June 11 - July 17, 2022 in Goodman's Albert Theatre

“Musical theater perfection…exquisite from start to finish” (BroadwayWorld).

Frank Carter famously authored self-help books. But Alice, his 16-year-old daughter, finds cold comfort in his positivity platitudes when he tragically never comes home one night. As she puzzles out the events of the day that changed her family forever, Alice’s relentless search for the facts reveals a more complicated truth. With big humor and bittersweet wit, this “luminous new musical…lush, poetic and surprisingly funny” (The San Diego Union-Tribune) explores how we move through and live with loss.

 
  • Britta Johnson, Playwright

    Heralded by the Toronto Star as “Canadian musical theatre’s next great hope”, Britta Johnson is a writer, composer and lyricist based in Toronto. She made her American debut when Life After opened at the Old Globe in San Diego in 2019 following an extended, multiple Dora award-winning run with the Musical Stage Company and Canadian Stage in Toronto. Her other writing credits include: With her sister Anika Johnson: Dr. Silver: A Celebration of Life (Outside the March/MSC, Dora nomination), Brantwood (Theatre Sheridan, Dora Award), Jacob Two-Two (YTP, Dora nomination), Trap Door (Theatre Sheridan). With Sara Farb: Kelly v. Kelly (MSC/Canadian Stage; winner of the Playwright’s Guild of Canada best new musical award), Reframed (MSC/Art Gallery of Ontario, Dora nomination). With Katherine Cullen: Stupidhead! (Dora nomination). She was the librettist for choreographer Robert Binet’s adaptation of The Kreutzer Sonata with Ballet Moscow and was the inaugural Crescendo Artist with Toronto's Musical Stage Company which included a commitment to produce three of her shows in three years.

    Britta Johnson, Playwright
  • Annie Tippe, Director

    Annie Tippe is a director and creator of new work, film and music theater. Recent: Premiere of Dave Malloy's Octet at the Signature Theatre (Lucille Lortel Award for Best Direction, SDC Callaway Award Finalist) and Ghost Quartet (Premiere, The Bushwick Starr, etc...), Leslye Headland's Cult of Love (Premiere, IAMA Theatre Company), Bess Wohl's Continuity (Goodman Theatre), Molly Beach Murphy & Jeanna Phillips’ Cowboy Bob (Village Theatre; New York Stage + Film), James & Jerome’s Ink (w. Rachel Chavkin, Under the Radar/Met Museum) and The Conversationalists (Bushwick Starr). Former Ars Nova Director-in-Residence, Drama League Directing Fellow, Williamstown Directing Corps.

    Annie Tippe, Director

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Accessibility

Join us for any of the following accessible performances.

Questions? Please contact 312.443.3800 (voice), 312.443.3829 (TTY/TDD) or email Access@GoodmanTheatre.org.


Touch Tour and Audio Described performanceTouch Tour* and Audio-Described Performance
Saturday, July 9
12:30pm Touch Tour & 2pm Performance


American Sign Language Interpreted PerformanceAmerican Sign Language-Interpreted Performance
Friday, July 15 at 8pm


Open Caption Performance Open-Captioned Performance
Saturday, July 16 at 2pm

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*Touch Tours for the 2021/2022 Season will not have access to the stage due to current health and safety protocols, but will feature alternate pre-show sensory introductions.

Extras
  • Britta Johnson

    Award-winning Canadian musical Life After heads to Chicago’s Goodman Theatre

    Joshua Chong, Toronto Star

    “It feels like a dream come true to bring Life After to Chicago,” said Johnson, who was raised in Stratford. “After the wild ride the past couple of years has been — specifically what this particular project has been through — it’s a thrill to see it on the horizon again.”

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Season Overview

Welcome back to your home for theater, Goodman Theatre.

A thrilling line-up awaits as we return to stage and resume performances. The 2021/2022 Season reflects the artistic excellence that you love, and the commitment to our Chicago community that you expect. Come share the moments—together, in-person, once again—that inspire our collective humanity.

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