Playwrights Unit

July 10, 2014 - July 12, 2014
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2013/2014 Playwrights Unit

Since September, the Playwrights Unit has 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 2013/2014 Goodman Playwrights Unit. Out of this process, each writer has completed a brand new play, and this summer audiences will have a chance to hear these works, read by some of Chicago's most talented actors.

Playwrights Unit

Tickets are free, but reservations are required.

  • Jul 10 2014
    Mary Domingo Mary Domingo

    Mary Domingo

    By Anne Garcia Romero | Directed by Erica Weiss
    July 10, 2014 | 7:30pm 

    Mary Peabody Mann is the widow of 19th century American education reformer Horace Mann. In the aftermath of her husband’s death, Mary hopes to carry on his work by translating a book by Domingo Sarmiento, a brilliant and attractive intellectual and admirer of Mann’s ideas. As she gets deeper into her relationship with Domingo, Mary struggles to make herself heard. She espouses the ideals of gender equality, but is she ready to stand up to the men in her life? Crackling with wit, Mary Domingo follows one woman’s struggle to find her own voice—in English, Spanish, or both. Reserve tickets


  • Jul 11 2014
    The Magic Play The Magic Play

    The Magic Play

    By Andrew Hinderaker | Directed by Halena Kays
    July 11, 2014 | 7:30pm SOLD OUT

    A good magician is always in control of his show. But the rest of his life might be a little messier. In The Magic Play, Andrew Hinderaker creates a world in which magic and real life collide—and the result is a theatrical event that’s equal parts affecting and astonishing. SOLD OUT


  • Jul 12 2014
    After After


    By Mickle Maher | Directed by Jimmy McDermott
    July 12, 2014 | 7:30pm 

    After, by celebrated Chicago playwright Mickle Maher, posits a world in which the Internet has been decimated, and humans have lost almost all communication skills. Into this dystopian future comes Carol, an ordinary woman made extraordinary by her ability to speak relatively clearly. Carol longs for the glory days of social media—but will she find human connection in the wreckage of the web? Part sci-fi thriller, part meditation on loneliness, After examines the world we live in by showing us the world we’re hurtling towards. SOLD OUT

The Playwrights Unit is made possible by the 2013 Baskes Commission, an annual commission generously endowed by Julie and Roger Baskes.