Goodman Theatre’s streaming-in-real-time Live series continues with Ohio State Murders, directed by Tiffany Nichole Greene (Hamilton National Tour)—the second of three productions. Obie Award-winning playwright Adrienne Kennedy "leads us delicately but intrepidly into an American heart of darkness" (CurtainUp); full cast list is below.
Ohio State Murders appears June 17 at 7:30pm; June 18 at 7:30pm; June 19 at 2pm and 7:30pm; and June 20 at 2pm. Tickets are $25 per production or $40 for a two-play membership, now available at GoodmanTheatre.org/Live.
Live is made possible through the generous support of Northern Trust, Live Major Corporate Sponsor; Katten Muchin Rosenman, Live Corporate Sponsor Partner; Winston & Strawn, Ohio State Murders Digital Production Sponsor; and Russell Reynolds Associates, The Sound Inside Digital Production Sponsor. The Goodman is grateful to its artist union partners, including Actors’ Equity Association (AEA); Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC); and United Scenic Artists (USA).
In Ohio State Murders, Suzanne arrives at Ohio State University in 1949 as one of a handful of Black freshmen and soon discovers that the “safe haven” of academia offers little sanctuary. Decades later, the accomplished writer returns to her alma mater to speak about her work—and unravels the heartbreaking truth and chilling mystery of her life lived in the shadows.
Ohio State Murders
By Adrienne Kennedy
Directed by Tiffany Nichole Greene
- Aunt Louise/Mrs. Tyler/Miss Dawson…Dee Dee Batteast
- David/Val…...........................................Ernest Bentley
- Iris Ann…..............................................Destini Huston
- Robert Hampshire….............................Shane Kenyon
- Present Suzanne…..............................Jacqueline Williams
- Young Suzanne…................................Eunice Woods
The Design Team includes Arnel Sancianco (Set), Mieka van der Ploeg (Costumes), Jason Lynch (Lighting) and Melanie Chen Cole (Sound). Casting is by Lauren Port. Briana J. Fahey is the Production Stage Manager, Christiana Tye is the Video Director and Gabe Hatfield is the Director of Photography.
Technology, videography and stage production come together for the three-play Live series, Goodman Theatre’s next step towards resuming in-person performances. Accessible via multiple video cameras, each performance of three new productions—including two Chicago premieres and a major revival—are streamed live online for real-time consumption by audiences at home. Ohio State Murders is the second of three productions, following The Sound Inside by Adam Rapp, directed by Robert Falls (May 13-16). Still to come is Chicago-based playwright/director duo Ike Holter and Lili-Anne Brown’s production of for Holter’s newest work, I Hate It Here (July 15-18). Christiana Tye of Christiana Tye Productions and Gabe Hatfield of Hatfield Post/Production are the Goodman’s video partner for Live, collaborating with each director to realize the vision of the play for the camera medium.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT AND DIRECTOR
Adrienne Kennedy (Playwright) is an award-winning playwright, lecturer and author. Her plays include Funnyhouse of a Negro (Obie Award), June and Jean in Concert (Obie Award), A Movie Star Has to Star in Black and White, A Rat's Mass, The Owl Answers, Motherhood 2000, Electra and Orestes, She Talks to Beethoven, An Evening with Dead Essex, A Lesson in a Dead Language and The Lennon Play. She is the recipient of an Obie Award for Sleep Deprivation Chamber, which she co-authored with her son Adam. Other awards include a Guggenheim award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Lila Wallace Reader's Digest Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature and the 1990 American Book Award. Her published works include In One Act, Alexander Plays, Deadly Triplets, He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box and Other Plays and the memoir People Who Led to My Plays. She was also commissioned to write plays for Jerome Robbins, the Public Theater, Mark Taper Forum, Juilliard School and the Royal Court in England. She has been a visiting lecturer at Yale University, New York University, Harvard University and University of California at Berkeley, where she was Chancellor's Distinguished Lecturer in 1980 and 1986. In 2018, Kennedy was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame for Lifetime Achievement in the American Theater.
Tiffany Nichole Greene (Director) makes her Goodman Theatre debut. She is a freelance director and Resident Director of Hamilton. Greene has directed for companies such as Octopus Theatricals, Portland Center Stage, Guthrie Theater, Alley Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Trinity Repertory Company, Barrington Stage and Triad Stage. She holds an MFA from Brown University/Trinity Rep. She is an alum of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and the Soho Rep Directors Lab, and her work has been a New York Times Critics Pick. She is a two-time Drama League Director finalist and a proud member of SDC.
ABOUT THE GOODMAN
Chicago’s theater since 1925, Goodman Theatre is a not-for-profit arts and community organization in the heart of the Loop, distinguished by the excellence and scope of its artistic programming and community engagement.
Led by Artistic Director Robert Falls and Executive Director Roche Schulfer, the theater’s artistic priorities include new play development (more than 150 world or American premieres), large scale musical theater works and reimagined classics. Artists and productions have earned two Pulitzer Prizes, 22 Tony Awards and more than 160 Jeff Awards, among other accolades. The Goodman is the first theater in the world to produce all 10 plays in August Wilson’s “American Century Cycle.” It’s longtime annual holiday tradition A Christmas Carol, now in its fourth decade, has created a new generation of theatergoers in Chicago. The Goodman also frequently serves as a production and program partner with national and international companies and Chicago’s Off-Loop theaters.
Using the tools of the theatrical profession, the Goodman’s Education and Engagement programs aim to develop generations of citizens who understand the cultures and stories of diverse voices. The Goodman’s Alice Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement is the home to these programs, which are offered free of charge for Chicago youth—85% of whom come from underserved communities—schools and life-long learners.
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