Johanna Day
Johanna Day
Tony Award nominee Johanna Day will head the cast of the Goodman Theatre's world premiere production of Noah Haidle's Vigils, to run October 14-November 12 in the Owen Theatre. The show, to be directed by Kate Whoriskey, will open officially on October 24.

In the play, which Chicago audiences first witnessed as a staged reading in the Goodman's 2005 New Stages series, the widow of a fireman is clinging to the past. She has trapped her husband's soul in a box, and his body is wandering around aimlessly, ricocheting from one memory to the next, as body and soul try to come to terms with their actions during his life. When a handsome wooer arrives on the scene, the widow must decide between the past she knows and a future that she can only imagine. Haidle's other plays include Mr. Marmalade and Rag and Bone.

The cast also includes Marc Grapey, Steve Key, and Coburn Goss. The show's design team includes Walt Spangler (sets and costumes), Jason Lyons (lighting), Michael Bodeen and Rob Milburn (sound), and John Boesche (projections). Whoriskey's many directing credits include the Goodman's production of Drowning Crow, and the Off-Broadway productions of Massacre and Fabulation.

Day received a 2001 Tony nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance as Claire in Proof. Her other stage credits include the Off-Broadway productions of Satellites, How I Learned to Drive, Helen, Blue Window, and Once in a Lifetime, and regional productions of The Rainmaker, An American Daughter, and Carol Mulroney.