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Steppenwolf Theatre announces 2022-23 season with return of Austin Pendleton and Jeff Perry

Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
 2022-04-19
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Steppenwolf Theatre has opened its new in-the-round theater and education center on its expanded campus on Halsted Street. E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune/TNS

Steppenwolf Theater Company has announced its 2022-23 season, the first since the addition of its new expanded campus and the first under the new joint artistic leadership of Glenn Davis and Audrey Francis .

New work dominates, although the season concludes with a new production of Harold Pinter’s absurdist classic “No Man’s Land” (July 13 to Aug. 20, 2023), directed by Les Waters and featuring veteran ensemble member Austin Pendleton and ensemble member and co-founder Jeff Perry.

World premieres on the Steppenwolf slate include Vichet Chum’s “Bald Sisters” (Dec. 1 to Jan. 15, 2023), a story of sisters reconciling their family’s Cambodian heritage with an American present, directed by Patricia McGregor; a first play by ensemble member Kate Arrington, “Another Marriage” (June 15-23, 2023), a portrait of a union that intends to upends the typical romantic comedy; a Steppenwolf for Young Audiences production of “1919,” adapted by J. Nicole Brooks from Eve L. Ewing’s collection of poems about the killing of Black teenager Eugene Williams off the segregated 1919 Chicago lakeshore (Oct 4-29); and the SYA production of Chlorine Sky,” adapted by Mahogany L. Browne from her popular young adult novel of the same title (Feb. 14-March 11, 2023).

The season also includes several new-to-Chicago shows: James Ijames’ “The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington” (Sept. 1-Oct. 9), directed by Whitney White and featuring ensemble member Celeste M. Cooper; ensemble member Rajiv Joseph’s “Describe the Night” (March 2 to April 9, 2023); and Donnetta Lavinia Grays’ “Last Night and the Night Before” (April 6-May 14, 2023), directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton and featuring ensemble member Namir Smallwood.

Programming for Steppenwolf’s returning “Look Out” series has yet to be announced.

Steppenwolf Theatre is at 1650 N Halsted St.; for more information, visit steppenwolf.org

Chris Jones is a Tribune critic.

cjones5@chicagotribune.com

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