May 31, 1889. A flood of epic proportion rolled through Johnstown, PA, when a dam failed and released 20 million tons of water (4.8 billion US gallons), killing more than 2,200 people and causing $17 million in damage. This cataclysmic event takes center stage in the world premiere of Rebecca Gilman’s new play, A True History of the Johnstown Flood, running at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre from March 31 to April 18, with direction by Robert Falls. Scenic designer Walt Spangler was faced with ...

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