The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window

Apr 30 - Jun 5, 2016 In the Albert
Approximate running time: 2 hours and 45 minutes with one intermission

  • Magnificent... a rediscovered classic”— Chicago Tribune
  • A masterpiece lost in plain sight”— Chicago Tribune
  • Satirical, political, wise and deeply moving”— Chicago Tribune
  • Keeps you bolt-upright in your seat ”— Chicago Tribune

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see the heartfelt final work from A Raisin in the Sun playwright Lorraine Hansberry.

Greenwich Village, 1964: a magnet for ideals and activism of every stripe. At its center is Sidney Brustein’s apartment, the gathering place for an eclectic group of bohemians during a time of rapid change. As Sidney gets increasingly swept up in the radical issues of the day, however, he ignores the equally dangerous tension mounting between himself and his wife Iris, the one person he holds most dear.

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    Diane Davis (Iris) and Chris Stack (Sidney Brustein) in The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window by Lorraine Hansberry, directed by Anne Kauffman at Goodman Theatre

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    Chris Stack (Sidney Brustein) in The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window by Lorraine Hansberry, directed by Anne Kauffman

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    Kristen Magee (Gloria) and Chris Stack (Sidney Brustein) in The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window by Lorraine Hansberry

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    Kristen Magee (Gloria), Chris Stack (Sidney Brustein) and Grant James Varjas (David) in The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window by Lorraine Hansberry, directed by Anne Kauffman

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    Travis Knight (Alton) and Phillip Edward Van Lear (Max) in The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window by Lorraine Hansberry, directed by Anne Kauffman

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    Chris Stack (Sidney Brustein) and Diane Davis (Iris) in The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window by Lorraine Hansberry, directed by Anne Kauffman

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    Miriam Silverman (Mavis) and Chris Stack (Sidney Brustein) in The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window by Lorraine Hansberry, directed by Anne Kauffman

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    Chris Stack (Sidney Brustein) and Travis Knight (Alton) in The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window by Lorraine Hansberry, directed by Anne Kauffman

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    Grant James Varjas (David) and Kristen Magee (Gloria) in The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window by Lorraine Hansberry, directed by Anne Kauffman

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    Grant James Varjas (David), Diane Davis (Iris), Chris Stack (Sidney Brustein) and Miriam Silverman (Mavis) in The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window by Lorraine Hansberry, directed by Anne Kauffman

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    Travis Knight (Alton), Chris Stack (Sidney Brustein), Guy Van Swearingen (Wally O’Hara) and Phillip Edward Van Lear (Max) in The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window by Lorraine Hansberry, directed by Anne Kauffman

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    The cast and crew of The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window by Lorraine Hansberry, directed by Anne Kauffman

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Lorraine Hansberry: Young, Gifted and Black

Lorraine Hansberry and fellow activists at Village Rallies for NAACP in Washington Square Park, June 13, 1959. Photo courtesy of the Lorraine Hansberry Literary Trust. "I was born on the South Side of Chicago.

Why The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window?

"I think the artist who is creating the realistic work imposes on it not only what is but what is possible... because that is part of reality too."- Lorraine Hansberry Two years after the groundbreaking success of A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry began work on another play, one that was in some ways vastly different from her earlier work.

Continuing the Legacy: A Conversation with Joi Gresham, Executive Director of the Lorraine Hansberry Literary Trust

Joi Gresham, director of the Lorraine Hansberry Literary Trust, has dedicated herself to promoting the works of Lorraine Hansberry and ensuring public access to them online (at Lhlt.org), in person (at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City) and in print. Recently she chatted with Dramaturg Jonathan L.

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

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

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

Audio Described performance: May 28, 2016 at 2pm.
Tickets are $30. 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: May 28, 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 4, 2016 at 2pm. 

Tickets are $30. 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: May 18, 2016 at 7:30pm.

Tickets are $30. 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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