985, he was the Artistic Director of Wisdom Bridge Theatre. Most recently, Mr. Falls reprised his critically acclaimed 2012 Goodman production of The Iceman Cometh, featuring the original cast headed by Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy, for the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Last fall, he directed Rebecca Gilman’s Luna Gale at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles, as well as a new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni to open the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s new season. Other recent productions include the world and off-Broadway premieres of Beth Henley’s The Jacksonian, starring Ed Harris, Glenne Headly, Amy Madigan and Bill Pullman; Measure for Measure; the regional premiere of John Logan’s Red; John Robin Baitz’s Three Hotels; The Seagull; and the world premiere of Rebecca Gilman’s A True History of the Johnstown Flood. Mr. Falls’ credits also include King Lear, Desire Under the Elms, the Broadway revival of Eric Bogosian’s Talk Radio, the world premiere of Richard Nelson’s Frank’s Home, the American premiere of Conor McPherson’s Shining City and the Broadway and touring productions of Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida. His Broadway productions of Death of a Salesman and Long Day’s Journey into Night received seven Tony Awards and three Drama Desk Awards. Other Goodman credits include the world premieres of Arthur Miller’s Finishing the Picture, Rebecca Gilman’s Blue Surge and Dollhouse, Eric Bogosian’s Griller, Steve Tesich’s The Speed of Darkness and On the Open Road and John Logan’s Riverview: A Melodrama with Music, as well as the American premiere of Alan Ayckbourn’s House and Garden.

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  • Soups, Stews and Casseroles; 1976, Playwright
    Soups, Stews and Casseroles; 1976, Playwright

    Rebecca Gilman (Playwright) is an Artistic Associate at the Goodman. Ms. Gilman’s plays include Luna Gale, A True History of the Johnstown Flood, Dollhouse, Boy Gets Girl, Spinning Into Butter, Blue Surge (all of which were commissioned and originally produced by the Goodman), The Glory of Living, The Sweetest Swing in Baseball, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter and The Crowd You’re in With.  Ms. Gilman is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, The Harper Lee Award, The Scott McPherson Award, The Prince Prize for Commissioning New Work, The Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, The Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright, The George Devine Award, The Theatre Masters Visionary Award, The Great Plains Playwright Award and an Illinois Arts Council playwriting fellowship. Boy Gets Girl received an Olivier nomination for Best New Play and she was named a finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for The Glory of Living. She is a member of the Council of the Dramatists Guild of America and a board member of the ACLU of Illinois. She received her MFA in playwriting from the University of Iowa. Ms. Gilman is an associate professor of playwriting and screenwriting at Northwestern University as part of its MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage program.  She is the recipient of a Global Connections Grant by Theatre Communications Group and an American Scandinavian Foundation Creative Writing Grant for the development of a new play in conjunction with Göteborgs Dramatiska Teater in Gothenburg, Sweden: Rödvinsvänster(Red-Wine Leftists): 1977.

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    Cliff Chamberlain (Kim Durst), Cora Vander Broek (Kat Durst), Lindsay Stock (Kelly Durst) and Angela Reed (Elaine) in Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976 by Rebecca Gilman, directed by Robert Falls at Goodman Theatre (May 21 – June 19, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/Soups

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    Cliff Chamberlain (Kim Durst) and Ty Olwin (Kyle) in Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976 by Rebecca Gilman, directed by Robert Falls at Goodman Theatre (May 21 – June 19, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/Soups

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    Ann Whitney (JoAnne) and Cora Vander Broek (Kat Durst) in Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976 by Rebecca Gilman, directed by Robert Falls at Goodman Theatre (May 21 – June 19, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/Soups

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    Cliff Chamberlain (Kim Durst) and Cora Vander Broek (Kat Durst) in Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976 by Rebecca Gilman, directed by Robert Falls at Goodman Theatre (May 21 – June 19, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/Soups

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    Angela Reed (Elaine) and Cliff Chamberlain (Kim Durst) in Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976 by Rebecca Gilman, directed by Robert Falls at Goodman Theatre (May 21 – June 19, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/Soups

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    Playwright Rebecca Gilman and Director Robert Falls in rehearsal for Soups, Stews and Casseroles: 1976 at Goodman Theatre (May 21 - June 19, 2016).

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    Playwright Rebecca Gilman in rehearsal for Soups, Stews and Casseroles: 1976 directed by Robert Falls at Goodman Theatre (May 21 - June 19, 2016).

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    Ty Olwin (Kyle), Cliff Chamberlain (Kim Durst) and Ann Whitney (JoAnne) in rehearsal for Soups, Stews and Casseroles: 1976 written by Rebecca Gilman, directed by Robert Falls at Goodman Theatre (May 21 - June 19, 2016).

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    Ann Whitney (JoAnne) in rehearsal for Soups, Stews and Casseroles: 1976 written by Rebecca Gilman, directed by Robert Falls at Goodman Theatre (May 21 - June 19, 2016).

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    Cora Vander Broek (Kat) and Ty Olwin (Kyle) in rehearsal for Soups, Stews and Casseroles: 1976 written by Rebecca Gilman, directed by Robert Falls at Goodman Theatre (May 21 - June 19, 2016).

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    Cliff Chamberlain (Kim Durst) and Ann Whitney (JoAnne) in rehearsal for Soups, Stews and Casseroles: 1976 written by Rebecca Gilman, directed by Robert Falls at Goodman Theatre (May 21 - June 19, 2016).

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    Angela Reed (Elaine), Lindsay Stock (Kelly Durst) and Cora Vander Broek (Kat) in rehearsal for Soups, Stews and Casseroles: 1976 written by Rebecca Gilman, directed by Robert Falls at Goodman Theatre (May 21 - June 19, 2016).

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    Playwright Rebecca Gilman and Director Robert Falls in rehearsal for Soups, Stews and Casseroles: 1976 at Goodman Theatre (May 21 - June 19, 2016).

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    Playwright Rebecca Gilman and Director Robert Falls in rehearsal for Soups, Stews and Casseroles: 1976 at Goodman Theatre (May 21 - June 19, 2016).

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    Michael Maggio Directing Fellow Vanessa Stalling, Angela Reed (Elaine) and Lindsay Stock (Kelly) in rehearsal for Soups, Stews and Casseroles: 1976 written by Rebecca Gilman, directed by Robert Falls at Goodman Theatre (May 21 - June 19, 2016).

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    Ty Olwin (Kyle) and Cliff Chamberlain (Kim Durst) in rehearsal for Soups, Stews and Casseroles: 1976 written by Rebecca Gilman, directed by Robert Falls at Goodman Theatre (May 21 - June 19, 2016).

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    Rehearsal for Soups, Stews and Casseroles: 1976 written by Rebecca Gilman, directed by Robert Falls at Goodman Theatre (May 21 - June 19, 2016).

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