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top. reset. is a play about how communities and individuals deal with change in a time of social, economical, and technological upheaval. Set in Chicago, it follows Alexander Ames, a legendary African American book publisher who is struggling to rescue his business from extinction. As part of this meditation on change, loss and transformation, playwright and director Regina Taylor has expanded the storytelling outside of the confines of the walls of the Goodman Theatre. This site—which is a gathering place for stories, interviews, artwork and opinions inspired by the play—is an invitation to you to engage in the conversation before, during and after your visit to the theater.

THE PLAY

stop. reset., written and directed by Regina Taylor, presented by Goodman Theatre

The rise of e-books and digital technologies may soon force Chicago businessman Alex Ames to shut down his long-standing African American book publishing company. While his employees fret over losing their jobs, Alex finds unlikely inspiration from a mysterious teenager, whose inventive, forward-thinking ideas may provide the solution to preserving Alex’s legacy. READ MORE

Eugene Lee (Ames)

Eugene Lee (Alexander Ames) returns to the Goodman, where he previously appeared in A Soldier’s Play. He has appeared in […]

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Edgar Sanchez (J)

Edgar Sanchez makes his Goodman Theatre debut. Chicago credits include Water By The Spoonful and Native Son (Court Theatre); The […]

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Character Films

Maya Side B

Maya Ames, wife of Alexander Ames VI and mother of Alexander Ames VII

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Maya Side A

Maya Ames, wife of Alexander Ames VI and mother of Alexander Ames VII

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BLOGS

Ever wondered how a play goes from page to stage? Follow along with playwright/director Regina Taylor’s process as the show comes to life during the rehearsal and performance process.

STUDENT INTERPRETATIONS

Regina Taylor has planned collaborations around her play’s themes with student artists, professional artists, and institutions throughout the city, bringing generations and communities together through art and technology. These projects are inspired by the play and not actual content from the show.

J – Todd Muench

Introduction to the video by Todd Munch

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Healing IRL – Jess Smith

As I was reading stop. reset., I latched onto the idea of technology’s overt influence on our everyday lives. I […]

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Ames – Messiah Equiano

“Ames’ Recollections” illustrates the harsh reality of a man who didn’t evolve with the evolving times. Ames’ business as a […]

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Artists & Innovators

Regina Taylor has planned collaborations around her play’s themes with student artists, professional artists and institutions throughout the city, bringing generations and communities together through art and technology. These projects are inspired by the play and not actual content from the show.

Black Then

M. A. Cherry African American Inventor of the tricycle Looking Black On Today In 1888, Mathew A. Cherry Received Patent […]

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A Top Black Woman in STEM Spills Secret To Innovation (Video)

Head researcher in science, technology, engineering and math A Top Black Woman in STEM Spills Secret To Innovation [VIDEO]

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Modern Business Machines by Davis Schneiderman and Don Meyer

  Audio Track 1 Audio Track 2 Audio Track 3 Audio Track 4   MODERN BUSINESS MACHINES is a collage video […]

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COMMUNITY

Throughout the rehearsal and performance process, Regina Taylor invites thought leaders from a cross section of fields, and community members, to discuss their response to the play and its themes. Listen in on these lively conversations.

Legacy -- stop.reset. Symposium Series Part 2 of 2

Arts Incubator April 28, 2015 In stop.reset, Alex Ames, an African-American publisher of books, is looking for someone to whom […]

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Legacy -- stop.reset. Symposium Series Part 1 of 2

Arts Incubator April 28, 2015 In stop.reset, Alex Ames, an African-American publisher of books, is looking for someone to whom […]

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Printers' Row Lit Fest: National Book Critics Circle: Books and Publishing

June 6, 2015 Moderated by Chicago Tribune Literary Editor Elizabeth Taylor Featuring Regina Taylor, Donna Seaman, Walton Muyumba, and Karen […]

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What I Call Myself and What the World Calls Me -- Me Kel

Me Kel, formerly known as Mammoth Crow, is an 18-year-old artist with Donda’s House trying every day to make being a black […]

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