New Stages Festival Professionals Weekend

December 17 - 19, 2021

Join us for New Stages Professionals Weekend and see both developmental productions and all three staged readings—for FREE! Though we can’t have our normal social events for Professionals Weekend for safety reasons, we hope that you’ll still be able to see and chat with industry colleagues and collaborators old and new from across the country. Below you can find the full schedule of performances and some deeply discounted hotel offers from our partners.

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Please note: Proof of full vaccination with an FDA-authorized vaccine is required for all guests over 12 and a recent negative test must be presented for children under 12. Patrons must wear face coverings at all times while inside Goodman Theatre. Learn more at GoodmanTheatre.org/Protocols.


Friday, December 17

 
  • Nightwatch

    Nightwatch

    By Max Yu
    Directed by Chay Yew
    Developmental Production

    Friday, December 17 at 8pm

    When 20-year-old Leo drops out of college and returns home to San Francisco’s Chinatown, he discovers a secret that’s been kept from him: his father passed away weeks ago. To try to cope, he delves into his family’s untold past in the Chinese Communist Cultural Revolution, redefining everyone and everything he thought was in his bloodline. Winner of the 2019 Relentless Award, Max Yu’s thrilling Nightwatch reckons with unknown history and generations of hidden family stories.

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Saturday, December 18

 
  • Fires, Ohio

    Fires, Ohio

    By Beth Hyland
    Directed by Marti Lyons
    Staged Reading

    Saturday, December 18 at 10:30am

    As a climate crisis threatens a small Ohio college town, the mopey grown children and third wife of a sort-of-mediocre professor must choose: stay and smolder, or leave and burn. When a visiting scholar comes to stay for a few days, love and hatred flare and jeopardize the family’s fragile equilibrium. Chekhovian and totally modern, Fires, Ohio brings an old story into our painfully funny present.

  • Your Name Means Dream

    Your Name Means Dream

    By José Rivera
    Directed by Audrey Francis
    Staged Reading

    Saturday, December 18 at 3pm

    Aislin is getting older and her body is breaking down. Her caregiver Stacy has a perfectly toned body that doesn’t age–because she’s a robot. While Aislin suffers the inevitable indignities of being human, Stacy wonders what she’s missing out on. Acclaimed playwright José Rivera examines how we live, die, and form our sense of self in a world that’s increasingly saturated with technology.

  • Layalina

    Layalina

    By Martin Yousif Zebari
    Directed by Sivan Battat
    Developmental Production

    Saturday, December 18 at 8pm

    In 2003, newlywed Layal imagines a future with her family as they make plans to immigrate to the U.S. from Baghdad. 17 years later, just outside of Chicago, Layal’s life and responsibilities look unimaginably different from what she had envisioned two decades before. Martin Yousif Zebari’s surprising new play examines how families maintain their love in the midst of turbulent global and social change.

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Sunday, December 19

 
  • Watching the Watcher

    Watching the Watcher

    By Dael Orlandersmith
    Directed by Neel Keller
    Staged Reading

    Sunday, December 19 at 10am

    What is it that we look for when we first see another person? In that moment, what do we know and what do we assume? And what happens when we realize they are seeing us for the first time as well? Pulitzer Prize finalist and Goodman Artistic Associate Dael Orlandersmith presents a virtuosic mosaic of memories and dashed futures that form a unique look at humanity—at ours and at everyone else’s.

  • Layalina

    Layalina

    By Martin Yousif Zebari
    Directed by Sivan Battat
    Developmental Production

    Sunday, December 19 at 2pm

    An additional opportunity to see this new work if you aren’t able to catch it on Saturday night.

  • Nightwatch

    Nightwatch

    By Max Yu
    Directed by Chay Yew
    Developmental Production

    Sunday, December 19 at 7:30pm

    An additional opportunity to see this new work if you aren’t able to catch it on Friday night.

Preferred Hotel Partners

Cambria Hotel

Cambria Hotel

32 W Randolph St
$79/night, available Thursday, 12/16 through Monday 12/20
Participants must book through the following link to access the discounted 


 

Homewood Suites

Homewood Suites

40 E Grand Ave
$104/night for a two-room apartment style suite, including daily breakfast and a $10/day credit for snacks and beverage purchases in the suite shop.