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Photos: THE DOPPELGANGER Celebrates Opening Night

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 includes 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 began April 5, and the show opened Sunday, April 15. The production runs through May 27, 2018 in Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N Halsted St. NOTICE! PERFORMANCE TIME CHANGE: Saturday night performances will begin at 8pm (rather than 7:30pm). This change will begin starting Saturday, April 21. Single tickets ($20 - $114) are available through Audience Services (1650 N Halsted St), 312-335-1650 or

Photo Credit: Juli Del Prete

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