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Staged readings by Noah Haidle, Laura Jacqmin and Christopher Shinn announced

 

Chicago, IL – Goodman Theatre announces the full line-up for New Stages Amplified, a series of never-before-seen works in modestly-scaled developmental productions in the intimate Owen Theatre. New Stages Amplified is an expansion of the theater’s successful free new play festival New Stages, which has birthed 47 new plays in nine seasons—more than half of which have gone on to receive full productions at the Goodman and other venues across the country. New Stages Amplified includes Dartmoor Prison by Carlyle Brown, directed by Chay Yew; Chicago Boys by Kathleen Tolan, directed by Ann Filmer; and Ask Aunt Susan by Seth Bockley, directed by Joanie Schultz (casting included on subsequent pages). In addition to these developmental productions, the Goodman presents three new plays in staged readings: Smokefall by Noah Haidle, directed by Dexter Bullard; Two Lakes, Two Rivers by Laura Jacqmin; and Teddy Ferrara by Christopher Shinn. Goodman audiences have the opportunity to engage in the new play development process during a series of Insider Access events, including an Artist Encounter with three of the New Stages Amplified playwrights, and PlayBacks following each performance. Tickets ($10 – $20) to Dartmoor Prison (October 13 – 23), Chicago Boys (October 27 – November 6) and Ask Aunt Susan (November 10 – 20) are on sale now. Tickets are also available by subscription: five-play Albert Theatre subscriptions start at $105; eight-play Albert and Owen Theatre subscriptions start at $168. Each Goodman subscriber sees one play as part of their subscription series; additional tickets are available at a discount. Staged readings of Smokefall (October 24), Two Lakes, Two Rivers (November 7) and Teddy Ferrara (November 14) are free to the public, though reservations are required. For tickets and reservations visit GoodmanTheatre.org.

“We’re thrilled to continue our commitment to supporting writers in the creation of ambitious new works for the stage,” said Tanya Palmer, the Goodman’s Director of New Play Development. “The plays featured in New Stages Amplified have all emerged out of our new play development programs: Carlyle Brown’s play Dartmoor Prison is a Goodman Theatre commission that received a reading as part of the 2009 New Stages Series; Chicago Boys was developed in our New Stages Series earlier this year; Ask Aunt Susan and Two Lakes, Two Rivers were both written during our inaugural Goodman Playwrights’ Unit; and Smokefall and Teddy Ferrara were each Goodman commissions. All six writers are tackling big, complex ideas and a unique theatrical language and this festival represents a critical next step in helping them to realize their visions.”

The Goodman’s New Stages Series and Playwrights’ Unit, a residency program for Chicago-based playwrights, are part of the Goodman’s ongoing initiatives to commission and develop new plays and cultivate emerging American writers. New Stages has provided the first look at nearly 50 new plays, many of which have gone on to receive worldpremiere productions at the Goodman—including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Ruined by Lynn Nottage. Others have been produced at theaters across the country, including Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theater in New York, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, American Theatre Company and Geffen Playhouse.

All productions in New Stages Amplified are designed by Kevin Depinet (Sets), Rachel Healy (Costumes), Jesse Klug (Lights), Mikhail Fiksel (Sound) and Mike Tutaj (Projections, Ask Aunt Susan).

Tanya Palmer is the Director of New Play Development at Goodman Theatre, where she coordinates New Stages, the theater’s new play program, and has served as the production dramaturg on a number of plays including the world premieres of Vigils by Noah Haidle, Magnolia by Regina Taylor, The Long Red Road by Brett C. Leonard and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Ruined by Lynn Nottage. Prior to her arrival in Chicago, she served as the Director of New Play.

Development at Actors Theatre of Louisville, where she led the reading and selection process for the Humana Festival of New American Plays. She is the co-editor, with Amy Wegener and Adrien-Alice Hansel, of four collections of Humana Festival plays, published by Smith & Kraus, as well as two collections of 10-minute plays published by Samuel French. Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, she holds an MFA in playwriting from York University in Toronto.

New Stages Amplified is supported in part by The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation. New work development at the Goodman was instituted by the Lester and Hope Abelson Fund for Artistic Development, and is supported in part by generous grants from the Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, The Glasser and Rosenthal Family and an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award for Fish Men. The Davee Foundation is a Major Contributor to Research and Development for New Work; The Joyce Foundation provides principal support for Artistic Development and Diversity Initiatives; and Prince Charitable Trusts is the leading contributor to the Goodman’s New Works Endowment Fund. The Sara Lee Foundation is the 2011/2012 Owen Season Sponsor.

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