Steppenwolf Theatre News

Cherry Lane Mentor Project Announces its Mentors and PlaywrightsCherry Lane Mentor Project Announces its Mentors and Playwrights
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

Cherry Lane (Angelina Fiordellisi, Founding Artistic Director; Seri Lawrence, Janio Marrero, Producing Artistic Directors) is proud to announce this year's playwrights and mentors for their Obie Award-winning Mentor Project, culminating with fully-staged productions presented at Cherry Lane (38 Commerce St. in NYC) from February 22 to May 6, 2017.   (more...)

Erika Sheffer's THE FUNDAMENTALS World Premiere Extends at SteppenwolfErika Sheffer's THE FUNDAMENTALS World Premiere Extends at Steppenwolf
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

By popular demand, Steppenwolf Theatre Company extends its acclaimed world premiere production of The Fundamentals by Erika Sheffer and directed by ensemble member Yasen Peyankov. (more...)

Tarell Alvin McCraney Named Yale School of Drama Chair of PlaywritingTarell Alvin McCraney Named Yale School of Drama Chair of Playwriting
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

James Bundy, Dean, has announced the appointment of Tarell Alvin McCraney as the Chair of the Department of Playwriting at Yale School of Drama, effective July 1, 2017, for a three-year term. (more...)

Photo Flash: ANNA CHRISTIE, Directed by Peter Richards, at The Wild ProjectPhoto Flash: ANNA CHRISTIE, Directed by Peter Richards, at The Wild Project
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

Eugene O'Neill's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece ANNA CHRISTIE, a gripping drama of a woman torn between the expectations of men and the secrets of her past, gets a timely retelling in Working Barn Productions' staging, directed by Peter Richards. (more...)

Mike Bartlett's EARTHQUAKES IN LONDON to Make U.S. Debut at Steep TheatreMike Bartlett's EARTHQUAKES IN LONDON to Make U.S. Debut at Steep Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2016

Steep Theatre will present the first professional U.S. production of Tony nominee and Olivier Award-winning playwright Mike Bartlett's Earthquakes in London, opening January 26, 2017. Steep's production opens on the heels of another Chicago production of this enormously exciting playwright's work, the critically-acclaimed King Charles III at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. Earthquakes will be helmed by one of Chicago's most exciting talents, Steep Ensemble Member and Jeff Award-winning director Jonathan Berry.  Berry recently directed Steppenwolf Theatre's Constellations, and, over the years, has consistently produced some of Steep's most notable shows, including Season 15's Posh by Laura Wade, which won the Non-Equity Jeff Award for Best Ensemble, and was nominated for Best Director and Best Production.  (more...)

Photo Flash: The Ruffians' BURNING BLUEBEARD Returns This DecemberPhoto Flash: The Ruffians' BURNING BLUEBEARD Returns This December
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2016

The Ruffians are thrilled to announce the return of their critically acclaimed holiday hit, BURNING BLUEBEARD for three performances only, December 16, 17 & 18, 2016.  The fantastical tale inspired by Chicago's 1903 Iroquois Theatre celebrates the fifth anniversary of its creation at the theater where it was born, The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. in Chicago. Tickets go on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at brownpapertickets.com.   (more...)

2016 BroadwayWorld Chicago Regional Awards Update - Patti LuPone, Frankie Leo Bennett, Alex Weisman and More Lead!2016 BroadwayWorld Chicago Regional Awards Update - Patti LuPone, Frankie Leo Bennett, Alex Weisman and More Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Nov 29, 2016

Voting has opened for the 2016 BroadwayWorld Chicago Regional Awards, honoring productions which opened between October 2016 and September 2016. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31. (more...)

PHEDRE at Trap Door TheatrePHEDRE at Trap Door Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2016

Cast: Tiffany Bedwell, Dennis Bisto, Abby Blankenship, Halie Ecker, John Kahara, Emily Lotspeich, Ann Sonneville, Carl Wisniewski (more...)

Cast Announced for Midwest Premiere of THE ASSEMBLED PARTIESCast Announced for Midwest Premiere of THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2016

Raven Theatre Associate Artistic Director Cody Estle has announced a "blended family" of new and familiar Raven faces for the company's Midwest premiere of The Assembled Parties, which in 2013 earned a 2013 Tony® Award nomination for Best Play. The play by Richard Greenberg, author of Take Me Out, Three Days of Rain and many other plays, will open on Raven Theatre's East Stage under Estle's direction on Tuesday, January 31, following previews from January 25 - 30, 2017. (more...)

Just A Walk In The Park? Searingly Funny Black Comedy CLYBOURNE PARK Is Next Up At Dezart PerformsJust A Walk In The Park? Searingly Funny Black Comedy CLYBOURNE PARK Is Next Up At Dezart Performs
by David Green - Nov 28, 2016

On the heels of 'Casa Valentina,' its enormously successful first production of the season, Dezart Performs will present the uproariously funny black comedy, Clybourne Park, a play written as a spin-off to Lorraine Hansberry's 1959 classic play A Raisin in the Sun which focuses on cultural and racial issues in a Chicago community. As described by The Washington Post during the 2011-12 season of the Seattle Repertory production, the play 'applies a modern twist to the issues of race and housing and aspirations for a better life….and is one of its feistiest, funniest evenings in years.' Clybourne Park has received multiple prestigious awards including the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play and the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. (more...)

Kate Arrington to Join Original Stars in Off-Broadway Encore of THE WOLVES; Rush Policy Announced!Kate Arrington to Join Original Stars in Off-Broadway Encore of THE WOLVES; Rush Policy Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2016

The Playwrights Realm has announced the complete cast of The Wolves, Sarah DeLappe's debut play. (more...)

Judy Kuhn Joins Company of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF TonightJudy Kuhn Joins Company of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2016

Four-time Tony Award Nominee Judy Kuhn(Fun Home, She Loves Me, Chess, Les Miserables) joins the cast of Fiddler on the Roof as Golde beginning tonight, Tuesday, November 22nd and will play through the show's final performance on Saturday, December 31st at 2:00 pm.  She takes over the role from Jessica Hecht whose final performance was on Sunday, November 20th. (more...)

Greenhouse Theater Center Presents the World Premiere of HER AMERICAGreenhouse Theater Center Presents the World Premiere of HER AMERICA
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2016

Greenhouse Theater Center is pleased to continue its Solo Celebration! Series with the world premiere of Brett Neveu's haunting drama HER AMERICA (formerly titled MISS AMERICA), starring veteran Chicago and Broadway actress Kate Buddeke and directed by Linda Gillum. HER AMERICA will play January 6 - February 12, 2017 at The Greenhouse Theater Center (Downstairs Mainstage), 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. Solo Celebration! flex passes and single tickets are currently available at greenhousetheater.org, in person at the box office or by calling (773) 404-7336. The press opening is Wednesday, January 11 at 7:30 pm. (more...)

Photo Flash: THE CHRISTIANS at Steppenwolf Theatre CompanyPhoto Flash: THE CHRISTIANS at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2016

Steppenwolf continues its 41st season with the Chicago premiere of Lucas Hnath's The Christians directed by ensemble member K. Todd Freeman. The cast features ensemble member Tom Irwin as Pastor Paul and ensemble member Robert Breuler as Elder Jay with Shannon Cochran as the Pastor's wife, Elizabeth, Glenn Davis as Joshua and Jacqueline Williams as Congregant. Set designer Walt Spangler transforms The Downstairs Theatre into a church where a live choir performs onstage. Under the musical direction of Jaret Landon, the choir features Faith Howard, Yando Lopez, Jazelle Morriss, Mary-Margaret Roberts, Charlie Strater and Michael Weatherspoon. (more...)

THE BABYLON LINE Author, Director to Continue Lincoln Center Theater's Platform SeriesTHE BABYLON LINE Author, Director to Continue Lincoln Center Theater's Platform Series
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2016

Lincoln Center Theater Platform Series, a forum for public discussion between Lincoln Center Theater artists and theatergoers, continues on Thursday, December 1 at 6pm, with THE BABYLON LINE author Richard Greenberg and director Terry Kinney. They will be interviewed by LCT Dramaturg Anne Cattaneo. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Erika Sheffer's THE FUNDAMENTALS at Steppenwolf Theatre CompanyPhoto Flash: First Look at Erika Sheffer's THE FUNDAMENTALS at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2016

Steppenwolf Theatre Company continues its 41st season with the Steppenwolf-commissioned world premiere production of Erika Sheffer's The Fundamentals, directed by ensemble member Yasen Peyankov, who also directed Sheffer's Russian Transport at Steppenwolf in 2014. The cast features ensemble membersAlana Arenas (Millie), Caroline Neff (Stellan) and Alan Wilder (Abe) with Audrey Francis (Eliza) and Armando Riesco (Lorenzo). BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Casting Announced for First Two Steppenwolf Shows of 2017: STRAIGHT WHITE MEN and LINDA VISTACasting Announced for First Two Steppenwolf Shows of 2017: STRAIGHT WHITE MEN and LINDA VISTA
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2016

Steppenwolf Theatre Company announces final casting for Straight White Menby Young Jean Lee (February 2 - March 19, 2017) and the world premiere of Linda Vista (March 30 - May 21, 2017) by ensemble member Tracy Letts; the first two shows of 2017. (more...)

Travis Turner to Star in Robert O'Hara's BOOTYCANDY at Windy City Playhouse; Cast Announced!Travis Turner to Star in Robert O'Hara's BOOTYCANDY at Windy City Playhouse; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2016

Windy City Playhouse (3014 N. Irving Park Road) announces casting for Robert O'Hara's 'Bootycandy,' the 'searing and sensationally funny' (The New York Times) semi-autobiographical play about growing up gay and black. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at The House Theatre's THE NUTCRACKERPhoto Flash: First Look at The House Theatre's THE NUTCRACKER
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2016

The House Theatre of Chicago once again brings holiday cheer for the whole family with its seventh annual engagement of the all-original, ballet-free The Nutcracker playing at The Chopin Theatre upstairs theatre, 1543 W. Division, Now - December 30. (more...)

New Rep Extends FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Through January 1New Rep Extends FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Through January 1
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2016

New Repertory Theatre has extended Fiddler on the Roof, running December 2, 2016- January 1, 2017 in the Charles Mosesian Theater at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA. (more...)

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