Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976

May 21 - Jun 19, 2016 In the Owen
Approximate running time: 2 hours and 15 minutes with one intermission

Life was sweet in this small Wisconsin town. Then corporate America came to the table.

A wave of uncertainty spreads across Reynolds, 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. Rebecca Gilman presents a timely, thought-provoking look at workers’ rights and the effects of big business on small town lives.

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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

  • Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976 Production Photos
    Cliff Chamberlain (Kim Durst) and Ty Olwin (Kyle) in Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976 by Rebecca Gilman, directed by Robert Falls

  • Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976 Production Photos
    Ann Whitney (JoAnne) and Cora Vander Broek (Kat Durst) in Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976 by Rebecca Gilman, directed by Robert Falls

  • Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976 Production Photos
    Cliff Chamberlain (Kim Durst) and Cora Vander Broek (Kat Durst) in Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976 by Rebecca Gilman, directed by Robert Falls

  • Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976 Production Photos
    Angela Reed (Elaine) and Cliff Chamberlain (Kim Durst) in Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976 by Rebecca Gilman, directed by Robert Falls

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A Conversation with Playwright Rebecca Gilman

In Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976, playwright Rebecca Gilman depicts a family in a small Wisconsin town who, along with their surrounding community, are forever altered when a food conglomerate buys their local cheese factory.

Putting Food on the Table: Rebecca Gilman Explores Workers' Rights and Food Conglomerates

"Silence never won rights. They are not handed down from above; they are forced by pressures from below." -Roger Baldwin, co-founder of the American Civil Liberties Union Disputes about labor-the length of workdays, time off for illness and rest, and salary-are as old as employment itself.

Why Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976?

The past four decades have seen massive changes in American commerce, some of which are evident to all of us every day. Your call to customer service, once attended to by a local representative, may now be answered by someone in Phoenix or Mumbai; the mom-and-pop coffee shop that you patronized every morning may now be a gleaming Starbucks.

Talks & Events
Accessibility
low vision and blind services  PATRONS WHO ARE BLIND OF HAVE LOW VISION

Large print playbills: available to download in Microsoft Word format for all shows prior to a performance. Click here to download.

Braille programs: available day of the performance from the Guest Services desk

Audio Described performance: June 12, 2016 at 2pm.Tickets are $20. For access to reserved, discounted seating enter the promo code AUDIO when purchasing online or call the box office at 312.443.3800 (voice) or 312.443.3829 (TTY/TDD).

Touch Tour: June 12, 2016 at 12:30pm.
The tour will feature a 45-60 minute presentation detailing the set, costume and character elements for the performance. When reserving tickets please indicate how many people will be in your party for both the Touch Tour and the performance.

 

hearing impaired services

PATRONS WHO ARE DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING

Assistive Listening Devices: Both the Albert and the Owen are equipped with FM frequency assistive listening devices. You may use your own headphones, or they will be provided for you. In addition, neck loops are available that are compatible with t-coil hearing aids. Devices are available at the Guest Services desk in the Goodman lobby. Assistive listening devices are offered free of charge, but a driver's license or valid ID is required as security.

Open Captioned Performance:  June 19, 2016 at 2pm. 

Tickets are $20. An LED sign presents dialogue in sync with the performance.  For access to reserved, discounted seating enter the promo code OPEN when purchasing online or call the box office at 312.443.3800 (voice) or 312.443.3829 (TTY/TDD).

American Sign Language Interpretation: June 8, 2016 at 7:30pm.

Tickets are $20. To access reserved, discounted seating in the front five rows for a signed performance, enter the promo code SIGN when purchasing online or call the box office at 312.443.3800 (voice) or 312.443.3829 (TTY/TDD).

 

mobility services 

ACCESSIBLE SEATING FOR PERFORMANCES

Goodman Theatre has accessible wheelchair/scooter locations in both the Albert and Owen* theaters.

Depending on your preferences, you can use the promo codes below to access special reserved seat locations when purchasing tickets online:

  • Enter promo code TRANSFER if you wish to transfer to a theater seat from your walker, wheelchair or scooter.
  • Enter promo code REMOVAL if you require a location where a seat can be removed for you to stay in your wheelchair/scooter while you watch the performance.

Please call ticket services at 312.443.3800 if you have questions or would like to purchase over the phone. All of our ticket representatives can assist you in finding a seat location to fit your needs.

Goodman Theatre has a wheelchair on site, which may be used to transport patrons to and from assigned seats. For use of the on-site wheelchair, contact house management at 312.443.3818.

*Although the Owen Theatre is a general admission house, accessible seats will be reserved for you on the seating level you purchase.

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