Variable cast size. Robert Falls and Seth Bockley’s adaptation of Roberto Bolaño’s internationally acclaimed novel is a playful, genre-bending, labyrinthine, epic and ultimately devastating new play. This soaring and deeply felt script faithfully translates Bolaño’s cult masterpiece into a five-part theatrical event. 2666 begins with a group of hapless European academics hot on the trail of an elusive author—a search that leads them into the dark heart of a Mexican border city where the murders of hundreds of women remain unsolved. This story gives way to a surprising, panoramic portrait of the 20th century that spans more than a hundred years and jumps from Spain to Mexico to Germany and beyond, illuminating the power of literature to reflect and transform the world, while taking an unflinching look at the nature of evil.
“The most challenging and rewarding theatrical event currently happening in our city. Proves… the Goodman is not only preeminent but a vital source of ideas on the evolution of theater as an art form.”- Newcity “Combin[es] equal parts madness… magic… and luminous artistic genius”- Chicago Sun-Times