Tracy Letts, Ian Barford, Scott Jaeck, Yasen Peyankov Pursue Penelope in Chicago Premiere, Opening Dec. 11

News   Tracy Letts, Ian Barford, Scott Jaeck, Yasen Peyankov Pursue Penelope in Chicago Premiere, Opening Dec. 11
 
The Chicago premiere of Enda Walsh's Penelope, the absurdist-flavored take on the tale of the Trojan War wife who waits for her soldier husband and is courted by unsuitable suitors, opens Dec. 11 following previews from Dec. 1 at Steppenwolf Theatre Company's Downstairs Theatre. Amy Morton directs.

Yasen Peyankov, Scott Jaeck and Tracy Letts
Yasen Peyankov, Scott Jaeck and Tracy Letts Photo by Michael Brosilow

Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tracy Letts (August: Osage County) appears (replacing John Mahoney) alongside Ian Barford, Yasen Peyankov, Scott Jaeck and Logan Vaughn.

"On a sun-scorched island off the coast of Greece, beautiful Penelope awaits the return of her husband from war," according to Steppenwolf. "Beneath her window, four Speedo-clad men camp in an empty swimming pool, a cock-eyed internment where both provisions and time are running low. Locked in a do-or-die competition to win Penelope's love, they preen and posture and connive in a last ditch effort to cheat a grisly fate."

Irish writer Walsh's plays include The Walworth Farce, New Electric Ballroom and Misterman, as well as the book to the new Broadway-aimed musical Once, based on the independent film of the same name.

Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre is at 1650 N. Halsted St. For tickets and information, call (312) 335-1650 or visit www.steppenwolf.org.

Tracy Letts, Scott Jaeck and Yasen Peyankov
Tracy Letts, Scott Jaeck and Yasen Peyankov Photo by Michael Brosilow
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