The Matchmaker

Written by Thornton Wilder 
Directed by Henry Wishcamper
March 5 – April 10, 2016 in the Albert

Experience the comic fireworks of Thornton Wilder’s 1955 American classic, praised as “one of the sweetest and smartest romantic farces ever written” (The Wall Street Journal). New York, 1880s. Hoping to find a new wife, wealthy yet prickly widower Horace Vandergelder recruits the services of vivacious matchmaker Dolly Levi. Little does Horace know that Dolly is plotting to become the next Mrs. Vandergelder herself! As Horace and Dolly set out to Manhattan to commence the search, a madcap mix of mistaken identity, outrageous misbehavior and spontaneous romance ensues. The inspiration for Hello, Dolly!, The Matchmaker is an uproarious romp that reminds us to embrace the unexpected in our lives. 

PRESS RELEASES
February 23, 2016 | Goodman Theatre Invites Students to Two "College Nights" 
February 17, 2016 | Goodman Theatre Revives The Matchmaker
January 6, 2016 | Broadway's Kristine Nielsen and Chicago Favorite Allen Gilmore Lead The Matchmaker, Thorton Wilder's Rarely-Revived Uproarious Romp at Goodman Theatre 

PHOTOS
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Montage Scenes from The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder, Directed by Henry Wishcamper
Scene - Irene and Minnie Irene (Elizabeth Ledo) defends her reasons for wanting to marry Horace to Minnie (Sydney Germaine)
Scene - Dolly and Horace Dolly (Kristine Nielsen) shares her matchmaking suggestions with Horace (Allen Gilmore)
Scene - Restaurant The restaurant guests fight over their reservation (Behzad Dabu, Lawrence E. DiStasi, Sydney Germaine, Marc Grapey, Elizabeth Ledo, Postell Pringle and Ron E. Rains

The Matchmaker

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    Kristine Nielsen (Dolly Gallagher Levi) and Allen Gilmore (Horace Vandergelder) in The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder, directed by Henry Wishcamper at Goodman Theatre (March 5 – April 10, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/Matchmaker

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    Kristine Nielsen (Dolly Gallagher Levi) in The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder, directed by Henry Wishcamper at Goodman Theatre (March 5 – April 10, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/Matchmaker

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    Elizabeth Ledo (Irene Molloy) and Postell Pringle (Cornelius Hackl) in The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder, directed by Henry Wishcamper at Goodman Theatre (March 5 – April 10, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/Matchmaker

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    Behzad Dabu (Barnaby Tucker) in The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder, directed by Henry Wishcamper at Goodman Theatre (March 5 – April 10, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/Matchmaker

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    Ronobir Lahiri (Ambrose Kemper) and Kristine Nielsen (Dolly Gallagher Levi) in The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder, directed by Henry Wishcamper at Goodman Theatre (March 5 – April 10, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/Matchmaker

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    Behzad Dabu (Barnaby Tucker), Postell Pringle (Cornelius Hackl) and Allen Gilmore (Horace Vandergelder)  in The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder, directed by Henry Wishcamper at Goodman Theatre (March 5 – April 10, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/Matchmaker

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    Theo Allyn (Ermengarde) and Kristine Nielsen (Dolly Gallagher Levi) in The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder, directed by Henry Wishcamper at Goodman Theatre (March 5 – April 10, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/Matchmaker

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    Anita Hollander (Cook) in The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder, directed by Henry Wishcamper at Goodman Theatre (March 5 – April 10, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/Matchmaker

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    Anita Hollander (Gertrude), Allen Gilmore (Horace Vandergelder) and Ron E. Rains (Joe Scanlon) in The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder, directed by Henry Wishcamper at Goodman Theatre (March 5 – April 10, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/Matchmaker

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    Ron E. Rains (Joe Scanlon/August) and Sydney Germaine (Minnie Fay) in The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder, directed by Henry Wishcamper at Goodman Theatre (March 5 – April 10, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/Matchmaker

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    Sydney Germaine (Minnie Fay), Behzad Dabu (Barnaby Tucker) and Postell Pringle (Cornelius Hackl)  in The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder, directed by Henry Wishcamper at Goodman Theatre (March 5 – April 10, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/Matchmaker

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    Postell Pringle (Cornelius Hackl) and Behzad Dabu (Barnaby Tucker) in The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder, directed by Henry Wishcamper at Goodman Theatre (March 5 – April 10, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/Matchmaker

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    Ronobir Lahiri (Ambrose Kemper), Theo Allyn (Ermengarde) and Marilyn Dodds Frank (Flora Van Huysen) in The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder, directed by Henry Wishcamper at Goodman Theatre (March 5 – April 10, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/Matchmaker

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    Lawrence E. DiStasi (Cabman/Rudolph), Allen Gilmore (Horace Vandergelder) and Marc Grapey (Malachi Stack) in The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder, directed by Henry Wishcamper at Goodman Theatre (March 5 – April 10, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/Matchmaker

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    Sydney Germaine (Minnie Faye), Postell Pringle (Cornelius Hackl), Elizabeth Ledo (Irene Molloy), Ron E. Rains (Joe Scanlon/August/US Vandergelder), and Behzad Dabu (Barnaby Tucker) in rehearsal for The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder, directed by Henry Wishcamper at Goodman Theatre (March 5 – April 10, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/Matchmaker

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    Director Henry Wishcamper in rehearsal for The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder at Goodman Theatre (March 5 – April 10, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/Matchmaker

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    Marc Grapey (Malachi Stack) and Allen Gilmore (Horace Vandergelder) in rehearsal for The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder, directed by Henry Wishcamper at Goodman Theatre (March 5 – April 10, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/Matchmaker

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    Marc Grapey (Malachi Stack), Allen Gilmore (Horace Vandergelder) and Kristine Nielsen (Dolly Levi) in rehearsal for The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder, directed by Henry Wishcamper at Goodman Theatre (March 5 – April 10, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/Matchmaker

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    Ron E. Rains (Joe Scanlon/August/US Vandergelder),  Behzad Dabu (Barnaby Tucker) and Elizabeth Ledo (Irene Molloy) in rehearsal for The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder, directed by Henry Wishcamper at Goodman Theatre (March 5 – April 10, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/Matchmaker

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    Kristine Nielsen (Dolly Levi) and Theo Allyn (Ermengarde/US Irene Molloy) in rehearsal for The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder, directed by Henry Wishcamper at Goodman Theatre (March 5 – April 10, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/Matchmaker

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    Lawrence E. DiStasi (Cabman/Rudolph) and Allen Gilmore (Horace Vandergelder) in rehearsal for The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder, directed by Henry Wishcamper at Goodman Theatre (March 5 – April 10, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/Matchmaker

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    Anita Hollander (Gertrude/Cook/Ensemble) and Ronobir Lahiri (Ambrose/Ensemble ) in rehearsal for The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder, directed by Henry Wishcamper at Goodman Theatre (March 5 – April 10, 2016).

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    Postell Pringle (Cornelius Hackl), Elizabeth Ledo (Irene Molloy) and Behzad Dabu (Barnaby Tucker) in rehearsal for The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder, directed by Henry Wishcamper at Goodman Theatre (March 5 – April 10, 2016).

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    Postell Pringle (Cornelius Hackl), Elizabeth Ledo (Irene Molloy)  Sydney Germaine (Minnie Faye) and Behzad Dabu (Barnaby Tucker) in rehearsal for The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder, directed by Henry Wishcamper at Goodman Theatre (March 5 – April 10, 2016).

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    Marc Grapey (Malachi Stack), Allen Gilmore (Horace Vandergelder), Kristine Nielsen (Dolly Levi), Ronobir Lahiri (Ambrose/Ensemble ) and Theo Allyn (Ermengarde/US Irene Molloy)  for The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder, directed by Henry Wishcamper at Goodman Theatre (March 5 – April 10, 2016).

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    Anita Hollander (Gertrude/Cook/Ensemble)  in rehearsal for The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder, directed by Henry Wishcamper at Goodman Theatre (March 5 – April 10, 2016).

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    Sydney Germaine (Minnie Faye), Postell Pringle (Cornelius Hackl), Lawrence E. DiStasi (Cabman/Rudolph),  Elizabeth Ledo (Irene Molloy) and Behzad Dabu (Barnaby Tucker) in rehearsal for The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder, directed by Henry Wishcamper at Goodman Theatre (March 5 – April 10, 2016).

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  • The Matchmaker, Playwright
    The Matchmaker, Playwright

    Thorton Wilder (Playwright, 1897-1975) Born in Madison, Wisconsin, and educated at Yale and Princeton, Thornton Wilder was an accomplished novelist and playwright whose works explore the connection between the commonplace and the cosmic dimensions of human experience. The Bridge of San Luis Rey, one of his seven novels, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1928, and his next-to-last novel, The Eighth Day, received the National Book Award (1968). Two of his four major plays garnered Pulitzer Prizes, Our Town (1938) andThe Skin of Our Teeth (1943). His play The Matchmaker ran on Broadway for 486 performances (1955-1957), Wilder's Broadway record, and was later adapted into the record-breaking musical Hello, Dolly! Wilder also enjoyed enormous success with many other forms of the written and spoken word, among them translation, acting, opera librettos, lecturing, teaching and film (his screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock's 1943 psycho-thrillerShadow of a Doubt remains a classic to this day). Letter writing held a central place in Wilder's life, and since his death, three volumes of his letters have been published. Wilder's many honors include the Gold Medal for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Book Committee's Medal for Literature. On April 17, 1997, the centenary of his birth, the US Postal Service unveiled the Thornton Wilder 32-cent stamp in Hamden, Connecticut, his official address after 1930 and where he died on December 7, 1975. Wilder continues to be read and performed around the world. Our Town is performed at least once each day somewhere in this country, with his other major dramas and shorter plays not far behind. In 2008, Our Town and The Bridge of San Luis Rey were selected as a joint choice for the National Endowment for the Art's "Big Read" Program. In recent years Wilder's works have also inspired a growing number of adaptations, among them an opera based on Our Town (music by Ned Rorem, libretto by J.D. McClatchy) and a dramatized version of his novel, Theophilus North (Matt Burnett). Reflecting the renewed interest in Wilder, the Thornton Wilder Society sponsored the first international conference on Wilder in fall 2008.

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  • The Matchmaker, Director
    The Matchmaker, Director

    Henry Wishcamper (Director) is a member of the Goodman’s Artistic Collective. His Goodman Theatre directing credits include The Little Foxes, the world premiere of Ask Aunt Susan, his own adaptation of Animal Crackers (Jeff Award nomination), A Christmas Carol (2013 and 2014 productions), Other Desert Cities and Talking Pictures. Other Chicago directing credits include The Dance of Death (Jeff nomination) at Writers Theatre and The Night Alive at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. His New York directing credits include Spirit Control at Manhattan Theatre Club; Graceland at LCT3; Port Authority at Atlantic Theater Company; Elvis People at New World Stages; The Polish Play at Katharsis Theater Company and Pullman Car Hiawatha at Keen Company (Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Revival of a Play). Regional theater and other directing credits include Animal Crackers at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the American premiere of Conor McPherson’s The Birds at the Guthrie Theater; Engaging Shaw and The Mystery of Irma Vep at The Old Globe and The Seafarer and Speech & Debate at TheaterWorks. He has served as the assistant director of the Broadway productions of August: Osage Countyand Shining City. His adaptation of Animal Crackers has been produced by the Denver Center Theatre Company, Baltimore Center Stage, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Lyric Stage Company. Mr. Wishcamper was the Artistic Director of Katharsis Theater Company in New York and the Maine Summer Dramatic Institute (MSDI) in Portland, Maine. At MSDI, he founded Shakespeare in Deering Oaks Park, a free Shakespeare festival in Portland's primary public park featuring students from MSDI's education program. Mr. Wishcamper is a Drama League directing fellow and a graduate of Yale University.

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