Goodman Theatre to Join Area Venues in Expansive "Black Words Matter" Black History Month Celebration

This February, Goodman Theatre will be joining citywide celebrations of Black History Month with its “Black Words Matter: Celebrating Black Voices On Stage and Beyond” series of events. Partnering organizations for the celebration include free offerings from area institutions and venues. Following is a brief synopsis of some of the culturally rich events that should not be missed:

 “Weaving Our Stories: A Community Read-in and Viewing”
Tuesday, February 7 at 2 p.m. 
​DuSable Museum of African American History (740 E. 56th Place)

​In partnership with DuSable Museum of African American History, the Goodman will invite audiences to participate in a community read-in of the play Gee’s Bend by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder. Wilder’s play focuses on the turbulence of 20th century race relations and the real-life quilting community of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. The reading is presented alongside DuSable’s featured exhibit Unpacking Collections: The Legacy of Cuesta Benberry, an African American Quilt Scholar.

Film Screening of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson (1995)
Monday, February 13 at 6:30 p.m.
AMC Dine-in Theatres Block 37 (108 N. State St.)

​In partnership with AMC Dine-in Theatres Block 37, the Goodman will present a special screening of the film adaptation of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson (1995) with an introduction by artist and scholar Ron OJ Parson—who has previously directed stage productions of August Wilson’s Fences and The Piano Lesson. Please note: Availability is extremely limited for this screening.

“Chuck Smith Lecture Series: Playwrights From Past to Present”
Thursday, February 23 at 6:30 p.m.
Harold Washington Library - Pritzker Auditorium (400 S. State St.)

Goodman Theatre Resident Director Chuck Smith will continue his popular lecture series with a discussion with Northwestern University Professor Harvey Young about the future of Black Theatre in Chicago and the generation of post-August Wilson writers. Chicago-based playwrights Lydia R. Diamond, Ike Holter and Dawn Renee Jones will join Smith and Young in conversation.

Panel Discussion: “Diversity in Theater Administration & Intern/Apprentice Networking Event”
Monday, February 27 at 5:30 p.m.
Goodman Theatre – Alice Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement (170 N. Dearborn St.)

Goodman Theatre will partner with the League of Chicago Theatres to present a diversity-focused career fair and panel, in response to continued need for more diverse representation in theater administration. Young professionals will have the opportunity to have face-ime with theater administrators from acclaimed Chicagoland theaters, such as the Goodman, Congo Square Theatre Company, Silk Road Rising and more.

​Events are free, but reservations are required due to limited capacity. If you’re interested in learning more, visit


The late and highly esteemed playwright August Wilson.