Goodman Theatre to Host 2666 'College Night' Performance
Audience enthusiasm for 2666 continues, prompting the Goodman to add a fifth performance in the production's extension week. This "College Night" performance on Wednesday, March 16 affords Chicagoland students the opportunity to experience for only $10 Robert Falls' and Seth Bockley's stage adaptation of 2666-"the most challenging and rewarding theatrical event currently happening in our city" (Newcity), "monumental, labyrinthine, altogether hypnotic...(a production that will) surely will go down as one of those landmark moments in Chicago theater history" (Chicago Sun-Times). The ticket price also includes a pre-show pizza party and opportunity to meet Goodman Theatre artists. College Night takes place on March 16 beginning with a 5pm reception, followed by the 6:30pm performance of 2666. Tickets-$10 with a valid student ID-are now available for purchase; call 312.443.3800, visit GoodmanTheatre.org/CollegeNight or purchase in person at the Box Office, 170 N. Dearborn. Please note: 2666 runs five hours and 30 minutes and contains adult language, descriptions of extreme sexual violence and is recommended for mature audiences only. 2666 is made possible by a generous grant from The Roy Cockrum Foundation.
The Goodman has also issued "The Road to 2666"-a behind-the-scenes video series, featuring the production designers' first-hand account of the triumphs and challenges of creating the world premiere production. The series, which is part of the Goodman's "Discover What's NOW" audience insider program, begins with Set Designer Walt Spangler, whose set design was praised as "a kind of sculptural intensity that you very rarely see in the theater" (Chicago Tribune). Forthcoming videos include Costume Designer Ana Kuzmanic, who created approximately 120 costumes for the show; Lighting Designer Aaron Spivey; Sound Designers Richard Woodbury and Mikhail Fiksel; and Projections Designer Shawn Sagady, who created the film elements incorporated in the production.
An epic global portrait of the modern world and the artist's role within it, 2666 by the late Chilean author/poet Roberto Bolaño appears in a world premiere stage adaptation at Goodman Theatre, by its Tony Award-winning Artistic Director Robert Falls and Playwright-in-Residence Seth Bockley. 2666, for which Bolaño was posthumously awarded the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award, is "as bravura a display of novelistic mastery, and as devastating a reading experience, as you are likely ever to encounter" (Time). Falls, a recent Theater Hall of Fame inductee, and Bockley, a Chicago-based director and playwright whose work is rooted in collaborative creation and inventive visual style (Basetrack Live, Jon) co-adapt and co-direct the internationally-celebrated novel.
From Spain to England, Mexico and Germany-and back in time, from the 1990s to World War II-the stage adaptation of 2666 spans nearly 80 years and unfolds across the globe in five linked parts, each distinct in style and tone. The cast members, who portray nearly 80 roles, include Charín Alvarez, Janet Ulrich Brooks, Yadira Correa, Sandra Delgado, Alejandra Escalante, Sean Fortunato, Henry Godinez, Lawrence Grimm, Eric Lynch, Mark L. Montgomery, Adam Poss, Demetrios Troy, Juan Francisco Villa, Jonathan Weir and Nicole Wiesner. 2666 runs in the Goodman's Owen Theatre, through March 20; one performance appears per day at 6:30pm (Tuesdays - Saturdays) and 1pm on Sundays.