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CHICAGO, IL – Casting is complete for the three developmental productions featured in 2014 New Stages, a free annual festival of new American plays that also includes three staged readings. Approximately one third of the total plays developed in New Stages since its inception in 2004 have received full productions at the Goodman or at a leading U.S. theater, with the Goodman producing an average of one per year. The two current Goodman productions, Smokefall by Noah Haidle and The World of Extreme Happiness by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, and the upcoming The Upstairs Concierge by Kristoffer Diaz, all emerged from New Stages, as well as: Buzzer by Tracey Scott Wilson, which appears at New York’s The Public Theater in Spring 2015; The Long Red Road by Brett C. Leonard; and Lynn Nottage’s 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner, Ruined. New Stages expanded in 2011 to include fully-staged developmental productions—an investment that provides writers two weeks of rehearsal, a design team and six public performances in repertory under a union contract. New Stages runs October 29 – November 16 in the Owen Theatre free of charge, but reservations are required at 312.443.3800, GoodmanTheatre.org/NewStages or the box office (170 N. Dearborn). The Goodman invites theater industry professionals to New Stages over the November 14 – 16 weekend, including all six plays, a Friday night welcome reception, post-show “Lounge Nights” and a Saturday panel discussion. Theater professionals only should email JoePindelski@GoodmanTheatre.org to RSVP and learn about discounted rates at Kimpton, the Goodman’s Preferred Hotel Partner.

“The heart of our new play development strategy at the Goodman is a deep commitment to a playwright over an extended period of time. From commission, to private workshop, to public staged reading to developmental production, we aim to provide the writer with every opportunity to make his/her play the best it can be before a full production, which is always the goal,” said Artistic Director Robert Falls. “Proudly, our efforts in New Stages have resulted in full productions of at least one new play from each of the festival’s past 11 years—including our 2014 opening productions, The World of Extreme Happiness by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig and Smokefall by Noah Haidle. It’s the chance for Chicago to experience—for free—the latest work from some of America’s best playwrights.”

Developmental Productions in New Stages 2014

Feathers and Teeth by Charise Castro Smith | Directed by Henry Godinez | Appears in repertory, October 29 – November 15
Feathers and Teeth is a dark comedy that introduces an exotic creature into a fractured family, and features Jordan Brodess (Hugo), Olivia Cygan (Chris), Carolyn Hoerdemann (Ensemble), Melanie Keller (Carol) and Steve Key (Arthur). Jonathan L. Green is the dramaturg and Kimberly McCann is the stage manager. Feathers and Teeth was first seen as a staged reading in New Stages 2013.

The Magic Play by Andrew Hinderaker | Directed by Halena Kays | Appears in repertory, October 31 – November 15
The Magic Play is a fusion of magic and reality featuring Adam Poss (Diver), Brett Schneider (Magician) and Norm Woodel (Father). Neena Arndt is the dramaturg and Mara Filler is the stage manager. The play was co-commissioned by the Goodman and Roundabout Theatre Company (New York) and developed in the Goodman’s 2013/2014 Playwrights Unit.

Carlyle by Thomas Bradshaw | Directed by Benjamin Kamine | Appears in repertory, November 2 – 16
An exploration of right-wing politics in America through the eyes of an African American Republican, Carlyle features James Earl Jones II in the titular role, as well as Bill Bannon (Clinton/Headmaster/Janice’s Dad), McKenzie Chinn (Anita Hill/Shanequa), Janice O’Neill (Janice’s Mom), Levenix Riddle (Omar/Tyrone/Trayvon), Tiffany Scott (Janice/Sarah), Nate Whelden (Mark/White Guy/George Zimmerman) and Cedric Young (Carlyle’s Dad/Clarence Thomas). Tanya Palmer is the dramaturg, Ariel Zetlina is the Literary Assistant and Kimberly Osgood is the stage manager for Carlyle.

The design team for all three developmental productions includes Kevin Depinet (sets), Christine Pascual (costumes), Jesse Klug (lights) and Mikhail Fiksel (sound). Casting was done by Adam Belcuore.

Three staged readings complement the developmental productions over the course of one weekend, November 14 – 16, including: Women Laughing Alone with Salad by Sheila Callaghan, an examination of gender stereotyping in a world ruled by social media and appearance; Acquainted with the Night by Keith Reddin, a consideration of personal and global devastation; and Ugly by Tracey Scott Wilson, a look at how the feminist movement has evolved and how little has changed.

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