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Festival celebrates Latino Playwrights, includes new work from Kristoffer Diaz, Martin Zimmerman, Quiara Alegria Hudes, Charise Castro Smith and Jose Rivera

CHICAGO, IL – Goodman Theatre announces the complete line-up for its 2013 New Stages festival, this year celebrating Latino playwrights. Three staged readings—The Rooster Room by Pulitzer Prize winner Quiara Alegría Hudes, Feathers and Teeth by Charise Castro Smith and Another Word for Beauty by José Rivera—complement the previously-announced two fully-staged workshop productions, The Upstairs Concierge by Pulitzer Prize finalist Kristoffer Diaz and The Solid Sand Below by former Goodman Theatre Playwrights Unit member Martín Zimmerman. The free annual series also includes a “Professionals Weekend” (Dec 13 – 15) during which theatergoers can experience all five plays over three days; in addition, industry professionals can join a Friday night reception, a Saturday lunchtime roundtable discussion with the artists, special “Lounge Nights” on Friday and Saturday, as well as discounted rates at the Goodman’s Preferred Hotel Partner, Kimpton. Industry professionals can RSVP at GoodmanTheatre.org/Professionals. New Stages runs December 7 – 22, 2013; “Professionals Weekend” is December 13-15; tickets are free, but reservations are required: 312.443.3800, GoodmanTheatre.org/NewStages or visit the box office (170 N. Dearborn). A New Stages calendar and more information about the series’ plays and artists follows.

“We’re thrilled to be able to support this remarkable group of playwrights. More than half of the plays featured in this year’s festival are Goodman commissions, and we’re proud that our ongoing support of Latino voices has resulted in such an exciting and varied festival of new work,” said Director of New Play Development Tanya Palmer. “With ‘Professionals Weekend,’ we aim to make the Goodman a destination for theater professionals and to share these important new plays with our colleagues around the country.”

Approximately one third of the plays developed in the New Stages festival have gone on to receive full productions at the Goodman or other leading U.S. theaters. All three plays featured in the 2013/2014 Owen season (Smokefall by Noah Haidle, Buzzer by Tracey Scott Wilson and Ask Aunt Susan by Seth Bockley) were developed in past New Stages festivals, and plays like The Convert by Danai Gurira and Ruined by Lynn Nottage began as readings in New Stages and went on to receive full productions at the Goodman and at theaters around the country including Manhattan Theatre Club, Center Theatre Group, McCarter Theater Center, Woolly Mammoth Theater Company and many more. Playwrights featured in the festival have included Pulitzer Prize winners Lynn Nottage, Quiara Alegría Hudes and Nilo Cruz, as well as rising stars Christopher Shinn, Tanya Saracho and Thomas Bradshaw.

With the expansion of the festival in 2011 to include fully-staged workshop productions—an investment in new plays that provides writers with three weeks of rehearsal, design elements and nine public performances—New Stages offers the Goodman the opportunity to collaborate with a new generation of designers, including sound designer and composer Mikhail Fiksel and lighting designer Jesse Klug. Director and former Maggio Fellow Joanie Schultz, who makes her Goodman mainstage debut this season with Venus in Fur, first directed for the Goodman during New Stages.

The Goodman is grateful to those who make it possible to offer the series free of charge. The Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation is the supporter of New Stages. Time Warner Foundation is the Lead Supporter of New Play Development. The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation is the Major Supporter of New Play Development. The Glasser and Rosenthal Family and the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust are Supporters of New Work Development. The Joyce Foundation is the Principal Supporter of Artistic Development and Diversity Initiatives.

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