Rebecca Gilman’s Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976 officially opens May 31 at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre. The new work, which began previews May 21 and is set to play through June 19, is directed by the playwright’s longtime collaborator, artistic director Robert Falls.
Gilman’s latest work centers on a Wisconsin working-class family during the 1970’s whose town is shaken by the buy-out of a cheese factory. The cast features Cliff Chamberlain, Cora Vander Broek, Lindsay Stock, Ty Olwin, Angela Reed, Ann Whitney and Meg Thalken.
“A social awakening is underway for the town of Reynolds, Wisconsin, in the year of the American bicentennial, when the town’s main employer, Farmstead Cheese Factory, is bought out by a Chicago-based food conglomerate,” state production notes. “The purchase leaves the Durst family and their friends and neighbors in a cycle of fear and uncertainty for their livelihoods.“
The creative team includes Kevin Depinet (set design), Jenny Mannis (costume design), Richard Woodbury (sound design) and Jesse Klug (lighting design); Kim Osgood is the production stage manager.
To purchase tickets visit GoodmanTheatre.org/Soups, call (312) 443-3800 or go to the box office, located at 170 North Dearborn, Chicago.
(Updated May 31)