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Back of the Yards

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Newberry Library

60 West Walton Street

Chicago, IL 60610

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A Play in One Act by Kenneth Sawyer Goodman

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A gritty realist drama about Irish Americans in one of Chicago’s toughest early 20th-century neighborhoods, in which a cop and a priest collaborate to save a young man at risk.

Performed by actors from the Shakespeare Project of Chicago, and directed by Peter Garino.

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  • Welcome and introductions
  • A brief introduction to Kenneth Sawyer Goodman and his plays: Florice Whyte Kovan
  • Theatrical reading of Back of the Yards: Shakespeare Project of Chicago
  • Talkback discussion with the audience about the play and Goodman’s contributions to Chicago literature: dramaturg June Skinner Sawyers and the director and cast

Cosponsored with the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, the Phantom Collective, Snickersee Press, and the Newberry’s program in Chicago Studies.

People with disabilities and other accessibility concerns can request to be seated first. To reserve an access-friendly space in the room, email publicprograms@newberry.org at least 48 hours before the event. Seats arranged in this way will be held until 10 minutes before the event starts.

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