Volume 14

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

We often think about Goodman Theatre’s role and responsibility beyond the stage. As a not-for-profit arts and community organization, what partnerships can we facilitate to best serve our city and its people? This week, driven by imagination and possibility, we dig in and explore what change can look like.  

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
  • Live @ Five

    Live @ Five

    Friday, July 31 at 5pm

    What role do arts and cultural organizations play in community building? Artists and activists join a conversation, moderated by stage and screen star Behzad Dabu and featuring Naomi Davis (founder and president of Blacks In Green, BIG); Dr. Marcus Robinson (executive director of Collaboraction theater and founder of Social Innovation Group); and Dusty Sang (founder director of Ryan Licht Sang Foundation and president of Stay Thirsty Media, Inc.). 


  • Live @ Five

    Coming Up: Friday, August 14 at 5pm

    Don’t miss a conversation with Tony Award-winner and MacArthur "Genius" Fellow Mary Zimmerman about her career as a director and adapter at the Goodman and beyond. Artistic Director Robert Falls discusses her acclaimed productions over 26 years as Goodman Manilow Resident Director—including The Music ManThe Jungle BookCandide, The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci and many more.  

Great Theater
  • Sweat

    American Drama

    Sweat (2019) dramaturg Martine Kei Green-Rogers and actors Tyla Abercrumbie (Cynthia) and Kirsten Fitzgerald (Tracey) reflect on the Goodman's Chicago premiere production. The taut drama, which earned playwright Lynn Nottage her second Pulitzer Prize, centers on the shifting economic landscape and increasing racial and class tensions in an American factory town.


How You Can Help
  • Victoria Rodriguez

    Support Our Theater

    As a not-for-profit theater, the Goodman relies on the contributions from generous donors, as well as ticket sales. Manager of Individual and Major Gifts Victoria Rodriguez shares her passion for building meaningful connections with donors and her coworkers to “take care of the people who take care of us.”  

    Your gift to the Intermission Campaign makes our work and programming possible. Thank you for considering a contribution.


  • Sam Mauceri

    Rehearsal for Revolution

    Read up as Strike!: The Youth Political Theater Project Co-facilitator Sam Mauceri gives us a peek behind the curtain at how last week’s performances came together and be sure to watch the full productions of Strike! and Alone Together: A Solo Voices Project.


Goodman Recommends
  • Mendoza


    Relive MendozaLos Colochos Teatro's thrilling adaptation of Macbeth that was a sold-out smash sensation in its U.S. premiere at the Goodman in 2018. Performed entirely in Spanish with no subtitles, Mendoza was presented by the Chicago Latino Theater Alliance as part of the Destinos international theater festival. 


Behind the Screens
  • Strike Meme

    What Do You Meme

    As our summer education programs have become fully virtual, so must our evaluation tools. Inspired by an Instagram post from artist and educator Andrés Lemus-Spont, we asked Strike! participants to create “rose” and “thorn” memes to reflect on their experience this summer.