Yasmina's Necklace

Oct 20 - Nov 19, 2017 In the Owen
Approximate running time: 2 hours including one intermission

  • "★★★★★ (out of five)" - Around the Town Chicago

“A unique American love story, hilarious yet deeply moving, profound and beautiful” – OakPark.com

Newly arrived in Chicago from her homeland, Iraqi artist Yasmina has hardened herself to the possibility of finding happiness. But when she meets Sam, a man with his own emotional setbacks, what had seemed unthinkable becomes tantalizingly real. Chicago-based artists playwright Rohina Malik and director Ann Filmer reunite for the downtown debut of Yasmina’s Necklace, following its critically-acclaimed world premiere at 16th Street Theater last year.

2016 Jeff Award nominee for Best New Work!

Best Availability: Evening Performances, November 10-12!

Press & Reviews

Goodman's 'Yasmina's Necklace' sparkles as compelling tale of identity

Suspended above the Goodman Theatre stage where the disarming, gently comic "Yasmina's Necklace" unfolds, a less than subtle (and not entirely organic) architectural detail reflects the culture Rohina Malik's characters share but do not equally embrace. Islamic-inspired arches float above the Chicago homes of two Muslim immigrant families, whose members struggle with identity and assimilation and endure wounds that may never heal.

Yasmina's Necklace

What's in a name? In the first moments of Yasmina's Necklace , now playing at the Goodman Theatre, Abdul Samee (Michael Perez) announces that he will go by the name "Sam" professionally, to the dismay of his Muslim parents Ali and Sara (Amro Salama and Laura Crotte).

Goodman Theatre production by Chicago-area playwright works to change Muslim stereotypes in media

Chicago actor Martin Hanna said the high point of his life in the theater world was when he was a student at Niles North High School in Skokie learning from theater director Timothy Ortmann. "In the professional business of acting you are marketed for your skin color and your hair color," said Hanna, who was born in Iraq but grew up in Skokie.

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

Large print programs are available for download here. There are also some available the day of the peformance from the Guest Services desk.

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

Audio Described performance: Sunday November 12, 2017 at 2pm
Blind and low vision patrons receive a headset for one ear that allows them to listen to a description of the key visual elements of a performance while still hearing the actors. These descriptions are inserted into natural pauses in the show.  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: Sunday, November 12 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


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:  Sunday, November 19 at 2pm

For hard of hearing or deaf patrons, 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: Saturday, November 18 at 2pm

ASL interpreters are located near the stage for deaf patrons seated in an area of the theater that gives the best sight lines to follow the interpretation and the action on stage. 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 


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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