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STARTS 5/5/2018 The Alice Center
5:00 PM Tickets are FREE, reservations required.

This spring, Goodman Theatre presents two plays directly inspired by the words and stories of people who lived through historic events. Having Our Say is an adaptation of the bestselling memoir by Civil Rights Movement icons the Delany sisters, and Dael Orlandersmith’s Until the Flood reflects on the events of Ferguson, Missouri, through interviews with its residents.

Join artists Isaac Gomez (La Ruta), Kristiana Rae Colón (the Ferguson-set florissant & canfield), Lilia T. Escobar (performer and deviser with Albany Park Theater Project) and Dael Orlandersmith (Until the Flood) for a discussion exploring the unique challenges of bringing true life events to the stage. 



Isaac Gomez: Moderator (Playwright: La Ruta). Isaac Gomez is a writer and dramaturg currently working as the literary manager at Victory Gardens Theater, where he curates the Public Programs series, directs the new play development department and heads the IGNITION Festival of New Plays.

Lilia T. Escobar (Performer, deviser with Albany Park Theater Project). Lilia T. Escobar is a performer and deviser with Albany Park Theater Project in Chicago.

Kristiana Rae Coló
n (Playwright: florrisant & canfield). Kristiana Rae Colón is a poet, playwright, actor, educator, Cave Canem Fellow and executive director of the #LetUsBreathe Collective.

Dael Orlandersmith (Playwright, performer: Until the Flood). Dael Orlandersmith is a Goodman Artistic Associate and Artist-in-Residence at the Alice Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement at the Goodman. 


  • Apr 26
    Until the Flood

    Until the Flood

    Apr 26 - May 12, 2018 | In the Owen

    Pulitzer Prize finalist and "one of the country's top talents for solo performance" (Time Out Chicago) Dael Orlandersmith explores the social unrest in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting of teenager Michael Brown. Pulling from her extensive interviews with Ferguson residents, Orlandersmith crafts a "fast-paced, imaginative" (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) theatrical experience that demonstrates "the potential of art to reach across cultural boundaries and bring us all closer together" (Theatermania).

  • May 2018
    Having Our Say

    Having Our Say

    May 5 - Jun 10, 2018 | In the Albert

    Trailblazers, activists and best friends, the Delany sisters—103-year-old Sadie and Bessie, age 101—take us on a “provocative and entertaining” (The New York Times) journey of triumphs over prejudice in times of social unrest. Celebrate the story of a century as lived by “two strong, vibrant women dispensing joy and wisdom” (Chicago Tribune) in this funny and heartfelt family drama based on the bestselling memoir.