Professionals Weekend

New Stages Professionals Weekend: October 5 - 8, 2017

Make your plans now to attend New Stages Professionals Weekend and see all three developmental productions and three staged readings—for FREE! In addition, we invite you to meet the artists and mingle with other professionals at our welcome reception, network at our late-night dramaturgs’ salon and enjoy a panel discussion with some of the brightest minds in our field.

Questions? Email ProfessionalsWeekend@GoodmanTheatre.org.

RSVP NOW FOR PROFESSIONALS WEEKEND

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5

  • Bess Wohl

    Continuity

    By Bess Wohl
    Directed by Annie Tippe
    Thursday, October 5 | 7:30pm

    On a soundstage in a desert in New Mexico meant to look like a melting ice sheet in Greenland, things are running way behind schedule. As over-qualified-but-under-recognized director Maria tries to salvage her big-budget thriller about climate change and eco-terrorism, her cast and screenwriter waste precious minutes of daylight with error-ridden mis-takes and behind-the-scenes drama. Bess Wohl’s startlingly funny new play examines what is worth saving and what isn’t—especially when we’re facing the end of the world.

  • Bess Wohl

    Professionals Lounge

    Thursday, October 5 | After the Show
    Goodman Lounge


    Mix and mingle with other Professionals Weekend attendees and artists. Plus get half-price wine, beer and cocktails in the Goodman Lounge. The Lounge will be open for industry pre- and post-show after every reading and performance throughout the weekend. No RSVP is required; just show your Professionals Weekend ID for entry.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6

  • Christina Anderson

    How to Catch Creation

    By Christina Anderson
    Directed by Jess McLeod

    Friday, October 6 | 10:30am

    In the mid-1960s, a black, queer, feminist writer’s life is changed when her girlfriend tells her some unexpected news. 50 years later, the reverberations of that moment still echo in the lives of four individuals in the rapidly changing city of San Francisco. Christina Anderson’s stunning and complex examination of the universal act of creation—creation of life, of family, of art—spans space and time to inspire a new generation of makers and lovers.

  • Mat Small

    Eden Prairie, 1971

    By Mat Smart
    Directed by Henry Wishcamper
    Friday, October 6 | 2pm

    On the night Apollo 15 lands on the moon, a draft dodger steals home to Eden Prairie, Minnesota from Canada. He risks arrest to deliver a message to a young woman from his high school class. This beautifully etched play challenges notions of our own bravery and the true cost of freedom.

  • Mikhael Tara Garver

    POSTNATION

    Conceived and Directed by Mikhael Tara Garver
    Friday, October 6 | 4:30pm in the Polk Rehearsal Room

    Immersive theatre artist Mikhael Tara Garver will present sections from her work-in-progress, POSTNATION. This community engaged site-specific commission explores the U.S. postal system—which was built prior to the creation of the federal government, and grew in response to immigration and migration movements—to explore the intersecting languages and cultures of Chicago. POSTNATION asks the question: How do we continue to take leaps of faith in a system we see as broken?

  • Bess Wohl

    Welcome Reception

    Friday, October 6 | 6:30 - 7:30pm
    The Baskes Rotunda in the Alice Center


    Enjoy food and beverages before the evening’s performance and mingle with colleagues involved in new work development from Chicago and around the country, as well as other Professionals Weekend attendees and artists.

  • Rebecca Gilman

    Twilight Bowl

    By Rebecca Gilman
    Directed by Erica Weiss
    Friday, October 6 | 8pm

    Cousins Sam and Jaycee grew up together in a small Wisconsin town. Sam, who sharpened her bowling skills at the local alley, is now heading to college with a bowling scholarship. But Jaycee’s future isn’t looking so bright. As the young women and their friends face adulthood, the alley becomes a place to celebrate, mourn and forge new identities. But can their bonds survive even as their paths diverge? And is success always earned, or is it sometimes a matter of luck?

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7

  • Bess Wohl

    Professionals Weekend Breakfast

    Saturday, October 7 | 9 - 10am
    Goodman Lounge


    Good morning! Enjoy coffee, tea and a light breakfast with industry colleagues before the first reading of the day.

  • Jose Rivera

    The Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona

    Written and Directed by José Rivera
    Saturday, October 7 | 10am

    When Nikki’s twin sister Abril commits suicide, Nikki wishes she could tell Abril just one more thing. She seeks guidance from an organization that arranges for dying people to carry messages to the already dead—satisfaction not guaranteed. Nikki’s messenger, Orlando, promises to try to find Abril, but he has no idea what awaits him once he succumbs to cancer. Whimsical and grotesque, The Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona examines grief, regret and our unflagging hope for meaning in our lifetimes—and beyond.

  • Objects

    We're Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time

    Written and Performed by David Cale
    Songs by David Cale
    Arranged by Matthew Dean Marsh
    Directed by Tony Speciale

    Saturday, October 7 | 2pm

    Growing up in an ugly English industrial town, writer and performer David Cale escaped the volatility of his parents’ marriage by singing Petula Clark songs and tending to the tropical birds in the Bird and Animal Hospital he built in a garden shed—until a violent act changed everything. Weaving together original songs and achingly beautiful writing, Cale embodies this vivid tale about learning to live when death is suddenly everywhere.

  • ike holter

    Lottery Day

    By Ike Holter
    Directed by Lili-Anne Brown
    Saturday, October 7 | 8pm

    After an act of violence robbed her of family, Mallory created a new one by opening the doors of her rambling home in a quickly gentrifying neighborhood to a wild array of lonely neighbors, hardcore activists and starving artists. Tonight she is determined to banish the ghosts of her past by throwing a raging party and all of her new family is invited. This is a holiday of her own invention—Lottery Day— and anyone could win but everyone has something to lose. In his latest play, award-winning Chicago playwright Ike Holter weaves together characters from past works including Exit Strategy, Sender, The Wolf at the End of the Block and Prowess, to create a new story about the cost of belonging and the gift of community.

  • Bess Wohl

    Dramaturgs' Salon

    Saturday, October 7 | 10 - 11:30pm
    Goodman Lounge


    Join other dramaturgs and literary managers for a casual networking event over complimentary food, beer and wine. Talk about your current projects and get to know others in the field. Students, interns and anyone interested in dramaturgy and new work development are also welcome to attend.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8

  • Bess Wohl

    Continuity

    By Bess Wohl
    Directed by Annie Tippe
    Sunday, October 8 | 2pm
    An additional chance to see these works for industry professionals unable to see them earlier in the week.

    On a soundstage in a desert in New Mexico meant to look like a melting ice sheet in Greenland, things are running way behind schedule. As over-qualified-but-under-recognized director Maria tries to salvage her big-budget thriller about climate change and eco-terrorism, her cast and screenwriter waste precious minutes of daylight with error-ridden mis-takes and behind-the-scenes drama. Bess Wohl’s startlingly funny new play examines what is worth saving and what isn’t—especially when we’re facing the end of the world.

  • Rebecca Gilman

    Twilight Bowl

    By Rebecca Gilman
    Directed by Erica Weiss
    Sunday, October 8 | 7:30pm
    An additional chance to see these works for industry professionals unable to see them earlier in the week.

    Cousins Sam and Jaycee grew up together in a small Wisconsin town. Sam, who sharpened her bowling skills at the local alley, is now heading to college with a bowling scholarship. But Jaycee’s future isn’t looking so bright. As the young women and their friends face adulthood, the alley becomes a place to celebrate, mourn and forge new identities. But can their bonds survive even as their paths diverge? And is success always earned, or is it sometimes a matter of luck?