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 Cast Announced for Steppenwolf's THE FUNDAMENTALS Cast Announced for Steppenwolf's THE FUNDAMENTALS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2016

Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced today the complete cast for Erika Sheffer's The Fundamentals, a smart and searing look at America's corporate culture through the story of a Manhattan hotel maid with higher aspirations. Directed by ensemble member Yasen Peyankov, the cast features ensemble members Alana Arenas (Millie), Caroline Neff (Stellan) and Alan Wilder (Abe) with Audrey Francis(Eliza) and Armando Riesco (Lorenzo). Peyankov and Sheffer last collaborated on Steppenwolf's 2014 Chicago premiere of Russian Transport, which also featured ensemble member Alan Wilder. Previews begin November 10, 2016 and the show runs through December 23, 2016 in Steppenwolf's Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N Halsted.Single tickets ($20 - $89) go on sale Friday, August 5 at 11am. 2016/17 season subscriptions and memberships are currently on sale through Audience Services at 312-335-1650 or steppenwolf.org. (more...)

Cast Complete for THE FUNDAMENTALS at Steppenwolf Theatre CompanyCast Complete for THE FUNDAMENTALS at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced today the complete cast for Erika Sheffer's The Fundamentals, a smart and searing look at America's corporate culture through the story of a Manhattan hotel maid with higher aspirations. (more...)

Definition & The New Colony's BYHALIA, MISSISSIPPI to Open at Steppenwolf's 1700 TheatreDefinition & The New Colony's BYHALIA, MISSISSIPPI to Open at Steppenwolf's 1700 Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2016

The New Colony and Definition Theatre Company's runaway hit BYHALIA, MISSISSIPPI, winner of three 2016 Jeff Awards including Best New Work, returns this summer featuring the full original cast from July 22 - August 21, 2016 as part of Steppenwolf's Visiting Company Initiative at their new 1700 Theatre, 1700 N. Halsted St. in Chicago. The searing new American drama by The New Colony Co-Artistic Director Evan Linder, directed by Definition Theatre's Founding Artistic Director Tyrone Phillips, enjoyed two sold-out extensions during its world premiere last winter at The Den Theatre. Tickets for BYHALIA, MISSISSIPPI are available at www.steppenwolf.org or by calling (312) 335-1650. The press performance is Monday, July 25 at 8 pm.   (more...)

Debra Monk to Lead VISITING EDNA at Steppenwolf Theatre This FallDebra Monk to Lead VISITING EDNA at Steppenwolf Theatre This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2016

Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced today that Debra Monk will play the title role in VISITING EDNA, a world premiere play by David Rabe, directed by Steppenwolf Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro. (more...)

Steep Theatre Company Sets 16th Anniversary SeasonSteep Theatre Company Sets 16th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

Steep Theatre Company has announced the programming for its upcoming 16th season, which continues the company's tradition of presenting bold plays from today's most exciting playwrights, brought to life by fearlessly honest ensembles and visionary directors. Season 16 will feature a world premiere from Chicago playwright Alex Lubischer, a U.S. premiere from Olivier Award-winning playwright Mike Bartlett, a U.S. premiere from rising English playwright Cordelia Lynn, and a Midwest premiere from California-based playwright Lauren Yee. Steep Ensemble Members and Jeff Award-winning directors Robin Witt and Jonathan Berry will helm two of the productions, to be joined by two guest directors.  (more...)

Jeff Awards Will Address Petition To Revoke Darrell W. Cox's 2010 KILLER JOE HonorJeff Awards Will Address Petition To Revoke Darrell W. Cox's 2010 KILLER JOE Honor
by Michael Dale - Jun 13, 2016

A recent article quotes company members saying the actor was physically abusive during violent scenes. (more...)

Photo Flash: THADDEUS AND SLOCUM: A VAUDEVILLE ADVENTURE at Lookingglass Theatre Company!Photo Flash: THADDEUS AND SLOCUM: A VAUDEVILLE ADVENTURE at Lookingglass Theatre Company!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2016

Lookingglass Theatre Company continues its 28th Season with Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure, written by Ensemble Member Kevin Douglas, and co-directed by Ensemble Member J. Nicole Brooks and Krissy Vanderwarker. Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure runs June 1 - August 14, 2016 at Lookingglass Theatre Company, located inside Chicago's historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. at Pearson. The Press Opening is Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.   (more...)

Adventure Stage Chicago Sets 2016-17 SeasonAdventure Stage Chicago Sets 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2016

Adventure Stage Chicago (ASC), a Northwestern Settlement (the Settlement) program, announces its 2016 - 2017 season. Kicking off its thirteenth season, ASC continues its commitment to new work and original storytelling in the spirit of service and community-building. (more...)

Dexter Bullard & Hallie Gordon to Helm 2016-17 Productions at SteppenwolfDexter Bullard & Hallie Gordon to Helm 2016-17 Productions at Steppenwolf
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is pleased to announce the final two directors in the 2016/17 Subscription Season-Dexter Bullard will direct the world premiere production of ensemble member Tracy Letts's Linda Vista and Hallie Gordon will direct the Chicago premiere of Taylor Mac's Hir. (more...)

Caroline Neff Joins Cast of Steep Theatre's WASTWATERCaroline Neff Joins Cast of Steep Theatre's WASTWATER
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2016

Steep Theatre's upcoming U.S. Premiere of Wastwater marks the return of two notable members of the Steep family to the Edgewater theatre: Tony Award winner and Steep Associate Playwright Simon Stephens and Jeff Award winner and Steep Ensemble Member Caroline Neff. (more...)

City of Chicago Honors Martha Lavey, Steppenwolf's 40th AnniversaryCity of Chicago Honors Martha Lavey, Steppenwolf's 40th Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2016

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and members of the Chicago City Council today  honored Steppenwolf Theatre Company's 40th Anniversary, recognizing the organization for its invaluable artistic contributions to Chicago. Additionally, in a separate resolution, Mayor Emanuel and the City Council paid special tribute to former Steppenwolf artistic director Martha Lavey on her two decades of transformational leadership from 1995 to 2015. (more...)

Steppenwolf Welcomes New Ensemble MembersSteppenwolf Welcomes New Ensemble Members
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

? Steppenwolf Theatre Company will to welcome Sandra Marquez and Caroline Neff to its world-renowned ensemble. Both have performed in multiple shows with the company and can currently be seen on Steppenwolf's stages in Mary Page Marlowe and The Flick respectively. Marquez and Neff are the first two members added under Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro. (more...)

Steppenwolf Extends Tracy Letts' MARY PAGE MARLOWESteppenwolf Extends Tracy Letts' MARY PAGE MARLOWE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

Due to popular demand, Steppenwolf Theatre Company extends the critically acclaimed world premiere production of Mary Page Marlowe, written by ensemble member Tracy Letts and directed by artistic director Anna D. Shapiro. (more...)

'MARLOWE', WAR PAINT, JERUSALEM, TWELFTH NIGHT and More Among Summer Theatre Highlights in Chicago'MARLOWE', WAR PAINT, JERUSALEM, TWELFTH NIGHT and More Among Summer Theatre Highlights in Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

The Chicago theater community will present a wide variety of plays and musicals, as well as dance and concert offerings this summer. In support, the League of Chicago Theatres will once again create a comprehensive Summer Theater Guide that will be available at hotels, theaters, events, and destinations across the Chicago area. (more...)

Rondi Reed & Michael Rabe Join Steppenwolf's VISITING EDNA; Jessie Fisher Completes CONSTELLATIONS CastRondi Reed & Michael Rabe Join Steppenwolf's VISITING EDNA; Jessie Fisher Completes CONSTELLATIONS Cast
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced today the complete casting for two upcoming productions. Celebrated actress Jessie Fisher (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre's Othello, Once on Broadway) joins ensemble member Jon Michael Hill (CBS's Elementary, Steppenwolf's Superior Donuts) in the Chicago premiere production of Constellations, the moving two-character drama by Nick Payne, directed by artistic producer Jonathan Berry to take place this summer in the Upstairs Theatre (May 26 - July 3, 2016; Press/Opening is June 1 at 7:30pm). (more...)

Steppenwolf Fires Baby Actors From Tracy Letts' MARY PAGE MARLOWESteppenwolf Fires Baby Actors From Tracy Letts' MARY PAGE MARLOWE
by Michael Dale - Apr 15, 2016

Director Anna D. Shapiro felt the use of real babies was taking the audience out of the drama. (more...)

BWW Review: Steppenwolf's MARY PAGE MARLOWE Struggles to Find Its IdentityBWW Review: Steppenwolf's MARY PAGE MARLOWE Struggles to Find Its Identity
by Elee Schrock - Apr 13, 2016

BroadwayWorld.com Chicago review's Steppenwolf's production of 'Mary Page Marlowe.' (more...)

Eamonn Walker to Lead Steppenwolf's Chicago Premiere of BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY; Cast Announced!Eamonn Walker to Lead Steppenwolf's Chicago Premiere of BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2016

Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced today the complete cast for the Chicago premiere of BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY, a rowdy dark comedy written by 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis and directed by ensemble member Yasen Peyankov. The cast features London-born actor Eamonn Walker as ex-cop Pops. (more...)

Photo Flash: Stephen Adly Guirgis Reads, Signs Plays at The Drama Book Shop with Bobby Cannavale and MorePhoto Flash: Stephen Adly Guirgis Reads, Signs Plays at The Drama Book Shop with Bobby Cannavale and More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2016

On Tuesday, April 5th, Theatre Communications Group (TCG) presented 'An Evening with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis,' author of the hit Broadway play The Motherf***er with the Hat, which featured a reading of excerpts from several of his plays, a discussion, and signing of his newly published play, Between Riverside and Crazy, for which he received the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, at the Drama Book Shop in New York, now celebrating its 99th year. Scroll down for photos from the event! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Tracy Letts's MARY PAGE MARLOWE Premiere at SteppenwolfPhoto Flash: First Look at Tracy Letts's MARY PAGE MARLOWE Premiere at Steppenwolf
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2016

Steppenwolf Theatre Company's highly anticipated world premiere production of MARY PAGE MARLOWE, written by Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning playwright and ensemble member Tracy Letts, is helmed by Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro, who directed Letts's internationally acclaimed August: Osage County. She teams up with him again for this intimate and moving production in Steppenwolf's 40th anniversary season. The show is currently in previews for an April 10 opening night and runs through May 29, 2016 in Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted St). BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

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