Grant fully supports Robert Falls and Seth Bockleyâ€™s World-Premiere Stage Adaptation of Chilean Novelist Roberto Bolanoâ€™s Masterpiece, 2666
CHICAGO, IL â€“ Â Goodman Theatre announces a world-premiere event made possible by an unprecedented grant in the theaterâ€™s 90-year history. The Roy Cockrum Foundation will entirely fund 2666, Artistic Director Robert Fallsâ€™ large-scale stage adaptation of Chilean author Roberto BolaÃ±oâ€™s internationally-celebrated final novel. By invitation only, The Roy Cockrum Foundation awards grants to support world-class performing arts projects in not-for-profit professional American theaters, enabling the theater to reach beyond its normal scope of activities and undertake ambitious productions. The Goodmanâ€™s Playwright-in-Residence Seth Bockley is Fallsâ€™ co-adaptor and co-director of the piece, a five-hour, panoramic portrait of the 20thÂ century and an â€œepic, maddening, mesmerizing adventureâ€ (New York Times). The production will debut February 6 â€“ March 20, 2016 as a special event in the Goodmanâ€™s 350-seat flexible Owen Theatre; tickets can be purchased as a subscription add-on (subscribers save 20%) or as an individual ticket, on sale at a later date. Visit GoodmanTheatre.org for information.
â€œI have long admired Robert Falls as a foremost American theater artist, a singular creative force who has consistently reinvented himself over his three-plus decade career with productions that challenge, provoke and inspire their audiencesâ€”at the Goodman Theatre, on Broadway and internationally,â€ said Roy Cockrum, a Northwestern University alumni who spent more than two decades working as an actor and stage manager for theater and television. â€œIt is necessary that we as a society support our artistsâ€™ big dreams, and financially enable our important theater companies like the Goodman to make them a reality. Bobâ€™s vision for 2666 is absolutely exhilarating. I am proud to help make his stage adaptation a reality.
Falls first encountered BolaÃ±oâ€™s 2666 in Barcelona in 2006, intrigued by the novelâ€™s promotional posters featuring hundreds of pink crosses in a Mexican desert. Inspired and fascinated by the novelâ€™s epic scope and structureâ€”spanning more than 100 years, from Spain to Mexico to Germany and beyond, each part varying in style and rhythmâ€”Falls set out to adapt it for the stage. Over the years that followed, he invited Bockley to join him on the project as co-adapter and co-director. Together, they explored the text though workshops and readings, including a five-hour public reading in the 2012 New Stages festival.
â€œAdapting 2666 with Seth for the Goodmanâ€™s stage has been an extraordinary event in my artistic careerâ€”a project of love, discovery and passion. I never imagined it could become a fully-realized, producible stage work without significantly compromising the story-telling and simplifying the complex technical integration of performance, music and video design. It would simply not be possible without The Roy Cockrum Foundationâ€”and I am enormously grateful for Royâ€™s intrinsic understanding and generous support,â€ said Robert Falls.
Three academics on the trail of a reclusive German author; a New York reporter on his first Mexican assignment; a widowed philosopher; a police detective in love with an elusive older womanâ€”in 2666, all among the searchers drawn to the border city of Santa Teresa, where over the course of a decade hundreds of women have disappeared. Roberto BolaÃ±o (1953-2003) was born in Santiago, Chile, and spent much of his adult life in Mexico and Spain. A National Book Critics Circle Award recipient, BolaÃ±oâ€™s posthumously-published 2666 was named â€œBest Book of the Yearâ€ by Time magazine, New York magazine, Salon.com, L.A. Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times and the Village Voice.