Goodman Theatre announces upcoming projects, recent successes for its artistic collective

Chicago, IL – Goodman Theatre’s eight-member Artistic Collective, a diverse group of outstanding American theater artists who make the Goodman their artistic home, heads into the summer with local, national and international theatrical engagements and honors. The Goodman’s celebrated Collective is led by Artistic Director Robert Falls and includes Artistic Associate Brian Dennehy, Artistic Associate Rebecca Gilman, Resident Artistic Associate Henry Godinez, Associate Producer Steve Scott, Resident Director Chuck Smith, Artistic Associate Regina Taylor and Manilow Resident Director Mary Zimmerman. More information about the Goodman’s Artistic Collective and 2011/2012 Season can be found in the Goodman’s Press Room website. American Airlines is the Exclusive Airline of Goodman Theatre.

Robert Falls is currently in rehearsal for Jon Robin Baitz’s Three Hotels at Williamstown Theatre Festival (June 29 – July 24). On June 23, Falls and longtime collaborator actor Brian Dennehy will receive the 2011 Eugene O’Neill

Medallion in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the American theater and to the legacy of Eugene O’Neill. Falls will stage the Chicago premiere of John Logan’s Tony Award-winning hit play, Red (September/October 2011), a towering portrait of the legendary visual artist, Mark Rothko, to open the Goodman’s 2011/2012 Season (September 17 – October 23).

Brian Dennehy, who recently appeared in the film The Next Three Days with Russell Crowe, has another film set for release in late 2011: The Big Year, a comedy starring Owen Wilson, Jack Black and Steve Martin. This summer, Dennehy returns to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in the roles of Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night (June 26 – October 28) and Max in The Homecoming (July 26 – October 30).

Rebecca Gilman is the recent recipient of a Global Connections Grant by Theatre Communications Group for the development of a new play with Sven Benediktusson, Artistic Director of Teater Durken, in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Together, they are writing a documentary inspired by the Wilhelm Moberg novels, The Emigrants, to be performed in Swedish at Teater Durken. Gilman’s calendar also includes a commission for Steppenwolf Theatre Company, where her adaption of Carson McCuller’s The Heart is a Lonely Hunter is set for the fall as part of Steppenwolf for Young Audiences (October 11 – November 4).

Henry Godinez directs the world premiere of The Edge of Peace by Susan Zeder at Northwestern University’s Theatre and Interpretation Center this summer (July 28 – 30). In addition, he is developing a new play with Flora Lauten, Artistic Director of Cuba’s Teatro Buendía, involving both Chicago and Cuban actors, produced in association with the Museum of Contemporary Art. Godinez also appeared as Alderman Sanchez on the FOX drama Chicago Code.

Steve Scott directs Silk Road Theatre Project’s Chicago premiere of Yellow Face by David Henry Hwang (June 14 – July 17), produced in association with the Goodman. This summer, Scott remounts Eclipse Theatre Company’s production of After the Fall by Arthur Miller at Theater on the Lake (July 13 – 17); he is also slated to direct A Christmas Carol at the Goodman (November 18 – December 31), Black Pearl Sings at Northlight Theatre (January 13 – February 19, 2012) and Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire for the Theatre Conservatory at Roosevelt University, where he is an instructor.

Chuck Smith is currently in rehearsal for the musical Flight of the Lawnchair Man at Timberlake Playhouse (June 16 – 25), a production that marks his ten-year anniversary directing summer stock theater in Mt. Carroll, Illinois. Later this summer, he remounts his off-Broadway production of Charles Smith’s Knock Me a Kiss at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston Salem, North Carolina (August 1 – 6), where he will be honored with the Lloyd Richards Director Award for his contributions to black theater. Smith recently remounted The Gospel According to James by Charles Smith at Victory Gardens Theater (through June 12) following its critically acclaimed world premiere production at Indiana Repertory Theatre. As part of the Goodman’s 2011/2012 Season, he will direct David Mamet’s Race (January 14 – February 19, 2012).

Regina Taylor will be honored on June 18 with the 2011 Spirit of Sinai Award by the Sinai Community Institute. Earlier this month, she was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Columbia College Chicago for her

commitment to the arts and human service. On May 7, she received an Honorary Doctorate from Lake Forest College at the institution’s spring commencement ceremony. As part of the Goodman’s 2011/2012 Season, Taylor will direct the 10th anniversary production of her hit musical, Crowns (June 16 – July 22, 2012).

Mary Zimmerman took home a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Director on April 25 for her adaptation of Leonard Berstein’s Candide (a co-production between the Goodman and Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C.), which earned five additional awards, including Outstanding Musical. Zimmerman’s production is also set for remount at Huntington Theatre Company in Boston, MA (September 10 – October 16). Upcoming projects include The White Snake, an original adaptation of the classic Chinese fable, at Oregon Shakespeare Festival (February 25 – July 8, 2012), and an adaptation of The Jungle Book for Disney Theatrical Productions. Zimmerman recently received the Galbut Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award from Northwestern University, where she is a professor of performance studies.

About Goodman Theatre – Now Celebrating A Decade on Dearborn

The final production in this celebratory season is the world premiere of Chinglish by David Henry Hwang, directed by Leigh Silverman (June 18 – July 24) in the Albert.

The 2011/2012 Season includes: Red by John Logan, directed by Robert Falls(September/October 2011); the 34th annual production of A Christmas Carol(November/December 2011); Race by David Mamet, directed by Chuck Smith (January/February 2012); The Convert by Danai Gurira, directed by Emily Mann and co-produced with McCarter Theatre (NJ) and Center Theatre Group (CA) (February/March 2012); Camino Real by Tennessee Williams, directed by Calixto Bieito (March/April 2012); Fish Men by Cándido Tirado, directed by Edward Torres, in partnership with Teatro Vista (April/May 2012); and Crowns, written and directed by Regina Taylor (June/July 2012). There are two productions still to be announced in the 2011/2012 Season.

Goodman Theatre, “the leading regional theater in the nation’s most important theater city” (Time), is a major cultural, educational and economic pillar in Chicago, generating nearly $300 million in economic impact over the past decade in its state-of-the-art two-theater complex on North Dearborn Street. Founded in 1925 and currently under the leadership of Artistic Director Robert Falls, “Chicago’s most essential director” (Chicago Tribune), and Executive Director Roche Schulfer, Chicago’s oldest and largest not-for-profit resident theater has experienced unprecedented success over the past 10 years in its new downtown facility, welcoming nearly two million patrons to productions and events—including 10 festivals celebrating playwrights such as David Mamet, August Wilson and Horton Foote, as well as the biennial Latino Theatre Festival—serving 30 percent more students through its Education and Community Engagement programs (including the FREE Student Subscription Series and other interactive programs) and employing more than 3,000 artists and theater professionals. The Goodman has earned more than 90 awards for hundreds of productions, including the Pulitzer Prize for Ruined by Lynn Nottage—one of 25 new-work Goodman commissions in the last decade. The Chairman of Goodman Theatre’s Board of Trustees is Patricia Cox, and Joan Clifford is President of the Women’s Board. American Airlines is the Exclusive Airline of Goodman Theatre.