A mix of innovative, humorous, poignant and dramatic theatrical works are on display in The Goodman Theatre's "New Stages Festival."

The 14th annual "New Stages Festival" continues through Oct. 8 at the acclaimed Chicago theater.

"For audiences, it's a chance to get on the ground floor and see the work we're excited about and considering for (upcoming) new seasons," said Tanya Palmer, director of new play development for The Goodman Theatre.

"New Stages Festival" features new and evolving works by some of the country's established and  up and coming playwrights. The free fest offers audiences a look at developmental productions and staged readings.

Palmer said audience members can become a "voice in the creative process" by attending these productions.

Some of the works presented during "New Stages" often go on to be produced by The Goodman and other theaters around the country.

"There's a strong track record of many of the plays  moving on to full production," Palmer said. She added the festival "attracts all ages and gets a diverse audience."

One of last season's plays, "King of the Yees," grew to full production out of the "New Stages Festival."

Palmer said audiences are always very much engaged in the festival. "It's exciting to be a part of work that's still evolving and changing," she added.

Among works featured on the roster are "Lottery Day," through Oct. 7;  "Continuity," through Oct. 8; "Twilight Bowl," through Oct. 8; "How To Catch Creation," on Oct. 6; "Eden Prairie," on Oct. 6; "PostNation," on Oct. 6; "The Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona," on Oct. 7; and  "We're Only Alive for a Short Amount of Time," on Oct. 7. Since 2004, more than 70 plays have been presented as developmental productions or staged readings in the festival.

The upcoming "Support Group for Men," which is on The Goodman's new season roster, grew out of the "New Stages Festival" from 2016.

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