Blair Brown Stars in Tracy Letts Drama at Steppenwolf

News   Tony Winner Blair Brown Is One of Seven Playing Mary Page Marlowe in Tracy Letts Drama
 
The production begins performances March 31 at Steppenwolf.
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Tony winner Blair Brown stars in the Steppenwolf Theatre Company production of Tony winner Tracy Letts' Mary Page Marlowe, which is presented March 31-May 29 in the Downstairs Theatre.

The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd star Brown, who won her Tony for her performance in Copenhagen, is one of seven actors sharing the role of Mary over the span of her life.

The seven actors sharing the title role are Brown (Mary at ages 59, 63 and 69); Carrie Coon (Mary at ages 27 and 36); Laura T. Fisher (Mary at age 50); Caroline Heffernan (Mary at age 12); Annie Munch (Mary at age 19); and Rebecca Spence (Mary at ages 40 and 44) with the final Mary played by three infants who rotate in the role: Benicio Calderone, Charlotte Freund and Sebastian White.

Completing the cast are ensemble members Ian Barford (Ray) and Alan Wilder (Andy) with Stephen Cefalu, Jr. (Ed Marlowe), Amanda Drinkall (Roberta Marlowe), Jack Edwards (Louis Gilbert), Kirsten Fitzgerald (Shrink), Tess Frazer (Lorna), Keith Gallagher (Ben), Sandra Marquez (Nurse), Ariana Venturi (Connie), Madeline Weinstein (Wendy Gilbert) and Gary Wilmes (Dan).

Steppenwolf artistic director and Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro directs.

"Mary Page Marlowe is an accountant from Ohio," according to press notes. "She’s led an ordinary life, making the difficult decisions we all face as we try to figure out who we really are and what we really want. As Tracy Letts brings us moments—both pivotal and mundane—from Mary’s life, a portrait of a surprisingly complicated woman emerges. Intimate and moving, Mary Page Marlowe shows us how circumstance, impulse and time can combine to make us mysteries…even to ourselves."

The production team includes Todd Rosenthal (scenic design), Linda Roethke (costume design), Marcus Doshi (lighting design), Richard Woodbury (sound design), Diana Lawrence (original music) and Sven Ortel (projection design). Additional credits include Jessamyn Fuller (casting), Malcolm Ewen (stage manager) and Brian Maschka (assistant stage manager).

Tickets ($20-$89) are available through Audience Services (1650 N. Halsted St.), (312) 335-1650 and Steppenwolf.org.

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