Anna D. Shapiro Directs Steppenwolf's A Parallelogram; Marylouise Burke Stars

News   Anna D. Shapiro Directs Steppenwolf's A Parallelogram; Marylouise Burke Stars
Kate Arrington, Tim Bickel, Marylouise Burke and Tom Irwin star in the world premiere of A Parallelogram, by Bruce Norris, at Steppenwolf Theatre Company's Chicago home July 1-Aug. 29. Anna D. Shapiro, the Tony Award-winning director of August: Osage County, directs.
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Here's how Steppenwolf bills the play: "If you knew your fate — would you accept it? Or try to change it? Bee is a young woman who believes she has an uncanny ability to see the future, and maybe even alter it. From the award-winning team that brought you The Unmentionables and The Pain and the Itch comes this dark, funny world premiere about a woman [Bee, played by Kate Arrington] bent on reinventing her own destiny — and possibly the world."

Norris has an ongoing collaboration with Steppenwolf, where his plays The Unmentionables, The Pain and the Itch, We All Went Down to Amsterdam, The Infidel and Purple Heart (also in Galway, Ireland) were commissioned and produced. Norris was represented Off-Broadway in 2009-10 with Clybourne Park.

A Parallelogram plays in Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St., and concludes the troupe's 2009-10 season. Opening night is July 11.

The design team for A Parallelogram includes Todd Rosenthal (sets), Mara Blumenfeld (costumes), James F. Ingalls (lights), Rob Milburn & Michael Bodeen (sound). Laura D. Glenn is the stage manager. Christine D. Freeburg is the assistant stage manager.

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