The Office Star Rainn Wilson Will Head Cast of Steppenwolf’s The Doppelgänger

Chicago News   The Office Star Rainn Wilson Will Head Cast of Steppenwolf’s The Doppelgänger
Matthew-Lee Erlbach’s farce will begin performances at the Chicago venue April 5.
Rainn Wilson
Rainn Wilson

Rainn Wilson, best-known for his role as Dwight Schrute on NBC’s The Office, will play the lead role of Thomas Irdley/Jimmy in Steppenwolf's world premiere of The Doppelgänger (An International Farce).

Written by Chicago native Matthew-Lee Erlbach (Showtime’s Masters of Sex, Off-Broadway’s Handbook for an American Revolutionary) and directed by ensemble member Tina Landau (currently represented on Broadway with SpongeBob SquarePants), the play will run April 5–May 27 in Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre.

Joining Wilson will be Steppenwolf ensemble members Alana Arenas, Audrey Francis, Ora Jones, Sandra Marquez, and James Vincent Meredith along with Michael Accardo, Whit K. Lee, Andy Nagraj, and Karen Rodriguez. Previously announced ensemble member Gary Cole is no longer in the cast due to a scheduling conflict.


In the new work, a wealthy British businessman suffers an untimely accident just before a critical African copper deal is signed. So when his unwitting (and witless) American doppelgänger is thrust into negotiations to avert intercontinental disaster, chaos erupts.

The production will also feature scenic design by Todd Rosenthal, costumes by Clint Ramos, lighting design by Scott Zielinski, and sound design and original music by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen. Also attached are stage manager Malcolm Ewen, assistant stage manager Christine D. Freeburg, casting director JC Clementz, vocal coach Gigi Buffington, and artistic producer Jonathan Berry.

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