Rapture, Blister, Burn

Jan 17 – Feb 22, 2015 In the Albert
Approximate running time: Approximately 2 hours with one intermission

  • a play probing the every tricky question of what makes us happy in life”— Chicago Tribune
  • stars — Chicago Tribune
  • [Mark] Montgomery is perfection in this role”— Chicago Sun-Times
  • a smart new take on having it all”— Time Out Chicago
  • stars — Time Out Chicago

The Pulitzer Prize finalist, hailed as “intensely smart, immensely funny” by The New York Times, makes its Chicago debut in a sharp new production.

After graduate school, Catherine and Gwen chose opposite paths. Catherine built a high-profile career while her best friend Gwen raised a family. Twenty years later – and unfulfilled in opposite ways – each woman envies the other’s achievements and questions her own life choices. Sparks fly and the age-old question arises: What do women really want?

Chicago’s Kimberly Senior helms this hugely entertaining comedy, fresh off directing Broadway’s Pulitzer Prize-winning smash Disgraced.

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  • Rapture, Blister, Burn Production Photos
    (L to R) Mary Ann Thebus (Alice Croll), Karen Janes Woditsch (Gwen Harper), Cassidy Slaughter-Mason (Avery Willard) and Jennifer Coombs (Catherine Croll) in Gina Gionfriddo's Rapture, Blister, Burn, directed by Kimberly Senior.

  • Rapture, Blister, Burn Production Photos
    (L to R) Cassidy Slaughter-Mason (Avery Willard), Jennifer Coombs (Catherine Croll) and Mary Ann Thebus (Alice Croll) in Gina Gionfriddo's Rapture, Blister, Burn, directed by Kimberly Senior.

  • Rapture, Blister, Burn Production Photos
    (L to R) Mark Montgomery (Don Harper) and Karen Janes Woditsch (Gwen Harper) in Gina Gionfriddo's Rapture, Blister, Burn, directed by Kimberly Senior.

  • Rapture, Blister, Burn Production Photos
    (L to R) Jennifer Coombs (Catherine Croll) and Mark Montgomery (Don Harper) in Gina Gionfriddo's Rapture, Blister, Burn, directed by Kimberly Senior.

  • Rapture, Blister, Burn Production Photos
    (L to R) Jennifer Coombs (Catherine Croll), Karen Janes Woditsch (Gwen Harper) and Cassidy Slaughter-Mason (Avery Willard) in Gina Gionfriddo's Rapture, Blister, Burn, directed by Kimberly Senior.

  • Rapture, Blister, Burn Production Photos
    (L to R) Cassidy Slaughter-Mason (Avery Willard) and Jennifer Coombs (Catherine Croll) in Gina Gionfriddo's Rapture, Blister, Burn, directed by Kimberly Senior.

  • Rapture, Blister, Burn Production Photos
    (L to R) Mary Ann Thebus (Alice Croll) and Jennifer Coombs (Catherine Croll) in Gina Gionfriddo's Rapture, Blister, Burn, directed by Kimberly Senior.

  • Rapture, Blister, Burn Production Photos
    (L to R) Karen Janes Woditsch (Gwen Harper), Jennifer Coombs (Catherine Croll) and Cassidy Slaughter-Mason (Avery Willard) in Gina Gionfriddo's Rapture, Blister, Burn, directed by Kimberly Senior.

  • Rapture, Blister, Burn Rehearsal Photos
    (L to R) Director Kimberly Senior and Cassidy Slaughter-Mason (Avery Willard) in rehearsal for Rapture, Blister, Burn.

  • Rapture, Blister, Burn Rehearsal Photos
    (L to R) Karen Janes Woditsch (Gwen Harper) and Cassidy Slaughter-Mason (Avery Willard) in rehearsal for Rapture, Blister, Burn.

  • Rapture, Blister, Burn Rehearsal Photos
    (L to R) Karen Janes Woditsch (Gwen Harper), Mary Ann Thebus (Alice Croll) and Cassidy Slaughter-Mason (Avery Willard) in rehearsal for Rapture, Blister, Burn.

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  • Jan 26 2015
     

    "Rapture, Blister, Burn": The Play Title, The Song Lyric

    Learn more about where the title of Gina Gionfriddos' play Rapture, Blister, Burn came from.

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  • Jan 29 2015
    Pop Quiz: Third-Wave Feminism  

    Pop Quiz: Third-Wave Feminism

    So you've aced our first two quizzes on the important people and places of the modern feminist movement. Now test your knowledge on third-wave feminism! And see Gina Gionfriddo's Rapture, Blister, Burn now through February 22, 2015!

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  • Jan 14 2015
    Pop Quiz: Second-Wave Feminism  

    Pop Quiz: Second-Wave Feminism

    Ready to take your history skills to the next level? In honor of Gina Gionfriddo's "Rapture, Blister, Burn", test your knowledge of the important people and places of Second Wave Feminism. See Rapture, Blister, Burn January 17 - February 22.

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  • Jan 08 2015
    Pop Quiz: First-Wave Feminism  

    Pop Quiz: First-Wave Feminism

    Are you a history buff? To prep for the premiere of "Rapture, Blister, Burn" at Goodman Theatre, test your knowledge of some of the important people and places of First Wave Feminism. See Gina Gionfriddo's "Rapture, Blister, Burn", directed by Kimberly Senior, January 17 - February 22. 

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  • Jan 08 2015
    Rapture, Blister, Burn Personality Poll  

    Rapture, Blister, Burn Personality Poll

    Now that you've seen Rapture, Blister, Burn, take our audience poll. We want to know how you feel about some of the themes and characters in the story. Once you finish the survey, you'll have a chance to see how other audience members have responded.

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  • Dec 29 2014
    A Conversation with Kimberly Senior  

    A Conversation with Kimberly Senior

    Rapture Blister Burn

    Acclaimed Chicago-based director Kimberly Senior, who recently helmed the world and Broadway premieres of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Disgraced, makes her Goodman Theatre debut with Rapture, Blister, Burn.

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