Robert Falls


This season marks Robert Falls’ 20th anniversary as artistic director of Goodman Theatre. From 1977 to 1985, he served as artistic director of Chicago’s Wisdom Bridge Theatre. Mr. Falls has directed some 30 major productions for the Goodman, including eight world premieres and eight plays that he subsequently remounted on Broadway and/or abroad. Two of his most highly acclaimed Broadway productions, Arthur Miller’s Death of A Salesman and Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night (first staged at the Goodman in 1998 and 2002, respectively, and both starring his longtime collaborator Brian Dennehy) were honored with seven Tony Awards and three Drama Desk Awards. Most recently, Mr. Falls directed Oliver Platt, Brian O’Byrne and Martha Plimpton in the American premiere of Conor McPherson’s Shining City, which opened on Broadway last spring and received two Tony Award nominations. Also during the 2005/2006 season, he directed David Mamet’s A Life in the Theatre for the Goodman, as well as the London revival of Death of a Salesman. His production of Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida for Walt Disney Theatricals, which ran on Broadway for four years, is currently playing in Germany, Japan and South Korea. For the Goodman’s 2004/2005 season, Mr. Falls directed the world premiere of Arthur Miller’s final play, Finishing the Picture; the world premiere of Rebecca Gilman’s Dollhouse; and Eugene O’Neill’s Hughie. (As of January 2007)

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