Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for THE REMBRANDT at Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Steppenwolf Theatre Company opens its 42nd Season with the Chicago premiere of The Rembrandt, written by Jessica Dickey and directed by Hallie Gordon. Currently in rehearsals, this subtle and elegant play features ensemble members Francis Guinan as Henry/Rembrandt and John Mahoney as Simon/Homer with Ty Olwin (Dodger/Titus), Karen Rodriguez (Madeline/Henny) and Gabriel Ruiz (Jonny/Martin). BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the company in rehearsal below!

When a museum guard decides to touch a famous Rembrandt painting, a remarkable journey across the ages ensues. Spanning centuries of human experience, Jessica Dickey's The Rembrandt movingly explores the power of creative expression and the sacrifices we make in the pursuit of love and beauty, reminding us that though our beliefs may die with the sound of our voice, it's the love we share-and the art that love inspires-that finds eternity.

Ensemble member Francis Guinan has appeared in more than 30 shows, most recently Taylor Mac's Hir. Ensemble member John Mahoney also has appeared in more than 30 Steppenwolf productions, most recently The Herd, The Birthday Party and The Seafarer. Mahoney won a Tony Award for his performance in The House of Blue Leaves and is well-known for his role on the hit TV series, Frasier. Ty Olwin is a graduate of the School at Steppenwolf, performed recently in Taylor Mac's Hir and was in Steppenwolf for Young Adults' productions of The Burials and Lord of the Flies. Olwin was featured in the 2016 film Personal Shopper starring Kristen Stewart. Karen Rodriguez is making her Steppenwolf debut, and was recently featured in the solo show The Way She Spoke: A Docu-Mythologia at the Greenhouse Theatre and Hookman at Steep Theatre. Gabriel Ruiz is a graduate of the DePaul Theatre School and an ensemble member of Teatro Vista. Previous Steppenwolf Theatre Company credits include How Long Will I Cry?, Motherfucker with the Hat and The Way West. He has appeared in the TV series Boss, Chicago Fire and Chicago Justice.

The Rembrandt production team includes Regina Garcia (scenic design), Jenny Mannis (costume design), Ann G. Wrightson (lighting design), Elisheba Ittoop (sound design and original music) and Gigi Buffington (company vocal coach). Other credits include Aaron Carter (artistic producer), JC Clementz (casting director), Laura D. Glenn (stage manager) and Brian Maschka (assistant stage manager).

Previews begin September 7, opening is September 17 and the show has already been extended through November 5 due to popular demand. Joe Dempsey will take over for Francis Guinan for the extension dates, Oct 25 - Nov 5. Press performances are September 17 and 19. The Rembrandt takes place in Steppenwolf's Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N Halsted St. Single tickets ($20 - $104) are available through Audience Services at 312-335-1650 or steppenwolf.org.

Photo Credit: Michael Brosilow

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Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for THE REMBRANDT at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Ensemble member John Mahoney (Simon/Homer)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for THE REMBRANDT at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Ensemble member Francis Guinan (Henry/Rembrandt)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for THE REMBRANDT at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Director Hallie Gordon

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for THE REMBRANDT at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Ensemble members John Mahoney (Simon/Homer) and Francis Guinan (Henry/Rembrandt)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for THE REMBRANDT at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Karen Rodriguez (Madeline) and ensemble member Francis Guinan (Henry/Rembrandt)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for THE REMBRANDT at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Gabriel Ruiz (Jonny/Martin)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for THE REMBRANDT at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Ensemble members John Mahoney (Simon/Homer) and Francis Guinan (Henry/Rembrandt)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for THE REMBRANDT at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Ensemble member Francis Guinan (Henry/Rembrandt) and Ty Olwin (Dodger/Titus)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for THE REMBRANDT at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Ensemble member John Mahoney (Simon/Homer)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for THE REMBRANDT at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Ensemble member Francis Guinan (Henry/Rembrandt)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for THE REMBRANDT at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Karen Rodriguez (Madeline)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for THE REMBRANDT at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Ensemble member Francis Guinan (Henry/Rembrandt) and Ty Olwin (Dodger/Titus)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for THE REMBRANDT at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Director Hallie Gordon

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