Explosive, Pulitzer Prize-winning drama.
Shakespeare's tale of magic and mayhem—reimagined.
A "76 trombone," Tony Award-winning musical revival.
And so much more!
The 2018/2019 Season: A timely, original and inspired line-up with the range, scale and artistry only the Goodman can deliver.
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In the Albert Theatre
By David Cale
Weaving together lushly arranged songs and an intimately detailed portrait of his mother, a charismatic woman trapped by her circumstances, writer and performer David Cale embodies this vivid musical story of connecting to life when adversity is everywhere with his “singular fusion of theater and performance art” (Chicago Tribune).
Directed by Tony Speciale
By Christina Anderson
Directed by Niegel Smith
Four artists and intellectuals in San Francisco struggle to nurture creative impulse and establish legacy—in both their professional and personal lives. When one discovers the works of a black queer feminist writer from a bygone era, their lives begin to intersect in unexpected ways.
By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Ron OJ Parson
Direct from Broadway comes a Pulitzer Prize-winning collision of race, class and friendship at a pivotal moment in America. A group of friends in a Rust Belt town has spent their lives sharing secrets and laughs on the factory floor. But when layoffs begin to chip away at their trust, they’re pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight.
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Robert Falls
Following his celebrated productions of King Lear and Measure for Measure, Robert Falls reimagines one of Shakespeare's most wildly theatrical tales. A paranoid king accuses his queen of infidelity, setting off a calamitous series of events spanning 16 years.
Book, Music and Lyrics by Meredith Willson
Based on a Story by Willson and Franklin Lacey
Directed by Mary Zimmerman
He’s charming and charismatic—no wonder con man Harold Hill assumes he can easily fleece the citizens of staid River City, Iowa with the grand promise of a marching band. But the smooth-talking swindler can’t tell a trombone from a treble clef—and Marian, the local librarian, knows it.
In the Owen Theatre
By Dael Orlandersmith
Directed by Chay Yew
After the death of her husband, a Danish American woman living in Chicago finds solace in the hauntingly beautiful music of the couple’s favorite singer, Billie Holiday.
By Rebecca Gilman
Directed by Erica Weiss
After graduating from a small Wisconsin high school, Sam heads to college on scholarship—but her cousin Jaycee’s future isn’t looking as bright. As the young women and their friends face adulthood, their local bowling alley becomes a place to celebrate triumphs, confront challenges and perhaps even forge new identities.
By Ike Holter
Directed by Lili-Anne Brown
Long the matriarch of a quickly gentrifying neighborhood, Mallory invites the lonely residents, hardcore activists and starving artists of her block to what she hopes will go down as a legendary barbeque—thanks to a special surprise. Her mysterious plan to revitalize her community, however, may just be the very thing that tears it apart.