Iizuka's Ghostwritten to Make World Premiere at the Goodman

News   Iizuka's Ghostwritten to Make World Premiere at the Goodman Chicago's Goodman Theatre has announced an addition to its 2008-2009 season: Naomi Iizuka's Ghostwritten will make its world premiere at the regional theatre in 2009.

Dates have yet to be announced for the new work, which is a reimagining of the classic fairy tale "Rumpelstiltskin" and "explores the relationship between America and Southeast Asia, unearthing the wounds of the Vietnam War and uncovering what it means to face ghosts of the past," according to the Goodman.

Lisa Portes will direct Ghostwritten, which is described as such: "An American woman travels to Southeast Asia and strikes a bargain with a mysterious stranger. Twenty years later, she's become an acclaimed chef specializing in Asian cuisine with an adopted Vietnamese-born daughter and a life that is successful beyond her wildest dreams — until the stranger from her past reappears to collect on an old debt."

The Goodman's season — under artistic director Robert Falls — will also include the previously announced Turn of the Century by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, directed by Tommy Tune; Ruined by Lynn Nottage, directed by Kate Whoriskey; Yohen by Philip Kan Gotanda, directed by Steve Scott; and Desire Under the Elms by Eugene O'Neill, directed by Robert Falls.

Playwright Naomi Iizuka was born in Tokyo and raised in Japan, Indonesia, Holland and Washington, D.C. Her plays include Strike-Slip, 36 Views, Anon(ymous), Hamlet: Blood in the Brain, At the Vanishing Point, Polaroid Stories and War of the Worlds; the latter was written in collaboration with Anne Bogart and SITI Company. Iizuka is a member of New Dramatists and the recipient of an Alpert Award, a Joyce Foundation Award, a Whiting Writers' Award, a Rockefeller Foundation MAP grant and an NEA/TCG Artist-in-Residence grant.

For more information visit www.goodman-theatre.org.  

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