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Regina Taylor Celebrates 20th Anniversary at Goodman Theatre

Regina Taylor to Celebrate 20th Anniversary at Goodman Theatre with STOP. RESET.

Read a great article in Broadway World (BWW News Desk) about the phenomenal actor, Regina Taylor and her 20 year relationship with the Goodman Theatre. You may remember her for the play ‘Crowns’ but her career encompasses so much more!! Click the link below to read the entire article.

Regina Taylor to Celebrate 20th Anniversary at Goodman Theatre with STOP. RESET.

April 6 1:52 PM2015
“Uniquely gifted, fearless and boundlessly curious, there is no other artist with the vision, scope and perspective ofRegina Taylor,” said Artistic Director Robert Falls, who invited Taylor to join the Collective in 1995 following the premiere of her original work The Ties that Bind. “Regina has made invaluable contributions as a member of our Artistic Collective with eloquent, provocative works that explore tradition and probe the depths of the human experience. I am grateful Regina has chosen to spend her life in the theater with the Goodman, and I am excited to continue our collaboration with stop. reset.”In stop. reset., e-books and digital technologies are transforming the literary world, and Chicago businessman Alex Ames (Eugene Lee) must try to save his long-standing African American book publishing company from extinction. While his employees Jan (Jacqueline Williams), Chris (Eric Lynch), Deb (Lisa Tejero) and Tim (Tim Decker) fret over losing their jobs, Ames finds unlikely inspiration from a mysterious teenager, J. (Edgar Sanchez), who seems to be plugged into the future. The aging Ames is forced to discover how far he’s willing to go to survive.Taylor is innovative and provocative in how she emphasizes the ways in which theater unites communities through a curated series of collaborations and live events-dinner conversations, symposia and artist presentations-around the themes of the play. The content generated will appear on a special microsite giving audiences the opportunity to engage with the play prior to attending, while they are at the theater, and post-show.

Regina Taylor‘s Work at Goodman Theatre and Beyond

1993/1994 – The Ties that Bind: Watermelon Rinds/Inside the Belly of the Beast (Playwright; Goodman Studio)
1995/1996 – Escape from Paradise (Playwright/Performer; Goodman Studio)
1996/1997 – Transformations (Curator/Co-director; Goodman Studio)
1998/1999 – Oo-Bla-Dee (Playwright) (American Critics Association Award)
1999/2000 – Millennium Mambo (Curator/Co-writer/Performer; Goodman Studio)
2001/2002 – Drowning Crow (Playwright; Albert Theatre and on Broadway)
2003/2004 – Crowns (Playwright/Director; Albert Theatre) (Helen Hayes Award)
2005/2006 – The Dreams of Sarah Breedlove (Playwright/Director; Albert Theatre)
2008/2009 – Magnolia (Playwright; Albert Theatre)
2010/2011 – The Trinity River Plays (Playwright; Albert Theatre) (Edgerton Foundation Award)
2011/2012 -Crowns (Playwright/Director; Albert Theatre)
2014/2015 – stop. Reset. (Playwright/Director; Owen Theatre)

stop. reset. made its world premiere in 2013 at Signature Theatre Company in New York, where Taylor is a Residency Five playwright. Her film credits include The Negotiator, Courage Under Fire, A Family Thing, The Keeper, Clockers, Losing Isaiah and Lean on Me. She appeared in the CBS hit drama The Unit, for which she won a NAACP Image Award. Taylor has also received a Hope Abelson Artist-in-Residence Award, 2012 Chicagoan of the Year from Chicago magazine and an Oscar Micheaux Award.

Review: TWO TRAINS RUNNING (Goodman Theatre)

AUGUST WILSON AT YALE PREP

Two Trains Running!! Wow! I wish I could have attended this production!! I love all things August Wilson. His themes, settings, stories and those characters who become  friends and neighbors for that short time on the stage! Most are set in Pittsburgh, though it could be any urban setting-Cleveland, Houston, LA, New York, Memphis or Chicago…the soul of his works and the voices ring true.

August Wilson did what no other playwright had done. He wrote ten plays in ten year cycles that took place in the same setting (Pittsburgh) and used the same people/neighborhood residents.

In historical order:

1904 – Gem of the Ocean

1911 – Joe Turner’s Come and Gone

1927 – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

1936 – The Piano Lesson

1948 – Seven Guitars

1957 – Fences

1969 – Two Trains Running

1977 – Jitney

1985 – King Hedley II

1997 – Radio Golf

Amazing!

I think you’ll enjoy NewCity Stage’s review of the Goodman Theatre’s current production of Wilson’s ‘Two Trains Running':

http://newcitystage.com/2015/03/20/review-two-trains-runninggoodman-theatre/