Evan Linder is one of the four members of Goodman Theatre's 2016-2017 Playwrights Unit presenting new work in free staged readings from July 16-18.
Evan Linder is one of the four members of the Goodman Theatre's 2016-17 Playwrights Unit presenting new work in free staged readings from July 16-18.
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The Goodman Theatre announced a series of free staged readings of new plays written by the four members of the 2016-17 Playwrights Unit from July 16-18. All four playwrights are local talents who have worked with the Goodman Theatre's artistic team over the past year to develop and discuss their plays-in-progress.

On Sunday, July 16, at 2pm, Dawn Renee Jones unveils The Beauties, in which "a goddess with an anxiety disorder enlists the aid of her son to procure beauties for placement in the universe where needed. But when a rare and unusually beautiful maiden accepts the hand of a grotesque monster, mother and son are challenged to reassess their relationship to the superficially attractive." The production is directed by J. Nicole Brooks.

Later that day, at 7:30pm, Evan Linder presents Jo and Liv, in which "Liv has accepted her estranged sister Jo's invitation to spend Christmas together with their families in New York in 1961. With years of hurt between them, they hope this can be their chance to finally exhume all the skeletons in their closets...or at least the contentious Academy Award stuffed in the cupboard." The production is directed by Krissy Vanderwarker.

On Monday, July 17, at 7:30pm, Emma Stanton presents June in the Parade, which is described as follows: "In June's grandmother's house, everyone is sick. Her grandmother has dementia, her aunt is hallucinating, and June is beginning to see things that aren't there. Three generations of women call into question what we inherit, what we are capable of, and who we become as a result of our family." The production is directed by Vanessa Stalling.

And on Tuesday, July 18, at 7:30pm, Lucas Basich unveils Refrigerator, which is described as follows: "Eighty-two percent of Earth's population has disposed of their physical bodies and digitally uploaded their consciousness to IceBox & Co. In the midst of a going-away party for a colleague, the company's few remaining employees battle their moral and socioeconomic inabilities to abandon reality." The production is directed by Kurt Chiang.

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