Robert Falls, Tanya Saracho and Sheldon Patinkin kick off the series on November 8 with transforming classics panel discussion
Chicago, IL – Goodman Theatreâ€™s Education and Community Engagement Programming announces a season-long partnership with Columbia College Chicago in honor of Russian playwright Anton Chekhovâ€™s 150th birthday.
Â The First-Class Passenger: Celebrating 150 Years of Anton Chekhov seriesâ€”a reference to a Chekhovian short story on the nature of fame and celebrityâ€”includes readings, panel discussions and dramatizations of Chekhovâ€™s short stories. The series kicks off with Transforming Classics: Chekhov in the 21st Century on Monday, November 8 from 6:30 â€“ 8pm in the Goodmanâ€™s Owen Theatre. Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended; call Goodman Theatreâ€™s box office at 312.443.3800. Additional programming for this season-long celebration will be announced at a later date.
Â In Transforming Classics, Artistic Director Robert Falls, playwright of the Goodmanâ€™s upcoming El Nogalar Tanya Saracho and Chair Emeritus of Columbia College Chicagoâ€™s Theater Department Sheldon Patinkin explore the enduring legacy of this great Russian writer, his intercultural appeal for a new generation of writers and his continuing relevance to contemporary audiences. The discussion is moderated by Goodman Literary Associate Neena Arndt.
Transforming Classics is a free event, presented as part of the Goodmanâ€™s CONTEXT series and in conjunction with Robert Fallsâ€™ new adaptation of Chekhovâ€™s The Seagull, recently extended through November 21. The CONTEXT series uses themes from Goodman productions to engage the communityâ€”both at the theater and at venues across the cityâ€”in conversations that explore particular issues raised within the plays and how they resonate in today’s culture.
Â Goodman Theatreâ€™s Education & Community Engagement department offers many opportunities for learners of all ages to engage in deeper explorations of topics within and outside the Goodmanâ€™s season. Programs offered entirely free of charge include the Student Subscription Series for Chicago public high schools, the General Theater Studies summer program, the Cindy Bandle Young Critics theatre criticism program for young women, CONTEXT: Discourse and Discussion community forums and a theater-wide Internship Program.
Â To purchase tickets to The Seagull, call 312.443.3800, click GoodmanTheatre.org or visit the box office (170 North Dearborn). Mezztix are half-price mezzanine tickets available at 12 noon at the box office, and at 10am online (promo code MEZZTIX) day of performance; Mezztix are not available by telephone. 10Tix are $10 balcony tickets for students available at 12 noon at the box office, and at 10am online on the day of performance; 10Tix are not available by telephone. Valid student I.D. must be presented when picking up the tickets. Limit four per student with I.D. All tickets are subject to availability and handling fees apply. Discounted Group Tickets for 10 persons or more are available at 312.443.3820. Kirkland & Ellis LLP is the Contributing Sponsor of The Seagull.