16th Annual New Stages Festival

Seven New Plays (Two Developmental Productions + Four Staged Readings + 1 Work-in-Progress)

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE: October 23 - November 10, 2019 in the Owen Theatre

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, now in its 16th year. Audiences experience a first look at seven new works—including two fully staged developmental productions (performed in repertory) Incendiary by Dave Harris and In the Sick Bay of the Santa Maria by Rajiv Joseph. In addition, four staged readings are presented during the last weekend of the festival (November 8-10) including The Garden by Charlayne Woodard; Engines and Instruments of Flight: A Fantasia in Three Acts by Calamity West; The Humanities by Zayd Dohrn; and Fannie by Cheryl L. West—plus a special work-in-progress showing, (the) FAIR created by Sandra Delgado and Sojourn Theatre Company

For more information about the festival, please visit GoodmanTheatre.org/NewStagesFestival.


Press Releases

September 26, 2019: Casting Announced for Goodman Theatre’s New Stages Festival
September 5, 2019: Seven New Plays Slated to Appear in 16th Annual New Stages Festival

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  • Dave Harris
    Dave Harris

    DAVE HARRIS (Playwright, Incendiary) is a poet, a playwright, and the Tow Playwright-in-Residence at Roundabout Theatre Company. His play Exception to the Rulewill have its world premiere at Roundabout Underground in spring 2020. His plays have been produced or developed by Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival, Roundabout Underground, Manhattan Theater Club, Victory Gardens, The Kennedy Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, SPACE on Ryder Farm, The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep, and Ojai Playwrights Conference amongst others. Honors include the 2019 Ollie Award, The Lorraine Hansberry Award and Mark Twain Award from The Kennedy Center, the 2018 Venturous Fellowship from The Lark, Cave Canem poetry fellowship, and he was the semi-finalist for The Relentless Award. His full-length collection of poetry, Patricide, was published in May 2019. Dave received his B.A. from Yale University and is a third year MFA playwright at UC San Diego.

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  • Monty Cole
    Monty Cole

    MONTY COLE (Director, Incendiary) returns to the Goodman Theatre where he previously directed florissant & canfield as part of Goodman’s New Stages Festival. Other Chicago credits include The Gospel of Lovingkindness (Victory Gardens Theater), end of message, SuspensionReckoning: Furies from a New Queer Nation (Victory Garden Theater’s Ignition Festival of New Plays), end of message (Cape Cod Theatre Project, Alley Theatre’s All New Festival), The Project(s), Black Like Me Workshop (American Theatre Company), That Unnamed Feeling (The House Theatre of Chicago, Chicago Theater Marathon), Hamlet (The Gift Theatre), Kiss (Haven Theatre Company) and the Jeff Award winning production of The Hairy Ape (Oracle Productions). Other credits include How to Raise a Freeman, Campaign (Center Theatre Group’s LA Writers Workshop Fest), Bayou Blues, Harold, Rain River Ocean, Kiss, Black Like Me Workshop(California Institute of the Arts). Cole will appear in The Brothers Size (Steppenwolf Theatre Company) and Black Odyssey (Oregon Shakespeare Festival) and will join Goodman’s 2019/20 Playwrights Unit. He has an MFA in Directing at the California Institute of the Arts. www.monty-cole.com

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  • Rajiv Joseph
    Rajiv Joseph

    RAJIV JOSEPH (Playwright, In The Sick Bay of the Santa Maria) is an award winning playwright whose plays include Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Pulitzer Prize Drama Finalist, grant recipient for Outstanding New American Play by the National Endowment for the Arts), Guards at the Taj (Obie Award for Best New American Play, Lortel Winner for Best Play), Describe the Night (Obie Award for Best New American Play). Other plays include ArchdukeGruesome Playground InjuriesAnimals Out of PaperThe Lake EffectThe North Pool and Mr. Wolf. Joseph has been awarded artistic grants from the Whiting Foundation, United States Artists and the Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust. He is a board member of the Lark Play Development Center in New York City, where he develops all his plays. He served for three years in the Peace Corps in Senegal and now lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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  • Robert O'Hara
    Robert O'Hara

    ROBERT O’HARA (Director, In The Sick Bay of the Santa Maria) has received the NAACP Best Play and Best Director Award, the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play, two Obies and the Herb Alpert Award.  He directed the world premieres of Jeremy O. Harris’ Slave Play, Nikkole Salter and Dania Guiria’s In the Continuum, Tarell McCraney’s The Brother/ Sister Plays (Part 2), Colman Domingo’s Wild with Happy, Kirsten Childs’ Bella: An American Tall Tale, as well as his own plays, Mankind, Bootycandy and Insurrection: Holding History.  Other directing credits include Raisin in the Sun (Williamstown Theater Festival), BLKS (MCC), Black Superhero Magic Mama (The Geffen Theater), Uni/Son (Oreegon Shakespeare Festival) and Macbeth (Denver Center for the Performing Arts).  Additional playwriting credits include Zombie: The American (Woolly Mammoth Theater) and Barbecue (The Public Theater).

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  • Charlayne Woodard
    Charlayne Woodard

    CHARLAYNE WOODARD (Playwright and Director, The Garden) is a two-time Obie Award winner and Tony Award nominee. Plays include Pretty Fire (LA Drama Critics and NAACP awards) Neat (Irving and Blanche Laurie Theatre Vision Award, Outer Critics Circle nomination) In Real Life (Audelco, Backstage West Garland and NAACP awards, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations), The Night Watcher (LA Drama Critics and NAACP awards) and Flight. As an actor, acting credits include Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Tony and Drama Desk nominations). Off-Broadway credits include “Daddy” (Lucille Lortel nomination), HamletWar, The Substance of Fire, The Witch of Edmonton (Obie Award), In The Blood  (Obie Award), Fabulation…., Stunning, Sorrows and Rejoicings (Audelco award),  The Caucasian Chalk Circle.  Regional credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, The Good Person of Szechuan and Pretty Fire.

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  • Sandra Delgado
    Sandra Delgado

    SANDRA DELGADO* (Playwright, (the) FAIR) is an award-winning actor, writer and producer who was born and raised in Chicago. She developed La Havana Madrid a part of the Goodman’s 2015/2016 Season Playwrights Unit. Chicago credits include 2666 (Goodman Theatre), The Motherf**ker with the Hat (Steppenwolf Theatre Company) and Mojada (Victory Gardens Theater, named one of the top ten performances of 2013 by the Chicago Tribune. Television credits include Law & Order: SVU, Chicago Justice, Empire, The Exorcist, Chicago Fire and Mind Games. She produced Teatro Vista’s and Collaboraction’s Yo Solo Festival of Latino Solo Shows and Collaboraction’s Sketchbook Festival from 2005-2008. She is a founding ensemble member of Collaboraction and an ensemble member of Teatro Vista (associate artistic director from 2006-2008). She is the recipient of the Joyce Award, the Theater Communications Group (TCG) Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship, is a two-time Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events grantee and a 3Arts 3AP Project grantee. Delgado is a TCG Young Leader of Color alum, a current member of ALTA’s Semillero Playwright’s Circle and is on the Advisory Committee of the Latinx Theatre Commons, a national advocacy group for Latinx theater artists. Her new storytelling series, Saints and Sinners, debuted at Collaboraction in March continued at Steppenwolf through May. She is currently working on Felons and Familias, a new play about a woman caught in the black hole of criminal immigration courts. SandraDelgado.net

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  • Kimberly Senior
    Kimberly Senior

    KIMBERLY SENIOR (Director, Engines and Instruments of Flight: A Fantasia in Three Acts by Calamity West) is a member of Goodman Theatre’s Artistic Collective. Her select freelance directing includes New York credits: Disgraced (Broadway); Chris Gethard: Career Suicide (Judd Apatow presents); The Who and The What, and Disgraced (LCT3); The Niceties (Manhattan Theatre Club); Discord (Primary Stages); Engagements (Second Stage Uptown); Sakina's Restaurant (Audible). Chicago credits: Margaret Trudeau's Certain Woman of an Age (Second City); Support Group for MenDisgraced, and Rapture, Blister, Burn (Goodman Theatre); Buried ChildThe SceneMarjorie PrimeDiary of Anne FrankHedda Gabler, and The Letters (Writers Theatre); Discord4000 Miles, and The Whipping Man (Northlight Theatre); Want, and The North Plan (Steppenwolf); InanaMy Name is Asher LevAll My Sons, and Dolly West's Kitchen (TimeLine Theatre); The Great God PanAfter the RevolutionMadagascarThe Overwhelming, and The Busy World is Hushed (Next); Waiting for Lefty (American Blues); Old TimesThe Conquest of the South PoleUncle VanyaCherry OrchardThree SistersFuddy Meers, and Knives in Hens (Strawdog); Cripple of InishmaanBug, and The Pillowman (Redtwist Theatre); Thieves Like Us (The House Theatre); among others. Regional credits: Photograph 51 (South Coast Rep); The Niceties (Geffen Playhouse, McCarter, Huntington, CATF);  Sheltered (Alliance); Christmas at Pemberley (Milwaukee Rep); Other Than Honorable (Geva); Sex with Strangers (The Geffen Playhouse); Disgraced (Mark Taper Forum, Berkley Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre). Film/TV: Chris Gethard: Career Suicide (HBO). Awards: 2016 Alan Schneider Award; a 2013 Finalist for the SDCF Joe A. Callaway Award; 2016 Special Non-Equity Jeff Award for her Chicago career achievements; and the 2018 Primary Stages Einhorn Award for mentorship in the New York community. Teaching: DePaul University and University of Chicago. She is the recipient of Columbia College's 2010 Excellence in Teaching Award. She has served as Program Director and as a dramaturg for Steppenwolf's First Look Repertory of New Work and continues to develop new plays with the Ojai Playwrights Conference and PlayPenn.  

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  • Calamity West
    Calamity West

    CALAMITY WEST (Playwright, Engines and Instruments of Flight: A Fantasia) is a Chicago-based, award winning playwright. Her plays have appeared at Jackalope Theatre, Steep Theatre, Sideshow Theatre, TimeLine, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Roundabout.  Plays include The Retribution PlayChristmas at HomeGreetings from Moscow! A Love StoryIn the CanyonHinterGive it All BackRollingIbsen is DeadThe Peacock and The Gacy Play. She is a company member at Jackalope Theatre Company and an artistic associate of Sideshow Theatre Company. She received the 3Arts Award in 2014 and teaches playwriting at the University of Chicago and Webster University. Calamity holds a BA in dramatic writing from Webster University and an MFA in creative writing from California College of the Arts. She is represented by ICM Partners.

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  • Zayd Dohrn
    Zayd Dohrn

    ZAYD DOHRN (Playwright, The Humanities) awards include the Horton Foote New American Play Prize, the Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, the Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Award, the Sky Cooper American Playwriting Prize, Theatre Master’s Visionary Playwright Award, and Lincoln Center’s Lecomte du Nouy Prize. Other credits include The Profane (Playwrights Horizons), Outside People (The Vineyard Theatre/Naked Angels), Want (Steppenwolf First Look), Sick (Berkshire Theatre Festival)and Reborning (The Public/SPF)He has written TV pilots for HBO, Showtime, and Sundance TV, and is currently writing a feature for Netflix and a TV series for BBC America. He attended Brown and Columbia Universities, received his MFA from NYU, and was a two-year Lila Acheson Wallace Fellow at Juilliard. He is the Chair of the Radio/TV/Film Department and co-Director of the MFA in Writing for the Screen + Stage at Northwestern University. www.zayddohrn.com.

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  • Niegel Smith
    Niegel Smith

    NIEGEL SMITH (Director, The Humanities) returns to the Goodman where he previously directed How to Catch Creation and Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1,2 & 3) is a Bessie Award-winning theater director and performance artist. He is the artistic director of New York’s The Flea; board member of A.R.T./New York and ringleader of Willing Participant, an artistic activist organization. His theater work has been produced by Alley Theatre, HERE, Hip Hop Theatre Festival, Magic Theatre, Mixed Blood, New York International Fringe Festival, New York Live Arts, Phoenix Theatre Ensemble, Playwrights Horizons, Pomegranate Arts, The Public Theater, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Summer Play Festival and Under the Radar Festival, and his participatory walks and performances have been produced by Abrons Arts Center, American Realness, Dartmouth College, Elastic City, The Invisible Dog Art Center, 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 co­-director of the critically acclaimed A 24­ Decade History of Popular Music, winner of the Kennedy Prize in Drama, the Edwin Booth Award and a Pulitzer Prize finalist. NiegelSmith.com

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  • Cheryl L. West
    Cheryl L. West

    CHERYL L. WEST (Playwright, Fannie) returns to the Goodman where her play Pullman Porter Blues was produced in 2013. Her plays have also been seen at Minneapolis Children’s Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Rep, Indiana Rep, Arena Stage, Old Globe, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Bay Street Theatre Festival, Syracuse Stage, Cleveland Play House, South Coast Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Manhattan Theatre Club, and Off‐Broadway's Second Stage. Plays include Last Stop on Market Street, Shout Sister Shout, Akeelah and the Bee, and Jar the Floor.  She has written TV and film projects at Disney, Paramount, MTV Films, Showtime, TNT, HBO, CBS, BET and is the Webby-nominated writer for the original web series Diary of a Single Mom.

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  • Henry Godinez
    Henry Godinez

    Henry Godinez (Director, Fannie) is the Resident Artistic Associate at Goodman Theatre. His Goodman directing credits include Charise Castro Smith’s Feathers and TeethThe Sins of Sor Juana and Mariela in the Desert by Karen Zacarías; José Rivera’s Boleros for the Disenchanted (and world premiere at Yale Repertory Theatre); Regina Taylor’s Millennium Mambo; Luis Alfaro’s Electricidad and Straight as a Line; The Cook by Eduardo Machado; Zoot Suit by Luis Valdez; the Goodman/Teatro Vista co-production of José Rivera’s Cloud Tectonics and the 1996–2001 productions of A Christmas Carol. He also served as director of the Goodman’s Latino Theatre Festival. As an actor, Godinez appeared most recently in Goodman’s The Winter’s Tale, 2666 and the Goodman/Teatro Buendía of Cuba world premiere of Pedro Páramo, and at Writers Theatre in the title role of Quixote: In the Conquest of Self. He has also appeared on television in Chicago PD, Above the Law, The Beast, The Chicago Code, Boss and Chicago Fire. Co-founder and former artistic director of Teatro Vista, Godinez is the recipient of the 1999 Theatre Communications Group Alan Schneider Director Award, the Distinguished Service Award from the Lawyers for the Creative Arts and was honored as the 2008 Latino Professional of the Year by the Chicago Latino Network. Born in Havana, Cuba, Godinez is a professor at Northwestern University and serves on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Arts Council and Albany Park Theater Project.

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  • Tanya Palmer, Curator
    Tanya Palmer, Curator

    Tanya Palmer (Festival Curator) is the Producer/Director of New Play Development at Goodman Theatre, where she curates and produces New Stages, the theater’s new play program. Since its inception in 2004, over 80 new plays have been developed at New Stages, many of which have gone on to full production at the Goodman and other theatres around the country. Of the 9 plays included in the Goodman’s 18/19 season, 5 were developed in New Stages. Palmer has also served as the production dramaturg on a number of plays including the world premieres of 2666 by Roberto Bolaño, adapted by Robert Falls and Seth Bockley, Smokefall by Noah Haidle, Carlyle by Thomas Bradshaw, The Happiest Song Plays Last by Quiara Hudes, 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. She lives in Evanston with her husband and two children.

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