Steppenwolf Presents Tracy Letts' Adaptation of THREE SISTERS, 6/28-8/26


Steppenwolf Theatre Company concludes its 2011/12 season with Anton Chekhov'sThree Sisters, adapted by Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning ensemble member Tracy Letts, directed by Tony Award-winning ensemble member Anna D. Shapiro in Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted St). Three Sisters features ensemble members Alana Arenas, Ian Barford, Francis Guinan, Tom Irwin, Ora Jones, Sally Murphy and Yasen Peyankov with Usman Ally, Chance Bone, B. Diego Colón, Maury Cooper, Caroline Neff, Mary Ann Thebus and Dan Waller. Three Sisters begins previews June 28 (Opening Night is July 8; Press Performances are July 7 at 3pm and July 10 at 7:30pm) and runs through August 26, 2012 in Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted St). Tickets ($20 – $78) go on sale April 27 at 11am (prices are subject to change).

The Prozorov family chafes at the constraints of life in their small provincial town, once a bustling army garrison where their late father served as general. Attempts to shore up their crumbling social status lay bare the larger forces of unrest that will soon engulf them all. Tony Award-winning ensemble members Tracy Letts and Anna D. Shapiro continue their celebrated collaboration, bringing fresh insight to this classic story of a privileged family's changing fortunes.

Tracy Letts received the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play for August: Osage County. His other plays include Killer Joe, Bug, Man from Nebraska and Superior Donuts. Anna D. Shapiro received the 2008 Tony Award for Best Direction for Letts' August: Osage County. Other recent Steppenwolf directing credits include A Parallelogram, Up, The Crucible, The Unmentionables and The Pain and the Itch.

Steppenwolf's 2011/12 season, Dispatches from the Homefront, explores how everyday lives are touched by war. In each of the five plays, war exerts a pressure-sometimes centrally, sometimes obliquely-on the lives of the characters-and moves them to action. The plays are alive with the humor, the tenderness and the urgency of lives struggling to find home.

The production team for Three Sisters includes: Todd Rosenthal (scenic design), Jess Goldstein (costume design), Donald Holder (lighting design), Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen (sound design) and David Singer (original music). Additional credits include: Erica Daniels (casting), Cecilie O'Reilly (vocal coach), Laura D. Glenn (stage manager) and Deb Styer (assistant stage manager).

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