TWO STAGED READINGS ADDED TO 2012 NEW STAGES LINEUP: 2666 CO-ADAPTED/DIRECTED BY ROBERT FALLS AND SETH BOCKLEY AND BUZZER BY TRACEY SCOTT WILSON
Goodman Theatre announces a special staged reading of Roberto Bolaño’s epic novel 2666—co-adapted for the stage and co-directed by Goodman Artistic Director Robert Falls and new Goodman Playwright-in-Residence Seth Bockley—on Monday, December 17 at 6pm as part of Goodman’s December 8 – 23 New Stages series (Note: The reading of 2666 will last approximately five hours, including three intermissions). In addition, Buzzer by Tracey Scott Wilson replaces the previously-announced Acquainted with the Night by Keith Reddin, due to a conflict with the playwright’s schedule. Readings of Stutter by Philip Dawkins and The Solid Sand Below by Martín Zimmerman round out a full “industry weekend,” where theatergoers can experience two fully-staged workshop productions (Song for the Disappeared by Chicago-based writer Tanya Saracho and The World of Extreme Happiness by Wasserstein Prize winner Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig) plus four staged readings over three days. An Artist Encounter discussion with playwrights Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, Philip Dawkins and Martín Zimmerman moderated by Director of New Play Development Tanya Palmer takes place Friday, December 14 at 6:30pm. New Stagesruns December 8 – 23, 2012; “industry weekend” is December 14-17; tickets are free, but reservations are required: 312.443.3800, GoodmanTheatre.org or visit the box office (170 N. Dearborn).
The cast of Saracho’s Song for the Disappeared—an examination of life on the US/Mexican border—includes Carlo Garcia as Payan; Ricardo Gutierrez as Leo; Yun Pardo as Mila; Lorena Diaz as Adriana; and Alejandra Escalante as Nena. The cast of Cowhig’s The World of Extreme Happines—about migrant workers in China—includesDana Lee as Old Lau/Gao Chen; Marissa Lichwick as Sunny; Mia Park as Artemis/Wan Hau; Kevin Reyes as Pete/Mr. Destiny/Ran Feng; Jennifer Shinn as Ming-Ming; and Daniel Smith as Lia Han.
The Goodman is grateful to those who make it possible to offer the series free of charge.New Stages is supported in part by The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation and The Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation. Goodman Theatre’s Scenemakers Board is a Contributing Sponsor. New work development at the Goodman was instituted by the Lester and Hope Abelson Fund for Artistic Development. Time Warner Foundation is the Major Supporter of New Play Development; the Glasser and Rosenthal Family and the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust are Foundation Supporters.
The Davee Foundation is the Major Contributor to Research and Development for New Work; The Joyce Foundation is the Principal Supporter of Artistic Development and Diversity Initiatives. Shawn M. Donnelley is the Grand Benefactor of the New Works Endowment Fund and Prince Charitable Trusts is the leading foundation contributor of this important initiative.