Professionals Weekend

New Stages Professionals Weekend: October 4 - 7, 2018

Make your plans now to attend New Stages Professionals Weekend and see all three developmental productions and four staged readings—for FREE! In addition, we invite you to meet the artists and mingle with other professionals at our welcome reception and network at our late-night dramaturgs’ salon with some of the brightest minds in our field.

Questions? Email ProfessionalsWeekend@GoodmanTheatre.org.

RSVP NOW FOR PROFESSIONALS WEEKEND

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4

  • Welcome Reception

    Thursday, October 4 | 6 PM in the Baskes Rotunda, Alice Center

    Enjoy food and beverages before the evening’s performance and mingle with colleagues involved in new work development from Chicago and around the country, as well as other Professionals Weekend attendees and artists.

  • Sandra Delgado

    Felons and Familias

    By Sandra Delgado
    Directed by Marcela Muñoz
    Thursday, October 4 | 7:30 PM Performance, Owen Theatre



    Like millions of Americans, Clara’s days are consumed with juggling work and family. Recently divorced with a tween-age daughter and an ageing father, she finally has something to look forward to: a trip to Europe. In preparation, Clara, who immigrated to the U.S. as a child, decides to apply for full citizenship. When her application is flagged, an unfathomable series of events threaten to force her from the only home she’s ever known.

     

  • Professionals Lounge Nights

    9 PM | Every Night During Professionals Weekend, Goodman Lounge

    Mix and mingle with other Professionals Weekend attendees and artists. Plus get half-price wine, beer and cocktails in the Goodman Lounge. The Lounge will be open for industry pre- and post-show after every reading and performance throughout the weekend. No RSVP is required; just show your Professionals Weekend ID for entry.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5

  • Ricardo Gamboa

    The Wizards

    By Ricardo Gamboa
    Directed by Azar Kazemi

    Friday, Oct 5 | 10:30 AM, Owen Theatre



    Amado and Sam, a brown and black genderqueer couple, relocate from New York to Chicago after surviving a hate crime following the 2016 presidential election. Settling into their new apartment in gentrifying Pilsen, they discover an Ouija board that connects them with The Wizards—a Mexican-American Motown cover band on the South Side during the 1970s. The Wizards is a supernatural thriller about the histories and people who haunt us.

     

  • Sarah Schulman

    Between Covers

    By Sarah Schulman
    Directed by Wendy C. Goldberg
    Friday, Oct 5 | 2 PM, Owen Theatre



    This savage and provocative dark comedy takes place between three sets of "covers": romantic sex farce, the masks we wear and the book each character dreams of writing. A moderately successful but financially challenged author, Jamie joins the faculty of an MFA writing program that accepts anyone willing to pay. Its bucolic rural setting belies an atmosphere driven by fear. What happens when institutional panic gets control of people's lives? Who is the actual abuser—and who is the convenient target?

     

  • Korde Arrington Tuttle

    Graveyard Shift

    By Korde Arrington Tuttle
    Directed by Danya Taymor
    Friday, October 5 | 8 PM, Owen Theatre



    When an exciting job offer materializes, Janelle relocates to Texas and moves in with her partner, Kane. Meanwhile, a small-town police officer’s life is thrown into flux when the co-worker he's romantically involved with decides to leave town. When their worlds collide, Janelle and Kane experience firsthand how dangerous power can be. An unflinching but big-hearted look at how we navigate a world full of fear, Graveyard Shift is inspired by real events.

     

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6

  • Bess Wohl

    Professionals Breakfast

    Saturday, October 6 | 9:30 AM, Goodman Lounge

    Good morning! Enjoy coffee, tea and a light breakfast with industry colleagues before the first reading of the day.

  • Noah Haidle

    Birthday Candles

    Written by Noah Haidle
    Directed by Vivienne Benesch

    Saturday, Oct 6 | 10:30 AM, Owen Theatre



    Alice was a self-declared rebel against the universe, determined to travel the world—until Matt came along. Soon, Alice finds herself heading down the path she most dreads: marriage and family. Delightful and moving, this kaleidoscopic view of one woman’s life demonstrates how the everyday choices we make lead us into ecstasy and misery—often at once.

     

     

  • Paula Vogel

    Cressida on Top

    Written by Paula Vogel
    Directed by Shana Cooper

    Saturday, Oct 6 | 2 PM, Owen Theatre



    A time-traveling narcissist with a healthy libido, Don Juan knows women love a man in uniform. Every time a war emerges—and a war is always emerging—he leaves a trail of lonely widows, housewives and young girls in his wake. He won’t stop until he meets a woman who can overcome him. What happens when the women are in uniform, too, with their bodies on the line like their male comrades? When Captain Don Juan of the U.S. Marines meets Sgt. Cressida Morrison, U.S. Army, the calculus of who’s on top begins to change.   

     

     

  • Paola Lázaro-Muñoz

    There's Always the Hudson

    By Paola Lázaro-Muñoz
    Directed by Jess McLeod
    Satuday, October 6 | 8 PM, Owen Theatre

    Lola and T met years ago in group therapy, where they set a far-off deadline to be happier…or else. With that deadline suddenly approaching—tomorrow at 4:30am—they’ll meet on the George Washington Bridge for one last chance to turn the world upside down. Two half-broken souls are out for revenge on everyone who has ever hurt, stolen from, or otherwise wronged them in this foul and fearless adventure.

  • Bess Wohl

    Dramaturg's Salon

    Saturday, October 6 | 9:30 PM, Goodman Lounge

    Join other dramaturgs, playwrights, artists and other industry professionals for a casual networking event over complimentary food, beer and wine. Talk about your current projects and get to know others in the field. Students, interns and anyone interested in dramaturgy and new work development are also welcome to attend.

Sunday, OCTOBER 7

  • Sandra Delgado

    Felons and Familias

    By Sandra Delgado
    Directed by Marcela Muñoz
    Sunday, October 7 | 2 PM, Owen Theatre



    Like millions of Americans, Clara’s days are consumed with juggling work and family. Recently divorced with a tween-age daughter and an ageing father, she finally has something to look forward to: a trip to Europe. In preparation, Clara, who immigrated to the U.S. as a child, decides to apply for full citizenship. When her application is flagged, an unfathomable series of events threaten to force her from the only home she’s ever known.

     

  • Korde Arrington Tuttle

    Graveyard Shift

    By Korde Arrington Tuttle
    Directed by Danya Taymor
    Sunday, October 7 | 7:30 PM, Owen Theatre



    When an exciting job offer materializes, Janelle relocates to Texas and moves in with her partner, Kane. Meanwhile, a small-town police officer’s life is thrown into flux when the co-worker he's romantically involved with decides to leave town. When their worlds collide, Janelle and Kane experience firsthand how dangerous power can be. An unflinching but big-hearted look at how we navigate a world full of fear, Graveyard Shift is inspired by real events.