Steppenwolf Theatre Hosts Conversation with Frank Galati and E.L. Doctorow Tonight

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Steppenwolf Theatre Company hosts an evening of conversation about the world of storytelling tonight, April 16 in Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre. Featured for the event are two expert storytellers, Tony Award-winning ensemble member Frank Galati and Pulitzer Prize-finalist E.L. Doctorow, moderated by Steppenwolf Artistic Director Martha Lavey.

Galati is currently in rehearsal directing his stage adaptation of Doctorow's sweeping epic novel, The March, about General William Tecumseh Sherman's Civil War march through Georgia. This marks Galati's Second Stage production of a Doctorow novel, following the highly-acclaimed musical, Ragtime. The event is on April 16, 2012 from 7 – 8:30pm in Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted St). Tickets ($10) go on sale March 23 at 11am through Audience Services (1650 N Halsted), at 312-335-1650 or at steppenwolf.orgThe March runs April 5 – June 10, 2012 in the Downstairs Theatre. 

 

Frank Galati's many directing credits at Steppenwolf include EndgameHomebody/KabulThe Grapes of Wrath and You Can't Take It With You. Other Steppenwolf adaptations include after the quake and Kafka on the Shore. E. L. Doctorow's novels include Homer & LangleyThe MarchCity of GodThe WaterworksWelcome to Hard TimesThe Book of DanielRagtimeLoon LakeLives of the PoetsWorld's Fair and Billy Bathgate. His newest collection of short stories, All the Time in the World, has recently been released in paperback. Among his honors are the National Book Award, three National Book Critics Circle awards, two PEN/Faulkner awards, the William Dean Howells Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the presidentially conferred National Humanities Medal.

General William Tecumseh Sherman, Uncle Billy to his men, marches 62,000 Union soldiers through lush Georgia countryside. Bearing along both black and white refugees, the march destroys everything in its path, turning home into exile and exile into home. Its epic force forever changes the lives of those caught up in its sweep: a liberated slave, a sheltered daughter of a Southern judge, a pair of Confederate deserters and Uncle Billy himself. The March is a story of momentous upheaval and the limits of courage and love. 

 

The March features ensemble members Alana ArenasIan BarfordK. Todd FreemanMartha LaveyMariann MayberryJames Vincent Meredith and Alan Wilder with Will Allan, Phillip James BrannonCliff ChamberlainPatrick ClearCarrie CoonAlex GoldklangHarry GroenerStephen Louis Grush, Anthony Kayer, Michael MahlerShannon MateskyLuce Metrius, Andy Monson, John MossmanAlex Newkirk, Alex Ring, Joe Sinopoli, Philip R. Smith, Alex Stage and L.J. Slavin. The production team includes: James Schuette (scenic design), Virgil C. Johnson (costume design), James F. Ingalls (lighting design), Josh Schmidt (sound design and original music) and Stephan Mazurek (projection design). Additional credits include: Erica Daniels(casting), Malcolm Ewen (stage manager), Christine D. Freeburg (assistant stage manager), Matt Hawkins (fight director) and Eva Beneman (dialect coach).

Tickets to The March ($20 – $78) are on sale now through Audience Services (1650 N Halsted St), 312-335-1650 and the NEW steppenwolf.org. 20 for $20: twenty $20 tickets are available through Audience Services beginning at 11am on the day of each performance (1pm for Sunday performances). Rush Tickets: half-price rush tickets are available one hour before each show. Subject to availability. Student Discounts: a limited number of $15 student tickets are available online using promo code "MARCH15". Limit 2 tickets per student; must present a valid student ID for each ticket. For additional student discounts, visit steppenwolf.org/students.Group Tickets: all groups of ten or more receive a discounted rate for any performance throughout the season. For additional information, visit steppenwolf.org/groups.

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