The Goodman Theatre announced its 2013-14 season Wednesday, a slate that includes a new play by Rebecca Gilman, a blues-infused Cheryl L. West drama about Pullman porters, Mary Zimmerman's "The White Snake" and the Chicago premiere of the sexy David Ives drama from Broadway, "Venus in Fur."
In an interview Wednesday, Goodman artistic director Robert Falls highlighted the large number of women directors and playwrights in his season, as well as noting that both Zimmerman and the director Chuck Smith, who will helm "Pullman Porter Blues," which opens the Goodman season in September, are celebrating their twentieth season of work at Chicago's largest resident theater.
Following "Pullman Porter Blues" and the perennial "A Christmas Carol" (to be directed this year by Henry Wishcamper), the Goodman will begin 2014 with Gilman's "Luna Gale," a new piece, to be directed by Falls, about a social worker with tough decisions to make about where the infant child of teenage drug addicts should be placed.
In March, Joanie Schultz makes her Goodman debut at the helm of Ives' erotically charged Broadway hit. In May, Zimmerman will stage "The White Snake," a piece based on a classic Chinese fable that previously was well received at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and the mainstage season concludes with the previously announced "Brigadoon," directed by Rachel Rockwell.
New work dominates the Goodman's Owen Theatre season. The three-play slate include "Smokefall" by Noah Haidle (directed by Anne Kauffman), the dark comedy "Buzzer" by Tracey Scott Wilson ("The Good Negro"), directed by Jessica Thebus, and "Ask Aunt Susan" by Seth Bockley, directed by Wishcamper. Openig in May, "Ask Aunt Susan" is a commissioned piece about a young man who moonlights as an online advice columnist and finds himself trapped in a web of deceit.