Brian Dennehy, Robert Falls and the Goodman Theater are already planning their next stint on Broadway. A Dennehy double bill of one-acts, slated for the 2009-10 season at the Chicago regional, has been pegged by the theater as a pre-Rialto engagement.
Dennehy — soon to begin previews in the Broadway transfer of the Goodman production of “Desire Under the Elms,” directed by Goodman a.d. Falls — will star in Eugene O’Neill’s “Hughie” (also helmed by Falls) and Samuel Beckett’s “Krapp’s Last Tape” (directed by Jennifer Tarver) at the Chi theater in January, ahead of a potential Broadway run. The production was critically acclaimed last summer at the Stratford Shakespeare Fest.
The Dennehy two-fer is part of a 2009-10 season at the Goodman that also includes a Marx Bros. musical, a new play by Rebecca Gilman and a directing turn from Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Henry Wishcamper helms a contempo adaptation of the Marx Bros. tuner “Animal Crackers,” which will start the mainstage season in September. The musical originally bowed on Broadway in 1928 before it was made into the 1930 film.
Gilman (“Boy Gets Girl”) received a Goodman commission for her newest work, “A True History of the Johnstown Flood.” The play sets a theater troupe in the midst of 1889 Pennsylvania, where the failure of a dam led to disaster. Show will begin performances in March 2010.
Seventeenth century Mexican poet Juana Ines de la Cruz serves as the inspiration for “The Sins of Sor Juana,” a play by Karen Zacharias that will launch the Goodman’s fifth biennial Latino Theater Festival in June 2010.
The Goodman’s second stage season of world preems kicks off with “Joan d’Arc,” from Bosnian artist Aida Karic and Tanya Palmer. The show, launching in September, is a co-production with the Linz 2009 European Capital of Culture program; it puts a contempo spin on Schiller’s “The Maiden of Orleans.”
Alan Gross’ “High Holidays,” directed by Steve Robman, will follow in October. Play tracks the bar mitzvah preparations of a boy growing up in the Chicago suburbs in the ‘60s.
In February, Hoffman makes his Goodman directing debut with Brett C. Leonard’s “The Long Red Road,” about a man on a Native American reservation attempting to forget his role in a tragic family accident.