Chicago’s Goodman Theatre has announced its 2017–18 season, which will launch with Ivo van Hove’s Tony-winning staging of Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge. The lineup also includes Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves, Suzan-Lori Parks’ Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3), and the world premiere of Rogelio Martinez’s Blind Date.
Following an acclaimed West End run, The Young Vic production of A View from the Bridge played a limited Broadway engagement that was awarded 2016 Tony Awards for Best Direction and Best Revival of a Play. The staging went on to play the Ahmanson Theatre in L.A., and is set to run September 9–October 10 in the Goodman’s Albert Theatre. It has not yet been announced whether the Broadway cast will return to the show.
In the new year, artistic director Robert Falls will helm Blind Date. Martinez’s play offers a backstage glimpse to meetings held between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev’s advisors as they sought to aid relations between the U.S. and Soviet Russia during the 1980s. Performances will run January 20–February 25, 2018, in the Albert Theatre.
The season will continue with the Chicago premiere of Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves, which played two acclaimed, sold-out Off-Broadway engagements. The play traces the lives and conversations of nine teenage girls as they train for their soccer matches. Directed by Vanessa Stalling, performances will run February 9–March 11, 2018.
Next spring, Niegel Smith will direct Parks’ Civil War epic and Pulitzer Prize finalist, Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3). Performances are scheduled to play May 25–June 24.
“Heroic and hopeful, challenging and illuminating, Goodman Theatre’s 2017–2018 Season is a collection of plays that reflects the times in which we live—powerful works that hold up a mirror to who we are, what has brought us here and question where we will go in the future,” comments Falls in a press statement. “These are plays that feel particularly relevant at this moment, as we face a darkly divided country and society. As a cultural institution devoted for four decades to the ideals of diversity and community, we must give voice to all ideas, all communities on our stages and in our engagement center programs—with a special eye to those who, because of their ethnicity, gender identification, sexual orientation, age or religious principles, might be marginalized or excluded altogether. The power of theatre to unite, engage and inspire us is needed now more than ever.”
The lineup also includes Rohina Malik’s Yasmina’s Necklace (October 20–November 19, 2017), a Falls-helmed production of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People (March 10–April 15, 2018), Dael Orlandersmith’s Until the Flood (April 27–May 13, 2018), Emily Mann’s Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years (May 5–June 10, 2018), and the world premiere of Ellen Fairey’s Support Group for Men (June 23–July 29, 2018).
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