Volume 9

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

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

    Goodman Theatre will host the virtual premiere of three original plays from the Stateville Voices New Play Festival as part of Live @ Five on Friday, July 3rd at 5pm.

    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 Andre Patterson’s Parameters of ClosenessTaurean Decatur’s Ain’t Nothing Like Quality Time and Antonio McDowell’s Comic Book and Candy will all be directed by former Maggio Fellow, Sydney Chatman.

    Following the performance, a panel of artists, advocates and people with direct experience of life at Stateville will discuss the work of NPEP, the incarcerated writers and life inside Stateville during the COVID pandemic.


  • Giving Voice

    Star Power

    Look out for the new documentary Giving Voice as it heads to Netflix later this year. Following the paths of six students competing in the national August Wilson Monologue Competition, the film was screened at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Choice Award.  Goodman Theatre helped found the Chicago regional competition and is the location of the annual Chicago finals.


Great Theater
  • Gem of the Ocean

    A Real Gem

    Resident Director Chuck Smith dives into August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean as he shares his story of being dramaturg for our 2003 production and how the show’s characters, although living in Pittsburgh in 1904, face struggles and injustices not unlike the ones right outside our front door.  


How You Can Help
  • Education

    Support Our Theater

    The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust has made a $50K matching gift for new, renewed or increased contributions to support the Goodman's education and engagement programs! To make a gift toward the match, please use the button below.   


  • Support Our Community

    Goodman Theatre fully supports all efforts to combat racism and hate in our local community, across the country and around the world. We’re highlighting the following organizations who are leading the charge in these efforts: BLM ChicagoAssata's DaughtersBrave Space Alliance 
  • Dion Walton

    So Far Away

    In his story So Far Away, GeNarrations participant Dion Walton shares his experience living through the AIDS epidemic in California as a Black trans man. Far too many Black trans people did not survive this crisis. And today, far too many Black trans lives continue to be overlooked.

    We lift the names of Tony McDade, who was shot and killed by police in Florida on May 27; of Riah Milton and Dominique “Rem'Mie” Fells, murdered in Ohio and Pennsylvania on June 9; and of countless others who should still be alive.   


  • Continued Learning

    To learn more about the essential role of Black trans women in the movement for queer liberation, the Goodman Education & Engagement team recommends the films Happy Birthday, Marsha! and Before StonewallWe also recommend the documentary Disclosure, which offers a history of trans representation in film, and the first two seasons of POSE a scripted drama spotlighting the legends, icons and ferocious house mothers of New York's underground ball culture.
Recommended Reads
  • Rooting for Everybody Black

    Rooting for Everybody Black

    “We learn our first lessons about empathy and our first lessons about morality from performative things that people do.” Associate Producer Ken-Matt Martin talks about his Southern roots, using theater for social change and “rooting for everybody Black” in this American Theatre profile. 


Behind the Screens
  • Criterion Channel

    Film Buffs Welcome

    For the remainder of June, the Criterion Collection has removed the paywall from 28 important films created by Black artists and centering Black stories. Dig into this trove of films like 1925’s Body and Soul, directed by Oscar Micheaux, or 2018’s Black Mother, directed by Khalik Allah.