30th Anniversary Study Guide

The Goodman Theatre’s Education and Engagement Department created this study guide to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Robert Falls’ leadership of the Goodman and of the Student Subscription Series.

The program has introduced more than 100,000 Chicago high school students to our productions, and trained hundreds of teachers to use both the art onstage and the processes of artistic creation to develop curriculum, build community and support socio-emotional learning in the classrooms.

Each play featured in this guide was directed by Robert Falls, and either the playwright or play itself is featured in the Common Core English Language Arts Standards. We have also included three plays by Eugene O’Neill, considered to be one of America’s greatest playwrights and inexplicably absent from the suggested reading lists for drama. While these productions are no longer on the Goodman’s stage, they are all viewable as films.