Goodman Theatre Announces Latino-Focused 2013 New Stages Festival, 12/7-22
The Solid Sand Below
By Martín Zimmerman | Directed by Jonathan Berry
The Solid Sand Below tracks the radical transformation of Private Julian Flores from decidedly reluctant recruit to enthusiastic and disciplined soldier. Inspired by a news story about a soldier who continued to reenlist because his tour of duty in Iraq had given his life a sense of purpose he'd never experienced before, the play investigates why certain people find meaning in chaos and violence. Beginning with Flores' arrival in Diyala province in 2007 at the height of insurgent violence in Iraq, the play offers us a fascinating window into the experience of combat, capturing the boredom, anxiety and camaraderie that comes from waiting for inevitable danger. In addition to its development at the Goodman, The Solid Sand Below had a reading at the Atlantic Theater Company in New York, and was recently included in the prestigious National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Connecticut.
Martín Zimmerman's plays include White Tie Ball, part of the 2013/2014 Season at Teatro Vista where Zimmerman is a newly-named resident playwright; The Making of Modern Folk Hero and Seven Spots on the Sun, which premieres at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park this fall. His work has been produced or developed at The Kennedy Center, The Playwrights' Center, Victory Gardens Theater, ACT (Seattle), Chicago Dramatists, American Theater Company, PlayPenn, Icicle Creek Theatre Festival, the ALLIANCE THEATRE, Primary Stages, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, Theatre Row, Borderlands Theater, the Source Festival, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, The Gift Theatre, Red Tape Theatre, The University of Texas at Austin and Duke University. He is a recipient of the Sky Cooper New American Play Prize, the Jerome Fellowship, the Carl Djerassi Playwriting Fellowship, the National New Play Network's Smith Prize and a Core Apprenticeship at The Playwrights' Center.
The Goodman's 2013/2014 Season features 9 productions on its two stages-six in the 856-seat Albert Theatre and three in the 400-seat flexible Owen Theatre, plus the annual New Stages series that includes two additional workshop productions. Still to come in the 2013/2014 Season is Smokefall by Noah Haidle, directed by Anne Kauffman, a world-premiere co-production with South Coast Repertory (October 5 - November 3, 2013 in the Owen); the 36th annual production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, directed by Henry Wishcamper (November 16 - December 29, 2013 in the Albert); the annual New Stages series (December 7 - 22, 2013 in the Owen); the world premiere of Luna Gale by Rebecca Gilman, directed by Robert Falls (January 18 - February 23, 2014 in the Albert); Buzzer by Tracey Scott Wilson, directed by Jessica Thebus (February 8 - March 9, 2014 in the Owen); the Chicago premiere of Venus in Fur by David Ives, directed by Joanie Schultz (March 8 - April 13, 2014 in the Albert); the Chicago premiere of The White Snake written and directed by Mary Zimmerman, based on the classic Chinese fable (May 3 - June 8, 2014 in the Albert); the world-premiere Goodman commission of Ask Aunt Susan by playwright-in-residence Seth Bockley, directed by Henry Wishcamper (May 24 - June 22, 2014 in the Owen); and a major reprisal of Alan Jay Lerner's Brigadoon, directed and choreographed by Rachel Rockwell (June 27 - August 3, 2014 in the Albert).
Goodman Theatre is world renowned for the quality and scope of its artistic programming and its commitment to improving life in the community. Artistic Director Robert Falls' and Executive Director Roche Schulfer's leadership has earned unparalleled artistic distinction and experienced unprecedented success, staging more than 80 world premieres, earning numerous awards for its productions-including the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre (1992) and the Pulitzer Prize for Ruined (2009)-and producing more than 25 new-work commissions. Founded in 1925 and housed in a state-of-the-art two-theater complex in the downtown Chicago Theatre District, the Goodman is Chicago's oldest and largest not-for-profit producing theater. American Airlines is the Exclusive Airline of Goodman Theatre. Ruth Ann M. Gillis is Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Sherry John is President of the Women's Board and Lauren Blair is President of the Scenemakers Board, the Goodman's young professionals auxiliary group.
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