Steppenwolf Theater Continues W/ THE TEMPEST 5/26-5/31

Steppenwolf Theatre Company continues its 2008-2009 season, an exploration of the imagination, with The Tempest by William Shakespeare, directed by ensemble member Tina Landau - playing March 26 - May 31, 2009 in Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. The Tempest features ensemble members Alana Arenas, K. Todd Freeman, Frank Galati, Jon Michael Hill, Tim Hopper, James Vincent Meredith, Yasen Peyankov, Lois Smith and Alan Wilder with Eric James Casady, Miles Fletcher, Stephen Louis Grush, Emma Rosenthal and Craig Spidle. The press performance is Saturday, April 4, 2009 at 3:00 p.m.

In Shakespeare's final work, Prospero is exiled to an enchanted island where he harnesses the powers of magic and masters the spirits that dwell there. His desire for revenge drives him to conjure a mighty storm, trapping his enemies on the island. In our first-ever Shakespeare production, Steppenwolf ensemble member Tina Landau re-imagines this magical tale of art, freedom and the transformative power of forgiveness.

Ensemble member Tina Landau most recently directed Steppenwolf's 2008 production of Superior Donuts by ensemble member Tracy Letts. Other Steppenwolf directing credits include The Diary of Anne Frank, Cherry Orchard, The Time of Your Life (also Seattle Rep, A.C.T.), Theatrical Essays, Maria Arndt, The Ballad of Little Jo, The Berlin Circle, Time to Burn, and her own play, Space (also NY's Public Theater, Mark Taper Forum).

The design team for The Tempest includes: Takeshi Kata (set), James Schuette (costumes), Jane Cox (lights) and Josh Schmidt (sound). Malcolm Ewen is the Stage Manager and Christine D. Freeburg is the Assistant Stage Manager.

Featuring: ensemble members Alana Arenas (Miranda), K. Todd Freeman (Caliban), Frank Galati (Prospero), Jon Michael Hill (Ariel), Tim Hopper (Trinculo), James Vincent Meredith (Antonio), Yasen Peyankov (Stephano), Lois Smith (Gonzalo) and Alan Wilder (Sebastian) with Eric James Casady (Ensemble), Miles Fletcher (Ensemble), Stephen Louis Grush (Ferdinand), Emma Rosenthal (Ensemble) and Craig Spidle (Alonso).

Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St.
Previews: March 26 - April 3, 2009
Press preview: Saturday, April 4 at 3:00 p.m.
Opening: Sunday, April 5, 2009 at 6:00 p.m.
Regular Run: April 7 - May 31, 2009
Curtain Times: Tuesdays through Sundays at 7:30 p.m.
(Sunday eve. performances through May 3 only)
Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday matinees on May 6, 13, 20 & 27 at 2:00 p.m.
Ticket prices: Previews: $20-$48
Regular 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 Tempest Wine Tasting Night: Enjoy wine and food pairings from Vinci Restaurant while our DJ spins tunes in our newly-renovated lobby: Wednesday, April 15 at 6:00 p.m. Tasting and performance cost $60 per person. For tickets and additional information, contact Audience Services.
The Tempest MaTEENée performance for high school students will be held on Saturday, May 16 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets cost $15 and include: a ticket to the performance, lunch and a post-show discussion with actors featured in the production - hosted by Steppenwolf's Young Adults Council.
JPMorgan is the production sponsor of The Tempest.

ComEd is the lighting sponsor for the 2008-2009 Season.

PEAK6 Investments is the corporate supporter of The Tempest.
Additional support for The Tempest is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation.

Free post-show discussions, sponsored by AT&T, are offered after every performance.

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.

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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