(Bio as of February 2020)
Robert Falls (Director, Goodman Theatre Artistic Director) recently revived his 2014 production of Don Giovanni for the Lyric Opera. Last season, Falls directed Shakespeare’s The Winter's Tale and David Cale’s We’re Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time (Goodman Theatre, Public Theater). Other recent productions include Pamplona, starring Stacy Keach; Rogelio Martinez’s Blind Date; and his own original adaptation of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People. Recent credits also include 2666, adapted from Roberto Bolaño’s epic novel and co-directed with Seth Bockley; The Iceman Cometh, starring Nathan Lane and longtime collaborator Brian Dennehy (Brooklyn Academy of Music); and Beth Henley’s The Jacksonian. Falls’ Broadway productions include Death of a Salesman, starring Dennehy; Long Day’s Journey into Night, starring Dennehy, Vanessa Redgrave, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robert Sean Leonard; Eric Bogosian’s Talk Radio; the American premiere of Conor McPherson’s Shining City; and Horton Foote’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Young Man from Atlanta. His Broadway production of Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, for which he also co-wrote the book, continues to be produced around the world. Previous Goodman productions include, most notably, Arthur Miller’s Finishing the Picture; The Seagull; Uncle Vanya; Measure for Measure; King Lear; Desire Under the Elms; The Misanthrope; Pal Joey; Galileo; the American premiere of Alan Ayckbourn’s House and Garden; the world premieres of Rebecca Gilman’s A True History of the Johnstown Flood, Blue Surge, Dollhouse and Luna Gale; and Gilman’s Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976. Falls’ honors for directing include a Tony Award (Death of a Salesman), a Drama Desk Award (Long Day’s Journey into Night) an Obie Award (subUrbia), a Helen Hayes Award (King Lear) and multiple Jeff Awards. For “outstanding contributions to theater,” he has also been recognized with such prestigious honors as the Savva Morozov Diamond Award (Moscow Art Theatre), the O’Neill Medallion (Eugene O’Neill Society), the Distinguished Service to the Arts Award (Lawyers for the Creative Arts) and the Illinois Arts Council Governor’s Award. Falls was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2015.
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