Pamplona opens at Goodman Theater
Pamplona, Jim McGrath’s newest work, featuring stage and screen star Stacy Keach as Ernest Hemingway, opens at the Goodman Theater Tuesday, May 30, 2017.
The world premiere production has been extended for one week, to close on Sunday, June 25. Artistic Director Robert Falls directs the world premiere production about one of the most acclaimed novelists and short story writers of the 20th century, set during the author’s haunted years following a signal career event: the awarding of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. Pamplona marks Keach’s third collaboration with Falls, and his second exploration of the literary legend: he earned a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy Award nomination for his portrayal of Hemingway in the eponymous 1988 television mini-series.
In Pamplona, after the prize comes the pressure. Basking in the glory of career-defining awards—the 1953 Pulitzer Prize and the coveted Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954—legendary writer Ernest Hemingway insists his best work is yet to come. Five years later, holed up in a Spanish hotel with a looming deadline, he struggles to knock out a story about the rivalrous matadors of Pamplona. But his real battles lie outside the bullfighting arena.
Pamplona appears May 19 – June 25 in the Goodman’s 350-seat flexible Owen Theatre. Tickets ($26-79, subject to change) are available online at GoodmanTheatre.org ; at 312.443.3800 (telephone), 312.443.3825 (fax) or 312.443.3829 (TTY/TDD); or visiting the Goodman Box Office (170 N. Dearborn) between 12noon – 5pm daily (on performance days, the box office remains open until 30 minutes past curtain).
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The Goodman is grateful for its Pamplona sponsors, including the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation (Major Support) and Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP (Contributing Sponsor) with additional support from the Director’s Society. Time Warner is the Lead Supporter of New Play Development for the 2016/2017.
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America’s “Best Regional Theatre” (Time magazine) and “Chicago’s flagship resident stage” (Chicago Tribune), Goodman Theatre is a not-for-profit organization distinguished by the quality and scope of its artistic programming and civic engagement. Founded in 1925, the Goodman is led by Robert Falls —“Chicago’s most essential director” (Chicago Tribune), who marks 30 years as Artistic Director this season—and Executive Director Roche Schulfer, who is celebrated for his vision and leadership over nearly four decades. Dedicated to new plays, reimagined classics and large-scale musical theater works, Goodman Theatre artists and productions have earned hundreds of awards for artistic excellence, including: two Pulitzer Prizes, 22 Tony Awards, nearly 160 Jeff Awards and more. Over the past three decades, audiences have experienced more than 150 world or American premieres, 30 major musical productions, as well as nationally and internationally celebrated productions of classic works (including Falls’ productions of Death of a Salesman, Long Day’s Journey into Night, King Lear and The Iceman Cometh, many in collaboration with actor Brian Dennehy). In addition, the Goodman is the first theater in the world to produce all 10 plays in August Wilson’s “American Century Cycle.” For nearly four decades, the annual holiday tradition of A Christmas Carol has created a new generation of theatergoers.
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