MAY 15, 2020
Live @ Five with Playwright Jocelyn Bioh and Director Lili-Anne Brown
A Look Back at Objects in the Mirror with Allen Gilmore
I Am The Goodman: Meet Alberto Mendoza
Sean Hayes on theater as a safe space.
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.
Join us tonight, May 15 at 5pm as School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play director Lili-Anne Brown and playwright Jocelyn Bioh join in a conversation moderated by Walter Director of Education & Engagement Willa Taylor. Still haven’t streamed the play? Stream Now through May 31 only!
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Cast member Allen Gilmore offers a moving look back at Objects in the Mirror by Charles Smith, a world premiere directed by Chuck Smith in 2017. This true tale of a Liberian refugee reminds us all of the raw power of storytelling.
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Meet Videographer Alberto Mendoza, who helped make our streaming production of School Girls possible, as he shares the joys of his work...and passion for pro-wrestling. Please consider supporting Goodman artists, artisans, crew and staff with a gift to the Intermission Campaign.
“I would just hang out in the theater a lot of the time because I felt safe there. It was a fail-safe space for kids.”—Sean Hayes
As Chicagoland students transition to remote learning, the Goodman continues to provide a virtual safe space for young artists as our Youth Arts Council and Cindy Bandle Young Critics meet online.
Earlier this year, Goodman Trustee and Weekday Edition co-anchor of NBC 5 News Today Zoraida Sambolin sat down with Sean Hayes—Emmy Award-winning actor, producer and star of NBC's Will & Grace—for a conversation at the Education and Engagement Luncheon, which illuminates the depth and breadth of the Goodman's GoodWork programs for youth, educators and lifelong learners.
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With more time spent at home, have you been wondering what book to read next? Don’t worry! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite stories that have gone on to be adapted for the stage in "All Booked Up"—including the source material for our acclaimed 2016 world-premiere musical War Paint. If you're thinking about watching School Girls this weekend, here's some good news. The New York Times is calling our streaming version a “biting, brilliant comedy,” that is “well worth watching.” Wall Street Journal drama critic Terry Teachout is just as thrilled about our extension of School Girls as we are. Here he highlights the production as “wickedly sharp” and “one of the smartest shows I’ve seen online.” A testament to the boundless support that comes from the Chicago theater community, this Chicago Theater Facebook group was started by outgoing Victory Gardens Theater Artistic Director Chay Yew as a virtual town hall to celebrate local creatives and their work. Look out for shout outs for friends of the Goodman like local legend Mary Beth Fisher and former Maggio Directing Fellow Vanessa Stalling.
If you've enjoyed ESPN’s The Last Dance docuseries, you'll love to know that celebrated Chicago Bull Scottie Pippen made a cameo in A Christmas Carol in 2012. Take a look back at just some of the sports stars that have graced our stages over the years.