The season is billed as "exploring the theme of belief." Season subscriptions go on sale Feb. 3 at 11 AM.
Steppenwolf ensemble members currently confirmed for the 2009-10 season include Alana Arenas, Kate Arrington, Ian Barford, Frank Galati, Jon Michael Hill, Francis Guinan, Tina Landau, Tracy Letts, Amy Morton, William Petersen, Rondi Reed, Anna D. Shapiro, Eric Simonson and Alan Wilder. Additional casting will be announced.
"Steppenwolf dedicates its 2009-2010 season to the power of belief and how it illuminates what's authentic in our lives," stated artistic director Martha Lavey. "We present three new plays and two classic plays from the canon of American and world drama that look at how the power of belief can corrupt, delude, nourish or empower us. They examine domestic intimacy, they question historical accuracy, they puzzle existential reach. They ask us to look at what happens when we take a leap of faith and choose to believe."
The Steppenwolf Theatre Company 2009-10 Subscription Season includes:
Jan. 21-May 23, 2010: The Brother/Sister Plays: In the Red and Brown Water, The Brothers Size and Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet by Tarell Alvin McCraney, directed by ensemble member Tina Landau, featuring ensemble members Alana Arenas and Jon Michael Hill, in the Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre. "A breakthrough theatrical event: three interconnected plays by a brilliant new American voice. Grand in scope, yet intimate and heartfelt, Tarell McCraney's plays are daring, funny and genuine. On the banks of a steamy bayou, the tiny community of San Pere, Louisiana springs to life with stories of love, sexuality and coming-of-age. Influenced by lively Afro-Caribbean folklore, The Brother/Sister Plays explore the struggles that arise when the quest for self identity is at odds with community values. Presented in two separate programs, these three plays can easily be enjoyed independently, but gain a special resonance when experienced in collection." (Between April 24 and June 21, 2009, McCarter Theatre, in a co-production with The Public Theater, will be presenting the world premiere of The Brother/Sister Plays. This will mark the first time all three plays will be presented as a trilogy.)
July 1-Aug. 29, 2010: A Parallelogram, a new play by Bruce Norris, directed by ensemble member Anna D. Shapiro, featuring ensemble member Kate Arrington, in the Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre. "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 playwright and Tony Award-winning director who brought you The Unmentionables and The Pain and the Itch comes this dark, funny world premiere about a woman bent on reinventing her own destiny-and possibly the world." Steppenwolf 2009-10 subscribers will receive a pre-sale ticket offer for the national touring company of August: Osage County, playing a limited two week engagement Feb. 2-14, 2010, at Chicago's Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre. The darkly comic drama by ensemble member Tracy Letts, directed by ensemble member Anna D. Shapiro, premiered at Steppenwolf in 2007 and received the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and five 2008 Tony Awards including Best Play.
To purchase a 2009-10 subscription, contact Audience Services at 1650 N. Halsted, call (312) 335-1650 or visit www.steppenwolf.org.