It will be world premieres and nothing but world premieres (four in all) for the 2002-03 season at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company's Studio Theatre in Chicago.
The best known writer of the bunch is Bruce Norris, whose Purple Heart was produced at Steppenwolf last season. Next June will see his We All Went Down to Amsterdam staged by Amy Morton, with K. Todd Freeman in the cast. The play takes place in a nursing home where mischievous resident Woody is suddenly visited by a figure from his past.
The other plays include Theater District, a drama about changing family dynamics by Richard Kramer, a television writer ("thirtysomething," "Once and Again"); another look at the fluctuating nature of what we call home, Jessica Thebus' No Place Like Home; and Seagull, The Redmoon Theater's unique spin on Chekhov's famous work.
The schedule is as follows:
- Theater District by Richard Kramer, directed by Eric Rosen, Oct. 17-Nov. 17
- No Place Like Home written and directed by Jessica Thebus, Jan. 9-Feb. 9, 2003
- Seagull, directed by Jim Lasko, March 20-April 20, 2003
We All Went Down to Amsterdam by Bruce Norris, directed by Amy Morton, starring K. Todd Freeman, June 12-July 13, 2003 For information, call (312) 335-1650.
—By Robert Simonson