Support Group for Men


Support Group for Men                                                                                                      
By Ellen Fairey                                                                                                        
Directed by Kimberly Senior                                                                                            
A World Premiere
June 23 – July 29, 2018 in the Albert 


A hilarious exploration of what happens when society’s new normal doesn’t seem so normal to everyone. Thursday night in Wrigleyville is “Guys’ Night” for a group of longtime pals. Instead of letting off steam over baseball they’ve formed a support group–with its “No Ladies” policy strictly enforced–in which they can vent about dashed romances, stalled careers and other middle-age maladies. But when an unexpected visitor crashes their party, the guys’ traditional notions of masculinity are exploded. This topical, Chicago-flavored comedy gleefully dissects the ever-changing role of gender in today’s culture—and proves that understanding is sometimes found in the least likely of places.

Support Group for Men

  • Ellen Fairey, Playwright
    Ellen Fairey, Playwright

    ELLEN FAIREY (Playwright) returns to Goodman Theatre, where her play Support Group for Men appeared in the 2016 New Stages Festival. She is the author of Graceland, which held its New York premiere as part of Lincoln Center Theater’s LCT3 series and previously enjoyed an extended six-month run at Chicago’s Profiles Theatre. Graceland was awarded the 2010 Jeff Award for Best New Work and The New York Times named Ms. Fairey one of their “Faces to Watch” for spring 2010. Her first play, Girl 20, was named one of the top 10 plays of 2006 by the Chicago Tribune and nominated for two LA Weekly Theater Awards. Her short plays have been part of Collaboraction's Sketchbook Festival and Chicago Dramatists Saturday series, as well as Edward Albee's Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska. She is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Ms. Fairey was a writer/producer on Showtime's Nurse Jackie and a co-executive producer on Masters of Sex.

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  • Kimberly Senior, Director
    Kimberly Senior, Director

    KIMBERLY SENIOR (Director) returns to Goodman Theatre, where she previously directed DisgracedRapture, Blister, Burn and Support Group for Men (New Stages Festival production). Her Chicago credits include The Scene Marjorie PrimeThe Diary of Anne Frank, Hedda Gabler, The Letters (Writers Theatre, where she is a resident director); Discord4000 Miles and The Whipping Man (Northlight Theatre); Want and The North Plan (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); InanaMy Name is Asher LevAll My Sons and Dolly West's Kitchen (TimeLine Theatre, where she is an associate artist); Disgraced (American Theater Company); The Great God PanAfter the RevolutionMadagascarThe Overwhelming and The Busy World is Hushed (Next Theatre Company), among others. Ms. Senior directed the Broadway premiere of Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Disgraced, which she previously directed off-Broadway at Lincoln Center Theater and later at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Mark Taper Forum. Her other off-Broadway credits include Chris Gethard's Career Suicide (produced by Judd Apatow and filmed for HBO). Engagements (Second Stage Theatre) and The Who and the What (Lincoln Center Theater). Regional credits include Sex with Strangers (Geffen Playhouse), Little Gem (City Theatre), Murder on the Nile and A Few Good Men (Peninsula Players), The Who and the What (La Jolla Playhouse) and Mauritius (Theatre Squared). She was a 2013 finalist for the SDCF Joe A. Callaway Award and the Zelda Fichandler Award. Ms. Senior is the recipient of the 2016 Special Non-Equity Jeff Award and the 2016 Alan Schneider Award. KimberlySenior.net

     

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    SupportProduction_01

    Anthony Lee Irons (Delano), Keith Kupferer (Roger), Ryan Kitley (Brian) and Dan Lin (Kevin) in Support Group for Men, a play by Ellen Fairey. Directed by Kimberly Senior at Goodman Theatre (September 23 - October 9, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/NewStagesFestival

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    SupportProduction_02

    Ryan Kitley (Brian), Steve Wojtas (Officer Nowak) and Elena Marisa Flores (Officer Delgado) in Support Group for Men, a play by Ellen Fairey. Directed by Kimberly Senior in the 2016 New Stages Festival (September 23 - October 9, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/NewStagesFestival

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