Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf's DOWNSTATE

Steppenwolf Theatre Company opens its 43rd season with a fiery, provocative new work from Pulitzer Prize-winning ensemble member Bruce Norris, directed by Tony Award winner Pam MacKinnon. Downstate is a co-commission and co-production with The National Theatre of Great Britain. This exciting collaboration premieres at Steppenwolf and transfers to the National Theatre in spring 2019 featuring an American and British cast and creative team. Previews began September 20, 2018, opening is September 30 at 6pm and the production runs through November 11, 2018 in the Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N Halsted St. Single tickets ($20-$99) are now on sale through Audience Services at 312-335-1650 or steppenwolf.org.

Downstate features Steppenwolf ensemble members Glenn Davis (Gio); K. Todd Freeman (Dee); Tim Hopper (Andy); and Francis Guinan (Fred) along with Cecilia Noble(Ivy), Eddie Torres (Felix), Aimee Lou Wood (Effie) and Matilda Ziegler (Em). Elyakeem Avraham, Maura Kidwell and Nate Whelden round out the cast (Cops).

In downstate Illinois, four men convicted of sex crimes against minors share a group home where they live out their lives in the shadow of the crimes they committed. A man shows up to confront his childhood abuser-but does he want closure or retribution? This fiery, provocative new play by Pulitzer Prize-winning ensemble member Bruce Norris zeroes in on the limits of our compassion as it questions what happens when society deems anyone beyond forgiveness.

Known for his darkly comic takes on contemporary issues, Bruce Norris asks to whom we are willing to give compassion. Norris shares, "In the case of this group of people who've committed crimes and served their time, we're not trying to take the easy out and say, 'These are monsters. We're done with them. We can dispose of them.' They are humans, and they are alive. And they're in a bad situation from the mistakes they've made. Now what do we do?'"

Photo Credit: Michael Brosilow

Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf's DOWNSTATE
Francis Guinan (Fred) and K. Todd Freeman (Dee)

Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf's DOWNSTATE
Cecilia Noble (Ivy), K. Todd Freeman (Dee) and Eddie Torres (Felix)

Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf's DOWNSTATE
Matilda Ziegler (Em) and Tim Hopper (Andy)

Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf's DOWNSTATE
Francis Guinan (Fred), Glenn Davis (Gio), Celilia Noble (Ivy), Eddie Torres (Felix) and K. Todd Freeman (Dee)

Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf's DOWNSTATE
K. Todd Freeman (Dee)

Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf's DOWNSTATE
Francis Guinan (Fred) and K. Todd Freeman (Dee)

Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf's DOWNSTATE
Francis Guinan (Fred) and K. Todd Freeman (Dee)

Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf's DOWNSTATE
Tim Hopper (Andy)

Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf's DOWNSTATE
K. Todd Freeman (Dee)

Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf's DOWNSTATE
Tim Hopper (Andy) and K. Todd Freeman (Dee)

Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf's DOWNSTATE
Francis Guinan (Fred), K. Todd Freeman (Dee) and Tim Hopper (Andy)

Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf's DOWNSTATE
Tim Hopper (Andy), Aimee Lou Wood (Effie) and Glenn Davis (Gio)

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