Creative Team Announced for the Chicago Premiere of Pulitzer Prize Finalist Rapture, Blister, Burn Directed by Kimberly Senior Fresh Off Her Broadway Debut

Gina Gionfriddo’s “Feminist Freaky Friday” runs January 17 – February 22, 2015 at the Goodman; Tickets go on sale Friday, December 5

Chicago, IL -  The creative team is set for the Chicago premiere of Rapture, Blister, Burn, Gina Gionfriddo’s “intensely smart, immensely funny new play” (The New York Times) about two women who make vastly different choices in regards to work and family—and wonder if the grass is truly greener on the other side. The “expertly crafted” (The Huffington Post) Pulitzer Prize finalist that “surfs several waves of feminism” (Time Out New York) is directed by acclaimed Chicago director Kimberly Senior, who makes her Goodman debut straight from directing her first Broadway show (Disgraced at Lyceum Theatre starring Gretchen Mol and Josh Radnor). The creative team includes Jack Magaw (sets), Emily Rebholz (costumes), Jennifer Schriever (lights) and Richard Woodbury (sound). Briana J. Fahey is the production stage manager. Jonathan L. Green is the dramaturg. Casting is by Adam Belcuore. A calendar of performances appears below; artist bios and images can be found in the Press Room. Rapture, Blister, Burn runs January 17 – February 22, 2015 in the Albert Theatre (opening night is Monday, January 26). Tickets ($25 - $81; subject to change) go on sale to the general public on Friday, December 5 at GoodmanTheatre.org/Rapture, by phone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 North Dearborn). Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is the Major Corporate Sponsor and PwC LLP is the Corporate Sponsor Partner for Rapture, Blister, Burn.

“I’m so excited to be directing this play at the Goodman where I have been a faithful audience member for the past 18 years. I have long admired the Goodman’s commitment to new work that provokes dynamic dialogue for audience and artist alike and Rapture, Blister, Burn is no exception,” said Senior. “The play is at once hilarious and painful, navigating the elusive waters of what it takes to be happy—it’s intensely personal for me as a working mother! The fact that I get to bring this play to life with both long term collaborators (Mary Ann Thebus and Mark Montgomery) and new ones is the perfect landscape for a charged exploration of this timely play.”

As previously announced, the cast includes Chicago favorites Mark L. Montgomery, Mary Ann Thebus and Karen Janes Woditsch along with Robin Weigert and Cassidy Slaughter-Mason in their Goodman debuts. In Gionfriddo’s play, graduate school pals Catherine (Weigert) and Gwen (Woditsch) pursued completely different lives after graduation. Catherine became a controversial author, while Gwen married Catherine’s ex-boyfriend Don (Montgomery) and raised two sons. After a decade-long estrangement, the women decide to spend a summer reconnecting, joined by Catherine’s mother Alice (Thebus) and Don and Gwen’s babysitter Avery (Slaughter-Mason). But their impulsive attempt to trade places soon erupts in a heated battle for Don’s affection and a fiery examination of their feminist ideals.