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Goodman Theatre Announces Cast, Creatives for 2017-18 Season Openers

A View From the Bridge and Yasmina's Necklace kick off the company's season.

Catherine Combs will play Catherine in the Ivo van Hove-directed production of A View From the Bridge, coming to Chicago's Goodman Theatre in September.
(© David Gordon)

Goodman Theatre announced the casts and creative teams for the opening two productions of its 2017-18 season, A View From the Bridge and Yasmina's Necklace.

Ivo van Hove's Tony Award-winning production of Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge will be running in the Albert Theatre September 9-October 15. In Miller's play, "Brooklyn longshoreman Eddie Carbone welcomes his immigrant cousins to America. But when one of them falls for Eddie's young niece, Catherine, Eddie's jealous mistrust exposes an unspeakable secret—one that drives him to commit the ultimate betrayal."

The cast will feature Ian Bedford as Eddie Carbone, Catherine Combs as Catherine, Daniel Abeles as Rodolpho, Ronald Connor as Louis, Brandon Espinoza as Marco, James D. Farruggio as Officer, Ezra Knight as Alfieri, and Andrus Nichols as Beatrice. The creative team will include Jan Versweyveld (sets and lighting), An D'Huys (costumes), and Tom Gibbons (sound), with Jeff James as associate director.

Rohina Malik's Yasmina's Necklace will be running in the Owen Theatre October 20-November 19. Directed by Ann Filmer, the cast will feature Michael Perez as Sam, Susaan Jamshidi as Yasmina, Salar Ardebili as Man, Rom Barkhordar as Musa, Laura Crotte as Sara, Allen Gilmore as Imam Kareem, Martin Hanna as Amir, Amro Salama as Ali, and Frank Sawa as Officer. The creative team will include Joe Schermoly (sets), Rachel Sypniewski (costumes), Cat Wilson (lights), and Barry Bennett (sound).

Malik's play is described as follows: "Challenged by his Iraqi roots, Abdul Samee has obscured his Muslim identity in favor of assimilation — he's changed his name to Sam, and even tells his co-workers that he's Italian. But his attitudes change when he meets Yasmina, a refugee from his father's homeland whose own experiences have hardened her to the possibilities of love. As a tentative relationship between the two blossoms into something more, each begins to find hope in the future, buoyed by the power of family, connection and the embracing of their shared culture."

For more information on A View From the Bridge, click here.

For more information on Yasmina's Necklace, click here.