First the first time Goodman Theatre will launch its new Playwrights Unit with an all-female contingent of Chicago writers. Newly-named members this season include: Cave Canem Fellow and executive director of the #LetUsBreathe Collective Kristiana Rae Colón; Colombian American actor, writer and producer Sandra Delgado; playwright and former improviser Jenni Lamb; and award-winning playwright Calamity West.
In partnership with Chicago Dramatists, the Playwrights Unit is a year-long residency program designed to foster new work by emerging and established Chicago playwrights. Participating writers attend bi-monthly meetings with members of the Goodman’s artistic team to discuss their plays-in-progress and provide feedback for one another. The residency culminates in summer 2016 with public staged readings of their completed works at the Goodman.
“I’m thrilled to welcome this talented group of Chicago-based playwrights and theatermakers to the 2015/16 Playwrights Unit,” said Tanya Palmer, director of New Play Development for Goodman Theatre. “Each brings a unique perspective and set of experiences to the group, and the plays they have proposed to work on over the next year promise to be challenging, relevant and full of life. I know they will all benefit from the collaboration with their peers, and I look forward to sharing the results of their hard work with our audiences in the summer of 2016.”
Goodman’s Playwrights’ Unit offers a dynamic incubator experience set amid Chicago’s sprawling landscape of experimental theater. Playwrights Unit alum Nambi E. Kelley will bring For Her As a Piano—the play she authored as a 2012 member of the Playwrights Unit—to Pegasus Theatre as its 2015/2016 season opener, directed by IIesa Duncan. Co-produced with the Goodman and Chicago Dramatists, For Her As a Piano follows the story of one woman’s journey to unravel a history she’s never been told. The world premiere production runs September 30 – November 1 at Chicago Dramatists (1105 W. Chicago Ave.).
Call 866.811.4111 or visit PegasusTheatreChicago.org for ticket information.
Other Playwrights Unit alumni include Carlos Murillo (2014/2015 Season); Ike Holter and Christopher Oscar Peña (2012/2013 Season); Philip Dawkins, Martín Zimmerman (2011/2012 Season); and Seth Bockley (2010/2011 Season).
For more information about this year’s roster of playwrights or the schedule of readings, visit goodmantheatre.org.
Playwright Sandra Delgado will be among the all-female unit of playwrights in Goodman's annual new works incubator this season (photo courtesy of Goodman Theatre).
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