Chicago Shares Theatrical Productions with New York
April 14, 2009 | Grantee News | Arts & Culture in Chicago, MacArthur Fellows

As a great theater town, Chicago often shares its theatrical works with New York. The latest example is Goodman Theater's production of Eugene O'Neill's Desire Under the Elms, directed by Robert Falls. In April 2009, the play joined three other Chicago-originated productions in New York. The first of the four to be staged was Tracy Letts' August: Osage County, originally produced at the Steppenwolf Theater. Directed by Anna D. Shapiro, August: Osage County won both the 2008 Tony and Pulitzer Prize awards. Letts and Shapiro are Steppenwolf ensemble members. Thornton Wilder's Our Town is also in New York. Directed by Chicagoan David Cromer, this production was first performed in spring 2008 at the Hypocrites Theater. The fourth export is Ruined, which was commissioned by Goodman Theater, written by MacArthur Fellow Lynn Nottage and directed by Kate Whorisky. Playwright Lynn Nottage recently won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in Drama for Ruined, which had its world premiere at the Goodman Theatre in November 2008. This is the first time a Goodman world premiere has received a Pulitzer Prize in Drama, and Nottage is only the second female African American playwright to receive the Prize. Goodman and Steppenwolf theaters are MacArthur grantees.

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