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View from the Owen Theatre stage looking out at the audience


A 350-seat courtyard-style performance space (with flexibility to seat up to 468), the Owen Bruner Goodman Theatre—with a stage that can be configured as a thrust, end stage, runway or in-the-round arena—offers an intimate theater-going experience. The birthplace of dozens of new American plays, including Lynn Nottage’s Pulizer Prize-winning Ruined, and home to the annual New Stages Festival of new work, “the Owen” has hosted artists of note including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tom Hardy, Kristofer Diaz, Tanya Saracho, Horton Foote and more.

The theater is named in honor of the grandfather of playwright Kenneth Sawyer Goodman, for whom Goodman Theatre is named.

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In the Owen THEATRE

Lucha Teotl

Written and Directed by Christopher Llewyn Ramirez and Jeff Colangelo

September 29 – November 5, 2023

Pro wrestling bursts onto the stage in a high-octane, immersive, 90-minute thrill ride.

The Matchbox Magic Flute

Adapted and Directed by Mary Zimmerman

February 10 – March 10, 2024

In her acclaimed signature style, Mary Zimmerman conceives a brand new theatrical adaptation of Mozart’s beloved opera.


By Sanaz Toossi
Directed by Hamid Dehghani

May 10 – June 9, 2024

This smash Off-Broadway hit and Obie Award-winning “rich new play, contemplative and comic” (New York Times’ Critic’s Pick) makes its Chicago premiere.