Robert Falls

Robert Falls

Robert Falls, Artistic Director

About Robert Falls: This season, for his 30th anniversary at the Goodman, Robert Falls will direct productions of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya and Eugene O’Neill’s Ah, Wilderness! Last season, he directed the Chicago premiere of Rebecca Gilman’s Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976, and also partnered with Goodman Playwright-in-Residence Seth Bockley to direct their world premiere adaptation of Roberto Bolaño’s 2666. During the 2014/2105 Season, he reprised his critically acclaimed production of The Iceman Cometh at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, directed Rebecca Gilman’s Luna Gale at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles and directed a new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni for the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Other recent productions include Measure for Measure and the world and off-Broadway premieres of Beth Henley’s The Jacksonian. Among his other credits are The Seagull, King Lear, Desire Under the Elms, John Logan’s Red, Jon Robin Baitz’s Three Hotels, Eric Bogosian’s Talk Radio and Conor McPherson’s Shining City; the world premieres of Richard Nelson’s Frank’s Home, Arthur Miller’s Finishing the Picture (his last play), Eric Bogosian’s Griller, Steve Tesich’s The Speed of Darkness and On the Open Road, John Logan’s Riverview: A Melodrama with Music and Rebecca Gilman’s A True History of the JohnstownFlood, Blue Surge and Dollhouse; the American premiere of Alan Ayckbourn’s House and Garden and the Broadway premiere of Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida. Falls’ honors for directing include, among others, a Tony Award (Death of a Salesman), a Drama Desk Award (Long Day’s Journey into Night), an Obie Award (subUrbia), a Helen Hayes Award (King Lear) and multiple Jeff Awards (including a 2012 Jeff Award for The Iceman Cometh). For “outstanding contributions to theater,” Falls has also been recognized with such prestigious honors as the Savva Morozov Diamond Award (Moscow Art Theatre), the O’Neill Medallion (Eugene O’Neill Society), the Distinguished Service to the Arts Award (Lawyers for the Creative Arts), the Illinois Arts Council Governor’s Award and, most recently, induction into the Theater Hall of Fame.

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  • Measure for Measure, 2013
    Measure for Measure, 2013

    Robert Fall's 2013 production of Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare in the Albert. Pictured is James Newcomb (Duke).

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  • The Iceman Cometh, 2012
    The Iceman Cometh, 2012

    Robert Fall's 2012 production of The Iceman Cometh by Eugene O'Neill in the Albert. Pictured are left to right Salvatore Inzerillo (Rocky Pioggi), Brian Dennehy (Larry Slade),Nathan Lane (Theodore “Hickey” Hickman), Lee Wilkof (Hugo Kalmar) and Stephen Ouimette (Harry Hope).

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  • The Iceman Cometh, 2012
    The Iceman Cometh, 2012

    Robert Fall's 2012 production of The Iceman Cometh by Eugene O'Neill in the Albert. Pictured are Brian Dennehy (Larry Slade) and Nathan Lane (Theodore “Hickey” Hickman).

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  • The Seagull, 2010
    The Seagull, 2010

    Robert Fall's 2010 production of The Seagull in the Owen. Pictured are Heather Wood(Nina) in front of left to right Demetrios Troy (Medvendenko), Steve Pickering(Shamrayev), Janet Ulrich Brooks (Polina), Scott Jaeck (Dr. Dorn), Mary Beth Fisher(Arkadina), Cliff Chamberlain (Trigorin), Stephen Louis Grush (Konstantin) and Francis Guinan (Sorin).

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  • The Seagull, 2010
    The Seagull, 2010

    Robert Fall's 2010 production of The Seagull by Anton Chekhov in the Owen. Picture are clockwise from left Cliff Chamberlain (Trigorin), Mary Beth Fisher (Arkadina), Francis Guinan (Sorin), Scott Jaeck (Dr. Dorn), Steve Pickering (Shamrayev), Kelly O’Sullivan(Masha), Janet Ulrich Brooks (Polina), and Stephen Louis Grush (Konstantin). Rebecca Buller (Maid) and Demetrios Troy (Medvendenko) are behind.

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  • Desire Under the Elms, 2009
    Desire Under the Elms, 2009

    Robert Fall's 2009 production of Desire Under the Elms by Eugene O'Neill in the Albert. Pictured is Brian Dennehy (Ephraim Cabot).

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  • Desire Under the Elms, 2009
    Desire Under the Elms, 2009

    Robert Fall's 2009 production of Desire Under the Elms by Eugene O'Neill in the Albert. Pictured is Pablo Schreiber (Eben Cabot), Brian Dennehy (Ephraim Cabot) and Carla Gugino (Abbie Putnam).

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  • King Lear, 2006
    King Lear, 2006

    Robert Fall's 2009 production of Desire Under the Elms by Eugene O'Neill in the Albert. Pictured is Elise Kauzlaric (Goneril's servant/Ensemble).

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  • King Lear, 2006
    King Lear, 2006

    Robert Fall's 2006 production of King Lear by William Shakespeare in the Albert. Pictured is Chris Genebach (Cornwall), Edward Gero (Clouster), Kate Arrington (Regan), Steve Schine (Cornwall's man) & David Blixt (Captain).

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  • King Lear, 2006
    King Lear, 2006

    Robert Fall's 2006 production of King Lear by William Shakespeare in the Albert. Pictured is the Ensemble of King Lear.

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  • Uncle Vanya 01
    Uncle Vanya 01

    Tim Hopper (Vanya) in the Chicago premiere of Annie Baker’s adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, directed by Robert Falls. GoodmanTheatre.org/UncleVanya

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