The 1928 play by Sophie Treadwell was in many ways far ahead of its time in both style and substance,
WEISS: As sick and twisted as the Black Button Eyes production is, its depiction of domestic horror is so imaginative that you cannot look away.
Gaines’ re-imagined production, with Shakespeare’s script featuring additional dialogue by Second City’s Ron West, is set in 1919 Chicago.
The play’s author, Thomas R. Geoghagen, pairs the Founding Father with Edgar Allan Poe as a way to examine Jefferson’s contradictions.
Alex Weisman and James Romney will be making their Broadway debuts, while Jessie Fisher appeared there earlier in “Once.”
Steppenwolf says the actress, who appeared in Chicago and on Broadway in “August: Osage County,” was “at the center of who this company is.”