Neveu's Chicago-Set Gas for Less Will Premiere at Goodman May 24 | Playbill

News Neveu's Chicago-Set Gas for Less Will Premiere at Goodman May 24
A family owned gas station is the setting of Gas for Less, the concluding play of the Goodman Theatre's 2007-08 season, artistic director Robert Falls announced March 20.
Playwright Brett Neveu
Playwright Brett Neveu

Chicago playwright Brett Neveu's play will get its world premiere under the direction of Dexter Bullard in the Owen Theatre. It'll be pumped out May 24-June 22. Opening is June 2.

The multigenerational family drama was originally commissioned by Northlight Theatre and further developed in the Goodman's 2007 New Stages Series.

In the play, a family struggles to keep a family owned gas station afloat on the north side of Chicago. "When a sudden act of violence shatters his world, Anthony, the 25-year-old manager, must reconcile himself with his newfound responsibilities and the changing faces of a neighborhood and a generation," according to Goodman.

Gas for Less replaces Ain't Misbehavin', which moved to the Albert Theatre (to run June 21–July 27) after The Boys Are Coming Home was canceled.

Falls stated, "Brett is a writer that I've wanted to bring to the Goodman for a long time. I am thrilled to produce the world premiere of Gas for Less, a project on which Brett and his director Dexter Bullard have a long shared collaboration." The cast and additional creative team have not been announced.

Neveu's plays have been produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, A Red Orchid Theatre, Strawdog Theatre, TimeLine Theatre Company, American Theatre Company, Spring Theatreworks, Aardvark Theatre and 29th Street Rep. He is the recipient of Goodman Theatre's 2004 Ofner Prize for New Work and the 2005 Emerging Artist Award from The League of Chicago Theatres and has developed plays with The New Group, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Victory Gardens, The 42nd Street Workshop, The Marin Theatre, and is a resident-alum with Chicago Dramatists. He is also an ensemble member of A Red Orchid Theatre and has been commissioned by The Royal Court Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club (Sloan Commission), Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, TimeLine Theatre Company, Writers' Theatre and Strawdog Theatre. Neveu has taught writing at Northwestern University, DePaul University and Second City Training Center.

Bullard received a Lucille Lortel Award and Drama Desk nomination for his direction of Tracy Letts' Bug Off-Broadway.

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