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Steppenwolf Launches 2009-10 'Belief' Themed Season, Begins With FAKE 9/10-11/8

Steppenwolf Theatre Company launches its 2009-2010 season, exploring the theme of belief, with the world premiere of Fake, written and directed by ensemble member Eric Simonson. Fake features ensemble members Kate Arrington, Francis Guinan and Alan Wilder with Coburn Goss and Larry Yando. Fake plays September 10 - November 8, 2009 in Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted. The press performance is Tuesday, September 22 at 7:30 p.m.

In 1914, renowned mystery writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle invites four guests to his English country home. Each visitor has a connection to the infamous "Piltdown Man," purported to be the missing link between ape and man-later exposed as a hoax. Swinging back and forth through time, Fake investigates how "Piltdown" rattled assumptions about evolution, faith and science-and how we are transformed by our quest for the truth.

Ensemble member Eric Simonson recently completed a documentary on the late Studs Terkel for HBO. Simonson received a Tony® nomination for his direction of Steppenwolf's The Song of Jacob Zulu with Ladysmith Black Mambazo and directed an Oscar®-nominated documentary about the acclaimed South African singing group. Simonson received an Oscar® for Best Documentary Short for his film A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin in 2006. Other directing credits at Steppenwolf include Honest (also playwright), Carter's Way (also playwright), Slaughterhouse-Five (also adaptor) and Nomathemba (Hope).

The design team for Fake includes: Todd Rosenthal (sets), Karin Kopischke (costumes), Joe Appelt (lights) and Barry Funderburg (sound and composition). Michelle Medvin is the Stage Manager and Lauren Hickman is the Assistant Stage Manager.

Location: Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St.

Dates: Previews: September 10 - 19, 2009

Opening: Sunday, September 20 at 6:00 p.m.

Regular Run: September 22 - November 8, 2009

Curtain Times: Tuesdays through Sundays at 7:30 p.m.

(Sunday evening performances through October 18 only)

Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday matinees on October 21, 28 and Nov. 4 at 2:00 p.m.

Note: there is no 7:30 p.m. performance on Tuesday, Sept. 15; there is no 3:00 p.m. performance on Sunday, Sept. 20.

Ticket prices: Previews: $20-$48

Run: $20-$70

Twenty $20 tickets are available at Audience Services beginning at 11:00 a.m. on the day of each performance (1:00 p.m. for Sunday performances). Half-price rush tickets are available one hour before each show. Student discounts available.

Audience Services: 1650 N. Halsted, 312-335-1650

Online ticketing available at

The Fake Wine Tasting Night: Enjoy wine and food pairings from Vinci Restaurant while our DJ spins tunes in our balcony lobby: Wednesday, September 30 at 6:00 p.m. Tasting and performance cost $60 per person. For tickets and additional information, contact Audience Services.

Free post-show discussions are offered after every performance.

Harris Bank is the production sponsor of Fake.

Steppenwolf is located near all forms of public transportation and is wheelchair accessible. Street and lot parking are available. Assistive listening devices are available for every performance.

Fake was developed as part of Steppenwolf's New Plays Initiative. Steppenwolf is recognized as a national leader in the development and production of new work for the American canon. Through this initiative, the company maintains ongoing relationships with writers of international prominence and rigorously discovers and supports the work of early and mid-career playwrights.

Steppenwolf's New Plays Initiative is generously sponsored by The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, the Zell Family Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and members of the Directors Circle.

Fake was originally commissioned by the Manhattan Theatre Club, Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director, Barry Grove, Executive Producer with funds provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Committed to the principle of ensemble performance through the collaboration of a company of actors, directors and playwrights, Steppenwolf Theatre Company's mission is to advance the vitality and diversity of American theater by nurturing artists, encouraging repeatable creative relationships and contributing new works to the national canon. The company, formed in 1976 by a collective of actors, is dedicated to perpetuating an ethic of mutual respect and the development of artists through on-going group work. Steppenwolf has grown into an internationally renowned company of 42 artists whose talents include acting, directing, playwriting, filmmaking and textual adaptation. For additional information, visit


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