Steep Theatre Hosts U.S. Premiere of Stephens' Pornography Plus Plays by Schultz, Mamet, Eldridge

News   Steep Theatre Hosts U.S. Premiere of Stephens' Pornography Plus Plays by Schultz, Mamet, Eldridge
Chicago's Steep Theatre has announced its 2010-2011 season, which will include the U.S. premiere of Simon Stephens' Pornography, which takes place just before the the 2005 bombing of London's underground transit system.

The theatre's tenth season will kick off with Mark Schultz's A Brief History of Helen of Troy (Sept. 23-Oct. 30). The play, to be directed by Joanie Schultz, is described as "a gruesomely dark comedy about a grief-stricken teenager's quest for love, fame, and beauty. Inspired by Helen of Troy and armed with an impressive array of beauty products, Charlotte sets off to fill the emotional void left by her mother's recent death."

Lakeboat, an early play by David Mamet, will continue the season Jan. 20-Feb. 26, 2011. According to Steep, "Sex, booze, and ballet. These are the topics bandied about by the crew onboard the lakeboat T. Harrison as it freights materials from Chicago to Duluth. David Mamet's ear and iconic voice sift through the tedium of ship life to offer a look into the spirit and soul of these men." G.J. Cederquist will direct.

David Eldridge's Festen is up next, May 5-June 11. Jonathan Berry will direct David Eldridge's adaptation of the Dogme film and play of the same name. "Helge's family has gathered to celebrate his 60th birthday," according to press notes. "He is the guest of honor; the hero of toasts, songs, and stories; and the target of a horrific accusation."

Pornography will finish the season, July 28-Sept. 3, to be directed by Robin Witt. According to Steep, "It is early July, 2005, and the United Kingdom is the center of the world: home to the G8 conference, site of the Live 8 concert, and recently named host city for the 2012 Summer Olympics. On the morning of July 7, 2005, that center is shaken by three bombs in London's underground."

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