The Goodman Theatre's 2016 production of 2666, Robert Falls and Seth Bockley's epic adaptation of Roberto Bolaño’s novel of the same name, is now available online for free, unlimited streaming. The world-premiere production ran for five-and-a-half-hours, featured five distinct sets, and a 15-member ensemble cast appearing in 80 roles.
2666 was originally produced at Chicago's Goodman February 6–March 20, 2016. You can watch the production here.
The adaptation of acclaimed Chilean author Bolaño’s novel was co-adapted and co-directed by the Goodman's artistic director Robert Falls and playwright Seth Bockley. From Spain to England, Mexico and Germany—and back in time, from the 1990s to World War II—the stage adaptation of 2666 spans nearly 80 years and unfolds across the globe in five linked parts, each distinct in style and tone: Part 1: The Part About the Academics; Part 2: The Part About Amalfitano; Part 3: The Part About Fate; Part 4: The Part About the Crimes; and Part 5: The Part About Archimboldi.
“I’m delighted to share our adaptation of 2666 with many more people in a digital form, and reach a whole new audience,” said Bockley. “The collaborative adapting and directing process with Bob was the experience of a lifetime. This documentation is a testament to the generosity and brilliance of our production team, cast and crew at the Goodman, who made an extraordinary effort to manifest this mammoth work onstage. I hope folks who are interested or curious will spend time with it—and perhaps will even find it ‘binge-worthy’!”
The cast of 2666 is made up of Charín Alvarez, Janet Ulrich Brooks, Yadira Correa, Sandra Delgado, Alejandra Escalante, Sean Fortunato, Henry Godinez, Larry Grimm, Eric Lynch, Mark L. Montgomery, Adam Poss, Demetrios Troy, Juan Francisco Villa, Jonathan Weir, and Nicole Wiesner.
The production's creative team included scenic designer designers Walt Spangler, costume designer Ana Kuzmanic, and lighting designer Aaron Spivey. Richard Woodbury and Mikhail Fiksel did original sound and music, Shawn Sagady did projections and video, and Tanya Palmer was dramaturg.
“We are proud to help provide global access to 2666, an exhilarating artistic triumph and once-in-a-lifetime theatrical event by Robert Falls, Seth Bockley and their enormously talented cast and creative team at Goodman Theatre,” said Roy Cockrum, whose foundation sponsored the original staging. “It is good fortune for everyone involved—artists, audiences and communities alike—any time a play can have a life beyond its closing night. It’s an absolute thrill to enable that future life in an exciting new medium, with unlimited access for audiences everywhere.”