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Goodman announces 2015 New Stages Festival plays

Seven new American plays are set for one big festival.

The Goodman Theatre has announced the lineup for its 2015 New Stages Festival which will run Oct. 28 – Nov. 15, and feature new works by Rebecca Gilman, Jordan Harrison, Dael Orlandersmith, Octavio Solis, Charles Smith, Lauren Yee and Martin Zimmerman. Three fully-staged developmental productions will be performed in repertory, along with four staged readings for a total of 22 performances—all offered completely free of charge—in the 350-seat flexible Owen Theatre.

The four fully staged works in this 12th annual festival will be: “Mother Road,” by Solis, directed by Juliette Carrillo, which reimagines John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath” for the 21st century; “Objects in the Mirror,” by Smith, directed by Chuck Smith, the story of a young Liberian man who gains a new perspective and life when he loses his home; and “King of the Yees,” by Yee, directed by Joshua Brody, an epic joyride through San Francisco’s Chinatown and an examination of culture, identity and “what it means to be a Yee.”

Playwright Lauren Yee will be part of the Goodman Theatre's 2015 New Stages Festival.

Playwright Lauren Yee will be part of the Goodman Theatre’s 2015 New Stages Festival.

Four staged readings will appear during the festival’s final weekend (“Professionals Weekend,” Nov. 13 – 15) including “Lady in Denmark,” by Orlandersmith, directed by Chay Yew, a darkly poetic one-woman narrative about the role music plays in shaping a life; “The Amateurs,” by Harrison, directed by Oliver Butler, a wild and woolly tale of “plagues, purpose and the origins of creativity”; “Rödvinsvänster (Red-Wine Leftists: 1977,” by Gilman, directed by Wendy C. Goldberg, a collision of ideologies and realism set in 1977 Gothenburg, Sweden (and part of Gilman’s trilogy that also includes “Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976,” which appears May 21 – June 19, 2016 at the Goodman); and “On The Exhale,” by Zimmerman, directed by Marti Lyons, a surprising and emotional examination of society’s complex relationship with guns and gun violence.

Playwright Charles Smith will be part of the Goodman Theatre's 2015 New Stages Festival.

Playwright Charles Smith will be part of the Goodman Theatre’s 2015 New Stages Festival.

Although tickets to New Stages are free, reservations are strongly recommended. Call (312) 443-3800 or visit http://www.GoodmanTheatre.org/NewStages.