Volume 11

Your weekly celebration of theater and our community, featuring curated videos, interviews and more.

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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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  • Feast - APTP

    Online Now!

    In 2015, Albany Park Theater Project (APTP)'s hit production Feast made its downtown debut in our Owen Theatre. Now, you can stream this 60-minute theatrical love letter to our city's immigrant food culture and joyful cooking traditions—featuring stories harvested from Chicago's kitchens, street corners, home cooks, butchers, bodegas, farmers and fishermen. Free of charge!  

    APTP’s teen ensemble and adult artistic team collaborate to devise world-class original theater that amplifies and illuminates the voices and experiences of its immigrant and first-generation community. Learn about how you can support APTP.


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  • Rebecca Cao Romero

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    Meet Front of House and Events Apprentice Rebecca Cao Romero as she shares her journey from a participant in the Goodman’s Education and Engagement programs to her work as part of the Front of House team  


  • Support Our Community

    This week we highlight Noname’s Book Club. Started by 28-year-old Chicago rapper Noname, the club uplifts books written by authors of color and promotes literacy. With a quickly growing nationwide community, the club plans to raise funds to send books to prisons.

    Want to get involved? Read July’s selections: Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Y. Davis and Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and The Prison Industrial Complex by Eric Stanley and Nat Smith. 


  • Darian Tene

    Alone Together

    Local actor and choreographer Darian Tene is one of the many teaching artists involved in our brand new summer program, Alone Together: A Solo Voices Project. The program, which is now in its first of two summer sessions, gives participants the opportunity to develop a site-specific solo performance piece from page to virtual stage. “I hope students will not only find their voices,” Darian says, “but also find a place where they feel safe and creative in this time of social justice, weird politics and a pandemic.”

    Mark your calendars for Friday July 24 as these young artists present their work in a virtual premiere.
  • I've Seen The Mountaintop

    I've Been to the Mountaintop

    Want to see more of Darian Tene’s work? As part of the Goodman’s 2018 Musical Theater Intensive program, she choreographed this powerful piece set to Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I’ve been to the mountaintop” speech. “We discussed the similarities and differences between 1968 and 2018,” she says of working with the students. “[It] came together in a piece for justice, equality and love, with Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech as the heartbeat.” 


Goodman Recommends
  • These Truths

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    Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage pulls back the curtain on what plays could look like amidst a cultural uprising with playwright Jeremy O. Harris in this episode of the These Truths podcast from the PEN World Voices Festival

    Lynn's work was last seen on the Goodman stage in Sweat (2019). Her other Goodman productions include By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (2013), the world premiere of Ruined (2008), which Goodman Theatre commissioned, and Crumbs From the Table of Joy (2006).


Now & Next
  • Stateville Voices

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    If you haven’t yet had a chance to watch last week’s virtual premiere of three original plays from the Stateville Voices New Play Festival, be sure to catch up on FacebookYouTube or our website.

    Last spring, through the Northwestern Prison Education Program (NPEP), playwright and Goodman Artistic Associate, Rebecca Gilman, taught playwriting at the Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill, IL. For their final project, each student wrote a short play, tackling subjects as unique and inspiring as the men who wrote them. 

    The virtual readings of André Patterson’s Parameters of ClosenessTaurean Decatur’s Ain’t Nothing Like Quality Time and Antonio McDowell’s Comic Book and Candy were all directed by former Maggio Fellow, Sydney Chatman. Sydney also moderated the event’s panel discussion featuring artists, advocates and people with direct experience of life at Stateville discussing the work of NPEP, the incarcerated writers and life inside Stateville during the COVID pandemic