Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Rainn Wilson and the Cast of THE DOPPELGANGER

Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the highly anticipated world premiere comedy, The Doppelgänger (an international farce) written by Chicagoland native Matthew-Lee Erlbach (Showtime's Masters of Sex, Off-Broadway's Handbook for an American Revolutionary). Directed by ensemble member Tina Landau (SpongeBob Squarepants: The Broadway Musical), this hilarious farce features an 11-member cast led by actor and comedian Rainn Wilson, well-known for his role as "Dwight Schrute" on NBC's award-winning comedy The Office, in the role of Thomas Irdley/Jimmy Peterson. The cast features Steppenwolf's newest ensemble member Celeste M. Cooper alongside fellow ensemble members Audrey Francis, Ora Jones, Sandra Marquez and James Vincent Meredith with acclaimed actors Michael Accardo, Whit K. Lee, Andy Nagraj and Karen Rodriguez.

In the dangerous back channels of international resource politics, a wealthy British businessman suffers an untimely accident just before a critical African copper deal is signed. So when his unwitting (and witless) American doppelgänger is thrust into negotiations to avert intercontinental disaster, chaos erupts, leaving us wondering: whose side are we supposed to be on...and who will save Africa?? The Doppelgänger (an international farce) is a hilarious, irreverent and timely look at the back-room deals that shape our world and the unlikely cast of characters who make them.

Previews begin April 5 (opening is Sunday, April 15) and runs through May 27, 2018 in Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N Halsted St. Press performances are Sunday, April 15 at 6pm and Tuesday, April 17 at 7:30pm. Single tickets ($20 - $109) are available through Audience Services (1650 N Halsted St), 312-335-1650 or steppenwolf.org.

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Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Rainn Wilson and the Cast of THE DOPPELGANGER

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Rainn Wilson and the Cast of THE DOPPELGANGER
Audrey Francis (Beatrix Geddes-Renwick) and Ora Jones (Lolade MaÌ?saraÌ?gba)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Rainn Wilson and the Cast of THE DOPPELGANGER
Ora Jones (Lolade MaÌ?saraÌ?gba) and Tina Landau (director)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Rainn Wilson and the Cast of THE DOPPELGANGER
Rainn Wilson (Thomas Irdley/Jimmy Peterson)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Rainn Wilson and the Cast of THE DOPPELGANGER
Andy Nagraj (Prince Amir Abdullah), Audrey Francis (Beatrix Geddes-Renwick), Ora Jones (Lolade MaÌ?saraÌ?gba) and Michael Accardo (General Stanley Harcourt)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Rainn Wilson and the Cast of THE DOPPELGANGER
Rainn Wilson (Thomas Irdley/Jimmy Peterson)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Rainn Wilson and the Cast of THE DOPPELGANGER
Tina Landau (director), Karen Rodriguez (Marina), Ora Jones (Lolade MaÌ?saraÌ?gba), Andy Nagraj (Prince Amir Abdullah) and Whit K. Lee (Wen Xiaoping)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Rainn Wilson and the Cast of THE DOPPELGANGER
Whit K. Lee (Wen Xiaoping)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Rainn Wilson and the Cast of THE DOPPELGANGER
Matthew-Lee Erlbach (playwright), Tina Landau (director) and Rainn Wilson (Thomas Irdley/Jimmy Peterson)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Rainn Wilson and the Cast of THE DOPPELGANGER
Tina Landau (director)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Rainn Wilson and the Cast of THE DOPPELGANGER
Matthew-Lee Erlbach (playwright)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Rainn Wilson and the Cast of THE DOPPELGANGER
Karen Rodriguez (Marina)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Rainn Wilson and the Cast of THE DOPPELGANGER
Rainn Wilson (Thomas Irdley/Jimmy Peterson)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Rainn Wilson and the Cast of THE DOPPELGANGER
Celeste M. Cooper (Rosie Guerekoyame), Rainn Wilson (Thomas Irdley/Jimmy Peterson), fight choreographer Matt Hawkins

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Rainn Wilson and the Cast of THE DOPPELGANGER
Karen Rodriguez (Marina) and Rainn Wilson (Thomas Irdley/Jimmy Peterson)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Rainn Wilson and the Cast of THE DOPPELGANGER
Whit K. Lee (Wen Xiaoping)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Rainn Wilson and the Cast of THE DOPPELGANGER
James Vincent Meredith (Michel MaÌ?saraÌ?gba)

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