‘Tainted Goodes’ play at Harold Washington Cultural Center

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Maybe some of you have heard this from your parents before. “What happens in this house stays in this house!” There is something to be said about not sharing your family business with the world. It makes sense to an extent; however many of this family information becomes deep, dark, family secrets. If these secrets are not addressed and are left unspoken they can lead to the total destruction of families for generations. Cortri Trotter takes this dilemma head-on in his play, Tainted Goodes.

The story focuses on the Goode family. The Goodes are an upwardly mobile black family. Anna is a stay-at-home mother, and George Goode is a well-respected businessman in the community. Anna Goode has taken on the responsibility of raising her drug-addicted son’s (Darren) daughter (Denita) while both of her grown children Julius and Meka still live at home. Everything seems normal and then tragedy hits the family and secrets start seeping out.


This play is along the lines of a Tyler Perry production with respect to its faith-based angle. The only thing missing is a straight-talking 6-foot auntie who has a penchant for firearms.

Take a look a the gallery below for a few shots.


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