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Welcome to Belleville Letter from Artistic Director Martha Lavey
All in the Family Conversations with ensemble members Alana Arenas and Kate Arrington By Literary Manager Aaron Carter.
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Welcome Letter Abby: Where am I? Zack: Home, homey. (She laughs, drunkenly)
Welcome to Belleville by Martha Lavey Two couples. One, Abby and Zack, are American expatriates living in the Belleville neighborhood of Paris. The other, Alioune and Amina, have roots in Senegal and are the landlords of the apartment where Abby and Zack live, and their downstairs neighbors. Abby and Zack are recently married and have moved to Paris for Zack's job doing medical research on AIDS with Medicine Sans Frontiers. Abby is finding it hard to live in Paris. She doesn't speak French, she misses her family. Her mom recently died, her sister is about to give birth, and she has gone off of her antidepressant medication. Abby is in constant contact with her father, who calls frequently (to Zack's frustration). The unease between Abby and Zack is apparent from the opening scene of the play, despite their efforts to connect. Alioune and Zack are friends. They get together to smoke pot but their camaraderie is strained. Zack hasn't paid rent for four months and it's left to Alioune, who's under pressure from his family, to collect the money he's owed. The play is a suspense story so it would be unfair to reveal its plot or hint at its outcome. I think, instead, I might point to some elements of the play worth observing. The first is the difference between these couples. Abby and Zack, white Americans, are ex-patriots. Alioune is an African immigrant and Amina was born in France. The differentiation found in common usage usually comes down to socioeconomic factors, so skilled professionals working in another country are described as expatriates whereas a manual labourer who has moved to
another country to earn more money might be labeled an ‘immigrant.’ This is important to the play in understanding the dynamic between the couples and it points to a central theme that Amy is working throughout the play. The recurring mention of home and family, parents and children, is a lens through which Amy is exploring the question of responsibility and maturity and the cultural forces that shape those qualities. Alioune and Amina are parents, Zack and Abby are not despite their being several years older than Alioune and Amina. Instead, Abby is positioned as a daughter: her constant connection to her father and the family of her origin is a point of tension between her and Zack. Abby's sister and brotherin-law await the eminent birth of their daughter and in the banter between Abby and Zack, we see that they regard the couple as rather conventional. There's a bit of scorn in the way that they talk about the settled lifestyle of Abby's sister and brother-inlaw—the implication that they are grown-up and thus “square.” Notice that in the patter between Zack and Abby, their nickname for each other is “homey.” Yes, it's a term of endearment in contemporary slang to signify a closeness, but the constant repetition of the moniker is significant because its common usage is between friends (usually of the same gender) and so conveys more a friendship than a spousal relationship. Because the play is inquiring so pointedly into the nature of home, the idea that Abby and Zack are less spouse to one another than playmates is unsettling. An exchange between the couple when Abby is very drunk is revealing:
Abby: Home homey home homey home. Did you know that— Zack: Gonna have to repeat that. Abby: The word uncanny. It means unhomely. I mean, etymolog-ic-ally. Or in German, or something. It's Freud. I'm dizzy. Through this brief exchange, the playwright has glancingly introduced the specter of the uncanny in Abby's dizzy feeling for home, and hinted at the “Freudian” nature of that feeling. The uncanny is identified as a feeling of the strange and mysteriously unsettling, and specifically, in Freudian terms, describes something that appears familiar but is paradoxically foreign at the same time. Something that should be comforting appears threatening, and all the more so because of the familiar shape it takes. It may be worth noting Freud introduced his concept of the uncanny with the German word ‘unheimlich.’ That is, the opposite of 'heimlich' which can be translated as ‘homely.’ It's here, that Abby, in her disinhibited state is able to put her finger on the nexus of home, the uncanny, and the Freudian indication of something below the surface. Something in Abby recognizes an unease in their “home” they have in each other. I love the introduction of “the foreign” into the knot of meaning. It loops us back to Amina and Alioune. Both couples are perceived as "foreigners" in France but Alioune and Amina perhaps have a more "uncanny" relationship to France. Alioune was born in Senegal, the former French colony. He is a familiar in his adopted country in that he speaks French, and because his wife Amina was born in France. And yet their African origins mark both as foreign, “the other.” As Zack and Abby are so clearly outsiders to Belleville, the “uncanny” in that couple may exist more deeply in the personal relationship between them—in the “unhomeliness” of the home they share. The sense that they are more sibling or
playmate than they are spouse to one another suggests that they have never really left the home of their origin. Home to them is a place where they are children, not a place where they have children. Within the context of marriage, their familiarity is, perhaps, strange. The play is asking us to keep two things in view: the nature of the relationship between Zack and Abby, and the difference between the two couples in the play. I think Amy is extremely skilled in maintaining that dual focus. The deeply psychological inquiry into the relationship of Abby and Zack opens up onto a cultural question. How is it that Americans comport themselves on the world stage? Is there, finally, a difference in our sense of maturity and responsibility?
And finally, the play is an engrossing and suspenseful mystery. It's a great theatrical ride—funny, scary, insightful and surprising. We are delighted to bring this powerful voice to Steppenwolf.
Steppenwolf Artistic Director Martha Lavey
Martha Lavey†* Artistic Director
David Hawkanson Executive Director
Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents
Steppenwolf salutes the sponsors for our production of Belleville Corporate Production Sponsor
By Amy Herzog Directed by Anne Kauffman Featuring Alana Arenas† * Kate Arrington† * Chris Boykin* Cliff Chamberlain*
Individual Production Sponsors Hope Abelson Production Endowment Fund Philip and Janice Beck Betty Bradshaw Frank G. and Gertrude Dunlap Fund Richard and Mary L. Gray Caryn and King Harris Martha Lavey Liz and Eric Lefkofsky Steven D. Loucks J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation Robert and Louise Sanborn
Production James Schuette+ Scenic Design Janice Pytel+ Costume Design Matt Frey+ Lighting Design Richard Woodbury+ Sound Design and Original Music Matt Hawkins Fight Choreography Cecilie O’Reilly Dialect Coach Erica Daniels° Casting Director Deb Styer* Stage Manager Christine D. Freeburg* Assistant Stage Manager
ComEd is the 2012/13 Season Lighting Sponsor. Belleville was commissioned by Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, Connecticut; James Bundy, Artistic Director; Victoria Nolan, Managing Director; and received its first public performance on October 21, 2011.
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Steppenwolf Theatre Company is a constituent of Theatre Communication Group (TCG), the national organization for nonprofit professional theater. † member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company ensemble. * member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers. + member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829 of the IATSE. ° member of the Casting Society of America.
Cast and Contributors Cast (in alphabetical order) Alana Arenas†* (Amina) Kate Arrington†* (Abby) Chris Boykin* (Alouine) Cliff Chamberlain* (Zack)
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Understudies Ally Carey (Abby) McKenzie Chinn (Amina) Christopher Chmelik (Zack) Sean Parris (Alouine) Setting A one-bedroom apartment in the Belleville section of Paris. Mid-December of the recent past.
There will be no intermission. There will be a post-show discussion immediately following the performance.
Additional Staff Andrew Burden Swanson Assistant Director Steve Sorenson Lighting Assistant Zoe Shiffrin Assistant Charge Artist Emily Guthrie, Peter Schmidt Properties Overhire Christopher DePaola, Christopher Kristant, Eric Wegener, Jon Wolfer Carpentry Overhire Nikki Blue Stage Management Apprentice
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† member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company ensemble. * member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers. + member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829 of the IATSE.
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in rehearsal 1. ENSEMBLE MEMBER KATE ARRINGTON
5. CAST MEMBER CHRIS BOYKIN
2. PLAYWRIGHT AMY HERZOG, ENSEMBLE MEMBER ALANA ARENAS, CAST MEMBER CHRIS BOYKIN AND DIRECTOR ANNE KAUFFMAN
6. ENSEMBLE MEMBER ALANA ARENAS 7. CAST MEMBER CLIFF CHAMBERLAIN 8. CAST MEMBERS CLIFF CHAMBERLAIN AND CHRIS BOYKIN WITH ENSEMBLE MEMBER KATE ARRINGTON
3. DIRECTOR ANNE KAUFFMAN 4. CAST MEMBER CHRIS BOYKIN AND ENSEMBLE MEMBER KATE ARRINGTON
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Bios Alana Arenas
(Amina) joined the Steppenwolf Theatre Company ensemble in 2007 and created the role of Pecola Breedlove for the Steppenwolf for Young Adults production of The Bluest Eye, which also played at the New Victory Theater off-Broadway. She recently appeared in Head of Passes, Good People, Three Sisters, The March, Man in Love, Middletown, The Hot L Baltimore, The Etiquette of Vigilance, The Brother/Sister Plays (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); Disgraced (American Theater Company); and The Arabian Nights (Lookingglass Theatre Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre). Other theater credits include The Tempest, The Crucible, Spare Change, The Sparrow Project (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); Black Diamond (Lookingglass Theatre Company); Eyes (eta Creative Arts); SOST (MPAACT); WVON (Black Ensemble Theater); and Hecuba (Chicago Shakespeare Theater). Television and film credits include Boss, The Beast, Kabuku Rides and Lioness of Lisabi. She is originally from Miami, Florida where she began her training at the New World School of the Arts. Alana holds a BFA from The Theatre School at DePaul University.
(Abby) joined the Steppenwolf Theatre Company ensemble in 2007. She has appeared at Steppenwolf in The Hot L Baltimore, Detroit, A Parallelogram, Fake, When the Messenger is Hot, The WellAppointed Room, The Pain and the Itch and
The Violet Hour. Kate most recently appeared on Broadway as Sara in Grace. Prior, she appeared as Cora in The Iceman Cometh with Nathan Lane, directed by Robert Falls. Kate also appeared as Regan in King Lear with Stacy Keach at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC and the Goodman Theatre. New York credits include work at the Lincoln Center Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club (Biltmore Theatre), Primary Stages, Soho Rep, 59e59 Theatre, Classic Stage Company, Mint Theatre Company and Here. Regional theatre credits include Goodman Theatre, Old Globe Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Humana Festival of New American Plays, The Shakespeare Theatre, Maine Shakespeare Theatre and NC Theatre. Her film credits include The King of Irontown, The Missing Person and Hello I Must Be Going. Kate is a graduate of Northwestern University where she majored in Performance Studies. She lives in Brooklyn with her two loves, Michael and Sylvie.
(Alouine) is from Baltimore, Maryland, and is honored by the privilege of closing out an incredible season at Steppenwolf Theatre Company after appearing in the world premiere of Head of Passes, written and directed by ensemble members Tarell Alvin McCraney and Tina Landau. Other theater credits include Paper Thin Walls (Abraham Werewolf ); Spunk and Invisible Man (Court Theatre). Television credits include Sex House (The Onion/YouTube), Boss (STARZ) and The Mob Doctor (FOX). He received an MFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University/ The Theatre School and is represented by Paonessa Talent Agency.
(Zack) is honored to return to Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Previous Steppenwolf credits include The March, Clybourne Park, Samuel J & K, Superior Donuts, Ski Dubai, Theatrical Essays and The House Theatre of Chicago’s transfer of The Sparrow. Chicago credits include Still Alice (Lookingglass Theatre Company); The Seagull, Oedipus Complex, A True History of the Johnstown Flood (Goodman Theatre); The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Northlight Theatre); and Dolly West’s Kitchen (TimeLine Theatre Company). Television credits include Outnumbered and The Mob Doctor. Film credits include The Wise Kids. Cliff is a company member with The House Theatre of Chicago, a founding member of Sandbox Theatre Project and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara and The School at Steppenwolf. Love to R + E.
Amy Herzog (Playwright) Plays include After the Revolution (Williamstown Theater Festival, Playwrights Horizons, John Gassner Award nomination, Lilly Award); 4000 Miles (Lincoln Center Theater); Belleville (Yale Repertory Theatre); and The Wendy Play (American Conservatory Theater). She has had readings and workshops at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Manhattan Theater Club, New York Stage and Film, Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., and Lincoln Center Theater, among others. She has received commissions from Yale Repertory Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Playwrights Horizons. Amy is a recipient of the Whiting Writers Award and the Helen Merrill Award. She is an alumna of Youngblood Theatre Company, The Play Group Theatre and the SoHo Rep’s Writer/Director Lab. She has taught
playwriting at Bryn Mawr College and Yale University. Amy received her MFA from Yale University’s School of Drama.
Anne Kauffman (Director) is an Obie Award winning director. Recent credits include Jenny Schwartz’s Somewhere Fun (Vineyard Theatre); the world premiere of Noah Haidle’s Smokefall ( South Coast Repertory, Goodman Theatre); Belleville (New York Theatre Workshop, Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Best Direction, Yale Repertory Theatre); and Detroit (Playwrights Horizons). Other production highlights include Slowgirl, Stunning (Lincoln Center Theater); Maple & Vine (Playwrights Horizons, The Humana Festival of New American Plays); Tales from My Parents’ Divorce (Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Flea Theater); This Wide Night (Naked Angels, Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Best Direction); Becky Shaw (The Wilma Theater); Sixty Miles to Silver Lake (Page 73 Productions, Soho Rep.); God’s Ear (Vineyard Theatre, New Georges); The Thugs (Soho Rep.); and the new musical We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Yale Repertory Theatre). Anne is a recipient of the Lilly Award, the Alan Schneider Director Award, Joan and Joseph Cullman Award for Exceptional Creativity and several Barrymore Awards. She is a member of The Usual Suspects at New York Theatre Workshop, an alumna of the Soho Rep. Lab, a current member of Soho Rep.’s Artistic Council, Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, The Drama League, a founding member of The Civilians and Associate Artist with Clubbed Thumb and New Georges. James Schuette (Scenic Design) Work at
Steppenwolf Theatre Company includes set designs for The Brother/Sister Plays, The March, The Hot L Baltimore, after the quake, Time to Burn, Space, Berlin Circle, The Royal Family (Jeff Award) and Homebody/Kabul, as well as costume designs for Mother Courage,
Bios Purple Heart and Time of Your Life. Recent work includes set or costume designs for Civil War Christmas directed by Tina Landau (New York Theatre Workshop); Sweet Bird of Youth directed by David Cromer (Goodman Theatre); Norma directed by Anne Bogart (Washington National Opera); Pirates of Penzance directed by Sean Curran, Champion directed by James Robinson (Opera Theatre of St. Louis); and Tracy Letts’s Superior Donuts (Music Box Theater). His work has been seen at the Goodman Theatre, Old Globe Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Prince Music Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theater, Glimmerglass Opera, Seattle Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Minnesota Opera, New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Colorado and internationally. Upcoming projects include Dolores Claiborne at San Francisco Opera and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen at Santa Fe Opera.
Janice Pytel (Costume Design) returns
to Steppenwolf Theatre Company having previously designed costumes for Middletown, The Seafarer, The Pain and the Itch, The Drawer Boy and The Infidel, among others. Recent design credits include The Electric Baby (Rivendell Theatre Ensemble); The Lake Effect (Silk Road Rising); The Whale (Victory Gardens Theater); A Raisin in the Sun (Milwaukee Repertory Theater); Completeness (Theater Wit); Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West (TimeLine Theatre Company); and Clybourne Park (Alley Theatre). Broadway credits include I Am My Own Wife and 33 Variations. Regional credits include The Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Centerstage, Alliance Theatre, Arena Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Geffen Playhouse, Madison Repertory Theatre and others. Additional Chicago credits include Goodman Theatre, Court Theatre, Writers’ Theatre, About Face
Bios Theatre, Famous Door Theatre Company, Lookingglass Theatre Company and Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, where she is a company member. Her online portfolio can be found at janicepytel.com.
Matt Frey (Lighting Design) designed Will Eno’s Middletown with Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Recent work includes Mese Mariano, Le Villi (Spoleto Festival); Lucas Hnath’s A Public Reading… (Soho Rep); Tanya Barfield’s The Call (Playwrights Horizons); Will Eno’s Gnit, Jacobs-Jenkins’ Appropriate (Humana Festival of New American Plays); Jesse Eisenberg’s The Revisionist (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater); Melissa James Gibson’s What Rhymes With America (Atlantic Theatre Company); and Dog Days directed by Robert Woodruff (Peak Performances). Companies he has collaborated with include Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Corn Exchange Theatre Company (Dublin), Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Signature Theatre Ensemble, Naked Angels, The New Group, Manhattan Class Company, New York Theatre Workshop and Second Stage Theatre, as well as many other theaters, regional and abroad. Richard Woodbury (Sound Design and Original Music) is happy to return to Steppenwolf Theatre Company where prior credits include Middletown, August: Osage County and others. More recent credits include Measure for Measure, Teddy Ferrara and Other Desert Cities at Goodman Theatre. Broadway credits include Desire under the Elms, August: Osage County, Talk Radio and others. Richard has received Joseph Jefferson, Helen Hayes, Ruth Page and IRNE awards for his work, as well as nominations for Drama Desk and Ovation awards. He has composed numerous commissioned scores for dance and is the Associate Professor and Music Director in the Dance Department at Columbia College Chicago.
Matt Hawkins (Fight Choreographer), has been a director, actor and fight choreographer in Chicago for the past 12 years. He has worked with The Royal Shakespeare Company, South Coast Repertory, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Court Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Writers’ Theatre, Redmoon, American Theater Company, Profiles Theatre, Chicago Children’s Theatre and The Hypocrites. He has been on faculty at the Conservatory at Act One Studios and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Theater at Loyola University. He has also taught at the University of Chicago, Roosevelt University, The University of Iowa and Northwestern University. Matt is a founding member of The House Theatre of Chicago, an Artistic Associate and Resident Director with Strawdog Theatre Company, an Artistic Associate with 500 Clown and the recipient of five Jeff Awards. Matt holds a BFA in Acting from Southern Methodist University and an MFA in Directing from The University of Iowa. Cecilie O’Reilly (Dialect Coach) has been a voice and dialect coach for Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s The Playboy of the Western World, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Weir, The Crucible, The Dresser, Man from Nebraska, The Pain and the Itch, Purple Heart, The Drawer Boy, Intimate Apparel, The Unmentionables, August: Osage County, Superior Donuts, Dublin Carol, Fake, American Buffalo, Up, Seafarer, A Parallelogram, Three Sisters, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, The Birthday Party and Head of Passes. Other credits include Tree (Victory Gardens Theater); Magnolia, The Good Negro (Goodman Theatre); Awake and Sing (Northlight Theatre); and The 39 Steps (Drury Lane Theatre). Cecilie was the dialect coach for the film version of August: Osage County starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, in theaters starting November 2013.
DEB STYER (Stage Manager), most recently stage managed the Steppenwolf Theatre Company production of The Birthday Party. Other stage managing credits include the Tony Award winning August: Osage County (Broadway, London, Sydney, Chicago); The Book Thief, Clybourne Park, The Hot L Baltimore, The Brother/Sister Plays, 100 Saints You Should Know, Lady Madeline, Men of Tortuga, The Chosen (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); Gypsy, Broadway Bound (Drury Lane Theatre); Take Me Out (About Face Theatre); and American Dead (American Theater Company). She also teaches stage management at Northwestern University. christine d. Freeburg (Assistant Stage Manager), Steppenwolf Theatre Company credits include The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Good People, The March, Penelope, Sex with Strangers, A Parallelogram, American Buffalo (also McCarter Theatre), The House on Mango Street, The Tempest, The Seafarer, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Good Boys and True, The Diary of Anne Frank, Sonia Flew, LoveLies-Bleeding, after the quake and Cherry Orchard. International credits include The Outgoing Tide with Steppenwolf Theatre Company ensemble members John Mahoney and Rondi Reed (Northlight Theatre at Galway Arts Festival). Other Chicago credits include The Vanishing Twin, In the Eye of the Beholder, The Arabian Nights (Lookingglass Theatre Company); Hamlet, Fraulein Else, Scapin (Court Theatre); Once on this Island, Madame Butterfly, Old Wicked Songs and Violet (Apple Tree Theatre). Christine also spent nine summers stage managing at the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company in Weston, Vermont. Christine is happily married to Thom Cox and is the proud mother of Joan Marie.
Martha Lavey (Artistic Director) has been an ensemble member since 1995 and has appeared at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in The March, Middletown, Endgame, Up, Good Boys and True, Love-Lies-Bleeding, Lost Land, I Never Sang for My Father, The House of Lily, Valparaiso, The Memory of Water, The Designated Mourner, Supple in Combat, Time of My Life, A Clockwork Orange, Talking Heads, SLAVS!, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Ghost in the Machine, A Summer Remembered, Love Letters, Aunt Dan and Lemon and Savages. Elsewhere in Chicago she has performed at Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, Northlight Theatre and Remains Theatre and in New York at the Women’s Project and Productions. She has served on grants panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, Theatre Communications Group, 3Arts, The Duke Foundation, USA Artists and the City Arts panel of Chicago. Lavey holds a doctorate in Performance Studies from Northwestern University and is a member of the National Advisory Council for the School of Communication at Northwestern. She is a recipient of the Sarah Siddons Award and an Alumni Merit Award and honorary Doctorate of Arts from Northwestern University.
David Hawkanson (Executive Director) prior to Steppenwolf Theatre Company was the Managing Director of Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota, under the artistic leadership of Joe Dowling. Before the Guthrie, he served for eight years as the Managing Director of Hartford Stage in Connecticut with Artistic Director Mark Lamos. Earlier in his career, he was Managing Director of Arizona Theatre Company. He was a former senior staff member at the National Endowment for the Arts and subsequently chairman of its Theater Program. He has also had an active career as an arts management consultant and trustee for many national organizations and foundations. He currently serves as a trustee of the League of Chicago Theatres and is Chairman of the Arts Alliance Illinois. He is a graduate of Lawrence University.
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In Amy Herzog’s Belleville, ensemble members Alana Arenas and Kate Arrington play opposites. Abby—played by Arrington—is a free-spirited, even child-like, newlywed. Amina—played by Arenas—is a practical business woman and mother. In separate conversations with these talented artists, I’ve found they have a lot more in common than the casting suggests. In both cases, the actors immediately put you at ease. With Arrington, the conversation flows on smooth Southern charm and sense of humor. Arenas draws you in with a sincere and sustained interest in your point of view: her focus on you triggers an urge for absolute honesty. I asked both of them what they considered their first big break in the business. Kate Arrington: Well, you know you can just unroll the spool…The first big thing I got cast in in New York, I was an understudy in a play called Everett Beekin at Lincoln Center, and it was written by Richard Greenberg. We fell in love a little bit, Richard and I. He’s my child’s godfather now: we speak most days. For whatever reason, we took to one another. He can take it back to the moment when he was leaving and I said, why don’t you come here and kiss me goodbye like a normal person. (laughs) He’s very shy and reclusive, but for some reason that charmed him rather than alienating him as it should have!
Conversations with ensemble members Alana Arenas and Kate Arrington by Aaron Carter 20
Greenberg wrote a role in The Violet Hour with Arrington in mind, and after a rocky audition process, she landed the role. Later, she got a call to audition
the same role in Terry Kinney’s production, which brought her back to Chicago and began her relationship with Steppenwolf. Arenas “unrolls the spool” of her career start even farther: Alana Arenas: Years ago, I had a middle school English teacher that told my mother I should audition for Miami's performing arts high school. I wasn't that interested in the "idea" of the school but at the time I really wanted a bunny rabbit. I struck a deal with my mom, if I got into the school I would get a bunny rabbit. I got into the school and realized I had been duped, the house always wins! I didn't get the rabbit but I consider it my first big break because it was one of the best things that ever happened to me in my young adult life.
Despite the fact both Arenas and Arrington joined the ensemble in 2007, Belleville is only their second show together. The first was The Hot L Baltimore, directed by Tina Landau in the 2010/11 Steppenwolf season. I couldn’t resist asking them what they liked about each other’s rehearsal process: Alana Arenas: Hot L was my first time working with Kate and I admired the scope of her sense of play. She meets the rehearsal room with a large sense of abandon. You need fearlessness to make great discoveries and watching her reminds me of the fun of acting. Kate Arrington: Our characters were pretty separate in the course of the play. But to work with Tina is to do a lot of ensemble work: you get to be very close with your cast. But Alana and I did have one exchange in the play… I think it will be interesting to see Alana do this role because the biggest thing I get from Alana is that she has this huge open heart, but the character of Amina has a certain reserve; she’s hard edged.
Though we were weeks away from the start of rehearsal, I knew these hard-working artists would be preparing. I asked Arrington about her research for the show. Kate Arrington: I don’t feel like this play requires a tremendous amount of research because it’s of our time and a generation I can understand. I’ve never been to Paris. I’m actually trying to figure out if I can go because I do feel like I just want to walk around the streets of Paris and especially that neighborhood. I think Abby’s feelings about her otherness in this place, and her feelings about being a privileged American are so pertinent to the play.
I had been hesitant to bother Arenas about Belleville until Head of Passes was open and running smoothly. When we found some time mid-run to exchange email about Belleville, I asked Arenas what she thought the biggest challenge of her next role would be. Alana Arenas: I'm nervous about honoring the French. Culture is everything. Sometimes I feel like I have driven directors crazy with this, but when I play someone that isn't easily identifiable to me, culture becomes extremely important. In my opinion, nobody exists outside of culture. Even if someone is a cultural anomaly, that is really helpful information if I have to play that person. I think the way people use language is a glimpse into the collective psyche of their culture.
Given the significance of the expatriate and immigrant experience in Belleville, I wondered if either artist had lived abroad. Alana Arenas: I have never lived in a foreign country but I've been blessed to visit a few. The longest time I've spent in a foreign country is about three and half weeks. I've had the great fortune of being a stranger and yet welcomed like a long lost relative. And I've also experienced the sore displeasure of feeling like I disrupted the comfort and order of someone's home. One hopes that the more you travel and the more you learn, you can shed ideas that create division. I remember feeling—in one particular instance—that the sentiment seemed to be, they would have preferred if they didn't have to see me in their country at all. Not a happy feeling and yet, they were entitled. It is their home and they have a right to preserve and protect its integrity. Though I understood that
intellectually, I was deeply sad in my heart because in that moment I allowed myself to believe that divisions between humans would never subside and our attempts to struggle against human nature are futile.
Kate talked another fundamental aspect of human experience: family. Kate Arrington: There are some things about Abby I can really relate to generationally speaking. Her relationship with her family is very familiar to me. I’m of a generation, as is Abby, whose parents did a remarkable thing. They managed to be different parents than their parents have been. As a parent now, I realize how incredibly hard that is. I love the line that Abby has, where she asks Alioune if his parents told him that, “It doesn’t matter what you do when you grow up as long as you’re happy.” And he says, “No” and she responds: “I am increasingly convinced that is the worst thing you can say to a child.” I really relate to that. How confusing it is to walk into a therapist’s office and say, “I don’t think I have anything I can talk about because my parents were really supportive and fantastic and all they wanted was for me to be happy. And I still can’t figure out how to be happy.”
Alana Arenas: "Ensemble" is almost synonymous with "humility." The actor in an ensemble is called to serve their part in supporting the whole. I've even come to learn that self-doubt is a direct attack on the collective. Kate Arrington: Well…the first thing that comes to mind is a quote of Anne Bogart’s. I’m not sure if she’s defining ensemble. But she says something like, “The first step to working with a group of people is to fall in love with them.” To me, that’s the most important aspect of ensemble. It may not mean you love the way they are behaving every moment. But you love them the way you love family.
As I’ve gotten to know some of Steppenwolf’s ensemble members, I’ve learned that part of the ensemble’s success is found in how it answers many different kinds of artistic needs: repeated collaborations, family, developing new skills. Asking an artist to define “ensemble” can be a window into what she gets from—and gives back to—Steppenwolf Theatre.
When I was in the sixth grade, my mother’s boyfriend paid me fifty dollars to fail a class assignment.
First Person Steppenwolf’s Literary Manager Aaron Carter
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This might seem to be a digression from expatriate Americans living in Belleville. But if you take a winding trip with me through a childhood memory, we will land in Paris. I don’t think you could call me an overachiever: the term implies a bright ambition that largely masks some minor insecurity. I was, instead, consumed by a fear of failure. I had hive-inducing anxiety about tests and homework. I would burst into tears at the slightest criticism. I made good grades, but I don’t remember any pleasure, any pride in it. That didn’t come until high school. Back then I only did well because the alternative filled me with terror.
by Aaron Carter
My parents had just gotten divorced. Though I didn’t know it then, this year was the eye of the storm. Waking up in the middle of the night to yelling and the sound of everything breakable being hurled into the bathtub had passed. The shouting matches in the parking lots, the visits from child services were yet to come. There in the quiet middle, I was just trying to find normal. The one tactic I had discovered was to pretend that none of this was happening. The assignment was fairly typical sixth grade work. I was to write my family history. It was one of those multi-class units spread over weeks. I remember that we got special writing time, and would sit in our own little spot on the gym floor, the 15 or so of us spread out across the basketball court. Except me. I refused to write.
When pressed, I could give no explanation. I simply didn’t want to. There was only the white noise of that “no” running headlong into my inability to abide failure. Irresistible force and immovable object. No solution seemed possible. The only reaction was panic and angst. I couldn’t fail. But I couldn’t do the assignment. I couldn’t fail. But I couldn’t write. And it was during one of these wailing, whipsaw sessions that my mother’s boyfriend offered me fifty dollars to take the F. For whatever reason, that tipped the scales. It wasn’t incentive, exactly. I don’t remember being excited about fifty bucks. But it changed the equation enough for me to take action. And so for the next several weeks at school, on our special writing Fridays, I did not cry. Instead, I sat on the gym floor and stared at my blank notebook. As an adult, I can’t figure out exactly what the boyfriend was up to. I recall him saying that he wanted me to realize that an F wasn’t the end of the world. That I could fail and survive. It is true this was a lesson I desperately needed. My performance anxiety around schoolwork was definitely unhealthy. And maybe he saw the roots of the kind of behavior that led bright anxious young people to burn out in college. You know: the kind that turn to amphetamines to increase their focus or attempt suicide because they can’t handle the pressure. A dark vision of an eleven-year-old’s future to be sure, but I’m trying to give the man the benefit of the doubt. Maybe he was trying to save me. It is confusing, though, that he didn’t try save me from the dangers of denial.
I have to assume my inarticulate “no, I will not write” was a result of my inability to face what had happened to my home. Whatever emotional defenses I had built to withstand the upheaval of divorce was threatened by the instruction to write my family history. If I did the assignment, I’d have to feel that raw wound again. As far as I was concerned, once was enough. You could argue that the better course of action would have been to use this assignment to help me articulate and process the roiling emotion inside of me. Why would the boyfriend choose to focus on my fear of failure and enable my denial rather than help me face the most traumatic event I had experienced?
Perhaps his odd gesture of love was simultaneously an act of self-protection. No one would blame the boyfriend for the divorce. Well, my dad would. No objective party would blame him. But his role in providing my mother the courage for her necessary exit from the marriage might have stirred a sense of responsibility he preferred to ignore. To acknowledge my distress would bring him closer to facing his role in the radical reconstruction of my family. And it was at least partially true that intervention was needed to curb my grade anxieties. Is it possible that a combination of half-truth and denial of responsibility produced this strange parenting strategy?
In the matrix of relationships in Belleville— that crisscross of marriage & friendship, housemates & landlords—denial is certainly a factor. There are lies large and small that prop of the relationship between Abby and Zack. Lies that all involved choose to ignore. Even in the first few moments of the play we learn of tensions and half-truths around Zack’s work schedule, pornography, Abby’s family and the rent. At first, it seems that the combination of half-truth and denial is an act of love, a misguided attempt for Zack to shield Abby, and for Abby to help Zack. But as the events of the play unfold, I have to consider the possibility that those gestures of love are more accurately seen as acts of self-protection. We do strange things to help those we love. And even stranger things to save ourselves.
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A leading supporter of American theater and dance organizations, the Shubert Foundation’s unrestricted operating support of Steppenwolf is vital to our educational and artistic work. With the Shubert Foundation’s commitment, we are able to bring new work from award-winning playwrights like Amy Herzog’s Belleville to Chicago audiences.
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The Julius N. Frankel Foundation’s generous support for Steppenwolf and other leading cultural institutions in Chicago contributes to the vibrancy and vitality of our world-class city. The Frankel Foundation’s annual gift of unrestricted operating support allows Steppenwolf to showcase exceptional ensemble-driven work like Belleville.
Andrew W. mellon Foundation
Steppenwolf is a leader in play commissioning and development thanks to the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. With their support, we have fostered strong, ongoing relationships between several playwrights and our ensemble through our new play commissioning, development and production programming.
For more information on how you can support Steppenwolf’s artistic intiatives as a sponsor or corporate partner, please contact Megan A. Smith at 312-654-5697 or email@example.com.
Individual Contributors Directors Circle
Endowment Sponsors Hope Abelson Fund for New Play Development
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Artistic Endowment established through the Leading National Theatres Program, a joint initiative of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Daniel E. McLean National and International Production Fund
Douglas R. Brown Playwright/Director Endowment Fund
Avy and Marcie Stein Sustaining Fund for the Ensemble Steppenwolf Board Designated Endowment Fund
Ford Foundation Artistic and General Operating Endowment Funds
Steppenwolf Theatre Company Endowment Fund created with Searle Funds at the Chicago Community Trust
Richard and Mary L. Gray Production Endowment Fund
Nancy L. Wald Production Endowment Fund
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Fund for the Development of New Work
John and Carol Walter Production Endowment Fund
Individual Contributors Visionary Circle We are honored to recognize the following individuals who have included Steppenwolf in their will or estate plans. The esteemed members of the Visionary Circle help ensure the vitality of Steppenwolf for future generations. Contact Sandy Karuschak at 312-654-5621 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the giving options to consider in your estate planning. Anonymous Valerie and Joseph Abel Robert C. Anderson Dr. Marvin and Joyce Berman Norma Borcherding Douglas R. Brown Robert H. Glaze Michael Goldberger
John H. Hart Lynn Hauser and Neil Ross Jared Kaplan and Maridee Quanbeck Melanie G. Larch Dr. Paul Lisnek Kenneth J. Porrello and Sherry L. McFall
Sylvia J. Pozarnsky Dr. Edward O. Riley T. Marshall Rousseau Harry Seigle Rose L. Shure Judy Sugarman
We remember the following members of the Steppenwolf family who have made a bequest to the theater. Their legacy will help to ensure that Steppenwolf continues to flourish. Hope A. Abelson Alba Biagini Jo Hopkins Deutsch Marjorie Douglas Nancy L. Wald
The generosity of Steppenwolf’s Directors Circle members annually provides vital support for Steppenwolf’s many streams of artistic and community programming. In recognition of their contributions, members receive complimentary subscriptions with VIP ticketing services and are invited to private events with the artists of Steppenwolf. To join this distinguished group, call Jessica Gretch at 312-654-5672 or email email@example.com. GRAND PATRONS ($25,000+) Anonymous Sarah Beardsley Michael Bender and Sheridan Prior Henry and Leigh Bienen Marlene Breslow-Blitstein and Berle Blitstein Douglas R. Brown Terri L. Cable Joyce Chelberg Elizabeth H. Connelly Nora Daley and Sean Conroy Rich and Margery Feitler Rajiv Fernando Nene Foxhall Scott and Rita George Valerie and Paul Goodrich Bob and Amy Greenebaum Ms. Joan Harris King and Caryn Harris John H. Hart and Carol Prins David and Susan Kalt Liz and Eric Lefkofsky Ronald J. Mallicoat Jr. Negaunee Foundation. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Parkinson Kenneth J. Porrello and Sherry L. McFall M.K. and J.B. Pritzker Deborah and Stephen Quazzo Merle Reskin Randy and Susi Rowe Sage Foundation Michael R. Salem John R. Samolis Matthew Shapiro Harry and Susan Seigle Colette Cachey Smithburg and Tom Smithburg John and Carol Walter Helen Zell DISTINGUISHED PATRONS ($10,000 – 24,999) Julie and Roger Baskes Philip and Janice Beck Leslie Bluhm Cindy and Michael Bonds Betty Bradshaw Carole L. Brown Phil and Mary Beth Canfield Frances Comer Richard M. Daley and Family Shawn M. Donnelley and Christopher M. Kelly Frank G. and Gertrude Dunlap Fund Scott Etzler Paul and Mary Finnegan Nene Foxhall Christine Albright and Lawrence Gill Richard and Mary L. Gray Michael G. Hansen and Nancy Randa
Mrs. John M. Hartiganv George A. Joseph and Carolyn Bateman Nancy Lauter McDougal and Alfred L. McDougal Martha Lavey Lynn Lockwood Murphy and Barrett B. Murphy Steven D. Loucks Jim and Kay Mabie Cynthia Luse-McKeen and Douglas McKeen Janet Melk L. Heather Mitchell and Kenny Mitchell Christopher and Eileen Murphy Geoff Nyheim James F. Oates David and Hilary Pisor The Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation Dr. Christopher Randolph Mr. and Ms. Robert Roche The Rooney Family William D. and Pamela Hutul Ross George and Kimberly Ruhana Shirley and Patrick G. Ryan Sr. Bruce Sagan and Bette Cerf Hill Robert and Louise Sanborn Manuel Sanchez and Pat Pulido Sanchez The George H. Scanlon Foundation Bonnie and James Spurlock Bill and Orli Staley Meredith Bluhm-Wolf and Bill Wolf PATRONS ($5,000 – 9,999) William and Sharon Baker Dr. and Mrs. Marvin H. Berman Carol Lavin Bernick Shaun and Andy Block Larry and Debbie Brady Michael and Merle Cahan Keith and Kathleen H. Cardoza Ann and Richard Carr Mr. Isaac Colunga Elizabeth H. Connelly Philip H. Corboy Foundation Fred J. Costello Kim Davis and Mr. Brian Eble Donald and Anne Edwards Amy Eshleman and Lori Lightfoot John and Katherine Fox Jack and Donna Greenberg M. Julie and Michael Gustafson Jon Michael Hill David Hiller Willard and Lori Hunter, The Hunter Family Foundation Marko Iglendza Marian, Fruman and Lisa Jacobson Stephen Johnson Dr. Mary Dochios Kamberos
Robert M. and Diane VS. Levy Amos and Anat Madanes Lyn McKeaney Irma Parker Pamela Kendall-Rijos and John Rijos Leif Selkregg Burton X. and Sheli Rosenberg Neil Ross MD and Lynn Hauser MD Cari and Michael J. Sacks Smita N. Shah Rose L. Shure Jeffrey Singer and Patricia Carman Stephanie B. Smith and Gerald Smith Toni Sandor Smith Edward A. Studzinski David C. Sulaski Jacqueline Tilton Frances E. Tuite Michael and January Ward Robert and Susan Warrington Tom and Blaine Wells Steven Wayland and Jennifer Wesley Nina B. Winston Robert and Leslie Zimmerman Neal Zucker and Marko Iglendza SUSTAINERS ($2,500 – 4,999) Anonymous (2) Jack J. Adrian Loren Almaguer Kristopher J. Anderson Andrew and Susan Arnold Paula Ausick John and Caroline Ballantine Zoe and Ken Barley Bob and Trish Barr Henry R. Berghoef Susan O. Berghoef Debbie Bricker Gregory C. Cameron Nicole and Billy Cheeseman Drs. Rex Chisholm and Kathleen Green Robert G. Clark Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Cohen Jerry and Josephine Conlon Bryce Cooper Dennis R. Cowhey Judy and Tapas K. Das Gupta Kent and Liz Dauten Keith and Rodney Goldstein Beth Boosalis Davis and Maxwell S. Davis Diane Dawson Mary A. Dempsey Greg Desmond and Michael Segobiano Philip and Marsha Dowd Bernard J. Dowling Drs. Thomas E. Durica and Susan Jacob Dr. Steven B. Edelstein Laura and Scott Eisen
Individual Contributors Directors Circle
Individual Contributors Directors Circle
Richard and Gail Elden Greg Elliott Mary M. Emerson George Engeln James and Kelly Epstein Tom and Pat Erickson Marc Falleroni Peter and Paula Fasseas Roxanne Hori and Robert Felsenthal David and Mimi Fiske Leonard Gail and Robin Steans Gary L. Gephart Gordon and Wendy Gill Ethel and Bill Gofen Bob and Carol Goldberg Richard and Catherine Gottfred Sue and Melvin Gray The Green Family William and Nanci Greene James and Brenda Grusecki Jack and Sandra Guthman Joan Hall Marcy and Harry Harczak Pam and David Harrington Mrs. Louise Hart David R. Hawkanson Jeffrey W. and Julie Conboy Hesse David Kistenbroker and Cynthia Heusing Judy and Jay Heyman Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Hill Adam and Denise Hoeflich Dr. and Mrs. David Ingall Timothy B. Johnson and Valerie B. Wiley Jared Kaplan and Maridee Quanbeck Reis and Sherri Kayser Jen and Brad Keck Kathryn G. and Michael J. Kennedy Brad and Kim Keywell Mr. and Mrs. Sanfred Koltun Dr. and Mrs. Stephen M. Korbet Christine and Michael LaTona Bernard and Averill Leviton Ron and Julie Levitt Susan Lichtenstein and John Rokacz Robert Bud Lifton and Carol Rosofsky Timothy and Christine Loyer Mark and Frances Mann Becky and Bob McLennan Kevin and Beth McMeen Mike and Adele Murphy Howard and Sandy Nagelberg Jean and Jordan Nerenberg Simon and Kim Perutz Anne and Don Phillips Dale and Loretta Pierson Mrs. Sherri Pincus Jennifer and Perry Pinto Cindy Printer Bradley and Patricia Reid Sherry and Bob Reum Linda Johnson Rice Margaret Robson Sandra and Earl Rusnak, Jr. Francis C. Sadac Ellen Sandor David and Susan Schmid
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lad Carol and Jerome Lamet Gerald R. Lanz and Lisa Kearns Lanz Foundation Steven and Jody LaVoie Eileen and Paul LeFort Tanya Levshina and Ilya Volvovski Benita T. Levy Lawrence and Susan Lieber Stephanie F. Linn and Seth B. Krantz Dr. Paul M. Lisnek Beth Loeb Abby and George Lombardi Fran Lambros and John Lowry Ms. Eileen Madigan Sandy and Jerry Manne Barbara and Larry Margolis James and Carolyn McClure Mary McClure Miller Foundation Bob and Barb McCullough Randi Merel and Allen LeHew Robert Merrilees Ellie and Bob Meyers —Harvey B. Levin Charitable Trust Amy Laiken and Tim Michel Michael and Susan Miller Dr. and Mrs. George and Maureen Miz William and Kate Morrison Bill and Lorna Filippini-Mulliken Patrick J. Nash, Jr. Cathy and Robert Nathan Judy Neafsey and Terry Conway David Ellis and Hope Nightingale
Matthew and Tina Schubert Gloria and Michael Scoby Ralph Senst and Karen Zelden Gail and Eugene Steingold Matthew Steinmetz Kristin and Stan Stevens Lisa Swanson Richard and Anita Thies James E. Thompson Richard and Elaine Tinberg Kevin and Ellen Van Wart Steven L. and Stephanie A. Victor Dr. David Wasserman —In Memory of Abby S. Magdovitz-Wasserman Dr. Carey Weiss and Dr. Karen Pierce Lorrayne and Steve Weiss Terry and Mary Winkler Jane and Greg Wintroub Carla Young Elizabeth Ziegler BENEFACTORS ($1,500 – 2,499) Anonymous (7) Mr. and Mrs. John Aalbregtse Karen and Scott Alexander Nicholas and Kathleen Amatangelo Kimball Anderson and Karen Gatsis Anderson Carolyn H. Andress Stephanie and Dana Arnett Jeffrey S. Arnold and Ellen J. Neely Edgar Bachrach Richard and Janice Bail Yuri and Elena Balasanov Martha and Al Belmonte Joel W. Benson Bruce and Debbie Bentcover Susen H. Berg and James C. Berg Adam and Elizabeth Berger Dennis and Joan Berger Ron and Colleen Bess Nicholas Biederman Dr. and Mrs. Mark Blitstein Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Boychuck Lois Browning Kevin and Linda Buggy John D. and Leslie Henner Burns Timothy Burroughs and Barbara Smith Stephen Byrne and Kerry Shannon David Callahan and Terri Abruzzo Sheila J. Chapman and David D. Soo Dr. Rosalyn Chrenka Michael and Edie Cohen Liam and Francesca Connell Merle R. Cooper Brian Cornell Joel Cornfeld Cynthia and Patrick Coyle Carl and Cynthia Curry Emilie De Angelis and Bert Davenport Mr. and Mrs. Menahem Deitcher Donald Deutsch Gautam and Ritu Dhingra Roberta S. Dillon‡ Patrick and Denise Dills Anne M. Donahoe Jennifer and John Doran Stephen and Dorne Eastwood
Sidney and Sondra Berman Epstein Ms. Heather Erickson Juliet and Marc Fallah David and Mary Farkas Mary Jo and Robert Fasan Randall Fearnow and Beth Compton Harris J. Feldman, M.D. Carol and Steven Felsenthal Marilyn and Larry Fields Lois Farrell Fisher Elaine Fishman Stacy and Ian Fleming Steven Florsheim and Jennifer Friedes Lisa and John Folkers Al Franklin Jim and Sandy Freeburg Kate and Michael Fridholm Kate Friedlob Mr. and Mrs. Sherwin Friedman Noreen Ann Gallagher Patti Eylar and Charlie Gardner Dr. Ralph Gebert and Elayne Gebert Terri and Stephen Geifman Dr. Michael Gelbort and Ms. Sherryl Steinberg Gelbort Mr. Robert Gerber and Ms. Corrine Johnson Beverly Wyckoff and Charles Ginsberg Mr. and Mrs. James J. Glasser Elizabeth Glassman Sheila and Tom Gorey Thomas and Kristine Gorman Peter and Joellen Granson Mary and Jim Greene Warren Grimsley and Jane Jacobs Charles R. Grode Renata and Michael Grossi Suzanne Gylfe Inna and James Hannan Dawn and Harmon Brown Stacie R. Hartman Keith and Cheryl Harwood David R. Hawkanson Mark and Joelle Hayes Sandra L. Helton and Norman M. Edelson Marlene and Sonny Hersh Richard and Elaine Heuberger Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hodges Ann S. Hoenig and Jonathan L. Hoenig Conery and Gail Hoffman Katie and Nehl Horton Michael Hsu Nancy and John Ide Mary Ittelson Tom and Jan Jakobsen Patricia Jeffers Hal and Dona Jensen Mr. and Mrs. John Favia Jeffrey and Lisa Jozwiak Melinda Kempton and Jane Fleming Gerould and Jewell Kern Jonathan Klein and Susan Cohn Stephanie and Peter Klein Suzy Krueckeberg Raminder and Vinay Kumar Mr. Matthew Kutcher and Ms. Rebecca Richards
Carlos Noble‡ Susan and George Obermaier Joe O'Leary Bob and Joyce O'Malley Bridget R. O'Neill Susan and Ted Oppenheimer Elizabeth Orelup and Lawrence Sonntag Sandra and Mark Ostler Brian A. Paetow and Gretchen K. Beetner‡ Phyllis Parish Amy and Brent Peebles David Peterson and Tony Gueimunde Patricia Pippert and Steven Redfield Carl and Barbara Plochman Andrew and Judy L. Porte Sylvia J. Pozarnsky and Tom Riley Elliott Quigley Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Rauner Linda Reid Lynne Remington and Geoff Goldberg New Horizon Foundation Oksana Riberdy Susan and Edwin Ritts John C. Roberts and Lynn D. Fleisher Dr. Abbie and Sandra Roth Holly B. Rothschild Janet and Philip Rotner Pamela and Fred Sasser Paul Scavone and Donna Pawlus Susan Schaalman Youdovin and Charlie Shulkin
Michelle Maton and Mike Schaeffer Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Schewe Alan Schriesheim John Schuchert and Alan Kozlowski Nancy and Mark Schumacher Nedinia Searle Mr. Leif Selkregg Diana and Richard Senior David and Judith Sensibar Hope and Jeffrey Sheffield Scott and Tommy Sheridan Judy and Jeffrey Silverman Robert and Nancy Singleton James and Mary Jo Slykas Neil Smith Family Ron and Leslie Smith Paul and Elizabeth Sobotka Scott Stacke Ellen Stone Belic Gail and John Straus Mary Stowell and Jim Streicker Lauren and Steve Strelsin Judy Sugarman Corrine P. Taylor James and Sara TenBroek Carrie Thoms The Tipton Family John and Maribeth Totten Nick Trakas and Marc Cerone Steve Traxler Reed and Rosemary Tupper Hollis and Alvan Turner Scott Turow
Individual Contributors Annual Fund Steppenwolf thanks the many supporters who help bridge the gap between annual operating costs and ticket sales. We regret that, due to space limitations, we are unable to recognize gifts below $150. To all our benefactors, we thank you for making possible another season of engaging, provocative theater. Make your gift today by visiting steppenwolf.org/support or calling Eric Evenskaas at 312-654-5615. Gifts are as of January 27, 2013. Brady I. Twiggs‡ Tali and Liat Tzur Marilee Unruh‡ Shawn VanDerziel and Jay Clarke Donna and Dirk Vos The Wakes Albert Wald, In Memory of Nancy Wald Jeanne Marienthal Westcott Donna Wilkinson Eugene H. Winkler Richard and Mary Woods Bobbi Zabel
PRODUCERS ($1,000 – 1,499) Anonymous Jonathan and Sarah Graham‡ Julie Schauer Kathi and Roger Adams Robert C. Anderson Gustavo Bamberger Grace Barry Robert and Sharon Barton Sandra Bass Ted and Robbie Beaty‡ Nicole Bell Stephen and Lynn Bolanowski‡ Nina Boryszczuk George and Joyce Brown‡ Michelle and David Buck Janet Burch Mr. and Mrs. Scott Byron Fran and Kenneth Camp Joseph and Cory Cancila‡ Philip Chang Steven Collens Mr. Danny Cox
Anne and Thomas Cox Alecia Dantico Michael Davis Chris and Karen Dickerson John C. Donnelly Deborah and S. Cody Engle Mr. Bradley Feller Tom and Beth Garrow‡ Stephen C. George Mark and Greta Giesen Keith Goggin Eileen M. Golan James and Dianna Goldman Mary Winton Green Dr. and Mrs. Sheldon Greenberg‡ Ms. Jasmine E. Guy Del and Ginger Hall Marcy Finke Victoria and Charles Harris‡ Ms. Mary K. Hartigan Lois and Marty Hauselman Leslie Herzog Robin and Harry Hunter
Individual Contributors Annual Fund Jensen Litigation Solutions David Kathman‡ Dr. Claudia Anne Katz‡ Adam and Renee Keats Andrew Keyt Terry Kinney Klaff Family Foundation Hilary Odom Jean Ann Klingenstein Pat and Mike Koldyke Ms. Beth Kronfeld Jay Leland Krottinger Mark and Carol Lorenz Mrs. Barbara Lucas and Ms. Toni Sieve‡ Arlene Manelli‡ Christine and David Markovitz Michele C. Mayes Dr. Janis Mendelsohn‡ Jane Mody Mr. and Mrs. Steve Monieson Bruce and Colleen Mygatt Catherine B. and Robert T. Napier Jo and Wally Nard‡ Joan Neil Howard and Cathy Niden Barbara and Daniel O'Keefe Mr. and Mrs. L. Robert Pasquesi Raymond Perry Mary Reusché Sharon and Jerry Rhoads‡ Randy and Betsy Rochman Eve and Randy Rogers Mr. and Mrs. John Rothstein Breda Rugai Joanne and Paul Ruxin Michael Ryan Bettylu and Paul Saltzman Richard and Betty Seid Ralph Senst and Karen Zelden Mark and Kimberly Shadle Mimi Sherman Mr. and Mrs. Ronald C. Shortridge Julia Simpson Joan and Thomas Skiba Heather and Adam Smedstad‡ Ryan Stafford Colin Stalnecker Nikki and Fredric Stein Lisa Stevak Mrs. Bobette Takiff Evonne Taylor Mrs. Vernon B. Thomas Frank Trocchio Mr. and Mrs. R. Todd Vieregg Dr. and Mrs. S. Thomas Westerman‡ Beth and Bruce White Michael Wilczynski Robert Williford Johner Wilson Andrea Worth‡ Ronald and Geri Yonover Peter A. Zadeik ENSEMBLE ($500 – 999) Anonymous (7) Vanessa Abron Brian and Jennifer Alves Jim and Sheila Amend‡
John Asplin and Christine Orders Jennifer Aubrey Peggy Bagley and Rabbi Douglas Goldhamer Dr. Stephanie and Mr. Andy Baker‡ Elizabeth Bakwin Barbara Baldwin Cindy Barbera-Brelle‡ Robert Bartell Stephanie and Barry Batson‡ Mr. Jeff Berta Lois J. Bider Jerry Biederman Beryl and David Bills‡ Marc D. Blakeman Ms. Ali Bleecker and Mr. Daniel Munro Mr. and Mrs. Philip Block III Mr. Mark Bloom Mr. and Mrs. David C. Blowers Laura and Kent Born James Botana‡ Andrea Brands Mrs. John J. Bransfield, Jr. Kathleen Brown Susan Buchanan and Steve Buchanan Leslie Buchbinder John and Libby Cady Michael Canmann Ms. Alexandra Carlson Molly Carroll Steve Chamberlin and Cathy Colton Nancy Ciezki and Diane Kostecke Drs. William and Elizabeth Clark Prncss and Daddio Pam and Howard Conant Constance Coning‡ Everett and Susan Conner‡ Ed and Melissa Cook Mr. Gorman Cook Kevann M. Cooke John Costello and Sally Clair Maureen Crowley‡ Liese Dallbauman Rathin Datta Richard and Lisette Davison Bob and Sharon DeWitt Mr. and Mrs. Habeeb Dihu‡ William Dolan Patricia and Richard Doonan Michele and George Dragisity Will Dunne John F. Dziedziak‡ Roger and Chaz Ebert F.S. Eberts Jennifer M. Ellin Noreen Emerson Susan Emmerson Maurice and Ruth Ettleson Malcolm D. Ewen Adrienne Eybergen Mr. Andrew Fair Judd Ferrin Michael Fine and Terri Keeley Foley Family Foundation Cyndi and Cory Fosco Jeffrey Foster Kimberly Masius Joanne B. Friedland
Individual Contributors Annual Fund June Freidlich Myriam Fullard Timothy A. Gant and Scott Perry Susan Gaspari-Forest Hank and Sandy Gentry William J. Gibbons Richard E. Ginsberg Mr. Albert Glass Stan and Gerry Glass Brian J. and Janie Gold Ms. Deidra Gold Chester Gougis and Shelley Ochab Kerry and Kim Grady‡ Ms. Aimee Graham John S. Mrowiec and Karen Granda Dedrea Gray Dr. Kitty Green Michael and Lisa Greenfield Katherine and Adam Greetis Kenneth Gurber Mr. and Mrs. Ray Hacker‡ Faith Dansereau and Larry Haefner Janice Halpern Alex Harris and Stefanie Glover Melanie Harris Liz Hartong Robert and Linda Hauser Christie Hefner and William Marovitz Emily Heisley-Stoeckel and Kevin Stoeckel John and Maryan Helmerci Frank and Midge Heurich Alan Heyman James and Margot Hinchliff The Hirschfields Anne Linsdau-Hoeppner and Walter F. Hoeppner III Ms. Cheryl Hoffman Kilton Hopkins‡ Kathleen and Jack Horn Arnold and Judith Horwich‡ Francis J. Houlihan Brian W. Huebner Christopher and Susan Hultquist Holly E. Humphreys Clare and Mark Hurrelbrink‡ Jean Perkins and Leland Hutchinson Paul and Mariana Ingersoll Heather Ingraham‡ Tim Jaster Mr. Douglas W. Johnson James A. Jolley, Jr. and R. Kyle Lammlein Ernest and Harriett Karmin Dennis and Kathryn Karsh Judith and Jerry Kaufman Sheryl and Tom Keith‡ Michelle Keller Chris Kendrick and Kasturi Haldar‡ Helen Kessler Seema Khan‡ Ms. Vicki King Anne and Ken Kinney Angela Kirschbaum Janet Knauff‡ Don and Cheryl Kobetsky James Kochalka Annette Baldwin and Paul Kolansinski Ms. Sheila Komarek
Mr. Richard J. Kos Rachel Kraft Melinda Kramer Neal Kulick Family Fund Ms. Deborah Lacusta Chuck and Diane Laff Karen Lalor‡ Susan Lane George M. Langlois, Ph.D.‡ Bob and Pat Lavey Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lebolt‡ Marc-Paul Lee‡ Sherren Leigh Madeline Lesnik Patricia L. Levy Catherine Leyser‡ Fran and Chuck Licht Carmen H. Lonstein Mary Christine Lovejoy‡ Karyn Lutz Meredith Mack Frank and Chris Maggio Randi Ragins and Bob Markowski Kevin and Linda Matheny Mr. and Mrs. George J. Matkov Debra Mazloff Robert and Eleanor M. McAllister Mr. and Mrs. George McCarthy Michael McCaslin Mr. and Mrs. R. Edward McGreevy‡ Hugh and Marybeth McLean Janelle Hoekstra and James McMullin‡ Kathleen A. McQueeny Anne and Richard Raup Susan Messing Karen Miller and Sheba Miller-Morris Helen Harvey Mills Marcus Mintz Cecily Mistarz Robert and Lois Moeller Laura and Brian Montgomery Joyce Morimoto‡ Blake and Debra Moritz‡ Mr. and Mrs. Kurt Muller Zina and Nicholas S. Murray Michael and Kathleen Murtaugh Joseph Mwachullah Walter Nathan Randy Nease Wendy Norris Emily and Hank Neuberger Kris Nielsen Jim Norman Maureen OBrien Margaret O'Connor and Michael O'Meara Brad Oltmanns Richard Ostrow‡ Grayce Papp Patricia Parchem and Candace Zimmerman‡ Jana O'Brien and Wayne T. Parman John and Roberta Paskvalich Sheldon Patinkin Thomas Pawlik and Ava Cohn Susan A. Payne Sandra and Michael Perlow Andy Phelps
Dr. Susan Burland and George Plumb Brett Plyer Podolsky Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Pope Avi and Joan Porat Ms. Sara J. Potts Dr. Jean E. Prebis‡ V. Pristera, Jr.‡ David Pruitt and Marjorie Baltazar Jonathon Pyburn‡ Marsha Raanan‡ Richard and Joan Ralph‡ Jeff and Susan Rashid Doug Regan P. Kevin Reidy‡ Fred and Karen Rhynders Thomas Kapacinskas and Judith Robert Stephen and Caryn Robin Steve Rodichok and Renee Gattone‡ Desirée Rogers Lynn A. Hellwig and Dr. Dan Roller Mr. Richard Rosenthal Joseph Ross and Jean Shutler Lisa and Doug Rosskamm Kimberly and Ari Rubenfeld Susan B. and Dr. Myron E. Rubnitz Henry J. Sampson‡ Richard H. Sanders Sheldon and Lynne Sandman Chris and Barb Sanford‡ Gloria Santona Brett Saternus Bill Savage Gail Schaffner Stephanie Scharf and David Taber‡ Marie-Claude Schauer‡ Mr. and Mrs. Darryl G. Schimeck Eric and Jana Schreuder Danelle Schuch Susan and Gary Schuman Susan J. Schwartz Carla Scott‡ Doug and Maureen Seaman Carrie Secrist Jeff and Sonia Semenchuk‡ Ms. Leslie Shad Mr. Josh Shames Michael Shapiro and Deb Gohr Shapiro Shalini Sharma Nancia Shawver and Larry Weiner Mr. and Mrs. David R. Shevitz Mr. Daniel Shomon Brent Siegel‡ Jodi Silberman‡ Christine A. Slivon Charles Smith Sharon Specht Malcolm Spector and Nancy Ludmerer Mr. Michael Stashwick Mr. Frank Steeves Lauren Steichor Seena and Carey Stein Michael and Salme Harju Steinberg Patty Sternberg Mr. Gerard Stewart Linda and John Stock Kelly Stonebraker and Deborah Stonebraker
Mr. Gary Strandlund Terri E Strauss Ms. Jennifer Stuart Rhonda and Scott Swanson Tracy Tajbl and Neil Jones Dr. and Mrs. James V. Talano John R. and Catherine Taylor Fred Tokowitz Trevor Tomkins Jeanne Towns‡ Carol D. Trapp Catherine E. Turner‡ Stacey Turner Jane Tyner Anne Van Wart and Michael Keable Michael and Gere Warnecke Laura and Bob Watson‡ Chuck Wehland Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Weiss Tom and Blaine Wells Roger Weston John W. Wheeler Steve and Bonnie Wheeler Leslie Whittet‡ Gary and Modena Wilson‡ Matthew Wilson and Anne Posner Joycelyn Winnecke Ruth Winter Cynthia Wirth‡ Jessica and Jeff Wisniewski‡ Stanley Wojcicki Charlotte Wojnowski‡ Gladys L. Wolff Ms. Sarah Wolff and Mr. Joel Handelman Mr. Naywri Wright Carol N. Yamamoto Stephanie Yancey Mark and Margie Zivin David Zoltan DESIGNERS ($250 – 499) Anonomous (22) Thomas W. Abendroth and Terri L. Mascherin Ms. Susan Aberman Alexander Ackerhalt and Daniela Mardarovici Judith and Fred Adler Ms. Yolanda T. Adler Stephanie Ailor Sergio and Carolina Alcocer Thomas B. Aldrich III Helen and Mark Alison Ms. Mar Alkemade Ms. Polly Allen Denise Allsberry Greg and Janine Amoroso Ken and Donna Amos‡ Ms. Mimi Anderson Mary and Paul F. Anderson Cedric H. Antosiewicz and Margaret M. Gudenas Walter Aque Jean Arrington Mr. Hrayr Attarian Kaye B. Aurigemma‡ Jim Babin‡
Individual Contributors Annual Fund Carl Babler Melissa and Richard Bacon‡ Mr. Tim Bailkowski Spencer and Daniel Baker Holly Baker Jennifer Baker Bill and Ann Baker John and Sharon Baldwin Michael and Mary Baniak Catherine Bannister Roy Barber Cynthia Barginere‡ Leslie and Bill Barker Judith Barnard and Michael Fain Solomon Barnett‡ Ms. Paige Barr Mr. Matt Bartel Beverly Bartel Ms. Courtney Bass Mia A. and Scott Bass Priscilla Ryan and Frank Battle‡ Laura M. Batzer‡ Brian and Jennifer Bauer Ms. Natalie M. Baumann Maria Bautista Judy and Chris Beardsley Thomas Bearrows and Holly Hirst Mr. Michael Beasley Kathleen Hughes and Armand Beaudoin Mark Becker Lawrence Bell Ms. Claudia Crilly Bellucci Julie and Howard Benario Susan R. Benner Brandon Benson John and Taru Berg John and Elizabeth Berge‡ Dorothea Berggren Adam Bergstein Laura Berkley Julian and Joan Berman Harriet and Howard N. Bernstein Mandy Berry‡ Dr. Mary E. Belford MD and Mr. Ric Berta Martha Berzon Adrian and Arta Beverly Maurice J. and Lois Beznos Mary Anne and Joe Bigane Lois and Stanley Birer James Bishop Nicholas J Blair‡ Mr. Terry Blake Jon Blanc Mr. David Blowers Jr. R. Darrell Bock Fred Boelter Anthony Boggiano Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Bolas Linda Bolte Deborah Bone Albert Boumenot‡ Donald F. Bouseman Jeff Boyce Michael and Kate Bradie‡ Abdon and Eileen Bray Susan M Brazas
Janyce D. Brengel David Briggs‡ Robert and Joell Brightfelt Sarah Brittin‡ Tim Brogla and Laura Demoor Beth Sprecher Brooks Mr. and Mrs. Norman Brooks Jean Broom Larry and Susan Broutman Beth Brown Shirley and Tom Berchau‡ Edith Brownman Ed Bucher‡ Cynthia Buckley Rony and Tom Buckley David A. Buls Javier and Laura Burgos Bruce and Kate Burgun John and Maureen Burke Ms. Genevieve Burns Crystal and Thomas F. Bush Richard Butler John Byrd Robert and Cheryl Byron Haydee Caldero Janet Caldwell Karen A. Callaway Andrew Campbell and Dana Campbell‡ Ray Capitanini Barry Carlson Fairbank and Lynne Carpenter Sharon Carr Mr. and Mrs. Justin Casciola Bill and Patty Castle
Individual Contributors Annual Fund Betty Cleeland‡ Diane Powell and David Clough Mr. and Mrs. Terrance Coleman Ms. Suzanne Connor Elizabeth Coolidge Zachary Cooper‡ Lucas Crawford Robert Crawford Max Freedman and Family‡ Colin and Teri Cross Mr. Bruce Crown Scott Cullen James Culp‡ Allyson Cunningham Dan Curley Judy and Arthur Curtis David and Jean Curtis Laura and Frank Czechanski Josh Daitch‡ Moira and Robert Daley Mr. James Daly Stephen F. Danziger Heidi Dare Anne Megan Davis‡ Michelle and Ronald De Vlam‡ Linda DeBolt Roxanne Decyk and Lew Watts‡ Ms. Cheryl Deese Dr. Mark and Rose DeMeo Matthew J. Devereux April Dial Stewart and Shari Diamond Austin Dias Adam Dick
Dorothy L. Domuray Ms. April Donnellan Paula Douglass Mr. Jake Downing Raymond and Marybeth Drake‡ Raymond H. Drymalski Natalie Dudek‡ Mr. Paul Dufallo Margaret and Chris Duhon Mr. Michael Dumke Mr. Charles Duncan Nancy Dunham Gregory Durkin Leah Mooshil‡ Mr. and Mrs. Jon R. Dutcher Joan and John Dysart Wiley and Merry Edmondson Natasha and Zach Egan Estia Eichten and Deborah Eichten Michael and Kristen Goggin‡ Julie Ellis Linda A. Ellis Dale and Jo Ann Engquist Erika Erich Tim and Jane Evans Robbie Everest Lori Eyre‡ Brian Fabes and Lisa Schneider Fabes Edith and Gerald Falk Tom and Terry Fallon Maurice Fantus and Judith Aiello Demitri and Pamela Fardelos Linda and Ed J. Farkas Ms. Juliette Feld Deb Feldman
Kathryn C. Froney Susan Fuchs, M.D. Bill and Pat Fuller Phillip D. Funkenbusch‡ Mr. Vince Gaffney‡ Denise Michelle Gamble Heather Gardner Ellen Garippo Royal Gaston‡ Mary Ellen Geist Jami Gekas Dr. and Mrs. Mark Gendleman Philis and Alex George‡ Thomas and Patricia Germino‡ Ms. Alison Geyer Sandra Gidley Ms. Tara Gillespie Marina and Sander Gilman‡ Clark and Nancy Gilpin Carlen Gilseth Mr. and Mrs. Marin Gjaja Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Glaser Anneliese Glick Florence Bonnick and Jay M. Goldberg Karen Goldstein‡ Marsha and Michael Goldstein Paul Goldstein and Nasrin Mahani Sue-Gray Goller Samuel J. Goodman Leo and Linda Gordon Robert Gordon Darla Goudeau‡ Joanne Graham Laurence and Carrie Grant Paula Turner Grasso
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Jennifer Dienes Olga Dimitrijevic Mr. and Ms. Ross Dimun Jeff Dineen‡ Toni and Dan Diprizio Michele and Robert Disselhorst William and Phyllis Dobrin
Toni and Joel Fenchel Mr. William Field Dr. and Mrs. James M. Fisch Liz Fisher‡ Jeremiah Fisher‡ Paul and Christy Fisher‡ Marilyn E. Fites Catherine S. Flanagan Debra and Adrienne Flowers Jim and Yvonne Fogerty‡ Mike Folk Paul Fong Ms. Betty Forman Timothy and Janet Fox Reverend Mark A. Fracaro‡ Dr. and Mrs. James Franklin Joy Frey‡ Lori Mae Frith Susan and Sy Frolichstein
Susan Leigh‡ Mr. Sherwin Green Dr. and Mrs. Robert Greendale The Greffin Family Jeffrey Gross Mrs. Katharine C. Gross Marie Gunn‡ Mr. Michael Guyader Mick Guzman William C Haddad Sarah Hadley Karen and Michael Hale Donald and Susan Hallberg Adam Hallett‡ Bob and Melanie Halvorson‡ Bill Hamilton Chester and Phyllis Handelman Howard Handler Dr. Raymond and Arlene Handler
Kristin and Charles Harper Tom and Virginia Hartley‡ Richard and Dorothy Harza Ali Hassan and Amber Fritz‡ Neil and AnnMarie Hawkins Van and Ruth Hawkins‡ Jean Hawkinson Michele Haynes James and Anne Heger Stephen and Jaqueline Helm Stephen Henderson Bonnie and Frank Henke‡ Pat and Ron Henning Timothy Herboth Constance Herrera‡ Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Hession‡ Linda and John Hillman T. L Hinton Morgan and Melissa Hirst Philip and Eileen Hoffman Michelle and Glenn Holland Sharon Holland Jo Holzer‡ Bonny and Todd Hoover Paula Horn Eric Horng Richard and Janet Horwood Mr. Peter Hoskow Leigh and John Hourihane Travis Howe and Lindsay Fiola Thomas and Karen Howell Michael and Madeline Hughes Karen Hunken‡ Patricia Hunt‡ Patricia Hurley Craig Hurwitz William E. Ibe Jim and Joyce Ibers Sue and Bob Imig Phyllis Irizarry Janet and John W. Irving Jim and Peggy Isherwood Ronald and Lizette Jacobson Ms. Michele James Vince Janowski John David Jawor‡ Douglas and Margaret Jayes‡ Emily Jelsomeno Sue Jenkins Backstrom Joakim Carolyn Johnson Sharon R. Johnston Todd and Jennifer Jones Daniel and Mary Ann Jordan Angela Kabbes Melvin and Annie Kahn Mike and Kathleen Kalasunas Ms. Heather Kalita Tom and Esta Kallen Mary Jo Kanady Joseph J. Kane Olwyn J. Kane Arnold Kanter Mr. Jon Kaplan Norma and Nolan Kaplan Jonathan Karmel
‡Step-by-Step We salute the individual donors who have committed to a recurring monthly or quarterly gift to Steppenwolf. 51 Their ongoing support helps fuel Steppenwolf’s mission of superior acting and risk-taking work.
Individual Contributors Annual Fund Cantor Aviva Katzman and Dr. Morris Mauer‡ Dr. Susan A. Kecskes‡ Ms. Stephanie Keenan Mr. Thomas Keim Sr. Brian Feiges and Tamar Kelber Francis Kelch Ms. Sheena Kemp Ms. Lucy Kereta-Bloch Rich Kerhlikar and Judith Barringer Rita Kerns Janis and Peter Kesser William Ketchum Candace Killian Mike and Leslie King Dana Kinion Frank and Katherine Kinney Sylvia and John Kinney Drs. Tom and Linda Kirch Ashley Kircher Dr. M. Barry and Diane Kirschenbaum Nancy Kisler Ms. Laurie Kladis Matt and Karen Klickman Dawn Klingensmith and Jeff Pinkerton‡ Maria and Karl Knecht John Kobza Philip and Susan Koch Steve Koch Robert and Janet Kohrman Electra D. Kontalonis Merrilyn Kosier and James Kinoshita Rob and Laura Kozloff Barry and Cheryl Kreiter Jill Kremins Charlene M Krombeen Ken and Janet Kubis Mr. Patrick Kuehnle Ms. Tracy Kupferberg Elaine Kurczewski Ms. Christina Labate Terri Lacy Laura Ladewski Marcia Lafferty‡ Mr. Kurt Lagerloef‡ Terrence Landry Thomas Lariviere‡ Robert Larrimore‡ Robert and Lynn Larry Edward and Laverne Larsen Nancy and Alan Lasser Patricia Lauber Marc Lauerman Peter and Shirley Dugdale Laundy Richard Lauwers and Maura Corcoran Douglas Lavanture Peter Lawler Bart Lazar Michael Leb Jill S. Lederman‡ Olivia Lee Bill Lee and Malinda Hamann‡ Peggy and Greg Legan‡ Mr. Brett Legner Mr. Jonathan Travis Leiser Sheila Fields Leiter
Ms. Laurie Leli William LeMasters Jeffrey and Elise Lennard Darrell Leonard and Ed Nowak Dr. and Mrs. Harvey J. Levin Mr. Grant Ley Rachel Libman Robert and Martha Lichter Lance Lichtor Arlene Lieb Stacy and Peter Lindau Cheryl Lindquist Barbara and Edward Linn Lora Jane Lisle Lynn Liston‡ Lee Litas Margit "Maggie" Livingston‡ Mr. and Mrs. Gershon Locker Kaleigh Lockhart Mrs. Andrea Lofgren Ms. Rachel Loftspring Renee Logan Ingrid LoGiudice Katherine M. Lorenz Jeff and Nancy Lowenthal‡ Judy and George Lowman Mr. Larry Loziuk Mr. Phil Lumpkin and Mr. Bill Tedford Sherry Lundell Margaret and Paul Lurie James and Janet Lusk Jen Maceyko and Richard Stazinski James Maclennan Mr. Joe Madden Mr. and Mrs. Charles Magill Ms. Karen Maki Mr. and Ms. Michael P. Malone Brooke and Mike Mandrea Sandra Mangurian Samantha & David Mann George and Stephanie Mantis Ruthann Marcelle Gloria and Joseph R. Marcus Marge Marcus Jennifer Marling Steve and Melissa Marovich Ed and Linnea Martin‡ Kenneth Maruyama Mr. Michael B. Masius Jr. Erica and Frank Matagrano‡ David and Karen Mattenson Mike and Cindy McCabe Nicolette McDavid‡ Nancy and JD McDonnell C. A. McElligott Terrance and Jane McElroy Pat McGarvey Paul and Lana McHenry Elisabeth and Michael McHugh‡ Erin E. McInerney Carol McKeone Joan Mclane Kathy and Alan McLaughlin‡ Ms. Mary McNulty Nuncia and Rafael Medina Sheila and Harvey Medvin
Individual Contributors Annual Fund Kathryn Bender and Russell Menkes John and Lisa Merlock Bruce Merrick Allyson Metcalf and Brian Tennison‡ David and Linda Metschke‡ Mr. and Mrs. James Meyer Ron Micheletto‡ Tom Mikrut Mia and Jonathan Miller Nina Kavin and Kerry A. Miller Dino and Heathre Moler‡ Mort and Joan Mollner Reginaldo and Jennifer Montague‡ Jack Montgomery‡ Janet and Robert Montgomery‡ Mr. Robert Moretti Sheba Miller-Morris Corinne S. Morrissey Beverly and Dale Mortensen Pamela Moy Ms. Ellen Muench Gerald and Maia Mullin Patrick Mulvey Tom Murray Tom Myers‡ Mike and Nance Nalepa‡ Ramon Navarro Nelia Neal Denise E. Nedza‡ Vernon Nelson and Kay Alden Elizabeth and John Newman‡ Lynne Nieman Mark Noethen‡ Barbara Rawley and Daniel Nordby Kitty Norton Jones Susan and Nicholas Noyes The Nuzzos Martin O'Brien Mary Pat O'Brien Mike and Joan O'Brien Karin O'Connor‡ John and Megan O'Connor‡ Peg O'Connor‡ Dennis J. O'Keefe and Mary Jo Barrett Larry and Barbara Olin Don Olson Bruce Oltman Mr. and Mrs. John O'Malley Timothy O'Neill and Jane Rutherford Nancy and Myles O'Reilly‡ Jamie and Rachel Orlikoff Stephen Osada Jerome and Kathryn Osen Pilar Ossorio Mayor John and Jacqueline Ostenburg Patrick and Eileen O'Sullivan Michelle Owens Mr. Dale Packard and Ms. Linda Edral‡ Frances and William Paden Deborah Page Ms. Katina Panagopoulos Catherine and Robert Parks Joseph Pawlikowski Robert Payne III Charles and Melanie Payne Lynn and Mel Pearl
Elyse Pearlman and Brad Teckenbrock Margaret Pendry Bill and Judy Pesetski Charles and Mary Phillips Ms. Laura Pichon Barb and Ned Piehler William and Suzan Pinsof Chuck and Judy Piper Elizabeth and Harvey Plotnick Danielle Pollard Dan Polsby‡ Ellen Pomes‡ Frank C. Pond‡ Pam and Dean Pontikes James and Gayle Prete Jean and Preston Price‡ David and Valeria Pruett Mr. and Mrs. William B. Prugh John Puma‡ Jane Purdy‡ Dave and Darby Putman Pamela Qualls Kevin and Dagmara Quast Leona Quist Lori Ramsey Barbara Rapp Mr. Scott M. Rappe Mr. and Mrs. Josh Rauh Robert Rauschenberg Gabriel and Dorit Raviv Mr. Steven Reagan Mr. and Mrs. John Reed Lisa Remby Clisson and Patricia Rexford Nick and Mary Beth Reynolds William N. Reynolds Nancy Ribordy Dr. and Mrs. Ralph Richter, Jr.‡ Laura Riddle Susan and Rick Rieser Sandi Riggs David Rigler Bill and Deborah Roberts Liz Roberts Carol and Riney Robertson Mr. Bruce Rodman Mary Lu and Kenneth Roffe Beverly J. Rogers‡ Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rogoz Cleo Orthel Mrs. Sarene L. Rosen Honey and Howard Rosenfeld Mary Rosengrant Hilary Rosenthal Mrs. Donald S. Roth Michael and Bonnie Rothman Kathryn Rothstein T. Marshall Rousseau Mrs. Kimberly Rubenfeld Maureen A. Rubino‡ Manfred Ruddat Ms. Joseph Rulli Ray Rusnak Diana and Ed Ruthman Brad S. Rutledge Dan and Deni Ryan‡ Mr. and Mrs. John Saksa
Brad and Emily Salmon A. Sue Samuels Stephen and Leatrice Sandler Ms. Lisa Sartin Christopher and Ann Marie Saternus John and Mary Satter Robert and Mary Ann Savard‡ Edna Schade Curt Schade Ms. Susan Schaefer Susan Tobias and Alan Shapiro Allison and Charles Scherer Seymour Schiff and Bernice Elbin Schiff William B. and Carolyn A. Schildgen Cynthia Schilsky The Schirato Family Elizabeth and William Schmidt Frank and Karen Schneider Roy Schreiber and Linda Chen Mr. Matt Schumacher Mr. and Mrs. Ervin E. Schweiger Tony and Celeste Scolaro‡ David and Susie Selbst David Shanahan Ms. Sandra Shane-DuBow and Mr. Richard Hay Kay Shannon Mr. Peter Shannon Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Shapiro Jeffrey S. Sharp and Elizabeth D. Sharp Luna Okada and Wynn Sheade Kathryn Shenk Timothy Sherck‡ Mr. Tom Sherman Karen Shields‡ Bradley and Ellen Shorser Ms. Renee Shrier Duane Sigelko and Mary K. McDermott Margaret and Alan Silberman Rhett Silver Susan and Paul Silverman‡ Mike and Heather Simons Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sinise Jonathan and Elizabeth Sion Patricia Costello Slovak Laura C. Smail‡ Karen Smilie‡ Edith Smith Ms. Janet Carl Smith Drs. Carol Payne and Robert L. Smith James Smutniak Jackie Snuttjer Henry So and Joe Senese Mr. Andrew Sobol Raymond Socki Ms. Dana Sodikoff Ms. Jamie Sodikoff Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sodikoff Michael Solberg Sonja L Solberg‡ Steven and Judith Soria‡ Ben Sosewitz Joseph Spellman Shantha Sreekanth Diana and Thomas Stamborski Tanya Stanfield Margaret Stapleton
Mary Clare and Joseph B. Starshak Ms. Sarah Stec Peggy Steffy‡ Susan Stein The Steinbachs‡ Dorie Sternberg Ms. Barbara Stewart Jeanine Stout‡ Paul Strabbing Kurt Strand Mercedes and Martin Straus‡ Bethany Stripp Robin Kline and William Summers Matthew Summy Ms. Janet Sussman Yvonne Sutor‡ Ms. Patti Szabo Peter and Obie Szidon Ms. Elaine R. Taylor Vivian Teng Ilene Patty and Tom Terpstra Richard and Alice Teutsch Barbara and Randolph Thomas Mr. James Thompson Ms. Sue Thompson Cade Thurlby Virgil Tiran Richard Tobiason Mr. David Todd John and Madalyn Traff Ronald Trigg Jeff Tsai Katya Tsyrin Mary and Greg Tuite Edward and Edith Turkington Annette Turow Deborah Twardowski Margaret Unetich David and Mickey Unger Richard Van Hattem Peter and Lilian Vardy Kathryn Vehe‡ Ken and Lorraine Victor Jessica Videlka Dr. Susan Vineyard‡ Susan Vonderheid Paul D. Waas Jonathan Wagner Robert and Rose Wagner Ms. Amy Waldon Sarah Walker William and Sharon Wallin Matthew Walsh and Alexandra Mason William and Patricia Walsh Karen and Herb Wander Melissa and Reeve Waud Melissa Weber Melanie and Judson Weeks Michael Weiland and Shelley MacGregor Ms. Wallace Weinper Elizabeth Weir Sherrie and Albert Weiss Adam and Jamie Weyeneth Charles and Leah Wheelan Susan Whitcher Esther White and Mindy Terrell
‡Step-by-Step We salute the individual donors who have committed to a recurring monthly or quarterly gift to Steppenwolf. 53 Their ongoing support helps fuel Steppenwolf’s mission of superior acting and risk-taking work.
Individual Contributors Annual Fund Matthew White Brian and Nancy Whitlock Dot and Dan Whittenberger Barbara Wilder‡ Jon Will and Ada Mary Gugenheim‡ Crystal Williams Deborah B. Williams, Ph.D.‡ Johner "JT" Wilson Mr. Mark Wilson Nick and Nancy Wilson Susan and Bob Wislow Mr. Robert Wisniewski Iris S. Witkowsky Ms. Elizabeth Wohlleb Lawrence Wojcik Ann R. Wolfe‡ Joe Wolnski and Jane Christino Andrew and Meghan Woltman‡ Kelly Wood Patrick Woods and Kathleen Clark Jane Worthington Tracy Wray Edward and Catherine Wright Anita and Steve Yablong Dr. Rodney and Susan Yergler‡ Linda Yin Nancy Loewenberg Young Julia and Tom Young Clifford Yuknis Ed and Lisa Zeitler Daniel Ziembo and Nancy Cook Tighe Zimmers Kathy Willhoite and Rodd Zolkos PLAYERS ($150 – 249) Anonymous (40) Linda Loving and Richard Aaronson Richard and Louise Abrahams Nancy Abshire Heidi Adams‡ Donna Dorl-Adams and Tom Adams Dwetri Addy Mr. and Mrs. Arthur B. Adler Ezequiel Agosto Philip and June Aimen Mr. and Ms. Robert Airhart II John B. Albright Mr. Kenneth Alexander Barbara and Oscar Alonso‡ Alyssa Altman‡ Beth Alwin Judith Anderson Testosterone Tom Anson Mr. Dean Antonopoulos Jurgis and Dalia Anysas Mr. Robert Arensman Rosemary Crowley Rolla and Joe Ash James Atkinson Alexey Atramentov Mr. Rex Babiera Linda A. Bacci James M. Bachner Borislava Baeva Ann Baker Daniel Alan Balsam Margaret and Kenneth Barnes
Merrill Barnes Jeanette and Vern Bartels Ian Barton Lawrence Bass and Paula Sneed Dr. Bruce and Sally Bauer‡ Jayne Bazos‡ Ms. Anna Beck Heather Becker Dan Bell‡ Nanette Benbow Stephan Benzkofer Judith Bergen Harvey and Helene Berlin‡ Raeann and Sidney Berman Natalie Bernardoni Ruth Berns Glenn Bernsohn and Shelley Davis Jane E. Berry Ms. Leslie Bertagnolli Mr. Stephen Best Noel and Shirley Biery John Blackburn and Bill Gilmer James Blackman Judith L. Blank Teresa N. Blaurock‡ Bernard and Nancy Blayer Dan Bleil Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Boardman Claudia and John Boatright Catherine Borowski‡ Larry and Margo Bostrom Bob and Sue Bowker Elaine Brandstetter Lisa and Steven Bosco Judith and Harold Bregman Michael Bremer and Lynn Sieben‡
Individual Contributors Annual Fund Ms. Amy Callahan Francine Cannarozzi Randy Cano Marilyn Cantisano and Donald Southworth Barbara and Mark Carlson Mr. Stephen Carlson Robert Carr Justin and Jacquelyn Casazza Karen Case Mr. and Mrs. Michael Case‡ Mrs. Constance K. Casey Nick Casto Margaret Cavenaugh James Challancin Ms. Leemor Chaplin Susan and Jon Chapman Stephen and Jane Chernof James Christle‡ Lori Civello Virginia Clark Kimberly Clawson‡ Pat Clemente Dr. Neil Clipstone Gina Coffee Clarice Cogen Dr. Valeria Cohran Thomas and Kathleen Coleman Ms. Roma Colwell-Steinke Peter and Judith Connolly‡ Marcia Mary Cook‡ Diane R. Cooper Gabriel Courey Suzanne M. Coutheoux Harvey and Arlene Coustan Ms. Merle Cowin
“ We enjoy the donor events at Steppenwolf because meeting the cast and having a preview of a future play is always exciting. The Steppenwolf cast and ensemble members are so engaging that even when they are “just sitting in chairs” and not on the stage, they can engage us in their story.” —Raymond and Arlene Handler, Steppenwolf supporters since 1998. Ms. Stephanie Brenner Carolyn Brna James Broedlow Frank Brooks and Andrea Twiss-Brooks‡ Alice Brown Evelyn G. Brown Robert and Ilene Brown Jacqueline Brumlik John Buenz Anne Burke Becky Burns‡ Mr. James Butler William Butler Kelly and Kasia Byrne Toni and Mike Cainkar
Susan Cox Carol I. Crane Tony Creed Kathleen M. Creely Sarah Cuthill Beverly and Anthony D'Agostino Paul and Deanna Danao‡ Kathleen Daniels Mr. and Mrs. Jack Darnall Ms. Mary Davidson and Mr. David Orkowski Jane Davis Ms. Geralyn L. Delaney Ms. Rebecca Delcomyn‡ Maureen and Mel De Matoff
Jeffrey and Beverly Dembo Michelle and Christopher DeMent Mr. Bob Dengel Mr. Glen Derrico Pierre Desy and Michel Desjardins Harriet and Lou Dicerbo John and Martha Diener Peter and Elizabeth Dietz Robert and Karen Dirmish Maria Domanskis Ms. Rachel Domaracki Ms. Nancy Dondero Christopher and Kathryn Dore Susan V. Downing Judy and Jerry Drommerhausen Ms. Susan Duman Mr. Angus Dunn Elizabeth Duquette Mr. and Mrs. Marcel Durot John and Pat Dyble Victor C. Dye and Joyce Richards Dye Wendy Eager Jeanene Ebert Rick Eddington Jason Edelson Sharon Eiseman Marci Eisenstein Donna-lee Elke Julie Ellafrits Phyllis Ellis Derrick English‡ Mark and Virginia Erlanson Ed Everett Jamie and Sam Evins Joan Fadden Lynette and Kent Fair David C. Farmer Bill Farrand Ms. Mary Feeney Drs. Richard and Roberta Feldman Mr. Kyle Fennell Ira Fenton‡ Mark Fenzel Ms. Katherine Feucht Brian and Judy Fields Robert and Kathleen Fife Marty and Susie Fine Sean Finn Nancy and Rick Firfer Mr. Robert G. Fisch Peter Fischer Sara Stern and Ted Fishman‡ Peter and Catherine McCafferty Sam Fleischacker and Amy Reichert‡ Kass Fleisher‡ Myla Flores Jeanne Flosi Bernadette Foley and Richard Landgraft‡ Barbara and Todd Ford Ms. Carma Forgie Marilyn and Eric Fors‡ Amanda Fox Rhona Frazin Donna Fredricksen Jill Freedman and Gene Combs Lauren Freedman and Najib Habiby
Roxanne Friedman Lance Friedman and Sari Gluckin Herbert C. Friedmann Richard and Lois Fuhrer Alexis Funches Hilda Garcia Mr. Brandon Gardner Raymond and Patricia Gass Liora and Alison Gates Mark and Bonnie Gehrman Barbara J. Geist Ava George Stewart Doug Gerald Nancy Gidwitz Geoffrey L. Gifford Hugh and Doris Gilbert Lucia Giudice and John Leonard Mitchell Glaser Sarah E. Tarabori Sue Golan Jaye and John Golanty Marvin and Phyllis Goldblatt Jennifer Goldman Enid J. Golinkin Dr. Deirdre Dupre and Dr. Robert Golub Mila Gomez Jessica L. Gonzalez Sandra and James Goodman Bruce Gorchow and Marie Fioramonti Sophie and Bob Gordon Priscilla Gotsick Joseph and Sarah Graham Bobby Grant‡ William and Diane Grant Judy Grasmick Chris Gravenites Allen Greenberger Hannah Greene‡ Tyler James Greene Merle and Barry Gross Nancy Grossman Nathan and Evelyn Grossman Mrs. Mary Kay Haben Kathleen Hagerty Mary Haley Joan Hall Richard Halvorsen‡ Anne Harney‡ Ameerah Harris Donald and Sharon Harris Mr. Joshua Harris Ms. Barbara Hart Lee Haupt, Yvonne Lange and Ted Steck Steve Hayes and Patricia Olcenica Dave Hayes and Mary Stelmach-Hayes Albert and Amy Heber Mr. and Ms. Bruce Hecktman Alison Hefele Bonney Ms. Alison Heiser Ms. Mary Ellen Hennessy Martha Henry Rachel R. Henry Ms. Lynne Hensel Beth Herbert Joyce K. Herdliska Nancy Herring
Marcia and Darrell Herschler‡ Lina and Dave Hilko‡ Fred Hill John and Roxann Hill James Hill and Patrice Keleher Marc Hilton and Judith Aronson Nancy and Allen Hirschfield Bill and Pat Hitt John and Virginia Hogan Thomas Hogan Ms. Karolina Hogueisson Ms. Janet Hoiberg Betsy and Arthur Holden Nancy C. Holland‡ Donald and Karen Holmberg David and Suzanne Holmes Jeffrey Holst Mr. James Holzhauer Mary and Dermot Horgan Marc and Cathy Horowitz Chanda Hott Ina and John Houck Annie Nabra‡ Mr. Dave Dimmlich and Ms. Beth Hummelberg Barbara Hunter and Cottrell Meadors Ms. Amy Hutchison Richard Hutner and Lena Motev Connie and Richard Hyman Beartriz Iorgulescu Joan Istrate Jerry Jackson Laura Jacob Patricia A. Jiganti Sarah A. Jolie Robert Coon and Cory Jones Patricia Jones Mr. and Mrs. Herb Jordan Sandra Jordan Howard and Marianne Jump George Kaprelian Mr. and Mrs. James Kargman Jerry Karlin Lee and Shel Karon Mel and Renee Katten Rich and Heidi Katz Matthew Keller, Jr. Eva Kellogg Arlene Kelly Valerie Kendrick Ms. Portia Kennel Harry Kenny Miss. Payal Keshvani Ms. Martijn Kist Maureen and Kim Klatt Kelli Klauber Carol and James Klenk David Klumpp and Gretchen Norman Douglas and Catherine Knuth Stanley and Billie Kocal Zachary Koenig Lilia Kogan Betty H. Kolb Cheryl and Robert Kopecky Amy R. Korin Jay and Patti Kouba Jennifer A. Krug
‡Step-by-Step We salute the individual donors who have committed to a recurring monthly or quarterly gift to Steppenwolf. 55 Their ongoing support helps fuel Steppenwolf’s mission of superior acting and risk-taking work.
Individual Contributors Annual Fund Ms. Quincey Krull Ms. Jennifer Kueker Bob Kunio and Libby Roth‡ Carol L. Kutak Pamela K. Ladd Elissa Lafayette Kevin Lamanna Ms. Margaret Lambrecht Phil and Helen Lambruschi Ed and Bettine Landon Joseph Lane Jennifer M. Lansing Dr. and Mrs. Jules H. Last Bill and Joanna Lisa Leahy Dayna Lee‡ Linda Legner Deidre LeMire Neil Lenhoff Sandy Lentz Robert Levels Marc and Cynthia Levin Mr. and Mrs. Mark Levitin Susan Levitt Christopher and Kelly Lewis Gregory Lewis and Mary Strek‡ Jacquie Lewis Susan Liddell Mr. and Mrs. Paul Liebenson Arnie Liepa and Susan Warren-Liepa Jean Linsner Peter Lipton Ms. Sherry Liske Dr. Jeffrey Lisowski Mr. and Mrs. Burton Litwin Velda Lloyd Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lofgren Brian and Ilse Loftus Chris Lonn Mr. Thomas Lovaas David Lundeen Elliott and Miriam Lyon Matt MacKenzie Mardie MacKimm Madeline MacMillan Alice R. Macy Tracy Madison Claude Maechling and Carrie McNally‡ Karen and Daniel Maki Ms. Veronica Maldonado Ms. Donna Mallon Loretta Malone Joseph and Rose Manak Katie Mangan Wendy Manto Melissa and Richard March David Marker and Georgann Joseph Robin Martin Anthony and Laura Massaro Amy Matheny Henry and Peggy Matson Mr. and Mrs. R. David Matthews John May Margaret F. May Lisa Mayntz and William M. Blidy Sarah E Mcachran Ms. Sally McArdle Patricia McBride
John M. McCabe Leonard Mccormick Stacey and Patrick McCusker Nancy McDaniel Denise McGuffin Anastasia McGuire Mary and Dan Mcguire Joseph and Agnes McHugh Mr. and Mrs. Breece McKinney Beth McLaren Sandy Pagan and Michael McLean Tom and Adrienne McMullen Loni Mecum Claretta Meier Maureen Meier Michael and Nancy Merel Terri Mertz and Richard P. Deranian Chuck and Sylvia Meyers‡ Ms. Lauren Mifflin Dean A. Miller and Martha H. Swift Ellen Miller Ron and Pat Miller Sandy and Scott Miller‡ Susan M. Miller Craig and Donna Mindrum Charlotte Miner Nathan Fleming and Abby Mohaupt‡ Roger and Pauline Mohr Barbara and Ron Moline Drs. Terri Monk and B. Craig Weldon‡ Chris and Kathe Monley‡ Ms. Carolyn Montford Brian Weatherford and Steven Montgomery William Mooney Ms. Shannon Moore Ms. Shirley Moore Harry and Harriet Morrison Ms. Mary Louise H. Morrison Dr. Martin Mozes and Mrs. Chava Mozes Patrick Mulville Holly and Edward Murawski James and Jean Murphy Mary Ellen Murphy William Myers Mary and David Myles Ms. Lois Mysliwy Preeti and Ajay Nagarkatte Kurt Nakaoka and Nancy Morris Elke Aippersbach and Piers Nash Mr. Josh Nelson Lenz and Eva Neuhauser Dani Nichols Mark and Maggie Nichter‡ Karen Nickelson Mary Nolen Catherine Null Judy Nygard Maria Ocasio Mr. Gary Ochs Shelia and Julian Oettinger Robert O'Farrell Barbara and Franklin A. O'Leary Paul Oliver Christine Olson and James Eccleston Jill Olson
Individual Contributors Annual Fund Kirsten Olson Daniel and Laura O'Neill Peter and Alanne Ori County Clerk David Orr Marjorie Orr Margie and Derk Osenberg Ronna Page‡ Dr. and Mrs. Martin Paisner Mr. Jason Palmquist Debra Parker Mark and Mary Partridge Audrey and John Paton Dr. Steven and Mimi Binette James and Caroline Pawlak Denny and Kay Pearson Caroline Pearson Andy Pedone Vanessa Perkins Ms. Leann Perlman Sandy and Steve Pernick Clarisse Perrette and Larry Freed David and Lindsey Peters Katherine D. Peterson Ross and Jackie Peterson Tim Peterson Sheldon and Marcia Pevsner Larry Pfaffenbach Joshua Phillips Linda S. Piccolo David M. Pierce Christine Pilat Ms. Vera Pless Donald and Diane Pochyly Geoffrey Polk Ms. Cecilia Porter Mr. Charles Porter Stephen Porvin‡ Mike Powell and Debora Boyda Elaine and Ronald Prebish Mr. and Mrs. Paul Predick Peter Preston Elizabeth Bigongiari Judy Prince Charles and Sharon Pritchard Lynn and Clayton Pruitt Katherine Quigg Bill and Rita Quinn Paul Quintas and Bethia Straus Bernard and Joan Rabinowitz Jan Radcliff Linda and Norman Rahal Heidi Ralli Jesus Ramirez Jonathan Ramos Dean Rapp Mr. Michael F. Rapp Adele Rapport Bridget Ray Jeff Raymond Nancy and William Raymond Mr. Chuck Rebesco Irene and Alan Redman Michael Carnow and Abigail Reiss-Carnow John Rice James R. Richardson Paul Rink
Burton R. Rissman Ms. Barbara Ro Dennis M. Robb Stacey Robbins‡ Sarah Roberts Jeff Robertson Ms. Kendra Robinson Marjorie Robinson Sandra and Jeffrey Rochman Pamela Rodriguez Susan W. Rogaliner Deborah Rogers Robin Romm Ms. Maryl Rosen Mr. David Rosenbaum Mr. and Mrs. Alan Rosenberg Lorraine Rosenberg Michael Rosenberg Linda Rosenblum and Steven Swiryn Bernhard and Judith Rosenstein Michael and Erin Lavelle Robert and Sue Ross‡ Ann M. Rothschild Ms. Shirlee Rubenstein Sarah Rubin and Barbara Schmidt Brian Ruggiero Dennis Rutkowski Michael Ryan Van and Sue Salmans Dr. and Mrs. Edwin C. Salter Julia Nowicki and Timothy A. Sanborn MD Ramiro Sanchez Carolyn Clayton and Patrick Sandercock Mr. and Mrs. Martin Sandoval Lonna Saunders Mr. Gabriel Sayer Ms. Theresa Scales Mr. Nicholas Schaefer Tim and Susan Schell Alice and Don Schindel Michelle Schlack Mr. Ed Schmidt Rose Schmidt‡ Martha Schneider Brent Schoenbach Chris Schroeder Mrs. Margaret Schuring Robert I. Schwartz Cheryl M. Scott‡ Barbara Jo and Thomas D. Scott Thomas and Mary Ellen Scott‡ Margie Seeberg Benjamin C. Seigle Elizabeth G. Selmier Mary Lou Shadle‡ Michael and Marci Shames-Yeakel Neil Shapiro‡ Elizabeth and William Sharpe‡ Michael and Carrie Shea Cheryl and Philip Sheridan‡ Rebecca Shilling Robert and Nancy Shipley Mr. and Mrs. William Shorey‡ Mark Shornick Debra Siegel Eric and Sabrina Sigg
Mark Silver Judy Silverman Ilene Simmons Jane Sisco‡ Ellen Mrazek and Daniel Slattery Rae and David Smerling Betty Scott Smith Ms. Janet Smith Lois Smith Mr. Larry K. Snider Lydia Snowden Vivien Sookram Gary Spangler and Julie B. Aimen-Spangler Nicholas and Elizabeth Speziale Stephen Spigel and Diana Williams Marilyn and Joel Sprayregen Dr. and Mrs. Scott Springer Patricia Staab Rebecca Stanfield Stephen Stanwood Thomas Starshak Jeremy Steglitz Maggie and Kurt Steib Ms. and Mr. Lisa Stein Wallace Stenhouse Kay Stephens Charles and Janet Stern Gardner Stern and Maxine Weintraub‡ Robert and Mary Rose Strezewski‡ Jennifer Strople Mr. Larry Stuckey Ms. Jennifer Sultz Michelle Sweet Linda K. Swift Ms. Sylwia Szewczyk Richard and Anne Taft Nathan and Susan Tarcov Ms. June Tate and Mr. Samuel Coffee, Jr. Arthur and Judith Tepfer Mr. Darrin Thomas William Thomas‡ Floyd Thompson Mr. Matthew Tirrell Marilyn Torreme Kristin Trovillion Ms. Karin Turngren Susan D. Tuteur Dmitry Tyomkin Chris Ulmer Mrs. Nancy Usiak Ms. Cynthia Vahlkamp Virginia Vale Caren Van Slyke Pat and Roger Van Zele Suzanne Venecek‡ John Viars‡ Deborah Viccellio Ms. Catherine Vincent Mr. Jon Volkert Miss Jimmye Wade Eugene and Sandra Wagner Michael L Wagner‡ Nancy Wai‡ Mr. James T. Walesa Adin Walker Ms. Mary Walsh
Christy Waninski Deborah and Neil Warner‡ Allante Warren Gwenyth B. Warton Amy Waters‡ Mr. David Waud Elissa B. Weaver James and Christine Webb James Weidner Betsy Shaw Weiner Marc Weinstein and Martha Laffey Elizabeth Weir Mary Jo Weis Hava Weissberg Donna Werner‡ Mr. and Mrs. Doug West Abigail and Bernard Westapher Joan Whipp Mr. Chris Whitaker Patricia J. White Sanford and Vicki White Catherine and Andrew Williams Margaret and Bob Williams David Wise and Dianna Niebylski‡ Julia Wold Coleman Wolf and Ellen Chapelle‡ Joyce Woods Mr. James Wright Mary Wylie Dick Yankow Steve and Arna Yastrow Bonnie and Jay Yenne Sandy Young Judith Youngs David and Nikki Zarefsky Marc and Colette Zeman David and Teresa Zembower Barbe and Bill Zillman David Zimberoff
‡Step-by-Step We salute the individual donors who have committed to a recurring monthly or quarterly gift to Steppenwolf. 57 Their ongoing support helps fuel Steppenwolf’s mission of superior acting and risk-taking work.
The Steppenwolf ensemble first began performing in the mid-1970s in the basement of a Highland Park church, the ambitious brainchild of three high school and college friends: Jeff Perry, Terry Kinney and Gary Sinise. Fast forward 36 years and the Steppenwolf Theatre Company has become the nation’s premier ensemble theater—redefining the landscape of acting and performance. The ensemble has grown to 43 members who represent a remarkable generation of actors, directors and playwrights. Thrilling, powerful, groundbreaking productions from Balm in Gilead and The Grapes of Wrath to August: Osage County—and accolades that include the National Medal of Arts and nine Tony Awards—have made the theater legendary. Steppenwolf’s artistic force remains rooted in the original vision of its founders: an artist-driven theater, whose vitality is defined by its sharp appetite for groundbreaking, innovative work. That work is represented in production photos displayed throughout the theater.
K. Todd Freeman
Jon Michael Hill
Tarell Alvin McCraney
James Vincent Meredith
Anna D. Shapiro
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Your support allows steppenwolf to be the artistic home to award-winning artists. Give by August 31 so your gift can be counted in Steppenwolf’s 2013 fiscal year. online at steppenwolf.org/support-us or by phone 312-654-5615
Comprised of more than 100 young professionals, Steppenwolf’s Auxiliary Council works each season to raise funds for the Steppenwolf for Young Adults Programs. We salute the governing members for giving generously of their time and resources. Contact Kaleigh Lockhart at 312-654-5623 or firstname.lastname@example.org to become an Auxiliary Council member today. Executive Committee Kim Davis+ President Conery Hoffman Vice President of Development Colin Stalnecker Vice President of Member Experience Jennifer Stuart Vice President of Communication and Outreach Steven Collens Vice President of Partnerships Francis Sadac+ Immediate Past President Stephanie F. Linn*+ Directors Circle Liaison Marisa Bryce* Nora Daley* + Founding Officers Stephanie Ailor Kristopher Anderson Jonathan Blanc Nina Boryszczuk Bryce Cooper Jasmine Guy Kat Rothstein Jeff Tsai Johner “JT” Wilson
They call winner! STeppenwolf home. best revival of a play Congratulations to the company best direction of a play (pam MacKinnon) of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf ? best perforMance by an actor in a leading role in a play (ensemble member tracy letts) for their 2013 Tony Awards. 60
Governors Stephanie Ailor Kristopher Anderson Courtney Bass Jonathan Blanc David Blowers Jr. Nina Boryszczuk Haydee Caldero Alexandra Carlson Steve Collens Isaac Colunga Bryce Cooper Joel Cornfeld Kim Davis‡ Brian Eble Lindsey Ellis Juniette Feld
Rachael F. Garcia Jami Gekas Stephen George Jasmine Guy Conery Hoffman Adam Keats Andrew Keyt Seth Krantz‡ Stephanie Linn‡ Lee Litas Rachel Loftspring Marcus Mintz Derek Nelson Brett Plyler Kathryn Rothstein Francis Sadac‡ Dina Searle Colin Stalnecker Jennifer Stuart Frank Trocchio Jeff Tsai Johner "JT" Wilson Associate Members Karma Abraham Vanessa Abron Melissa Andrews Andrew Banas Christina (Chrissy) Batorski Andrew Cioffi Molly Clark Derrik Dickinson Tom Ehrhart Nina Esshaki Sean Finn Jodi Frank Rebecca Fons Myriam Fullard Tara Gillespie Justin Glasson Aimee Graham Mark Greer Reggie Guy Lucy Hall Matthew Herek Gail Hoffman Maureen Johannigman Dana Katz Sheena Kemp Molly Kobelt Nate Kush Katie Lanigan Travis Leiser Marc Levy Josh Mallamud
Jen Mallamud James Miles-Polka Carolyn Montford Kristina Morris Brittany Mosley Tyler Murphy Christina Napolez Leann Perlman Ashley Pletz Sara Potts Ryan Powers Rissa Reddan David Rigler Bengi Selcukoglu Joe Senese Laura Sexauer Ryan Shafer Steve Sherman Chandra Simmons Pier Smith Henry So Jamie Sodikoff Ryan Stafford Tanya Stanfield Michael Stashwick Sarah Stec Kerry Straub Jennifer Strople Shana Vitek Kerstin Walker Bill Walsh
‡ Directors Circle Member
Individual Contributors Honor and Memorial Gifts
By making an honorary or memorial gift to Steppenwolf Theatre Company over the past year, the following individuals celebrated a special occasion or paid tribute to a loved one. Make an honorary gift by contacting Eric Evenskaas at 312-654-5615 or email@example.com.
In Honor of Michael Cahan Walter Nathan
In Honor of Jan Melk Richard and Katie Gottfred
In Honor of Nora Daley Shawn M. Donnelley
In Honor of John and Carol Walter Roger and Pam Weston
In Honor of Frank Galati Susan Lane In Honor of David and Susan Kalt and Eric and Liz Lefkofsky Laura and Scott Eisen
In Memory of John J. Bransfield, Jr. Myriam L. Bransfield
In Memory of James D. Suchy Richard J. Kos
In Memory of Jerry Horton Katie and Nehl Horton
In Memory of Kari Timm Jill O’Donovan
In Honor of Ralph Senst and Karen Zelden Linda A. Ellis
In Memory of Abby S. Magdovitz-Wasserman Dr. David Wasserman
In Memory of Nancy Wald Albert Wald
In Memory of Dr. Morton Arnsdorf Rosemary Crowley
In Memory of William A. Minneman Margaret Minneman
In Memory of Esther Zadeik Mr. Peter A. Zadeik
In-Kind Contributors Steppenwolf salutes the following individuals and organizations who donated significant goods and/or services. Joan Allen Apex3 Security ARK Restaurant Group Balena Chef Rick Bayless Leonard Becker, Attorney at Law David Binder Kevin Boehm The BOKA Group Catering Chocolate The Chicago Cubs City Winery ClientFirst Consulting Group Crain Communications Inc. CS Magazine Danny Macaroons David Burke’s Primehouse Michael Davis, Hart Davis Hart Wine Co. Deca Restaurant and Bar Diageo DJ Madrid Edge Audio Services EntertheChef.com
Event Creative Fred’s at Barneys New York Frontera Grill Frost Lighting Tony Goldwyn Goose Island Beer Company Joan Hackett Halls Rental Service Halsted Vodka John Hart, Hart Davis Hart Wine Co. HMS Media Hotel Indigo Hotel Lincoln Jellyfish JW Marriott, Chicago Chef Stephanie Izard Neringa Kardelyte Rob Katz Chef Michael Kornick Donna La Pietra Martha Lavey Tracy Letts The Lincoln Center
Limelight-Food Illuminated Lowitz & Sons Linda Lowry Magnolia Photo Booth Co. Mark Campbell Creative James Vincent Meredith Laurie Metcalf Microsoft Corporation Sandro Miller MK Restaurant Bruce Norris Ogilvy & Mather, Inc. Partytime-HDD Productions, inc. Peak6 Investments Jeff Perry William Petersen POP The Public Hotel Rondi Reed Jeffrey Richards Associates Riviera Schiff Hardin LLP Anna D. Shapiro Shure Incorporated
Gary Sinise Sono Wood-Fired Spin Spun Structured Development Sun Times Taco Joint The Talbott Hotel Tasty Catering Theatre Development Fund Tipsycake Steve Traxler David Turner Photography United Airlines Venue One Viaggio Vinci V.I.P. Valet Services, Inc. Bellamy Young The Weinstein Company Whole Foods Sarah and Kerry Wood
Please note that gifts listed above reflect contributions made as of April 24, 2013. Every effort is made to ensure that the informationincluded in our program is accurate. If you have a question about your recognition or wish to alter your listing, please call the Individual Giving Department at 312-654-5615.
Steppenwolf Co-Founders and ensemble members Terry Kinney, Gary Sinise and Jeff Perry toast the audience.
Steppenwolf’s annual Gala on May 4 was an unforgettable night benefitting the theater’s ambitious artist-driven work and acclaimed educational programs. The evening began with a selection of scenes from the world-premiere production Head of Passes by ensemble member Tarell Alvin McCraney. Guests and members of the ensemble then traveled to theatrically transformed venue for a celebration with cocktails, dinner, an exciting live auction and dancing.
Photographer: Kyle Flubacker
2013 Gala Co-Chairs Stephen and Deborah Quazzo, Ron and PaulaMallicoat, Rick Waddell (Chairman and CEO of Northern Trust, 2013 Gala lead sponsor) and Cate Waddell and 2013 Gala Co-Chairs Colette Cachey Smithburg and Tom Smithburg. Photographer: Kyle Flubacker
Steppenwolf trustee Caryn Harris, Desirée Rogers, Trisha Rooney Alden and Steppenwolf Board Chair Nora Daley
Steppenwolf ensemble member Alana Arenas enjoys the evening with Eileen Murphy and Steppenwolf Trustee Christopher Murphy
Photographer: by Joan Hackett
Photographer: Joan Hackett
Accessibility at Steppenwolf Committed to providing services and programming that enhance the experience of guests with disabilities, Steppenwolf is proud to feature:
• Audio-described performances, artistic conversations and touch tours of the stage for guests who are blind or visually-impaired.
It’s all about performance!
• Guides dedicated to assisting patrons during audio-described performances. • Complimentary playbills in Braille, large-print and audio formats. • Sign language-interpreted and open-captioned performances for guests who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. • Volunteers who use sign language to greet the audience at sign-interpreted performances. • Assistive listening devices in our Downstairs and Upstairs theaters. • Wheelchair accessible seats and restrooms in all of our theaters.
Stage Manager Malcolm Ewen assists Alberta O’Shaughnessy and George Hedges, subscribers who are visually-impaired, during the touch tour for Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Steppenwolf Customer Service Tips Driving to the theater? Rather than arriving to discover that our garage has reached capacity (which can happen during busy performances), please enter the Steppenwolf Parking Hotline (312-335-1774) into your cell phone and call us when you’re a few minutes away from the theater—we’ll tell you if there’s still space available in our facility, or suggest the most convenient alternative. Spending your intermission in line at the bar? Enjoy the entire break by ordering and paying for your intermission refreshments before the show. When you exit the theater at the end of the first act, your drinks will be waiting for you. Need restaurant information or the score of the ballgame? Please visit our book shop and information desk at the south end of the main floor lobby.
Hailing a cab after the play? This is typically an easy affair—Halsted is a busy street and sees a fair amount of taxi traffic. If you’d like assistance hailing a cab or calling a company, though, just ask a member of the house staff; we’re happy to help. Lost or Found? On-site? Please check in with a member of the house staff. Already left? Call the Front of House office at 312-932-2445.
Images from Steppenwolf’s 2011 Red or White Ball
Would you like to utilize or learn more about these services? Audience Services 312-335-1650 TTY 312-335-3830 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to provide feedback? Your input is always valuable to us. Have an opinion about the play or artistic content? Stick around for the post-show discussion featured after every performance, fill out the 60-Second Survey inserted in this program or join the conversation at facebook.com/steppenwolftheater. Have a comment about your overall experience at the theater? Please ask us for a customer service form to fill out, or e-mail us at email@example.com.
Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of the House Manager. The theater reserves the right to limit admission of children younger than the age of six. The taking of photographs and the use of any type of recording device is not allowed in the theater during performances and is a violation of state and federal copyright laws. Digital media will be deleted, and tape or film will be confiscated.
Generous trade-in allowance offered. Ask for details.
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