Owen Theatre

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.


In the Owen Theatre

  • The Santaland Diaries

    The Santaland Diaries

    By David Sedaris, Adapted by Joe Montello, Directed by Steve Scott
    Nov 29 - Dec 29, 2019

    Strapped for cash, a struggling actor takes a job as “Crumpet the Elf” at Macy’s Santaland—and his hilarious observations are more naughty than nice. Brimming "with [David] Sedaris' wicked humor" (Chicago magazine), this "sweetly snarky holiday treat“ (Daily Herald) is perfect for those who prefer their eggnog spiked.

  • A woman has her profile turned to us and above her head a bright spotlight shines down

    Graveyard Shift

    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.

  • Molly Sweeney

    Molly Sweeney

    By Brian Friel
    Directed by Robert Falls

    Mar 27 - Apr 26, 2020

    The unexpected consequences of a modern medical miracle come to light in this “astonishing meditation on hope, change and despair” (The New York Times).