The Alice Center
Sunday, January 28, 2018
2pm | Performance of Blind Date
Immediately Following |Cocktail Reception with hors d’oeuvres followed by the Artist Encounter
Enjoy a performance of Blind Date, a fascinating, slyly comic glimpse into a 20th century landmark event – the meeting of U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev. Afterwards, discuss the play with other theatergoers during a cocktail reception in the new Alice Center before joining director Robert Falls and playwright Rogelio Martinez in an Artist Encounter discussion, focusing on the creation of this gripping world premiere. Steve Edwards, Vice President and Chief Content Officer of WBEZ Chicago Public Media, will moderate.
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MEET THE PANELISTS
Steve Edwards (moderator): Steve Edwards is Vice President and Chief Content Officer of WBEZ Chicago Public Media, Chicago’s NPR member station and the home of such acclaimed productions as This American Life, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me, Morning Shift, Worldview and Curious City. Edwards’ reporting and documentaries have won numerous journalism awards, and his work has aired on the BBC, Bloomberg News, NPR, PBS and on numerous public radio stations across the United States.
Robert Falls (Artistic Director of Goodman Theatre, Director of Blind Date): The 2016/2017 Season marked Mr. Falls’ 30th anniversary as the artistic director of the Goodman in which he directed the world premiere of Jim McGrath’s Pamplona, starring Stacy Keach, and Annie Baker’s adaptation of Uncle Vanya. In the 2015/2016 Season he directed the Chicago premiere of Rebecca Gilman’s Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976, and also partnered with Goodman playwright-in-residence Seth Bockley to direct their world premiere adaptation of Roberto Bolaño’s 2666 (Jeff Award for Best Adaptation).
Rogelio Martinez (Blind Date playwright): Rogelio Martinez is an award-winning playwright whose plays have been workshopped and produced in theaters across the country and abroad. After being awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation New Science and Technology Initiative Grants by the Denver Center, Mr. Martinez went on to write When Tang Met Laika, a post-Cold War space exploration play that was subsequently produced by the Denver Center. This inspired Mr. Martinez to bring the Cold War itself on stage and write a three play cycle exploring the time period.
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Before Twitter, Tinder and 24/7 news, two of history’s most enigmatic leaders—Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev—meet to halt the arms race. A crafty game of one-upmanship ensues, while their wives engage in a passive-aggressive tango over tea. “A fresh and funny talent” (Backstage), playwright Rogelio Martinez “finds new twists on old topics” (Variety) in this compulsively fascinating, slyly comic backstage glimpse of a 20th century landmark event.