Goodman announces 2015 New Stages Festival plays
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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.”
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.
Although tickets to New Stages are free, reservations are strongly recommended. Call (312) 443-3800 or visit http://www.GoodmanTheatre.org/NewStages.