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Anna D. Shapiro to direct world premiere of Tracy Letts’ play at Steppenwolf

The news from Steppenwolf Theatre hardly comes as a surprise.

Tony Award-winning director Anna D. Shapiro (who will become artistic director of the company in September), will direct Tracy Letts’ latest work, “Mary Page Marlowe.” The play, with a cast of 17, is set to receive its world premiere production March 31 – May 29, 2016 at Steppenwolf. Shapiro shepherded Letts’ Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play “August: Osage County” to acclaim (first in Chicago and then on Broadway), and most recently staged the Steppenwolf production of “This Is Our Youth” and Larry David’s “Fish in the Dark” on Broadway.

Director Anna D. Shapiro will stage the world premiere of a new Tracy Letts play. (Photo: Saverio Truglia)

Director Anna D. Shapiro will stage the world premiere of a new Tracy Letts play. (Photo: Saverio Truglia)

Other examples of Steppenwolf artists reuniting during its 40th anniversary 2015-2016 season include:

± Terry Kinney, a Steppenwolf co-founder, directing Frank Galati’s adaptation of the John Steinbeck classic, “East of Eden” (Sept. 17, 2015 – Nov. 15, 2015). Galati’s 1988 adaptation of Steppenwolf’s “The Grapes of Wrath” won him two Tony Awards. The cast for “East of Eden” will include Kate Arrington as Cathy Trask; Francis Guinan as Samuel Hamilto; Tim Hopper as Adam Trask; Alan Wilder as Dr. Murphy and Mr. Bacon; Casey Thomas Brown as Aron Trask; Aaron Himelstein as Caleb Trask; Elizabeth Laidlaw as Eva/Mrs. Bacon/Nurse; Stephen Park as Lee; Brittany Uomoleale as Abra Bacon, and Dan Waller as Joe and Will Hamilton. The production is a reunion for Guinan, Hopper, Wilder and Kinney, all of whom appeared in “The Grapes of Wrath.”

Terry Kinney will direct the Steppenwolf Theatre world premiere of John Steinbeck's "East of Eden," adapted by Frank Galati.

Terry Kinney will direct the Steppenwolf Theatre world premiere of John Steinbeck’s “East of Eden,” adapted by Frank Galati.

±  Martha Lavey, who will have served 20 years as Steppenwolf artistic director at the conclusion of this season, has been cast alongside fellow ensemble members Alana Arenas, Tom Irwin, and Mariann Mayberry in “Domesticated” (Dec. 3, 2015  – Feb. 7, 2016), a Chicago premiere production written and directed by ensemble member and Pulitzer Prize-winner Bruce Norris.

± Ensemble members Tim Hopper and James Vincent Meredith will be joining the cast of “Between Riverside and Crazy” (June 23 – Aug. 21, 2016), the play by Stephen Adly Guirgis, author of “The Motherf**ker with the Hat.” The play was just named the winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Additional casting for the season will be announced at a later date.

Season subscriptions, starting at $100, are now on sale. Student, educator and access discount subscriptions available. To purchase a 2015-2016 subscription, call 312-335-1650 or visit steppenwolf.org.