The Goodman Theatre in Chicago has announced its 2016-17 season, which will mark Robert Falls’ 30th year as artistic director. For the first time, the subscription season will feature nine productions instead of eight, including Eugene O’Neill’s Ah, Wilderness!, Annie Baker’s Uncle Vanya and Mary Zimmerman’s direction of the Leonard Bernstein classic Wonderful Town.
The season will kick off in September with Bernstein’s homage to New York City, Wonderful Town, about two sisters who leave Ohio for Manhattan in 1935. The musical features music by Bernstein, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and a book by Joseph A. Fields and Jerome Chodorov. Performances are scheduled to run September 10-October 16.
The musical staging will be followed by Andrew Hinderaker’s The Magic Play, a world-premiere co-commission with Roundabout Theater Company. The new work, to be directed by Halena Kays, is billed as a “magic and deeply human story of loss and love.” The theatrical event will star magician, illusion designer and actor Brett Schneider; performances will run October 21-November 20.
In February 2016, the Goodman will stage Baker’s adaptation of the Anton Chekhov classic Uncle Vanya, directed by Falls. The season will conclude with Falls’ direction of O’Neill’s Ah, Wilderness!, the playwright’s romantic and comedic portrait of a family at the turn of the century.
The 2016-17 slate will also include Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ dark comedy Gloria, which played Off-Broadway last year; the world premiere of Lady in Denmark by Dael Orlandersmith, a one-woman show infused with Billie Holiday’s real-life story and music; the world premiere of Objects in the Mirror by Charles Smith, a new play about an African refugee’s attempts to find peace after escaping war-torn Liberia; the world premiere of Lauren Yee’s King of Yees, about navigating life in the contemporary world while maintaining a rich ancestral heritage; the Chicago premiere of Destiny of Desire, Karen Zacarías’ new comedy inspired by Latin American telenovelas; and the annual holiday show.
For more information on the full season and to purchase subscription packages, visit GoodmanTheatre.org.