Goodman Theatre Presents: NEW STAGES FESTIVAL – Preview—New Works by Emerging Playwrights

Ike Holter
Bess Wohl

Goodman Theatre announces the lineup of its 14th annual New Stages Festival, which will feature new works by established and emerging playwrights. Over the course of three weeks, the annual festival offers a first look at eight new works. The festival features three developmental productions (fully staged and performed in repertory), including:

  • Lottery Day by Ike Holter, a new work that weaves together characters from Holter’s acclaimed previous plays Exit StrategySender and more.
  • Continuity by Bess Wohl, a comic look at a female director’s attempts to bring climate change to the forefront of a Hollywood blockbuster.
  • Twilight Bowl by Rebecca Gilmana tender look at two young women facing very different futures.
Rebecca Gilman
David Cale
Christina Anderson

During “Professionals Weekend,” the final week of the festival there will be four staged readings, including: 

  • Eden Prairie, 1971by Mat Smart, the story of a young draft dodger returning home. 
  • How to Catch Creation by Christina Anderson, an ode to the art of creating.
  • The Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Coronaby José Rivera, a supernatural tale of a woman’s attempt to communicate with her deceased twin.
  • We’re Only Alive for a Short Amount of Timeby David Cale, a musical reflection of the playwright’s childhood.
Matt Smart
Jose Rivera
Mikhael Tara

Plus a sneak peek at an immersive work-in-progress—POSTNATION conceived by Mikhael Tara Garver, an exploration of immigrants’ roles in the creation of the U.S. Postal Service.

Since New Stages’ 2004 inception, more than 70 plays have been produced as a developmental production or staged reading. Nearly half of these plays were authored by playwrights of color and/or authored by female playwrights. More than one-third of all plays developed in New Stages have received a premiere production at the Goodman or another leading U.S. theater.

 “Each year the New Stages Festival offers us the opportunity to work with some of the most inventive and insightful storytellers working in the theater today. I’m thrilled to share this exciting lineup of new plays with Chicago audiences,” says Tanya Palmer, Director of New Play Development.


*All photos courtesy of The Goodman Theatre


September 20 – October 8


Goodman Theatre’s Owen Stage
170 N Dearborn St
Chicago, IL 60601


Reserved tickets available now: Call (312) 443 – 3800 or visit The Goodman Theatre Website

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