Playwrights Unit

July 20 - August 16, 2013
Approximate running time: TBD

2012/2013 Playwrights Unit

Since September, four Chicago-based playwrights have been meeting twice a month with members of the Goodman's artistic staff to read and engage with each other's work as part of the 2012/2013 Goodman Playwrights Unit. Out of this process four brand new plays have emerged, and this summer audiences will have a chance to hear these new works, read by some of Chicago's most talented actors.

Playwrights Unit

Tickets are free, but reservations are required.

  • Sleeping with The Prince of Darkness: The Imagined Pillow Talk of FBI Agent John O'Neill

    By Greg Allen | Directed by Henry Wishcamper
    July 20, 2013 | 7:30pm 

    FBI Agent John O'Neill was a counter-terrorism expert who sounded the alarm about Al Qaeda long before it became a household name—but politics and his own personal failings pushed his warnings aside. In this inventive and incisive new play, Greg Allen charts the history of terrorism through a series of intimate conversations between O'Neill and his many lovers. Reserve tickets


  • Jul 21 2013
    awe/struck by christopher oscar pena awe/struck


    By christopher oscar peña | Directed by Henry Godinez
    July 21, 2013 | 2:30pm 

    Denia arrives in Chicago from far away, looking to create a place for herself in this unfamilar land. Monique has never left Chicago but is feeling more and more like a stranger in her own home. A chance encounter between them transforms their lives forever in this lyrical and arresting new play about identity and perception. Reserve tickets


  • Jul 21 2013
    Prowess by Ike Holter Prowess


    By Ike Holter | Directed by Marti Lyons
    July 21, 2013 | 7:30pm 

    Zora wants to change the world—or at least Chicago—but working for her alderman isn't all it's cracked up to be. So she starts looking for a way to make more direct action, and for some co-conspirators to help her do it. This take-no-prisoners new play by Ike Holter is about citizens rising up and kicking ass, no matter what the consequences. Reserve tickets


  • Aug 16 2013
    Ninth Man Out by Alice Austen Ninth Man Out

    Ninth Man Out

    By Alice Austen | Directed by Wendy C. Goldberg
    August 16, 2013 | 7:30pm 

    Ninth Man Out is inspired by the life of Elmer Gedeon, a multi-sports star from the University of Michicgan who went on to play professional baseball before being drafted into World War II. Alice Austen examines the cost of competition and the relentless pursuit of excellence for an individual and his country.
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