Steppenwolf ensemble member Letts won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and 2008 Best Play Tony Award for August: Osage County, which played Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre (where Donuts is holed up) a year ago. August continues on Broadway.
Ensemble member Tina Landau directs the new comedy about a neighborhood donut joint.
Superior Donuts, featuring ensemble members Jon Michael Hill, Yasen Peyankov and James Vincent Meredith, with Jane Alderman, Kate Buddeke, Cliff Chamberlain, Michael Garvey, Robert Maffia and Michael McKean, began June 19.
In the play, "Arthur Przybyszewski (Michael McKean) owns a decrepit donut shop in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. Franco Wicks (Jon Michael Hill), a black teenager who is his only employee, wants to change the shop for the better. This provocative world premiere comedy, set in the heart of one of Chicago's most diverse communities, explores the challenges of embracing the past and the redemptive power of friendship."
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