Bruce Norris' The Qualms, Directed by Tony Winner Pam MacKinnon, Opens at Steppenwolf

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Steppenwolf Theatre Company's world-premiere production of Bruce Norris' The Qualms officially opens July 13 following previews that began July 3.

Kate Arrington in rehearsal
Kate Arrington in rehearsal Photo by Joel Moorman

Performances continue through Aug. 31 in Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre.

Tony Award winner Pam MacKinnon directs a cast of nine featuring ensemble member Kate Arrington with Owais Ahmed, Karen Aldridge, Diane Davis, Kirsten Fitzgerald, Keith Kupferer, David Pasquesi, Paul Oakley Stovall and Greg Stuhr.

"At a beachside apartment complex, a group of friends gathers for their regular evening of food, drink, drugs and partner-swapping," according to press notes. "When Chris (Stuhr) and Kristy (Davis) attempt to become the newest members, the evening does not go as planned. The artichoke dip grows cold as the party devolves into a territorial battle over mating privileges. Does sex ruin everything? And what is the purpose of monogamy? Bruce Norris's comedy explores the eternal struggle for power, status and getting laid."

The comedy marks Steppenwolf’s eighth production and seventh world premiere by the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning author of Clybourne Park.

The production team includes Todd Rosenthal (scenic design), Janice Pytel (costume design), Russell H. Champa (lighting design), Rick Sims (sound design), Erica Daniels (casting), Laura D. Glenn (stage manager) and Christine D. Freeburg (assistant stage manager).

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