Swing State | Audible Theater Swing State | Audible Theater

Zachary Stewart, THEATERMANIA

Evenings on the prairie are relatively quiet for Peg, a recently widowed woman in rural Wisconsin who still cooks for two. Which doesn’t go to waste whenever Ryan, a dear friend with a troubled past, pays her a visit. However, after noticing her husband’s toolbox is missing, she places a call to the local authorities—unwittingly setting off a series of events that will forever reverberate through the small community. Direct from a hit run at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre comes this complex, humanistic yarn written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Rebecca Gilman and directed by Tony Award® winner Robert Falls. Get tickets now to what the Chicago Sun-Times calls “an engrossing work filled with sympathy for its characters and for the country.”

Cast & Creative Team

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Written by

Rebecca Gilman

REBECCA GILMAN  (Playwright) is an artistic associate at Goodman Theatre. Her plays include Luna Gale; A True History of the Johnstown Flood; Dollhouse; Boy Gets Girl; Spinning Into Butter; Blue Surge (all of which were originally produced by the Goodman); Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976 and The Crowd You’re in With (also at the Goodman); The Glory of Living; The Sweetest Swing in Baseball and The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. Gilman is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, The Harold and Mimi Steinberg American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award, The Harper Lee Award, The Scott McPherson Award, The Prince Prize for Commissioning New Work, The Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, The Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright, The George Devine Award, The Theatre Masters Visionary Award, The Great Plains Playwright Award, a Global Connections Grant by Theatre Communications Group, an American Scandinavian Foundation Creative Writing Grant and an Illinois Arts Council playwriting fellowship. Boy Gets Girl received an Olivier nomination for Best New Play. Gilman was named a finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for The Glory of Living. She is a member of the Council of the Dramatists Guild of America and a board member of the ACLU of Illinois. A graduate of the MFA in playwriting program from the University of Iowa, Gilman is now a professor of playwriting and screenwriting at Northwestern University as part of its MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage program. In 2016, she was inducted into the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame.

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Mary Beth Fisher


Mary Beth Fisher, a frequent collaborator at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, most recently appeared in the world premiere of Swing State. NYC: Roundabout, MTC, Playwrights Horizons, Westside Arts. TV/film: Saint Frances, “Sense8,” “Chicago Justice,” “Chicago Code,” “Without a Trace,” “Numb3rs,” “Prison Break,” “NYPD Blue,” “Profiler.” Drama League honoree, Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel nominations. Grossman & Jack Talent

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Kirsten Fitzgerald

Sheriff Kris

Kirsten Fitzgerald is an ensemble member at A Red Orchid Theatre in Chicago where she was honored with Jeff Awards for The Sea Horse (lead actor) and The Moors (director). Additional theatre credits include performances at Goodman, Steppenwolf, Rivendell, Victory Gardens and more. TV: “Shining Girls,” “Somebody Somewhere,” “The Exorcist,” “Sirens,” “Chicago Med/Fire,” “Underemployed,” “ER.” Film: WidowsWorking Man. Representation: Grossman & Jack Talent.

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Anne E. Thompson


Anne E. Thompson makes her Off-Broadway debut in Swing State, a role she originated at Goodman Theatre. Additional Goodman credits: Rebecca Gilman’s Twilight BowlUncle VanyaA Christmas Carol. Regional credits: American Players Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Chicago credits: Writers Theatre. Film and television credits: “Chicago Med” (NBC), “The Bear” (FX) and Beth Hyland’s Clambake.

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Bubba Weiler


Bubba Weiler originated the role of Ryan in Swing State at the Goodman Theatre. NY stage appearances include the first American principal cast playing Scorpius Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway, Dead Poets Society (CSC) and The Burnt Part Boys (Vineyard). Films include PuzzleThe Ranger and Antarctica. Selected TV: “Kaleidoscope,” “Dopesick,” “Run the World” and “Pose.”

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Jessica Ervin

u/s Dani

Jessica Ervin makes her Off-Broadway debut. Goodman: Swing State. Rivendell: Dry Land (Jeff nomination), MotherhouseTear You Apart and Firebirds. A Red Orchid: Killing Game. Select film/TV: “Chicago Fire” (NBC), Princess CydProvo and Teacher. School at Steppenwolf and Ball State graduate. Representation: Actor’s Talent Group. SAG-AFTRA. www.jessicaervin.com

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Laura T. Fisher

u/s Peg

Jessica Ervin makes her Off-Broadway debut. Goodman: Swing State. Rivendell: Dry Land (Jeff nomination), MotherhouseTear You Apart and Firebirds. A Red Orchid: Killing Game. Select film/TV: “Chicago Fire” (NBC), Princess CydProvo and Teacher. School at Steppenwolf and Ball State graduate. Representation: Actor’s Talent Group. SAG-AFTRA. www.jessicaervin.com

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Jack Lancaster

u/s Ryan

Jack Lancaster makes his Off-Broadway debut. Chicago credits include the world premiere of Lift Every Voice (Collaboraction Co.) and multiple productions at the Theatre School at DePaul University, where he received his BFA in acting. Regional credits include Titus Andronicus and Richard III (Independent Shakespeare Co.). Television credits include “The Bear” (FX); “Shining Girls” (AppleTV+); “Power Book IV: Force” (Starz); and “Chicago Med” (NBC). Film credits include Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (Roku) and Bella & Bernie. He is represented by DDO Artists Agency.

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Erika Rolfsrud

U/S Sheriff Kris

Broadway: The Coast of UtopiaRabbit Hole, more. Off-Broadway: Electra In A One-Piece, The Glory of Living, more. Regional: Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (Kevin Kline Award, Best Actress, Little Dog Laughed), Hartford Theaterworks (CT Critics Circle Award, Best Actress, Good People), Old Globe Theatre, more. TV: “Manifest,” “Younger,” “Blue Bloods,” “Law & Order SVU,” more. Film: Unsane.

Scenic Design

Todd Rosenthal

Select Broadway: August: Osage County (Tony), The Motherfucker with the Hat (Tony, Outer Critics Circle Nom), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?Of Mice and MenThis is Our YouthStraight White MenLinda Vista. International: August: Osage County (London, Australia); Beauty QueenMadama Butterfly (Ireland); Nice Fish, Downstate (London). Regional: Steppenwolf, Goodman, Guthrie, Mark Taper, ART, Oregon Shakespeare and others. Awards: Distinguished Achievement (USITT), Olivier, Helen Hayes, Ovation, Joseph Jefferson, Michael Merritt. Professor, Northwestern. Graduate, Yale Drama.

Costume Design

Evelyn Danner

EVELYN M. DANNER (Costume Designer) has been working creatively in the Chicagoland area for more than twenty years. Costume credits include Goodman Theatre’s Swing State (Premiere), Gem of the Ocean and This Happened Once at the Romance Depot Off the I-87 In Westchester. Peninsula Players of Door County, Wisconsin: Trying and The Rainmaker. Black Ensemble Theater’s The Real Housewives of Motown, MPAACT’s Red Summer, and Marriott Theatre’s You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.

Lighting Design

Eric Southern

ERIC SOUTHERN (Lighting Designer) is an Obie Award-winning designer working in theater, opera, music, and dance. His designs have been seen in London, Paris, Avignon, Seoul, Athens, Australia, Hannover, Zurich, Lincoln Center, The Goodman, BAM, MTC, The New Group, Opera Theater of St Louis, Rattlestick Theater, La MaMa, The Kennedy Center, Atlantic Theater Company, CTG, Carnegie Hall, and The Guthrie, among others. He received both his BFA and MFA at NYU and teaches at Northwestern University.

Original Music & Sound Design

Richard Woodbury

Broadway credits include Linda VistaDesire Under the ElmsAugust: Osage CountyTalk Radio, and others. Additional credits include original music and sound design for numerous productions at Chicago’s Goodman and Steppenwolf Theatres, as well as for The Geffen Playhouse, The Guthrie Theatre, the Stratford Festival, and London’s Lyric and National Theatres. Richard has received Joseph Jefferson, Helen Hayes, Ovation, and IRNE Awards for Outstanding Sound Design. 

Production Stage Manager

Patrick Fries

Credits include work with Goodman Theatre, Berkeley Rep, The Hypocrites, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Next Theatre, Northwestern University, National High School Institute, Porchlight Music Theatre, Teatro Vista and The Second City. Pat is the production manager for Powerhouse Theatre at Vassar College and an ensemble member with Rivendell Theatre Ensemble in Chicago.


Lauren Port, CSA

Currently: casting director at Goodman Theatre. Broadway highlights: Meteor ShowerA Doll’s House, Part 2DisgracedFish in the DarkDeath of a SalesmanSeminarStick Fly; and Fences. TV: “New Amsterdam” and “American Odyssey” (NBC). Five-time Artios Award winner and a Media Access Awards recipient.


Rachael Jimenez, CSA

Originally from the Los Angeles area, she recently completed her ninth season in the Goodman casting department. She has cast productions at Theater Wit, Windy City Playhouse, Remy Bumppo Theatre Company, and Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival. 

Fight & Intimacy Consultant

Nick Sandys

NICK SANDYS (Fight & Intimacy Consultant) has staged violence for over 30 productions at Goodman including world premieres of Stage KissRuinedMoonlight & MagnoliasGem of the Ocean and Seven Guitars. Recent credits include Macbeth (also Canadian Opera), PagliacciDon GiovanniWest Side Story (Lyric Opera of Chicago, resident fight director), Zorro The Musical (Music Theater Works) and Saint-George’s Sword and Bow (ClassicalKidsLive!). Nick is a certified teacher/fight director with The S.A.F.D. and teaches at DePaul’s Theatre School. www.nicksandys.com


Alice Maguire

ALICE MAGUIRE (Properties) is the properties department supervisor at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago where she has worked for 35 years. Her past positions include properties supervisor at the Santa Fe Opera and The Juilliard School.

Press Representation

Boneau / Bryan-Brown



Company Manager

James Viggiano

Broadway: Derren Brown: SecretBronx BombersRodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella. National tours: Hamilton. LA: Hamilton (Pantages Theatre), multiple productions at Center Theatre Group (Mark Taper Forum & Kirk Douglas Theatre). Las Vegas: Freestyle Love Supreme at The Venetian. Much love to family & friends!

Production Supervision

Hudson Theatrical Associates
Sean Gorski

Over 100 Broadway productions and tours. Recent: Purlie VictoriousOnce Upon a One More TimeNew York, New YorkPeter Pan Goes WrongSweeney ToddA Doll’s HousePictures From HomeHadestownHamiltonAladdin. HTA is a member of Neil A. Mazzella’s Hudson family which includes Hudson Scenic Studios, Sean Gorski, Sam Ellis, Brianna Stankiewicz, Brianne Tabak, Bridget Van Dyke and Irene Wang.

General Management

Baseline Theatrical
Jonathan Whitton

Founded by Andy Jones in 2014 and joined by Nick Lugo, Baseline’s Broadway credits include HamiltonSweeney ToddFat HamFreestyle Love SupremePass OverDerren Brown: SecretThe Cher ShowThe Great Comet and The Last Ship. Off-Broadway: Audible Theater at Minetta Lane, The Enigmatist. National tours: HamiltonFreestyle Love Supreme. Recently established Beyond the Stage Door, a no-cost educational intensive created to prepare underrepresented undergraduates for theatre management careers. baselinetheatrical.com

Original Production

Goodman Theatre

Chicago’s theatre since 1925, Goodman Theatre (Artistic Director Susan V. Booth and Executive Director/CEO Roche Schulfer) is a not-for-profit arts and community organization in the heart of the downtown theatre district, distinguished by artistic excellence, civic engagement and partnerships. The Goodman has produced nearly 200 world or American premieres, large-scale musicals and reimagined classics, and earned two Pulitzer Prizes, 22 Tony Awards and over 160 Jeff Awards.

Audible Artistic Producer

Kate Navin

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Directed by

Robert Falls

ROBERT FALLS (Director)’s theater and opera work over four decades has included groundbreaking new plays, re-imagined classics, large-scale musical works and more. Falls’ major recent projects include a new production of Don Giovanni (Lyric Opera of Chicago/Dallas Opera); David Cale’s We’re Only Alive for a Short Amount of Time (Goodman Theatre and the Public Theater NYC); The Winter’s Tale; An Enemy of the People; a new adaptation for the stage of Roberto Bolaño’s epic novel 2666; and The Iceman Cometh, starring Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy (Brooklyn Academy of Music). Two of Falls’ most highly acclaimed Broadway productions—Death of a Salesman and Long Day’s Journey into Night—first staged at the Goodman, were honored with seven Tony Awards and three Drama Desk Awards. Other noteworthy Broadway productions include Desire under the ElmsThe Night of the Iguana; Conor McPherson’s Shining City (Tony Award nomination); Eric Bogosian’s Talk Radio (Tony Award nomination); The Rose Tattoo at Circle in the Square (Tony Award nomination); Horton Foote's Pulitzer Prize-winning The Young Man from Atlanta; and Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida. Off-Broadway productions include Beth Henley’s The Jacksonian; Rebecca Gilman’s Blue Surge; Nicky Silver’s The Food Chain; and Eric Bogosian’s subUrbia at Lincoln Center Theater (Obie Award). For the Goodman, Falls’ extensive credits include King LearUncle VanyaMeasure for MeasureGalileo; The Tempest; Hughie; A Touch of the Poet; The Misanthrope; Landscape of the Body; Three Sisters; his own adaptation of The Seagull; and the Rodgers and Hart musical Pal Joey for which he wrote a new book. He also directed the American premiere of Alan Ayckbourn’s House and Garden, and the world premiere of Arthur Miller’s final play Finishing the Picture. He is the recipient of multiple Joseph Jefferson Awards, as well as such prestigious honors as the O’Neill Medallion (Eugene O’Neill Society) and the Savva Morozov Diamond Award from the Moscow Art Theatre. In 2015, Falls was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.