Steppenwolf Will Bite Into Superior Donuts, Tracy Letts' New Play

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Steppenwolf Theatre Company will premiere Superior Donuts, the new play by August: Osage County writer Tracy Letts, June 19-Aug. 17, under the direction of Tina Landau.
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tracy Letts.
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tracy Letts. Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The production concludes Steppenwolf's 32nd season and will feature Steppenwolf ensemble members Jon Hill, Yasen Peyankov and James Vincent Meredith in the Chicago troupe's Downstairs Theatre. Opening is June 29.

August: Osage County by ensemble member Letts was embraced by critics and audiences at Steppenwolf in summer 2007 and was picked up by commercial producers, who moved it to the current acclaimed Broadway run (now at the Imperial, soon to move to the Music Box).

In Superior Donuts, according to Steppenwolf, "Arthur Przybyszewski owns a decrepit donut shop in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. Franco Wicks, a black teenager who is his only employee, wants to change the shop for the better. Superior Donuts is a provocative comedy about the challenges of embracing the past and the redemptive power of friendship."

Letts is a Pulitzer Prize finalist for the drama The Man From Nebraska, and also penned Bug and Killer Joe.

Ensemble member Landau most recently directed Steppenwolf's 2007 production of The Diary of Anne Frank. Her other Steppenwolf directing credits include Cherry Orchard, The Time of Your Life (also Seattle Rep, A.C.T.), Theatrical Essays, Maria Arndt, The Ballad of Little Jo, The Berlin Circle, Time to Burn and her own play, Space (also at The Public Theater, Mark Taper Forum).

Superior Donuts' design team includes Loy Arcenas (sets), Ana Kuzmanic (costumes), Christopher Akerlind (lights) and Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen (original music and sound). Edward Sobel is the dramaturg. Laura Glenn is the stage manager and Lauren V. Hickman is the assistant stage manager.

For more information visit www.steppenwolf.org.

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