Goodman Theatre announces the casting and creative teams for its 2017/2018 Albert and Owen Theatre season openers. The season kicks off September 9 with internationally acclaimed Belgian director Ivo Van Hove's revival of Arthur Miller's classic A View from the Bridge (September 9 - October 15). Yasmina's Necklace by Rohina Malik, directed by Ann Filmer, is next (October 20 - November 19), which was developed as part of the Goodman's New Stages Festival and premiered last fall at 16th Street Theater.
In addition, the Goodman's fall season includes the 14th annual New Stages Festival of new plays (September 20 - October 8) and the 40th annual production of A Christmas Carol, starring Larry Yando in his 10th turn as Ebenezer Scrooge (November 18 - December 31). The line-up/casting will be announced soon.
This season, the Goodman introduces a new way to experience Chicago's world-class theater: MEMBERSHIP. Audiences choose from three levels to suit their preferences, including Classic 8-play, 5-play or 3-play packages; Choice, a personalized package that can include both Owen and Albert productions; and Whenever-the ultimate flexible package, to be used at any time during the season. All Goodman members receive unlimited ticket exchanges, discounted parking, 15% savings at the Goodman bar and gift shop, restaurant discounts and more.
To purchase a Membership (5-play ticket packages start at $100) or individual tickets to A View from the Bridge ($25 - $95) and A Christmas Carol ($25 - $107, or the ULTIMATE40 package for $140, which includes Premium seating and special benefits), visit GoodmanTheatre.org or call the Box Office at 312.443.3800. Individual tickets for Yasmina's Necklace go on sale September 8.
ABOUT THE CASTS AND CREATIVE TEAMS:
The Young Vic Production of Arthur Miller's
A View from the Bridge
Directed by Ivo Van Hove | September 9 - October 15 in the Albert Theatre
Visionary Belgian director Ivo Van Hove injects a raw, pulsating energy into Arthur Miller's 1955 classic-recipient of 2016 Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Play and Best Director. Direct from sold-out runs on Broadway and London's West End comes Ivo Van Hove's revival of Arthur Miller's famed drama. Brooklyn longshoreman Eddie Carbone welcomes his immigrant cousins to America. But when one of them falls for Eddie's young niece, Catherine, Eddie's jealous mistrust exposes an unspeakable secret-one that drives him to commit the ultimate betrayal.
Daniel Abeles ..............Rodolpho
Ian Bedford .................Eddie Carbone
Catherine Combs .........Catherine
Ronald Connor ............Louis
Brandon Espinoza ........Marco
James D. Farruggio ......Officer
Ezra Knight .................Alfieri
Andrus Nichols ............Beatrice
Jan Versweyveld (Set and Lights), An D'Huys (Costumes), Tom Gibbons (Sound). Jeff James is the Associate Director.
By Rohina Malik
Directed by Ann Filmer | October 20 - November 19 in the Owen Theatre
The refugee experience is illuminated by this "sweet and hopeful story" (Chicago Tribune ) about love and renewal in the face of past devastation-a 2016 Jeff Award nominee for Best New Work. Challenged by his Iraqi roots, Abdul Samee has obscured his Muslim identity in favor of assimilation-he's changed his name to Sam, and even tells his co-workers that he's Italian. But his attitudes change when he meets Yasmina, a refugee from his father's homeland whose own experiences have hardened her to the possibilities of love. As a tentative relationship between the two blossoms into something more, each begins to find hope in the future, buoyed by the power of family, connection and the embracing of their shared culture.
Allen Gilmore..............Imam Kareem
Joe Schermoly (Set), Rachel Sypniewski (Costumes), Cat Wilson (Lights) and Barry Bennett (Sound).
Goodman Theatre is a not-for-profit organization distinguished by the quality and scope of its artistic programming and civic engagement. Founded in 1925, the Goodman is led by Robert Falls-"Chicago's most essential director" (Chicago Tribune), who marks 30 years as Artistic Director this season-and Executive Director Roche Schulfer, who is celebrated for his vision and leadership over nearly four decades. Dedicated to new plays, reimagined classics and large-scale musical theater works, Goodman Theatre artists and productions have earned hundreds of awards for artistic excellence, including: two Pulitzer Prizes, 22 Tony Awards, nearly 160 Jeff Awards and more. Over the past three decades, audiences have experienced more than 150 world or American premieres, 30 major musical productions, as well as nationally and internationally celebrated productions of classic works (including Falls' productions of Death of a Salesman, Long Day's Journey into Night, King Lear and The Iceman Cometh, many in collaboration with actor Brian Dennehy). In addition, the Goodman is the first theater in the world to produce all 10 plays in August Wilson's "American Century Cycle." For nearly four decades, the annual holiday tradition of A Christmas Carol has created a new generation of theatergoers.
The 2016 opening of the Alice Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement ("the Alice") launched the next phase in the Goodman's decades-long commitment as an arts and community organization dedicated to educating Chicago youth and promoting lifelong learning. Programs are offered year-round and free of charge. Eighty-five percent of the Goodman's youth program participants come from underserved communities.
Goodman Theatre was founded by William O. Goodman and his family in honor of their son Kenneth, an important figure in Chicago's cultural renaissance in the early 1900s. The Goodman family's legacy lives on through the continued work and dedication of Kenneth's family, including Albert Ivar Goodman, who with his late mother, Edith-Marie Appleton, contributed the necessary funds for the creation of the new Goodman center in 2000.
Today, Goodman Theatre leadership includes the distinguished members of the Artistic Collective: Brian Dennehy, Rebecca Gilman, Henry Godinez, Dael Orlandersmith, Steve Scott, Chuck Smith, ReGina Taylor, Henry Wishcamper and Mary Zimmerman. Joan E. Clifford is Chair of Goodman Theatre's Board of Trustees, Cynthia K. Scholl is Women's Board President and Justin A. Kulovsek is President of the Scenemakers Board for young professionals.
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