Broadway-Aimed Hughie and Krapp's, With Dennehy, Will Play Goodman; Season Announced

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Goodman Theatre artistic director Robert Falls announced the 2009-10 season of his Chicago theatre, to include a Broadway-aimed double bill of Eugene O'Neill's Hughie and Krapp's Last Tape, both starring Brian Dennehy. Four world premieres will also surface.
Brian Dennehy in Hughie at the Stratford Festival in 2008.
Brian Dennehy in Hughie at the Stratford Festival in 2008. Photo by T. Charles Erickson

The double bill was seen in summer 2008 at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada, with Dennehy. The recent Goodman production of O'Neill's Desire Under the Elms, with Dennehy, begins a limited run on Broadway April 14.

Brian Dennehy, Brett C. Leonard, Henry Wishcamper, Rebecca Gilman, Jennifer Tarver, Philip Seymour Hoffman and more will participate in the 2009-10 Goodman season.

The eclectic season will include four world premieres: Rebecca Gilman’s Goodman commission, A True History of the Johnstown Flood; Joan D'Arc, a co-production with Austria's prestigious 2009 European Capital of Culture festival in Linz, by Bosnian artist Aida Karic and Tanya Palmer, a new spin on Friedrich Schiller's great romantic tragedy The Maiden of Orleans; High Holidays, Alan Gross' darkly comic look at coming of age in suburban Chicago in the early 1960s; and Brett C. Leonard's The Long Red Road, directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman.

The Goodman slate includes the Marx Brothers musical comedy Animal Crackers, which kicks off the season in September. Wishcamper directs.

Ending the season in June 2010 — and launching the fifth biennial international Latino Theatre Festival — is Karen Zacharías' The Sins of Sor Juana, directed by Henry Godinez, following one of the legendary figures of Mexican arts and literature. Still to be announced is one spring 2010 production directed by Chuck Smith in the Albert Theatre.

Falls will direct Hughie. Canadian director Jennifer Tarver will direct Samuel Beckett's one-man show Krapp's Last Tape, as she did in Stratford, Ontario. The double bill will emerge in January 2010. (No Broadway plan has been announced; Goodman calls it Broadway-bound.)

The season also includes the 32nd annual production of the perennial holiday favorite, A Christmas Carol (November 2009) in the Albert Theatre.

Subscriptions for the 2009-10 season are now on sale (subscriptions do not include A Christmas Carol). Visit www.GoodmanTheatre.org/Subscribe or call (312) 443-3800.

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