Steppenwolf to Honor AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY's Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale & Julianne Nicholson at Women in the Arts Fundraiser, 12/9
Steppenwolf Theatre Company and ensemble member Tracy Letts, Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning playwright of August: Osage County, will host Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale and Julianne Nicholson as the guests of honor at the fifth annual Steppenwolf Salutes Women in the Arts fundraising luncheon on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 12 noon (location TBD). All three of these dynamic women are featured in Letts's highly anticipated film adaptation of August: Osage County. This year's event will featured a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the film, in addition to an insightful conversation with Lewis, Martindale and Nicholson, moderated by Letts in a format similar to Inside The Actors Studio. Previous honorees at Steppenwolf Salutes Women in the Arts include ensemble members Joan Allen and Martha Plimpton, Julianna Margulies and Mary-Louise Parker.
The fifth annual luncheon will bring together nearly 300 leaders from Chicago's business and civic communities to honor Ms. Lewis, Ms. Martindale and Ms. Nicholson for their work on the much anticipated, soon-to-be-released film, August: Osage County. The event raises funds for Steppenwolf's professional development programs, including Steppenwolf for Young Adults and the School at Steppenwolf, as well as the Professional Leadership Programs, providing apprenticeships, fellowships and internships for the next generation of arts managers and producers.
Table sponsorships for Women in the Arts are currently available. Individual tickets, if available, start at $200 and go on sale November 1. To purchase tickets or learn about table sponsorship opportunities, contact Steppenwolf's Special Events Department at 312-654-5632 or email@example.com.
BMO Harris Bank is a lead sponsor of the fifth annual Women in the Arts luncheon. United Airlines is the Official and Exclusive Airline Partner of Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
Tracy Letts has been a Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble member since 2002 and is the author of Killer Joe (scheduled for Broadway in 2014), Bug (also a feature film), Man from Nebraska (Pulitzer Prize finalist), August: Osage County (Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award for Best Play) and Superior Donuts. An accomplished actor as well, Letts garnered the 2013 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for his portrayal of George in Steppenwolf's Broadway production of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Television audiences will see him in season three of Homeland on Showtime.
Juliette Lewis has been recognized as one of Hollywood's most talented and versatile actors of her generation since she first stunned audiences and critics alike with her Oscar-nominated performance as Danielle Bowden in Cape Fear. To date, she has worked with some of the most revered directors in the industry, including Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Lasse Hallström, Oliver Stone and Garry Marshall. Whether lending dramatic authenticity or a natural comedic flair to her roles, Lewis graces the screen with remarkable range and an original and captivating style.
At 16, Lewis starred in the critically acclaimed television movie Too Young to Die?, catching the attention of Martin Scorsese, who cast her in his thriller Cape Fear. Her powerful scenes with Robert De Niro earned her an Oscar and Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress.