By Kenneth Jones
05 Apr 2012
|Photo by Sandro|
Galati famously crafted a stage version of John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath" for Steppenwolf. Its 1990 Broadway engagement earned the artist two Tony Awards — for Direction of a Play and Best Play. Galati had an earlier Broadway brush with Doctorow, directing the musical adaptation of his novel "Ragtime."
The March plays Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre at 1650 N. Halsted St.
The company feaures Steppenwolf ensemble members Alana Arenas, Ian Barford, K. Todd Freeman, Martha Lavey, Mariann Mayberry, James Vincent Meredith and Alan Wilder with Will Allan, Phillip James Brannon, Cliff Chamberlain, Patrick Clear, Carrie Coon, Alex Goldklang, Harry Groener, Stephen Louis Grush, Anthony Kayer, Michael Mahler, Shannon Matesky, Luce Metrius, Andy Monson, John Mossman, Alex Newkirk, Alex Ring, Joe Sinopoli, Philip R. Smith, Alex Stage and L.J. Slavin.
Doctorow was a Pulitzer finalist for both "The March" and "Billy Bathgate."
The production team for The March includes James Schuette (scenic design), Virgil Johnson (costume design), James F. Ingalls (lighting design), Josh Schmidt (sound design and original music), Erica Daniels (casting), Malcolm Ewen (stage manager) and Christine D. Freeburg (assistant stage manager).
Opening night is April 15. For more information, visit www.steppenwolf.org.