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Goodman Theatre | Official Site of the Tony Award® winning Goodman Theatre | Tickets, Performance Calendar and Information


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the ripple, the wave that carried me home

Watch the trailer for Christina Anderson’s “instant classic” (The Daily Californian), and get tickets for the Chicago premiere, now through February 12 only!



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Since our return to stage:

140,000 Chicagoans have come through our doors. 411 performances have played on our stages. 43 shows have sold out. And we’re just getting started.


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  • the ripple, the wave that carried me home

    The play the ripple, the wave that carried me home at Goodman Theatre has much to say about politics, heritage and family

    Darcel Rockett, Chicago Tribune

    The Goodman is featuring the ripple, the wave that carried me home, a work by Christina Anderson that won the 2022 Horton Foote Prize for a playwright, in a co-production with the Berkeley Repertory Theatre...


  • the ripple, the wave that carried me home

    New play the ripple, the wave that carried me home explores integration of public swimming pools in 1960s

    Fox 32 Chicago

    South Side native Christiana Clark stars in the ripple, the wave that carried me home, a play set in 1960 Kansas and follows activists working to integrate public swimming pools. The play will run at the Goodman Theatre through Feb. 12...


  • Ron OJ Parson

    Chicagoan of the Year for Theater: Director Ron OJ Parson had a standout 2022 but he’s always been essential

    Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

    No director did more for Chicago theater in 2022, and no artist’s talents were more needed by his town.


  • the ripple, the wave that carried me home cast

    Introducing the Cast & Creative Team of the ripple, the wave that carried me home

    Christina Anderson’s new play, directed by Jackson Gay includes a cast of four featuring Brianna Buckley (Gayle/Young Chipper Ambitious Black Woman), Christiana Clark (Janice), Ronald L. Conner (Edwin) and Aneisa J. Hicks (Helen).



Today's Goodman Theatre traces its roots back to the dream of multifaceted artist, Kenneth Sawyer Goodman, who worked to open Chicago's first major theater and training program from drama students at the Chicago Art Institute.

Goodman's parents took up his cause after his death and in the fall of 1925, the Kenneth Sawyer Goodman Memorial Theatre opened its doors. Our Full History >

Visitor Info

Getting to the Goodman is easy.

Our central location is in close proximity to I-55, I-90/94, I-290 and Lake Shore Drive, as well as all major CTA rail lines and many bus routes. Multiple parking lots are located near the theater, and Goodman patrons have options for discounted parking rates. More help getting here.

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Frequently Asked Questions: We get these all the time; yours is probably here.

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