Goodman Announces New Stages Casting

Goodman Announces New Stages Casting

Goodman Theatre has announced complete casting for the three developmental productions featured in the company’s 14th annual New Stages festival.

The plays, which are staged in repertory following two weeks of rehearsal, include LOTTERY DAY by Ike Holter, directed by Lili-Anne Brown, CONTINUITY by Bess Wohl, directed by Annie Tippe, and TWILIGHT BOWLT by Rebecca Gilman, directed by Erica Weiss.

Developmental productions are designed by Kevin Depinet (Set), Noël Huntzinger (Costumes for LOTTERY DAY and TWILIGHT BOWL), Birgit Rattenborg Wise (Costumes for CONTINUITY), Jesse Klug (Lights) and Richard Woodbury (Sound).

In addition, four one-time-only staged readings of immersive works-in-progress will appear during the final weekend of the festival.Weekend (“Industry Professionals Weekend”). Those production include, HOW TO CATCH CREATION by Christina Anderson, directed by Jess McLeod, EDEN PRAIRIE, 1971 by Mat Smart, directed by Henry Wishcamper, a preview presentation of POSTNATION by Mikhael Tara Garver, THE UNTRANSLATABLE SECRETS OF NIKKI CORONA written and directed by José Rivera, and WE’RE ONLY ALIVE FOR A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME by David Cale, music by Matthew Dean Marsh and directed by Tony Speciale


 

Casting for 2017 New Stages Festival Developmental Productions (from the press release):

LOTTERY DAY
By Ike Holter, directed by Lili-Anne Brown
Appears in repertory, September 20 – October 7

In his latest play, acclaimed Chicago playwright Ike Holter integrates characters from his past works into a new story about the cost of belonging and the gift of community.

When an act of violence robs Mallory of her family, she creates a new one by opening her home to a wild array of neighbors, activists, and artists. Tonight, she’s throwing them a party of her own invention—“Lottery Day”—where anyone could win, but everyone has something to lose.

CAST:

Aurora Adachi-Winter……………Tori
Bear Bellinger…………………….Nunley
J. Nicole Brooks………………….Mallory
McKenzie Chinn…………………..Cassandra
Sydney Charles…………………..Zora
Robert Cornelius………………….Robinson
Anthony Irons……………………..Avery
Monica Orozco……………………Vivien
Tommy Rivera-Vega……………..Ezekiel
Pat Whalen………………………..Ricky

CONTINUITY
By Bess Wohl, directed by Annie Tippe
Appears in repertory, September 22 – October 8

Bess Wohl’s startlingly funny new play examines what is worth saving and what isn’t—especially when facing the end of the world.

As her big budget thriller about climate change and eco-terrorism falls behind schedule, film director Maria attempts to salvage the production from the behind-the-scenes drama of its cast and screenwriter.

CAST:

Rammel Chan…………………….The PA
Amanda Drinkall…………………Nicole (Eve)
Marc Grapey……………………..David Claxton
Ryan McBride……………………Jake (George)
Bill McGough…………………….Larry
Rebecca Spence…………………Maria
Netta Walker……………………..Lily (Anna)

*This production also features voice-over roles portrayed by McKenzie Chinn (Second AD), Robert Cornelius (Sound Guy), Anthony Irons (Camera OP), Pat Whalen (First AD) and Aurora Adachi-Winter (2nd PA).

TWILIGHT BOWL
By Rebecca Gilman, directed by Erica Weiss
Appears in repertory, September 24 – October 8

In her latest play, Goodman Artistic Associate Rebecca Gilman depicts six young women about to embark on their adult lives. But how do they—or we—define success?

Cousins Sam and Jaycee grew up together in a small Wisconsin town. Sam, who sharpened her bowling skills at the local alley, is now heading to college on scholarship. But Jaycee’s future isn’t looking so bright. As the young women and their friends face adulthood, the alley becomes a place to celebrate, mourn, and forge new identities. But can their bonds survive as their paths diverge? And is success always earned, or is it sometimes a matter of luck?

CAST:

Hayley Burgess…………………Clarice
Heather Chrisler………………..Jaycee
Angela Morris……………………Maddy
Becca Savoy…………………….Sam
Mary Taylor………………………Brielle
Anne E. Thompson…………….Sharlene

New Stages runs September 20 – October 8 in the Owen Theatre; to reserve FREE tickets, call 312.443.3800, visit GoodmanTheatre.org/NewStagesFestival or the box office (170 N. Dearborn). For more information about “Industry Professionals Weekend,” visit GoodmanTheatre.org/Professionals.

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