King Lear, Two Wilsons and New Nelson Part of Goodman 2006 Season

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The Goodman Theatre will stage King Lear, two plays by August Wilson and new works by Richard Nelson and Noah Haidle during its 2006 season, the Chicago not-for-profit announced.

The season—Robert Falls’ 20th as artistic director—will commence with King Lear, the towering Shakespeare tragedy that Falls has often talked about doing with frequent collaborator Brian Dennehy. Stacy Keach will star in the production, which will open in September.

The line-up will feature not one, but two plays by August Wilson, who died in 2005. The Goodman was often a stop for Wilson's plays, as they made their way around the nation before heading for Broadway. His last completed play, Radio Golf, will visit the Goodman in January 2007. The 1990s-set work, about real estate developers who look to tear down the home of recurring Wilson character Aunt Esther, has already played Los Angeles, Seattle and New Haven (where it had its debut at Yale Rep). Kenny Leon directs. Anthony Chisolm, John Earl Jelks and James A. Williams, all original cast members, are still with the show, which closes in Seattle on Feb. 18.

Meanwhile, the Goodman's Owen Theatre will be the home of a new rendering of Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone, a Congo Square Theatre production directed by Derrick Sanders.

Another Owen production is Frank's Home, a new play by Richard Nelson about architect Frank Lloyd Wright, set in 1923, when the man's family is in turmoil and an earthquake threatens his Tokyo creation, The Imperial Hotel. The play is produced in association with Playwrights Horizons. It will run in November.

Also in the Owen is Vigils, a play by Mr. Marmalade author Noah Haidle, directed by Kate Whoriskey. It concerns a fireman's widow who is hanging on to the past. It will run in October. Meanwhile, frequent Goodman artist Frank Galati will direct Oedipus Complex, a new look at the eternal Sophocles tragedy. The play had its debut at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Two more mainstage productions are to be announced.

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