May 23 – Jun 21, 2015 at Goodman Theatre

stop. reset., Written and Directed by Regina Taylor

Acclaimed Goodman Theatre Artistic Associate Regina Taylor directs her mind-bending, provocative new play about advancing technology’s impact on modern society.

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.

Cast

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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Lisa Tejero (Deb)

Lisa Tejero returns to Goodman Theatre, where she previously appeared in The White Snake, A Christmas Carol, Ghostwritten, Mirror of […]

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Eric Lynch (Chris)

Eric Lynch returns to Goodman Theatre, where he previously appeared in Buzzer (Black Theater Alliance Award nomination). Other Chicago credits […]

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Tim Decker (Tim)

Tim Decker returns to Goodman Theatre, where he appeared in Charles Smith’s Black Star Line. His Chicago credits include a […]

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Jacqueline Williams (Jan)

Jacqueline Williams returns to Goodman Theatre, where she most recently appeared in Pullman Porter Blues. Her many other Goodman credits […]

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REGINA TAYLOR

PLAYWRIGHT/DIRECTOR

Regina Taylor celebrates her 20th year as an Artistic Associate with Goodman Theatre this season. With an impressive body of work that encompasses film, television, theater and writing, Ms. Taylor’s career continues to evolve with exciting and challenging projects. She is best known to television audiences for her role as Lilly Harper in the series I’ll Fly Away. She received many accolades for her performance in the show including winning a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and two Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

Ms. Taylor was most recently seen starring in the USA series Dig and CBS’ hit drama The Unit. She took home the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama for her work on The Unit. Ms. Taylor made her professional acting debut on CBS in the movie Crisis at Central High. Other television credits include the series The Education of Max Bickford and Feds, as well as the television movies Strange Justice (playing Anita Hill, earning her a Peabody Award and Gracie Award); Cora Unashamed; Children of the Dust; I’ll Fly Away: Then and Now and Howard Beach: Making a Case for Murder. Segueing effortlessly between the big and small screen, Ms. Taylor has starred in blockbuster films alongside some of Hollywood’s most talented leading men. Her film credits include The Negotiator, Courage Under Fire, A Family Thing, The Keeper, Clockers, Losing Isaiah and Lean on Me.

In addition to her film and television work, Ms. Taylor holds the honor as being the first black woman to play Juliet on Broadway in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Other theater credits include As You Like It, Macbeth, Machinal, The Illusion and Jar the Floor. In addition, she won the L.A. Drama-Logue Award for her performance in The Tempest. She is also an accomplished playwright and director. Her plays include Oo-Bla-Dee (for which she won the American Critics’ Association new play award); Drowning Crow (her adaptation of Chekhov’s The Seagull, which was produced on Broadway by Manhattan Theater Club in its inaugural season at the Biltmore Theater and starred Alfre Woodard); The Dreams of Sarah Breedlove; A Night in Tunisia; Escape from Paradise; Watermelon Rinds and Inside the Belly of the Beast. Ms. Taylor’s Crowns continues to be one of the most performed musicals in the country. It is the winner of four Helen Hayes Awards including Ms. Taylor’s win for Best Direction as well as Best Regional Musical. Ms. Taylor’s play Magnolia premiered at the Goodman in March 2009. Ms. Taylor’s trilogy The Trinity River Plays premiered as a co-production with the Dallas Theater Center and the Goodman, and was the recipient of the 2010 Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award. She also wrote and directed Post Black (a monologue played by Micki Grant, Carmen de Lavallade and Ruby Dee) for The River Crosses Rivers II Festival at New York’s Ensemble Studio Theatre. She is also a resident playwright at New York’s Signature Theatre Company. She received the Hope Abelson Artist-in-Residence Award from Northwestern in 2010. She served as creator and curator of The State(s) of America – The Regina Taylor Project, a festival involving multiple departments at Northwestern University where students were challenged to own their voices by creating plays, films, interactive graphic art, stories, spoken word and devised pieces that hold up mirrors to these times.

She has received honorary doctorates from Columbia College, DePaul University and Lake Forest College. As part of the Goodman’s 2011/2012 Season, Ms. Taylor directed the 10th anniversary production of her hit musical Crowns. Ms. Taylor wrote and directed stop. reset. at Signature Theatre Company in 2013. She was named one of six 2012 Chicagoans of the Year by Chicago magazine and was awarded the 2013 Oscar Micheaux Award from the Chicago Film Critics Association. Ms. Taylor is also the national spokesperson for the Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization (OCSA), launched in 2010 to educate both women and men about this deadly disease, which is the number one gynecologic cancer killer of women. She was raised in Dallas, Texas and lives in Chicago.