The Goodman Theatre has chosen four of the eight plays to be presented on its mainstage and in its Studio for the 1997-98 season, including new works by Eric Bogosian and Anna Deavere Smith, and an encore run of Mary Zimmerman's The Notebooks Of Leonardo da Vinci.
Said artistic director Robert Falls, "In very different ways, their work [Smith & Bogosian] explores the forces that shape the American character...and I'm pleased to give Mary's extraordinary work about this Renaissance genius a wider audience through its encore presentation."
Here's the Goodman mainstage line-up so far:
As You Like It (Sept. 19-Oct. 25, opens Sept. 29)
Goodman associate artistic director Michael Maggio will focus on Rosalind, "one of Shakespeare's most fascinating women. She has wisdom and a great deal of common sense, but that can't keep her from falling rapturously in love," says Maggio, who previously directed A Midsummer Night's Dream and a modernized adaptation of Romeo & Juliet at the Goodman.
Griller (Jan. 9-Feb. 14, 1998, opens Jan. 19, 1998)
Hot off the success of the adaptation of his ensemble play, subUrbia, into a feature film, Eric Bogosian will bring his latest non-solo drama to the Goodman. Robert Falls, who staged subUrbia Off-Broadway, will direct Griller, which shows the dark side of a four-generation family barbecue. Bogosian is best known for his character-filled monologue evenings, such as Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll and Wake Up And Smell The Coffee.
The Press And The Presidency (April 24-May 30, 1998, opens May 4, 1998)
The third solo work for Deavere Smith, who burst onto the theatre scene with Fires In The Mirror and followed her success with Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992. This time Smith moves into the world of political journalism, as The Press And The Presidency covers the relationship between politicians and the media covering them. Before coming to the Goodman, Press will premiere at Washington DC's Arena Stage in September. Two more plays for the mainstage have yet to be selected. The Studio Season will offer three shows, the first of which will be The Notebooks Of Leonardo da Vinci, adapted and directed by Lookingglass Theatre notable Mary Zimmerman. The show premiered in 1993 at the Goodman Studio and has since played Off-Broadway. Zimmerman based her adaptation on 5,000 pages of Leonardo da Vinci's observations and drawings. Notebooks runs Dec. 12-Jan. 11 with an official opening Dec. 15. Two other Studio shows have yet to be announced.
For tickets and information on the Goodman Theatre 1997-98 season, call (312) 443-3800.
--By David Lefkowitz