Goodman Theatre Announces Lineup for 14th New Stages Festival
This year's festival includes new work Rebecca Gilman, Bess Wohl, and others.
Goodman Theatre announced the lineup for the 14th annual New Stages Festival, a three-week celebration of new work by some of the country's finest established and emerging playwrights. This year, the festival will run September 20-October 8.
Eight new works will be presented in this year's festival, all in free performances. Three of them will be fully staged developmental productions: Ike Holter's Lottery Day, a new work that weaves together characters from Holter's acclaimed previous plays Exit Strategy, Sender, and more; Bess Wohl's Continuity, a comic look at a female director's attempts to bring climate change to the forefront of a Hollywood blockbuster; and Rebecca Gilman's Twilight Bowl, a look at two young women facing very different futures.
Four others will be presented as staged readings during the final week of the festival: Mat Smart's Eden Prairie, 1971, the story of a young draft dodger returning home; Christina Anderson's How to Catch Creation, an ode to the art of creating; José Rivera's The Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona, a supernatural tale of a woman's attempt to communicate with her deceased twin; and David Cale's We're Only Alive for a Short Amount of Time, a musical reflection of Cale's own childhood.
In addition, the festival will offer a sneak peek at an immersive work in progress, Mikhael Tara Garver's Postnation, an exploration of immigrants' roles in the creation of the U.S. Postal Service.