New Plays by Ruhl, Taylor and Bradshaw Will Spice New Goodman Season; Candide Will Sing

News   New Plays by Ruhl, Taylor and Bradshaw Will Spice New Goodman Season; Candide Will Sing
Goodman Theatre in Chicago will offer three world-premiere plays and a revival of Leonard Bernstein's Candide in 2010-11, artistic director Robert Falls announced. Playwrights Regina Taylor, Thomas Bradshaw and Sarah Ruhl will find a voice in the season.
Sarah Ruhl, Regina Taylor and Mary Zimmerman
Sarah Ruhl, Regina Taylor and Mary Zimmerman

In total, five titles were revealed on Feb. 10, with three more to be announced.

Tony Award-winning Chicago director Mary Zimmerman (Metamorphoses) will direct Candide, the musical inspired by Voltaire's picaresque novel about optimists in the big, bad world. It will launch the season in September.

In October-November, Falls will direct Anton Chekhov's Russian classic The Seagull.

Two of the three world premieres are commissions by the Goodman: Bradshaw's Mary (in February-March 2011) and Ruhl's Stage Kiss (in March-April 2011). Director-playwright-actor Taylor's Rain will get is world premiere in January-February 2011.

For season information, (312) 443-3800 or visit Here's the Goodman Theatre season at a glance:

Music by Leonard Bernstein
Book Adapted from Voltaire by Hugh Wheeler
New adaptations from Voltaire by Mary Zimmerman
Lyrics by Richard Wilbur
Additional lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, John Latouche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker and Leonard Bernstein
Directed by Mary Zimmerman September and October 2010 In the Albert Theatre

"In this racy musical satire, naive Candide is banished for romancing the Baron's daughter, only to be plagued by a series of absurd hardships that challenge his optimistic outlook of life and love."

The Seagull
By Anton Chekhov
Directed by Robert Falls
October and November 2010
In the Owen Theatre

"Goodman artistic director Robert Falls directs an intimate new production of Chekhov's masterwork The Seagull, whose unforgettable characters reveal the passion and pathos of everyday life. When famed actress Irina visits her family with her young lover Trigorin in tow, they become ensnared in a tragicomic tangle of romance, intrigue and unrequited love."

By Regina Taylor
January and February 2011
In the Albert Theatre
A World Premiere

"Rain is Regina Taylor's most personal and intimate work to date. 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."

By Thomas Bradshaw
Directed by May Adrales
February and March 2011
In the Owen Theatre
A World Premiere Goodman Theatre Commission

"Outrageous. Ruthless. Explosive. Thomas Bradshaw pulls no punches in his comic absurdist drama Mary. At the height of what Time magazine dubbed "AIDS hysteria" in 1983, college student David invites his boyfriend home to his parents' house in Virginia where nothing has changed since the 1800s — including the slave quarters. [The play] confronts hypocrisy and oppression with exhilarating wit."

Stage Kiss
By Sarah Ruhl
March and April 2011
In the Albert Theatre
A World Premiere Goodman Theatre commission

"In this quirky new comedy by MacArthur 'Genius' Award-winner Sarah Ruhl, art imitates life — or is it the other way around? When ex-lovers HE and SHE are thrown together as romantic leads in an outrageously dreadful melodrama, they quickly lose touch with reality as the story onstage begins to follow them offstage. Stage Kiss is a hilarious, off-beat fairy-tale about what happens when lovers share a stage kiss — or when actors share a real one…"


Goodman Theatre, founded in 1925, counts the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre as one of its many achievements over the years.

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