Martha Lavey Will Interview Joan Allen at Steppenwolf Benefit Event

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08 Jan 2010

Acclaimed actress Joan Allen, a Steppenwolf Theatre Company ensemble member, will be the inaugural honoree at "Steppenwolf Salutes Women in the Arts: an annual luncheon forum" on Feb. 23 at noon at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Steppenwolf artistic director and ensemble member Martha Lavey will conduct an engaging interview with Allen, in a format similar to "Inside the Actors Studio" at this new fundraising event. Proceeds will benefit Steppenwolf's Professional Leadership Program, a nationally-recognized training program for young professionals pursuing a career in arts administration.

Tickets for "Steppenwolf Salutes Women in the Arts" are currently on sale. For ticket prices and sponsorship opportunities, contact Steppenwolf's Special Events Department at (312) 654-5632 or specialevents@steppenwolf.org.

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Allen, a founding member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company since 1977, has performed in numerous productions including Cloud Nine, Of Mice and Men, Waiting for Lefty, Reckless, Love Letters and Say Goodnight, Gracie. Her Broadway credits include Impressionism, Burn This (Tony Award) and Heidi Chronicles (Tony nomination). Her Off-Broadway credits include The Marriage Of Bette and Boo; And A Nightingale Sang (Clarence Derwent, Drama Desk, Outer Critic's Circle and Theater World Awards); Heidi Chronicles (Playwrights Horizons). Her film credits include "Death Race, "Bonneville," "Bourne Ultimatum," "Yes," "The Upside Of Anger," "Off the Map," "Bourne Supremacy. "The Notebook," "The Contender" (Oscar, SAG, Independent Spirit, Golden Globe nominations – Best Actress); "Pleasantville"; "The Ice Storm"; "The Crucible" (Oscar, SAG, Golden Globe nominations, Best Supporting Actress); "Nixon" (Oscar, SAG nominations, Best Supporting Actress); "Searching For Bobby Fischer"; Ethan Frome"; "Tucker"; "Manhunter"; "Peggy Sue Got Married"; and "Compromising Positions."



Her TV movie credits include "Georgia O'Keefe" for Lifetime Television co-starring Jeremy Irons (Golden Globe nomination).

Lavey, Steppenwolf's current artistic director, has been an ensemble member since 1995 and has appeared at Steppenwolf in Up, Good Boys and True, Love-Lies-Bleeding, Lost Land, I Never Sang for My Father, The House of Lily, Valparaiso, The Memory of Water, The Designated Mourner, Supple in Combat, Time of My Life, A Clockwork Orange, Talking Heads, SLAVS!, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Ghost in the Machine, A Summer Remembered, Love Letters, Aunt Dan and Lemon and Savages.

For additional information, visit www.steppenwolf.org.