The Steppenwolf Studio in Chicago will debut three world premiere productions with two other Chicago companies, the Lookingglass Theatre Company and the Redmoon Theatre, in the 1999-2000 season.
The Lookingglass will take the Studio first, with a new play by ensemble member David Caitlin, running Nov. 17-Dec. 12. As yet untitled, this action-filled comedy promises to take one of pulp fiction's most beloved vixens, pair her with her cockney sidekick and set her on an adventure to defeat evil...and boredom. The play will also feature live, original funk music.
The Steppenwolf produces the second play, Bruce Norris' The Infidel, Feb. 24-March 26. Norris' drama of what happens when State Supreme Court Justice Garvey's lover ends their brief affair before he is ready for it to finish, will be directed by Anna D. Shapiro with Steppenwolf ensemble.
The final Studio production is Redmoon Theatre's Hunchback, Jim Lasko's adaptation of Victor Hugo's novel, Notre Dame de Paris, running May 17-June 11. With puppets by Laura Heit and the Redmoon's highly physical "bouffoon" performance style, Hunchback will tell the familiar story of Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer of Notre Dame who falls in love with the gypsy girl, Esmeralda, in a unique way. Original music will be by Michael Zerang with lighting design by Chris Binder.
Three play Studio subscriptions are $55-$36 and available by calling (312) 335-1650. The Steppenwolf Studio is on the third floor of the Steppenwolf theatre complex at 1650 N. Halsted Street. -- By Christine Ehren