Up, with Osage County's Ian Barford, Begins Steppenwolf Run June 18

News   Up, with Osage County's Ian Barford, Begins Steppenwolf Run June 18
 
Ian Barford, the Steppenwolf Theatre Company member who originated the role of Little Charles in August: Osage County, plays the lead dreamer in Steppenwolf's Chicago premiere of Bridget Carpenter's Up, which begins performances June 18.
Up star Ian Barford in rehearsal
Up star Ian Barford in rehearsal Photo by Mark Campbell

Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro (August: Osage County) directs the play, which runs through Aug. 23 in Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre. Opening of the play — about a man who creates a flying machine — is scheduled for June 28. The cast also features ensemble member Martha Lavey with Rachel Brosnahan, Jake Cohen, Tony Hernandez and Lauren Katz.

According to Steppenwolf, "On the best day of his life, Walter [Barford] built a flying machine that reached the clouds. Ever since, he's tried to invent new ways to fly while his wife keeps the family afloat. Up is a quirky, bittersweet tale about escaping the boundaries of the everyday and how we dream ourselves into a future."

Carpenter is an award-winning playwright whose works have been produced at theatres across the country including Arena Stage, Lincoln Center and the Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville.

The design team for Up includes Dan Ostling (sets), Mara Blumenfeld (costumes), Ann G. Wrightson (lights) Richard Woodbury (sound) and David Singer (composition). Laura D. Glenn is the stage manager, and Deb Styer is the assistant stage manager.

Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre is located at 1650 N. Halsted Street in Chicago. For more information call (312) 335-1650 or visit www.steppenwolf.org.

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The musical The Flight of the Lawnchair Man tells a similar tale of a man who left earth via balloons. The show is inspired by true events.

Martha Lavey, Jake Cohen and Rachel Brosnahan in rehearsal for <i>Up</i>
Martha Lavey, Jake Cohen and Rachel Brosnahan in rehearsal for Up Photo by Mark Campbell
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