Volume 10

This week, in response to the Independence Day holiday, we share some unsung voices that make up our country.

How You Can Help

As we weather this “intermission” together, our artists and staff need your help. If you are able, please consider making a gift to the Intermission Campaign, which directly supports the livelihood of our Goodman family. Thank you—we can't wait to be with you for the next act.


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Now & Next
  • Stateville Voices

    Stateville Voices

    What is the real meaning of freedom and independence? Tune in to Live @Five tonight (July 3 at 5pm) for Stateville Voices--three short plays authored by incarcerated students at Stateville Correctional Center (Crest Hill, IL). Follow along on FacebookYouTube or our website.

    The virtual premiere of these original works is the result of a playwriting course taught by playwright and Goodman Artistic Associate Rebecca Gilman as part of the Northwestern Prison Education Program (NPEP).  
    André Patterson’s Parameters of ClosenessTaurean Decatur’s Ain’t Nothing Like Quality Time and Antonio McDowell’s Comic Books and Candy are directed by former Goodman Maggio Fellow, Sydney Chatman—who moderates a post-reading discussion about the plays, NPEP and life inside Stateville during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    Scheduled around the July 4 Independence Day holiday, Stateville Voices is an invitation to reflect on what freedom and independence mean in a country that incarcerates more of its citizens than any other nation on Earth.


Great Theater
  • Yasmina's Necklace

    Pearl's of Wisdom

    Yasmina’s Necklace by Rohina Malik (2017) is a unique American love story and a deeply moving piece of theater. Actor Susaan Jamshidi digs into her own journey of bringing the title character to life with strength and wit.


How You Can Help
  • Sam Mauceri

    Support Our Theater

    Meet School Matinee Series Coordinator Sam Mauceri as they share a little about their love of home cooking, their passion for their work as an educator on queer and trans issues, and their belief that the arts will be what get us through these challenging times.

    Please consider supporting Goodman artists and staff, and the important programs we do, with a gift to the Intermission Campaign. 


  • Support Our Community 

    As with Yasmina’s Necklace, we are moved by the stories of immigrants in our community and by the people helping them start the next chapter in their lives. We're highlighting the following local organizations for their work with immigrants and refugees: Centro RomeroIllinois Coalition of Immigrant and Refugee Rights and Syrian Community Network.  



    Earlier this week, 10 local students inaugurated a brand new Goodman Theatre summer program: Strike!: The Youth Political Theatre Project. Over the course of four weeks, this free program asks participants to collaborate in the creation of new virtual theater pieces that respond political and social events, while acting as ambassadors for the theater and their communities.

    Guided by Associate Director of Education Quenna Barrett and School Matinee Series Coordinator Sam Mauceri, participants collaborate with current members of the Goodman Youth Arts Council and their peers to identify a social issue and design a theater-based response. As part of that process, participants learn their legal rights and the historical context underpinning our current socio-political moment. We look forward to seeing what they create.


Recommended Reads
  • Antonio McDowell

    Featured in Buzzfeed

    This Buzzfeed News feature details life during COVID-19 at Stateville Correctional Center from the perspective of inmate Antonio McDowell. Not only is Antonio a participant in the Northwestern Prison Education Program, he is also a featured playwright in the Stateville Voices festival. 

    We are thrilled to note that Antonio has since been granted clemency by Governor JB Pritzker and will be joining our panel discussion tonight (July 3) as part of Stateville Voices.