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"Mary Page Marlowe" by Tracy Letts, at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in 2016. (Photo by Michael Brosilow)

Steppenwolf Theatre Company Announces 2017-18 Season

The season lineup will feature three world premieres.

CHICAGO: Steppenwolf Theatre Company has announced its 2017-18 season, featuring seven productions.

“The plays we programmed this season embrace conversations about what American culture is, the stories we tell ourselves, and the truths we all share,” said artistic director Anna D. Shapiro in a statement.

The season will kick off with Jessica Dickey’s The Rembrandt (Sept. 7-Oct. 22), about a museum guard who touches a famous Rembrandt painting. The cast will feature Francis Guinan and John Mahoney, and Hallie Gordon will direct.

Next up will be the world premiere of Tracy Letts’s The Minutes (Nov. 9-Dec. 31), a comedy about small-town politics and real-world power. The cast will include Ian Barford, Tim Hopper, and Guinan. Shapiro will direct.

Following will be the world premiere of BLKS (Dec. 7-Jan. 21, 2018), by Aziza Barnes, which explores a day in the life of four young women of color in New York City. The cast will include Namir Smallwood, and Nataki Garrett will direct.

The season will continue with Clare Barron’s You Got Older (Jan. 25-March 11, 2018), about a young woman who returns home to care for her ailing father. Audrey Francis and Caroline Neff will star, and Jonathan Berry will direct.

Next will be the world premiere of Matthew-Lee Erlbach’s The Doppelgänger (an international farce) (April 5-May 20, 2018),  a comedy about an American who steps in to save a critical African copper deal after a wealthy British businessman suffers an accident. The cast will feature Alana Arenas, Gary Cole, Ora Jones, Sandra Marquez, and James Vincent Meredith. Tina Landau will direct.

Next up will be Rajiv Joseph’s Guards at the Taj (May 31-July 15, 2018), about two imperial guards charged with an unspeakable task that will shake their faith in God, the empire, and their friendship. Omar Metwally and Arian Moayed will star, and Amy Morton will direct.

Following will be Jen Silverman’s The Roommate (June 21-Aug. 5, 2018), about two unlikely roommates who find common ground through their struggles. Ora Jones and Sandra Marquez will star.

Founded in 1976, Steppenwolf Theatre Company is an ensemble-based company that produces contemporary works.

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