Open Systems was created through an intergenerational collaboration with partners in Chicago, Illinois and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This play was commissioned through Goodman Theatre's Education and Community Engagement department, and is based on true stories collected in the Chicago area.
Chicago Public School students participating in the Goodman's Student Subscription Series wrote dialogue, poetry, and short stories contained within the play. Their works, along with the narratives of Katrina volunteers and survivors, comprise Open Systems.
The play was recorded with professional actors at the Goodman, in honor of the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
Recorded Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at Goodman Theatre.