2021 Season in Goodman's Owen Theatre

How ‘woke to the vote’ are we in 2020? This electrifying, immersive call to action is inspired by the life of famed civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer—whose courage, humor and grit reminds us there’s courage in the face of fire, hope in tomorrow and that we all have a stake in our country. Performed and sung by Chicago’s own E. Faye Butler, this passionate rally cry—part spiritual revival, part political call to action—defines what it means to be a true revolutionary. A world premiere Goodman commission, Fannie appeared in the Goodman’s 2019 New Stages Festival.

A Goodman Co-Commission with Seattle Repertory Theatre

  • Cheryl L. West, Playwright

    Cheryl L. West returns to the Goodman where her play Pullman Porter Blues was produced in 2013. Her plays have also been seen at Minneapolis Children’s Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Rep, Indiana Rep, Arena Stage, Old Globe, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Bay Street Theatre Festival, Syracuse Stage, Cleveland Play House, South Coast Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Manhattan Theatre Club, and Off‐Broadway's Second Stage. Plays include Last Stop on Market Street, Shout Sister Shout, Akeelah and the Bee, and Jar the Floor.  She has written TV and film projects at Disney, Paramount, MTV Films, Showtime, TNT, HBO, CBS, BET and is the Webby-nominated writer for the original web series Diary of a Single Mom.

    Cheryl L. West
  • Henry Godinez, Director

    Henry Godinez is the Resident Artistic Associate at Goodman Theatre. His Goodman directing credits include Charise Castro Smith’s Feathers and TeethThe Sins of Sor Juana and Mariela in the Desert by Karen Zacarías; José Rivera’s Boleros for the Disenchanted (and world premiere at Yale Repertory Theatre); Regina Taylor’s Millennium Mambo; Luis Alfaro’s Electricidad and Straight as a Line; The Cook by Eduardo Machado; Zoot Suit by Luis Valdez; the Goodman/Teatro Vista co-production of José Rivera’s Cloud Tectonics and the 1996–2001 productions of A Christmas Carol. He also served as director of the Goodman’s Latino Theatre Festival. As an actor, Godinez appeared most recently in Goodman’s The Winter’s Tale2666 and the Goodman/Teatro Buendía of Cuba world premiere of Pedro Páramo, and at Writers Theatre in the title role of Quixote: In the Conquest of SelfHe has also appeared on television in Chicago PD, Above the Law, The Beast, The Chicago Code, Boss and Chicago Fire. Co-founder and former artistic director of Teatro Vista, Godinez is the recipient of the 1999 Theatre Communications Group Alan Schneider Director Award, the Distinguished Service Award from the Lawyers for the Creative Arts and was honored as the 2008 Latino Professional of the Year by the Chicago Latino Network. Born in Havana, Cuba, Godinez is a professor at Northwestern University and serves on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Arts Council and Albany Park Theater Project.

    Henry Godinez

 


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Season Overview

Join us for Our Next Act—The 2021 Season.

As Chicago’s theater since 1925, we have faced adversity, demonstrated resilience and are proud to be a mainstay for our community. We can’t wait to welcome you back, and raise our curtain on our next act—eight plays that reconnect us and illuminate our humanity, with the quality you trust and artistic excellence you expect from the Goodman.

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