Chicago's Goodman Theatre has unveiled the lineup for its 2018 New Stages Festival, a free celebration of new works by new and established playwrights. Included in the 15th annual festival will be a staged reading of Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel's new play Cressida on Top, in which a time-traveling Don Juan meets his match in the U.S. Marines' Sgt. Cressida Morrison.
The New Stages Festival will take place September 19–October 7 at the Goodman, with a special weekend reserved for industry October 4–7.
The festival will feature three developmental productions of There’s Always the Hudson by Paola Lázaro-Muñoz, directed by Jess McLeod (September 19–October 6); Felons and Familias by Sandra Delgado, directed by Marcela Muñoz (September 21–October 7); and Graveyard Shift by Korde Arrington Tuttle, directed by Danya Taymor (September 23–October 7).
In addition, four staged readings will appear during the last weekend of the festival: The Wizards by Ricardo Gamboa, directed by Azar Kazemi (October 5 at 10:30 AM); Between Covers by Sarah Schulman, directed by Wendy C. Goldberg (October 5 at 2 PM); Birthday Candles by Noah Haidle, directed by Vivienne Benesch (October 6 at 10:30 AM); and Cressida on Top by Vogel, directed by Shana Cooper (October 6 at 2 PM).
“We’re thrilled to celebrate 15 years of developing new work by some of the most inventive and insightful storytellers in the American theatre,” says Tanya Palmer, director of New Play Development and curator of the New Stages festival. “The seven plays in New Stages 2018 provide a remarkable window into what it means to live in the present moment. I’m thrilled to share these imaginative and poignant new works with our audiences.”
For more information visit Goodmantheatre.org/NewstagesFestival.