Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf Theatre's TRIBES

Steppenwolf Theatre Company's highly anticipated Chicago-premiere production of Tribes by Nina Raine, following the hit Off-Broadway production in 2012. Ensemble member Austin Pendleton is at the helm. The cast of six features ensemble members Alana Arenas, Francis Guinan and Molly Regan with Steve Haggard, Helen Sadler, and John McGinty in the central role of Billy; McGinty joins the cast direct from Guthrie Theater's production in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Tribes began previews December 5, 2013 (opening night is December 15; press performances are December 14 at 3pm and December 17 at 7:30pm) and runs through February 9, 2014 in Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted St). BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!

Billy's intellectual and proudly eccentric English family is its own tiny empire: private languages, in-jokes and fiery arguments. Billy, deaf since birth (McGinty, also deaf since birth), is the only one who truly listens. When he meets his girlfriend Sylvia (Arenas), he is introduced to a larger Deaf community, which sparks a struggle for self-identity and rebellion against his family. Tribes is a sharp, witty story about finding the place where you can be heard-and a family that feels like home.

"When I first read Tribes, I knew immediately that we must produce it here at Steppenwolf. I think the play speaks to all of us. It doesn't matter that our family might not include a person who is hard of hearing. The huge struggle in every family, it seems to me, is how to balance the cohesion of our 'tribe' and the imperative of individuality," notes Artistic Director Martha Lavey. "We are deeply and uniquely known in family. We are also, I would suggest, our own great mystery there."

The cast of Tribes features ensemble members Alana Arenas as Sylvia; Francis Guinan as Christopher; and Molly Regan as Beth; with Steve Haggard as Daniel; John McGinty as Billy; and Helen Sadler as Ruth.

The production team for Tribes includes: Walt Spangler (scenic design), Rachel Anne Healy (costume design), Keith Parham (lighting design), Josh Schmidt (sound design and original music) and John Boesche (projection design). Additional credits include: Erica Daniels (casting),Michelle Medvin (stage manager) and Christine D. Freeburg (assistant stage manager).

Tickets to Tribes ($20 - $82) are on sale now through Audience Services (1650 N Halsted St), 312-335-1650 and steppenwolf.org.

Photo Credit: Michael Brosilow

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Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf Theatre's TRIBES
Billy (John McGinty), Beth (ensemble member Molly Regan), Christopher (ensemble member Francis Guinan), Ruth (Helen Sadler) and Daniel (Steve Haggard)

Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf Theatre's TRIBES
Sylvia (ensemble member Alana Arenas) and Beth (ensemble member Molly Regan)

Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf Theatre's TRIBES
Beth (ensemble member Molly Regan) gives words of encouragement to her daughter, Ruth (Helen Sadler)

Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf Theatre's TRIBES
Christopher (ensemble member Fran Guinan) and Beth (ensemble member Molly Regan) get worked up preparing for the arrival of their son, Billy and his new girlfriend

Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf Theatre's TRIBES
Sylvia (ensemble member Alana Arenas) and Billy (John McGinty)

Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf Theatre's TRIBES
The family gathers in the living room, including Daniel (Steve Haggard), Billy (John McGinty), Ruth (Helen Sadler) and Beth (ensemble member Molly Regan)

Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf Theatre's TRIBES
Daniel (Steve Haggard) and Billy (John McGinty)

Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf Theatre's TRIBES
Christopher (ensemble member Francis Guinan), Sylvia (ensemble member Alana Arenas), Daniel (Steve Haggard), Ruth (Helen Sadler), Billy (John McGinty) and Beth (ensemble member Molly Regan)

Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf Theatre's TRIBES
Daniel (Steve Haggard) and Billy (John McGinty)

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