First, what was previously announced as Rain by Regina Taylor has become the centerpiece production of Taylor's trilogy of short plays entitled The Trinity River Plays — including Jar Fly, Rain and Ghoststory. All three related plays will be performed by one cast during the same evening, running Jan. 15-Feb. 20, 2011 in the Goodman's Albert Theatre. Ethan McSweeny directs the world premiere co-production with Dallas Theater Center.
Next, the Goodman teams up with Teatro Vista for the world premiere co-production of El Nogalar by Tanya Saracho, running March 26-April 24, 2011 in the Owen Theatre; Cecilie Keenan directs.
Also in spring 2011, Goodman will partner with the Museum of Contemporary Art to bring Terminus from the Dublin-based Abbey Theatre to Chicago. Terminus will appear in a limited run as part of the Museum's Global Stage Series, March 2-6, 2011 at the MCA.
The Trinity River Plays include Jar Fly, Rain and Ghoststory. In Jar Fly, according to Goodman notes, "Iris and her cousin Jasmine are opposites: determined Iris plans to go to college and become a writer, while rebellious Jasmine has dropped out of high school to follow a path of self-destruction. Seemingly headed in different directions, the cousins come to a crossroads when Jasmine draws Iris into the terrible secret she has been hiding since childhood."
Rain was first seen as part of the Goodman's 2009 New Stages Series. In it, "fiercely independent Iris has made a successful life for herself as a journalist in New York City, but when her marriage fails, she begins to unravel. In search of solace, Iris returns to her mother's house in Texas, but her homecoming proves more confounding than consoling when her mother makes a shocking announcement. As long-buried family secrets come to light, Iris must face her past and make some difficult decisions about the future." In Ghoststory, the third in The Trinity River triptych, "Iris is surprised by a visit from her estranged husband, Frank, desperate for a reconciliation. But before this reconnection can be explored, she must confront and embrace the specters of her past that continue to haunt her present."
In El Nogalar, according to Goodman notes, "Maite and her daughters can't stand the idea of losing their family's land to developers, but their money — and their time — is running out. Despite warnings from her family and her friends, Maite ignores her declining fortune as ardently as she has ignored the social consequences of the Mexican Revolution. Set in present-day Northern Mexico, El Nogalar (Pecan Orchard) is a hilarious and poignant story about the choice between adapting to the changing world and getting left behind."
Terminus is produced by Dublin-based Abbey Theatre, Ireland's national theatre, and is presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art in association with Goodman Theatre. In it, "Three characters, known simply as A, B and C, weave vivid intertwined monologues of loneliness, violence and despair. Set in the gritty underworld of Dublin's docklands, the characters are thrown into a fantastical world of serial killers, vengeful angels and love-sick demons as they seek their own quests."
Irish playwright and director Mark O'Rowe "constructs a poignant moral and dramatic rollercoaster ride."
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As previously announced, the Goodman's 2010-11 season will include the musical Candide; God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza; the world-premiere commission Stage Kiss by Sarah Ruhl; the world premiere of Chinglish by David Henry Hwang; The Seagull by Anton Chekhov, directed by Robert Falls; the world-premiere commission Mary by Thomas Bradshaw;