Charles Newell, artistic director of Chicago's Court Theatre, will stage Stoppard's London and Broadway play about romance, rock, revolution — and the fall of communism in Czechoslovakia — at the Goodman's Albert space.
In the play, "It's August 1968, and Russian tanks are rolling into Prague. Jan, the Czech student, lives for rock music; Max, the English professor, lives for Communism; and Esme, the flower child, is high. By 1990, the tanks are rolling out, the Stones are rolling in and idealism has hit the wall. Stoppard's sweeping and passionate play spans two countries, three generations and 22 turbulent years, at the end of which, love remains — and so does rock 'n' roll."
Stoppard is the respected playwright of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Jumpers, The Real Thing, Arcadia, The Invention of Love, The Coast of Utopia and more.
Wendy C. Goldberg, artistic director of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference in Waterford, CT, will direct Gilman's comedy about modern families for the Owen space.
In it, "A backyard barbeque is the perfect place to tackle life's big questions: Is the chicken done? Does the band need a new tune? Is this the right time to have a baby? Rebecca Gilman's fresh and moving new play takes an intimate look at modern families, friendships and the ins and outs of love." The Crowd You're in With was chosen for the 2007 Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference and premiered at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco in 2007. Gilman's Dollhouse, Spinning Into Butter, Boy Gets Girl and Blue Surge premiered at the Goodman. Her other plays include The Sweetest Swing in Baseball and The Glory of Living, which was named a finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize.
The plays (both bowing in May 2009) will receive their Midwest premieres at the Goodman, and directors make their Goodman Theatre directorial debut with the plays.
The previously announced coming season a the Goodman includes 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; Ghostwritten by Naomi Iizuka, directed by Lisa Portes; and Desire Under the Elms by Eugene O'Neill, directed by Robert Falls and featuring Brian Dennehy, as part of a Eugene O'Neill celebration.
Two additional productions will be announced.
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