By Rebecca Gilman
Directed By Robert Falls


“Deserves a broadway run”

Chicago Tribune

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

Around 1 hour and 45 minutes with no intermission

Swing State

Swing State “is perhaps the first of the great American post-COVID plays” (Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune).

It’s hard to know who your friends are in a world that’s more divided than ever.

Recently widowed, Peg tends to the native plants in her 40-acre rural Wisconsin prairie backyard, her solitary days interrupted only by visits from a family friend with a checkered past. When a mysterious theft alerts the authorities, a string of events unfold that forever changes their lives. Pulitzer Prize finalist playwright Rebecca Gilman and her longtime collaborator, Tony Award-winning director Robert Falls, team up again for their sixth Goodman production—a contemporary portrait of America’s heartland in a time when it feels like everyone’s way of life is in danger of disappearing.


Swing State is suggested for ages 14 and up. Please be aware that this production contains a gun shot and depictions of police violence and suicide. For more information contact the box office at 312.443.3800

Please Note: Masks are currently recommended, but not required, while in the theater. Policies may change based on prevailing medical guidance. Learn more about Goodman’s current Health and Safety Protocols at

“This play will stay with me for a very long time.” Audiences react to Swing State—on stage through November 13.

First look—Scenes from Rebecca Gilman’s Swing State. On stage through November 13.

Mary Beth Fisher (Peg) in Swing State. Photo by Liz Lauren.

Bubba Weiler (Ryan) in Swing State. Photo by Liz Lauren.

Kirsten Fitzgerald (Sheriff Kris) in Swing State. Photo by Liz Lauren.

Ann E. Thomas (Dani) in Swing State. Photo by Liz Lauren.

Bubba Weiler (Ryan) and Mary Beth Fisher (Peg) in Swing State. Photo by Liz Lauren.

Director Robert Falls in front of the Swing State set, designed by Todd Rosenthal.
Photo by Liz Lauren.

Swing Stateis a play that sees you.” The cast of Rebecca Gilman’s World Premiere production explore the themes within the play that will inspire us to feel hope for what’s possible in the future. On stage October 7 – November 13

Swing State director Robert Falls explores why audiences will be dazzled by the World Premiere of Rebecca Gilman’s new play featuring her incomparable muse, Mary Beth Fisher.

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