Gina Gionfriddo’s “Feminist Freaky Friday” runs January 17 – February 22, 2015 at the Goodman; Tickets go on sale Friday, December 5
Chicago, IL -Â The creative team is set for the Chicago premiere of Rapture, Blister, Burn, Gina Gionfriddoâ€™s â€œintensely smart, immensely funny new playâ€ (The New York Times) about two women who make vastly different choices in regards to work and familyâ€”and wonder if the grass is truly greener on the other side. The â€œexpertly craftedâ€ (The Huffington Post) Pulitzer Prize finalist that â€œsurfs several waves of feminismâ€ (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 runsÂ January 17 â€“ February 22, 2015Â in theÂ AlbertÂ Theatre (opening night isÂ Monday, January 26). Tickets ($25Â -Â $81; subject to change)Â go on sale to the general public on Friday, December 5 at GoodmanTheatre.org/Rapture, by phone atÂ 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.
â€œI’m so excited to be directing this play at the Goodman where I have been a faithful audience member for the past 18 years.Â 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,â€ said Senior. â€œThe play is at once hilarious and painful, navigating the elusive waters of what it takes to be happyâ€”it’s intensely personal for me as a working mother!Â 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.â€
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 Gionfriddoâ€™s play, graduate school pals Catherine (Weigert) and Gwen (Woditsch) pursued completely different lives after graduation. Catherine became a controversial author, while Gwen married Catherineâ€™s ex-boyfriend Don (Montgomery) and raised two sons. After a decade-long estrangement, the women decide to spend a summer reconnecting, joined by Catherineâ€™s mother Alice (Thebus) and Don and Gwenâ€™s babysitter Avery (Slaughter-Mason). But their impulsive attempt to trade places soon erupts in a heated battle for Donâ€™s affection and a fiery examination of their feminist ideals.