Sure, you know what John Malkovich, John Mahoney and Joan Allen look like. But, what about Francis Guinan, Martha Lavey and Jeff Perry? The images of all six, plus the other 27 ensemble members of Chicago's heralded Steppenwolf Theatre Company, are featured in the new coffee table book, "Steppenwolf at 25: A Photographic Celebration of an Actor's Theater, Photographs by Victor Skrebneski" (Sourcebooks, Inc.).
The large hardcover book—which bears a bright red cover with only three words "Steppenwolf/25/Skrebneski" — comes out in the middle of Steppenwolf 25th season and focuses Skrebneski's lens on each of its actors and directors. Accompanying the photos are shots of specific productions, as well as essays by authors and playwrights whose work has appeared on the Steppenwolf stage, including Sam Shepard (True West, A Lie of the Mind, Buried Child), Kurt Vonnegut (Slaughterhouse 5), and Don DeLillo (Valparaiso).
Fittingly, Victor Skrebneski is a Chicago-based photographer. His work includes the book "Bravi: Lyric Opera of Chicago." He also launched the career of Illinois-born model Cindy Crawford.
Steppenwolf's ensemble members include: Joan Allen (Burn This), Kevin Anderson (Orphans), Randall Arney (Fool for Love), Robert Breuler (The Grapes of Wrath), Gary Cole (Bang!), Kathryn Erbe (The Grapes of Wrath), K. Todd Freeman (The Song of Jacob Zulu), Frank Galati (The Grapes of Wrath), Francis Guinan (The Weir), Moira Harris (Curse of the Starving Class), Glenne Headley (Balm in Gilead), Tim Hopper (Picasso at the Lapine Agile), Terry Kinney (Buried Child), Tina Landau (The Ballad of Little Jo), Martha Lavey (A Clockwork Orange), John Mahoney (You Can't Take It With You), John Malkovich (True West), Mariann Mayberry (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest), Laurie Metcalf (Coyote Ugly), Amy Morton (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest), Sally Murphy (The Grapes of Wrath), Austin Pendleton (Orson's Shadow), Jeff Perry (The Caretaker), Martha Plimpton (The Playboy of the Western World), Rondi Reed (The Rise and Fall of Little Voice), Molly Regan (The Glass Menagerie), Eric Simonson (Nomathemba), Gary Sinise (True West), Lois Smith (Buried Child), Rick Snyder (Side Man), Jim True-Frost (The Grapes of Wrath) and Alan Wilder (The Weir).
In another photo op, Steppenwolfers were recently captured on film by Annie Lebowitz. Those pictures will appear in the January issue of Vanity Fair. —By Robert Simonson