Apr 1 - May 1, 2022 in Goodman's Owen Theatre

Mary Zimmerman brings her celebrated play about one of history’s most imaginative minds back to the Goodman nearly three decades after its acclaimed debut.

Leonardo da Vinci strove to know the world equally through artistic and scientific means. This poetic portrayal of one of history’s most imaginative minds returns to the Goodman nearly three decades after it burst onto the stage in a career-catapulting production for adaptor/director Mary Zimmerman. In a production composed entirely of words from his notebooks and various treatises, da Vinci’s ideas on topics from mathematics, anatomy, architecture and engineering, to philosophy, love and the human spirit come to vivid life.

  • Mary Zimmerman, Playwright & Director

    Mary Zimmerman is an Artistic Associate of Goodman Theatre, where over the past 25 years she has directed 17 productions including her own adaptations of CandideThe Jungle BookWhite SnakeMirror of the Invisible WorldThe Notebooks of Leonardo Da VinciJourney to the West and The Odyssey as well as directed Wonderful TownAll’s Well That Ends Well, The Trojan Women, Pericles and Silk.  Many of these productions as well as her Arabian Nights, Argonautika, The Secret of the Wings, Treasure Island and Eleven Rooms of Proust have played across the country and internationally. Her adaptation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses which originated at Northwestern and Lookingglass Theatre ran on Broadway for year and she received the Tony Award for Best Direction of a play.  Opera directing credits include Galileo Galilei at the Goodman (with Philip Glass), Lucia de Lammermoor (Metropolitan Opera, La Scala) and Armida, la Sonnambula, Rsualka (Metropolitan Opera). Zimmerman is a Professor of Performance Studies at Northwestern University and an Ensemble Member at Lookingglass Theatre Company, recipient of the 1998 MacArthur Fellowship and recipient of numerous Jeff Awards. 

    Mary Zimmerman

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3 Play Classic Owen Membership 

Secure main floor seats for The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci and two more plays, starting at just $75!


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A thrilling line-up awaits as we return to stage and resume performances. The 2021/2022 Season reflects the artistic excellence that you love, and the commitment to our Chicago community that you expect. Come share the moments—together, in-person, once again—that inspire our collective humanity.

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