Goodman Scraps Plans for Joan D'Arc, Books Orlandersmith's Stoop Stories

News   Goodman Scraps Plans for Joan D'Arc, Books Orlandersmith's Stoop Stories
 
Goodman Theatre in Chicago announced a change in its upcoming 2009-10 season lineup. Artistic director Robert Falls has canceled the previously scheduled Joan D'Arc, directed by Aida Karic, and in its place selected Stoop Stories, "an explosive solo piece" by Dael Orlandersmith.

A Chicago premiere, Stoop Stories will run Sept. 11-Oct. 11 in the Goodman's 400-seat flexible Owen Bruner Theatre.

The decision to cancel Joan D'Arc followed its initial limited engagement at Linz 2009 European Capital of Culture. Despite a previous workshop and extended rehearsal period at the Goodman, "this highly-complex world-premiere adaptation of Friedrich Schiller's Die Jungfrau Von Orléans (The Maid of Orléans) needed additional time for artistic development prior to the show's scheduled Chicago opening in September."

The Goodman has no immediate plans to reschedule this production.

Stoop Stories comes to Chicago direct from its premiere at Washington, DC's Studio Theatre this spring.

Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith "transforms with mesmerizing ease into an astounding range of characters, from an elderly Polish Holocaust survivor to a poetic young junkie to a teenage Puerto Rican punk to a washed-up rock 'n' roll star," according to Goodman notes. "An electrifying journey through the streets of Harlem, Orlandersmith performs a powerful, sizzling, fierce symphony of the diverse voices that make up her neighborhood." Playwright, poet and actress Dael Orlandersmith is best known for her play, Yellowman, which was a finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize, and she received an Obie Award for Beauty's Daughter. Her other works include Monster, The Gimmick and My Red Hand, My Black Hand.

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