A 350-seat courtyard-style performance space (with flexibility to seat up to 468), the Owen Bruner Goodman Theatre—with a stage that can be configured as a thrust, end stage, runway or in-the-round arena—offers an intimate theater-going experience. The birthplace of dozens of new American plays, including Lynn Nottage’s Pulizer Prize-winning Ruined, and home to the annual New Stages Festival of new work, “the Owen” has hosted artists of note including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tom Hardy, Kristofer Diaz, Tanya Saracho, Horton Foote and more.
The theater is named in honor of the grandfather of playwright Kenneth Sawyer Goodman, for whom Goodman Theatre is named.
Next Season in the Owen Theatre
By Lucas Hnath
Adapted from Interviews with Dana Higginbotham, Conducted by Steve Cosson
Directed by Les Waters
Sept 6 - Oct 6, 2019
An innovative work that shatters the boundaries of the art form, and our understanding of good and evil, based on a harrowing true story.
By Korde Arrington Tuttle
Directed by Danya Taymor
Feb 7 - Mar 8, 2020
An unflinching but open-hearted look at how dangerous power can be, loosely inspired by the legacy of Sandra Bland.
By Jocelyn Bioh
Directed by Lili-Anne Brown
Mar 27 - Apr 26, 2020
The Off-Broadway smash sensation—a “gleeful African makeover of an American genre” (The New York Times)—arrives in Chicago.