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Sailors, cross dressers, and Milton Friedman 

Goodman Theatre’s New Stages Amplified amps up its play-development series with three new plays

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click to enlarge Dartmoor Prison - MICHAEL BROSILOW

Nearly 50 scripts have passed through Goodman Theatre's New Stages development process in its nine seasons, of which 11 have so far gone on to receive world premieres. New Stages was initially conceived as a series of concert readings, but this year's edition, New Stages Amplified, will present full, though spare, productions of three plays—because, says Goodman's director of new play development, Tanya Palmer, "There's so much more to a play than what's on the page."

The lucky trio includes Dartmoor Prison, Carlyle Brown's tale of an imprisoned African-American sailor called King Dick, who struggles with his sense of patriotism during the War of 1812. It's directed by Victory Gardens Theater's new artistic director, Chay Yew (10/13-10/23). Next, 16th Street Theater artistic director Ann Filmer directs Kathleen Tolan's Chicago Boys, a look at what happened when free-market acolytes of University of Chicago economist Milton Friedman got to try their theories out on Chile in the 1970s (10/27-11/6). Finally, there's Ask Aunt Susan, a comedy by 2009 Jeff Award winner Seth Bockley, in which a young man masquerades as a middle-aged, female self-help columnist. Joanie Schultz directs (11/10-11/20).

New Stages Amplified also features free staged readings of Noah Haidle's Smokefall (10/24), Laura Jacqmin's Two Lakes, Two Rivers (11/7) and Christopher Shinn's Teddy Ferrara (11/14). 10/13-11/20: free readings Mon, 7 PM. Dartmoor Prison, Chicago Boys, and Ask Aunt Susan play in repertory Tue-Sun; contact the theater for details. Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, 312-443-3800,, full productions $10-$20, staged readings free but ticketed.

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