A Goodman Theatre project starting this weekend will bring together six local companies presenting work created, produced, and/or performed by women. Called “Taking the Stage: A Celebration of Women Making Theater,” this “exploration of the opportunities and obstacles facing women working in the theater today” runs April 4–19 at a variety of venues around the Chicago area, including the Goodman, Steppenwolf, Pilsen’s Dream Theater, Columbia College, Webster’s Wine Bar in Lincoln Park, and G Boutique, a retailer of erotic clothing and accessories for women.

“Taking the Stage” is anchored by two productions at the Goodman: Magnolia, written by Regina Taylor and directed by Anna D. Shapiro, and Ghostwritten, written by Naomi Iizuka and directed by Lisa Portes. Other events include an open rehearsal of Rivendell’s The Wall, written by Lisa Dillman and directed by Megan Carney; “2nd Story: Female Erotica,” an evening of storytelling by the Serendipity Theatre Collective; Babes With Blades’s all-female Macbeth; the Words in Motion Festival at Berwyn’s 16th Street Theater; and an array of panels and post-show discussions. Also on the agenda, April 10, is a free workshop on creating solo performance work led by the internationally acclaimed Holly Hughes.

Call 312-443-3800 or visit goodmantheatre.org.