Mary Beth Fisher, Jordan Baker-Kilner and More Star in Goodman Theatre's LUNA GALE, Beg. Tonight
The question of who determines a child's fate amidst drug addiction, religion and child custody laws takes center stage in Rebecca Gilman's newest work, Luna Gale, directed by Goodman Theatre Artistic Director Robert Falls.
The award-winning playwright-whose work "reaches the heart and head with equal force" (Time)-returns to the Goodman with a world-premiere production that features JorDan Baker-Kilner (Cindy), Reyna de Courcy (Karlie), Melissa R. Duprey (Lourdes), Mary Beth Fisher (Caroline), Erik Hellman (Cliff), Colin Sphar (Peter) and Richard Thieriot (Pastor Jay).
The design team includes Todd Rosenthal (sets), Robert Wierzel (lights), Richard Woodbury (sound) and Kaye Voyce (costumes). Joe Drummond is the production stage manager and Briana Fahey is the stage manager.
Luna Gale runs tonight, January 18 - February 23 in the Albert Theatre (opening night is Monday, January 27). Tickets ($25 - $81; subject to change) go on sale to the general public Friday, December 6 and are available at GoodmanTheatre.org/Luna, by phone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 North Dearborn). The Goodman Women's Board is a Major Production Sponsor. Mayer Brown is a Corporate Sponsor Partner. Luna Gale is the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award. Ogletree Deakins and U.S. Bank are the Opening Night Sponsors.
"Rebecca is a writer who challenges audiences to consider all angles of today's hot-button issues, and she holds nothing back in this gut-wrenching new play," said director Robert Falls, who has previously directed Gilman's Blue Surge, Dollhouse and A True History of the Johnstown Flood. "We've assembled a terrific cast for the world-premiere production, led by the talented Mary Beth Fisher and featuring many artists who are working at the Goodman for the first time."
Veteran social worker Caroline (Mary Beth Fisher), thinks she has a typical case on her hands when her boss Cliff (Erik Hellman) assigns her to Peter and Karlie (Colin Sphar and Reyna de Courcy), two drug-addicted teenagers accused of neglecting their infant daughter. But when she places their baby in the care of Karlie's mother (JorDan Baker-Kilner), who is strongly influenced by her pastor (Richard Thieriot), Caroline sparks a family conflict that exposes a secretive past and-after the outcome of a previous case (Melissa R. Duprey)-forces her to make a risky decision with potentially disastrous consequences.
Luna Gale marks the seventh collaboration (four of which were Goodman commissions) between Goodman Theatre and Artistic Associate Rebecca Gilman-"one of Chicago's hottest playwrights" (Chicago Tribune). Falls first encountered Gilman when he read her 1998 play The Glory of Living (a 2002 Pulitzer Prize finalist that was first produced at Circle Theatre). Soon after, Falls commissioned Gilman to write a new play for the Goodman; she responded with Spinning Into Butter (premiered in the Goodman Studio in 1999, directed by Les Waters, subsequently produced at Lincoln Center Theater in 2000, and most recently made into a feature film starring Sarah Jessica Parker). The show's run was extended three times and led to Gilman's next Goodman commission, Boy Gets Girl (premiered at the Goodman in 2000, directed by the late Michael Maggio), which transferred to New York's Manhattan Theatre Club and was named by Time magazine as one of the "Best Theatre Productions of the Decade." Falls later directed both Blue Surge (2001) and Dollhouse (2005)-a modern interpretation of Ibsen's A Doll's House. The Crowd You're In With, directed by Wendy C. Goldberg, made its Chicago debut in 2009 at the Goodman, followed by A True History of the Johnstown Flood, a Goodman commission that had its world premiere at the Goodman in 2010 under Falls' direction.