Now in its 10th year, Goodman Theatre’s 2013 New Stages celebrates Latino playwrights by offering five new plays—for free! The festival includes two fully-staged workshop productions performed in repertory and three staged readings in the Owen Theatre, December 7 - 22, 2013.
“Our New Stages festival has grown exponentially in size, ambition and complexity over the past decade, giving audiences a first look at more than 50 new plays in development. With plays like Teddy Ferrara, Ask Aunt Susan, The Convert and Black n Blue Boys/Broken Men, it’s also become an important engine for bringing new work to the Goodman’s stages,” states Goodman Theatre Director of New Play Development Tanya Palmer, who oversees the theater’s New Stages festival, Playwrights Unit and new works commissioning program.
The lineup includes The Upstairs Concierge, a contemporary farce about celebrity and baseball by Pulitzer Prize finalist (for The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity) Kristoffer Diaz; and The Solid Sand Below, an examination of the intoxicating nature of war which Martín Zimmerman developed during his time as a member of the Goodman’s Playwrights Unit.
“Kristoffer Diaz and Martín Zimmerman are two of the most exciting young playwrights working today,” adds Palmer. “We’re thrilled to build on our longstanding commitment to Latino theater artists.”
Approximately one third of the plays developed in the New Stages festival have received full productions at the Goodman or at leading U.S. theaters. With the expansion of the festival in 2011 to include fully-staged workshop productions, New Stages also offers the Goodman the opportunity to collaborate with a new generation of designers.
Tickets to the festival are free, but reservations are required by calling 312-443-3800 or visiting GoodmanTheatre.org.