How to Catch Creation


How to Catch Creation
By Christina Anderson
Directed by Niegel Smith
January 19 – February 24, 2019

A WORLD PREMIERE 

“I’m preparing. I’m expecting. I haven’t figured out the path to creation yet.” Creation—of life, family and art—takes center stage in this vivid portrait of three artist/intellectual couples exploring life, children and marriage, coming together and coming apart. How to Catch Creation by Christina Anderson—“a gifted playwright you want to pay attention to” (Variety)—is directed by Niegel Smith, who most recently directed the smash sensation Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) last season at the Goodman.

The ensemble cast includes Karen Aldridge (Tami), Ayanna Bria Bakari (Natalie), Jasmine Bracey (G.K. Marche), Bernard Gilbert (Stokes), Maya Vinice Prentiss (Riley) and Keith Randolph Smith (Griffin). The creative team includes Todd Rosenthal (Set), Allen Lee Hughes (Lighting), Joanna Lynne Staub (Sound), Jenny Mannis (Costumes) and Justin Ellington (Composer). The Goodman Theatre Women’s Board is the Major Production Sponsor and WBEZ 91.5 is the Media Sponsor.

ONSTAGE +
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PRESS RELEASES 

January 24, 2019 | Two Female Authored Productions Kick off 2019 at Goodman Theatre
December 5, 2018| Casting Announced for How to Catch Creation by Christina Anderson

PHOTOS
High resolution photos are below, please scroll down to view (Production photo credit: Liz Lauren). For more information about the show, including cast head shots and bios, please visit the show page here.

VIDEO
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HowtoCatchCreation_Montage_GoodmanTheatre: A montage of scenes featuring Karen Aldridge (Tami), Ayanna Bria Bakari (Natalie), Jasmine Bracey (G.K. Marche), Bernard Gilbert (Stokes), Maya Vinice Prentiss (Riley) and Keith Randolph Smith (Griffin).

HowtoCatchCreation_Tami+Griffin_GoodmanTheatre: Griffin (Keith Randolph Smith) tells Tami (Karen Aldridge) that he wants to be a father. (1:12)

HowtoCatchCreation_Tami+Riley_GoodmanTheatre: Riley (Maya Vinice Prentiss) confronts Tami (Karen Aldridge) about harboring her feelings for her ex. (:36)

HowtoCatchCreation_Griffin+Stokes_GoodmanTheatre: Griffin (Keith Randolph Smith) and Stokes (Bernard Gilbert) discuss the importance of reading Black feminist authors. (1:02).

How to Catch Creation

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    CreationProPhoto_01

    Ayanna Bria Bakari (Natalie), Jasmine Bracey (G.K. Marche), Maya Vinice Prentiss (Riley) and Bernard Gilbert (Stokes) in the world premiere of How to Catch Creation by Christina Anderson directed by Niegel Smith (January 19 – February 24, 2019). GoodmanTheatre.org/creation

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    CreationProPhoto_02

    : Maya Vinice Prentiss (Riley) and Karen Aldridge (Tami) in the world premiere of How to Catch Creation by Christina Anderson directed by Niegel Smith (January 19 – February 24, 2019). GoodmanTheatre.org/creation

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    CreationProPhoto_03

    Ayanna Bria Bakari (Natalie) and Jasmine Bracey (G.K. Marche), in the world premiere of How to Catch Creation by Christina Anderson directed by Niegel Smith (January 19 – February 24, 2019). GoodmanTheatre.org/creation

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    CreationProPhoto_04

    Bernard Gilbert (Stokes) and Keith Randolph Smith (Griffin) in the world premiere of How to Catch Creation by Christina Anderson directed by Niegel Smith (January 19 – February 24, 2019). GoodmanTheatre.org/creation

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    CreationProPhoto_05

    Keith Randolph Smith (Grifin) and Karen Aldridge (Tami) in the world premiere of How to Catch Creation by Christina Anderson directed by Niegel Smith (January 19 – February 24, 2019). GoodmanTheatre.org/creation

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    CreationProPhoto_06

    Jasmine Bracey (G.K. Marche) and Ayanna Bria Bakari (Natalie) in the world premiere of How to Catch Creation by Christina Anderson directed by Niegel Smith (January 19 – February 24, 2019). GoodmanTheatre.org/creation

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    CreationProPhoto_07

    Maya Vinice Prentiss (Riley) and Bernard Gilbert (Stokes) in the world premiere of How to Catch Creation by Christina Anderson directed by Niegel Smith (January 19 – February 24, 2019). GoodmanTheatre.org/creation

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    CreationProPhoto_08

    Keith Randolph Smith (Griffin) and Karen Aldridge (Tami) in the world premiere of How to Catch Creation by Christina Anderson directed by Niegel Smith (January 19 – February 24, 2019). GoodmanTheatre.org/creation

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    CreationProPhoto_09

    Ayanna Bria Bakari (Natalie) and Jasmine Bracey (G.K. Marche) in the world premiere of How to Catch Creation by Christina Anderson directed by Niegel Smith (January 19 – February 24, 2019). GoodmanTheatre.org/creation

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  • CreationProPhoto_10
    CreationProPhoto_10

    : Maya Vinice Prentiss (Riley) and Bernard Gilbert (Stokes) in the world premiere of How to Catch Creation by Christina Anderson directed by Niegel Smith (January 19 – February 24, 2019). GoodmanTheatre.org/creation

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    CreationProPhoto_11

    Maya Vinice Prentiss (Riley) and Karen Aldridge (Tami) in the world premiere of How to Catch Creation by Christina Anderson directed by Niegel Smith (January 19 – February 24, 2019). GoodmanTheatre.org/creation

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  • Niegel Smith, Director
    Niegel Smith, Director

    NIEGEL SMITH (Director) is a theater director and performance artist. He is the artistic director of New York’s Obie-Award winning The Flea Theater, associate artistic director of Elastic City and ringleader of Willing Participant, an artistic activist organization. His theater work has been produced by Classical Theatre of Harlem, HERE Arts Center, Hip Hop Theatre Festival, The Invisible Dog, Luna Stage, Magic Theatre, Mixed Blood, New York Fringe Festival, New York Live Arts, Phoenix Theatre Ensemble, Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theater, Summer Play Festival, Todd Theatre and Under the Radar, and his participatory performances have been produced by Abrons Arts Center, American Realness, Dartmouth College, Elastic City, The Invisible Dog, Jack, The New Museum, Prelude Festival, PS 122, the Van Alen Institute and Visual AIDS. He often collaborates with playwright/performer Taylor Mac and with artist Todd Shalom. Smith was the associate director of the Tony Award-winning musical FELA! – restaging that production in London, Lagos and its world tour. He assistant directed the off-Broadway production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and both the Broadway and off-Broadway productions of Tony Kushner’s Caroline, or Change. He has worked on the artistic staffs of The Public Theater, Trinity Repertory Company and Providence Black Rep. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Smith has received residencies, grants and/or fellowships from Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Sundance Theatre Lab, Theater Communications Group, Tucker Foundation, Van Lier Fund and VoxFest.

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  • Christina Anderson, Playwright
    Christina Anderson, Playwright

    CHRISTINA ANDERSON (Playwright) Anderson’s plays include Blacktop Sky, pen/man/ship, The Ashes Under Gait City and Man in Love. Anderson’s work has appeared at The Public Theater, Yale Repertory Theatre, Penumbra Theatre Company, Playwrights Horizons and other theaters in the U.S. and Canada. She is a resident playwright at New Dramatists and Epic Theatre Ensemble, a DNAWORKS ensemble member and the interim head of playwriting at Brown University. Awards and honors include the Inaugural Harper Lee Award for Playwriting, two Playwrights of New York nominations, three Susan Smith Blackburn Award nominations and Woursell Prize finalist. She obtained her BA from Brown University and MFA from the Yale School of Drama’s playwriting program.

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