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New Stages

New Stages
Six New Plays (Three Developmental Productions + Three Staged Readings) FREE 
September 19 – October 7, 2018

This fall, Goodman Theatre presents its New Stages Festival—a free annual celebration and discovery of new plays by some of the country’s finest established and emerging playwrights. Audiences experience a first look at seven new works—including three fully staged developmental productions (performed in repertory) There’s Always the Hudson by Paola Lázaro-Muñoz; Felons and Familias by Sandra Delgado; Graveyard Shift by Korde Arrington Tuttle. In addition, four staged readings appear during the last weekend of the festival (October 4-7) including The Wizards by Ricardo Gamboa; Between Covers by Sarah Schulman; Birthday Candles by Noah Haidle; and Cressida on Top by Paula Vogel. 

Since New Stages’ inception, more than 80 plays have been produced as a developmental production or staged reading. More than 60% of all plays developed in New Stages have received a world premiere production at the Goodman or another leading U.S. theater. The 2018/2019 Season features five world premieres that originated in New Stages—We’re Only Alive For A Short Amount of Time by David Cale, Lady in Denmark by Dael Orlandersmith, How to Catch Creation by Christina Anderson, Twilight Bowl by Rebecca Gilman and Lottery Day by Ike Holter.


August 13, 2018 | Announcing Lineup for the 15th Annual New Stages Festival

High resolution photos are below, please scroll down to view. For more information about the show, including cast head shots and bios, please visit the show page here. 

New Stages

  • New Stages Curator
    New Stages Curator

    Tanya Palmer is the director of new play development at Goodman Theatre, where she coordinates New Stages, the theater’s new play program, and has served as the production dramaturg on a number of plays including the world premieres of Vigils by Noah Haidle, Magnolia by Regina Taylor, The Long Red Road by Brett C. Leonard and the Pulitzer Prize–winning Ruined by Lynn Nottage. Prior to her arrival in Chicago, she served as the director of new play development at Actors Theatre of Louisville, where she led the reading and selection process for the Humana Festival of New American Plays. She is the co-editor, with Amy Wegener and Adrien-Alice Hansel, of four collections of Humana Festival plays, published by Smith & Kraus, as well as two collections of 10-minute plays published by Samuel French. Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, she holds an MFA in playwriting from York University in Toronto.

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