Oct 7 - Nov 13, 2022 in Goodman's Owen Theatre

It's hard to know who your friends are in a world where politics are more polarized than ever.

Tony Award-winner Robert Falls and his longtime collaborator, Pulitzer Prize finalist playwright Rebecca Gilman, team up again for their sixth Goodman production—a contemporary portrait of America’s heartland in a time when it seems like everyone has a different idea of what it means to be an American.

  • Rebecca Gilman, Playwright

    Rebecca Gilman is an artistic associate at Goodman Theatre. Her plays include Luna Gale; A True History of the Johnstown Flood; Dollhouse; Boy Gets Girl; Spinning Into Butter; Blue Surge (all of which were originally produced by the Goodman); Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976 and The Crowd You’re in With (also at the Goodman); The Glory of Living; The Sweetest Swing in Baseball and The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. Gilman is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, The Harold and Mimi Steinberg American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award, The Harper Lee Award, The Scott McPherson Award, The Prince Prize for Commissioning New Work, The Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, The Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright, The George Devine Award, The Theatre Masters Visionary Award, The Great Plains Playwright Award, a Global Connections Grant by Theatre Communications Group, an American Scandinavian Foundation Creative Writing Grant and an Illinois Arts Council playwriting fellowship. Boy Gets Girl received an Olivier nomination for Best New Play. Gilman was named a finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for The Glory of Living. She is a member of the Council of the Dramatists Guild of America and a board member of the ACLU of Illinois. A graduate of the MFA in playwriting program from the University of Iowa, Gilman is now a professor of playwriting and screenwriting at Northwestern University as part of its MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage program. In 2016, she was inducted into the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame.

    Rebecca Gilman, Playwright
  • Robert Falls, Director

    Robert Falls most recently directed The Sound Inside by Adam Rapp for the Live series—productions live-streamed from the Owen Theatre to audiences at home in real-time. Additional recent Goodman credits include The Winter’s TaleWe’re Only Alive for A Short Amount of TimePamplonaAn Enemy of the People2666 and The Iceman Cometh. Falls’ Broadway productions include Death of a SalesmanLong Day’s Journey into NightTalk RadioShining City and The Young Man from Atlanta. His Broadway production of Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida continues to be produced around the world. Previous Goodman productions include, most notably, The SeagullUncle VanyaMeasure for MeasureKing LearDesire Under the ElmsFinishing the PictureThe MisanthropePal JoeyGalileoHouse and GardenBlue SurgeDollhouse and Luna Gale. Falls’ honors for directing include a Tony Award (Death of a Salesman), a Drama Desk Award (Long Day’s Journey into Night), an Obie Award (subUrbia), a Helen Hayes Award (King Lear) and multiple Jeff Awards. For “outstanding contributions to theater,” he has also been recognized with such prestigious honors as the Savva Morozov Diamond Award (Moscow Art Theatre), the O’Neill Medallion (Eugene O’Neill Society) and the Illinois Arts Council Governor’s Award. Falls was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2015. 

    Robert Falls, Director

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Enhanced Performances

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Touch Tour and Audio Described performanceTouch Tour* and Audio-Described Performance
Saturday, November 5
12:30pm Touch Tour & 2pm Performance
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American Sign Language Interpreted PerformanceAmerican Sign Language-Interpreted Performance
Friday, October 28 at 8pm
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Open Caption Performance Open-Captioned Performance
Sunday, November 6 at 2pm
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Spanish Caption Spanish Subtitles Performance
Saturday, November 5 at 8pm
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*Touch Tours for the 2022/2023 Season will not have access to the stage due to current health and safety protocols, but will feature alternate pre-show sensory introductions.

Season Overview

Daring. Dynamic. Iconic. The 2022/2023 Season

Bold voices and vivid stories you won’t find anywhere else await you in our 2022/2023 Season. From world premieres to reimagined classics, a direct-from-Broadway smash hit and an epic revival of a Grammy Award-winning rock opera.