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Letter from Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro

10 Rehearsal Photos By Joel Moorman

12 Bios 16 Crossing Paths

A conversation between playwrights Lucas Hnath (The Christians) and Young Jean Lee (Straight White Men)

20 Ensemble Spotlight: Laurie Metcalf

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Welcome to Straight White Men


The Unfamiliar Familiar: On Wednesday November 9th, many Americans woke up in a state of shock. How had we so dramatically overlooked the divergent viewpoint of so many of our countrymen? Was our America truly that different than theirs? And why, suddenly, was the fracture so extreme that those of us who had never thought in terms of ‘us’ and ‘them’ were suddenly thrown into a twilight zone of wondering: which, in fact, am I?


If there’s a danger in our work as theatre makers, it’s that we can quickly become isolated, a closed loop of communication, simply reflecting back our shared perspective, creating a bubble of sameness that is both comforting and reassuring. This election, in some critical ways, lacerated that bubble and forced a reckoning with our assumptions. Without challenges and questions to our perspective, we run the risk of cutting ourselves off from other points of view that might push us towards a broader understanding of how others navigate our society—a critical vantage point for creators of culture. On its surface, Straight White Men appears to fit right in to a recognizable Steppenwolf narrative: Here is a living room wherein resides a family who, over the course of a holiday weekend, struggles with deep-seated conflict. Familiar territory for us for sure, made all the more familiar by the family’s optics: a white patriarch and his three white sons. What makes Straight White Men unique (and necessary) is the perspective of outsider held by playwright and director Young Jean Lee. As a Korean American, Young Jean approaches the well-known theatrical archetype from a position outside the action, looking in at behavior and motivation that is unknown to her with an almost anthropological sense of inquiry. Often, when an accomplished artist holds a mirror up to our own situation they help us to both recognize and laugh at ourselves and, perhaps, even question why it is that we behave in the way we do. But Young Jean takes it a step further: by creating a frame and an environment surrounding the production that is clearly controlled by the outsider, she first challenges the comfort that comes from a known situation, only to return us to the trope of the familiar—in a sense, waking us up and insisting that we pay attention in a different kind of way. We KNOW these people and, at the same time, through her, are seeing them for the first time. The unfamiliar familiar. It is only through this process, seeing ourselves through the lens of another, that we can truly begin to recognize our motivations and assumptions and, with that recognition, work towards change. At Steppenwolf we are looking hard at ourselves these days. We are reviewing our position in the theatrical community and examining our role in the world. We are in conversation with not just what work it is we produce, but also how we produce it and for whom. We are 41 years away from those days in the church basement, and while our founding principal of great ensemble theater remains our primary goal, we also have to acknowledge that the world around us and how the community we serve has changed. The role of the artist is to make us see our world anew—as though for the first time. We are thrilled to have Young Jean Lee’s production here, reminding us to keep both our eyes, and our hearts, open. Anna D. Shapiro, Artistic Director 4 Straight White Men

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Anna D. Shapiro† Artistic Director

Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents

Straight White Men Written and Directed by Young

Jean Lee

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Corporate Production Sponsor

Madison Dirks,* Syd Germaine (March 5 – March 19), Ryan Hallahan,* Elliott Jenetopulos* (February 2 – March 4), Brian Slaten,* Alan Wilder†* and Will Wilhelm

Individual Production Sponsors Sue and Harry Seigle Endowment Sponsors Hope Abelson Fund for New Play Development Avy and Marcie Stein Sustaining Fund for the Ensemble

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Production Jessica L. Fisch Associate Director David Evans Morris+ Scenic Design Enver Chakartash Costume Design Sarah Hughey+ Lighting Design Jamie McElhinney Sound Design Chris Giarmo Original Music and Remixes Mike Farry Dramaturg Faye Driscoll Choreographer Jonathan Berry Artistic Producer Tom Pearl Director of Production JC Clementz and Tam Dickson Casting Laura D. Glenn* Stage Manager Christine D. Freeburg* Assistant Stage Manager

Straight White Men was co-commissioned by the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University, the Public Theater, Center Theatre Group, steirischer herbst, Festival d’Automne á Paris and Les spectacles vivants du Centre Pompidou. It was produced by Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company (Young Jean Lee, Artistic Director; Aaron Rosenblum, Producting Director). With special thanks to Hebbel am Ufer. Steppenwolf Theatre Company is a constituent of Theatre Communications 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.

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Cast and Contributors Cast

Additional Staff

Alan Wilder†* Ed, the Father Brian Slaten* Matt, the Eldest Madison Dirks* Jake, the Middle Ryan Hallahan* Drew, the Youngest

Gina Marie Hayes Assistant Director Caitlin Lowans Assistant Director Lindsey Lyddan Assistant Lighting Designer Jimin Brelsford Assistant Sound Designer Michael Dold Additional Props Aaron Stephenson Sound Board Operator Sarah Lewis Assistant Charge Artist Sarah Diefenbach Wardrobe Crew Vanessa Rundle Run Crew Alison McLeod Script Supervisor Gianna Petrosino Stage Management Apprentice Lavina Jadhwani, Derek Matson and Leean Torske Artistic Engagement Associates

Elliott Jenetopulos* Elliott (February 2 – March 4) Syd Germaine Syd (March 5 – March 19) Will Wilhelm Will

Understudies (in alphabetical order) Michael Dailey Matt Hanson Keys* Ed Scott Allen Luke Drew, Jake Will Wilhelm Elliott, Syd

Setting Act I A family room in the Midwest, Christmas Eve Act II The same, Christmas Day Act III The same, day after Christmas

This play will be presented without intermission.


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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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Cast member Syd Germaine and writer/director Young Jean Lee

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Straight White Men Bios Madison Dirks (Jake) is

honored to be back on the Steppenwolf stage where he was last seen in Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (also on Broadway, Arena Stage). Previous theatre credits include Gary and The Chosen (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); Girl, 20 (Serendipity Theatre); The Last Supper (Infusion Theatre); A Man For All Seasons (TimeLine Theatre); and Hillbilly Antigone (Lookingglass Theatre Company). Film credits include Public Enemies and The Dilemma. Television credits include Betrayal, Taxi, Brooklyn, Chicago Fire and Chicago Code.

Syd Germaine (Syd,

March 5 – March 19) is a trans actor/performer who recently graduated with a BFA in Acting from the University of Illinois. Since moving to Chicago, they have been seen as Minnie Fay in The Matchmaker (Goodman Theatre); Octavius in Julius Caesar (Writers Theatre); Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (First Folio Theatre); as well as on stage at Salonathon and the Chicago Fringe Festival. They are represented by Gray Talent.

Ryan Hallahan (Drew) is

thrilled to make his Steppenwolf Theatre Company debut. Recent Chicago credits include Pericles, Short Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare In The Park: Midsummer, Cyrano De Bergerac (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); The Real Thing, A Streetcar Named Desire (Writers Theatre); Octagon (Jackalope Theatre); The Body Of An American (Stage Left Theatre); Posh (Steep Theatre, Jeff Award Winner- Best Ensemble); A Doll’s House (Definition Theatre Company); as well as work with Strawdog Theatre, Metropolis Performing Arts Center, LiveWire Chicago Theatre and Chicago Dramatists. Television credits include Chicago Fire. He is represented by Actors Talent Group. Special thanks to Mom, MA&JL, Jonathan, Tam and Paloma. 12 Bios

Will Wilhelm (Will) is thrilled Lear and The Shipment. He has also collaborated

Elliott Jenetopulos

(Elliott, February 2 – March 4) originated this role in the premiere of Straight White Men at The Public Theater in 2014. Though they rarely perform, Elliott has designed lights for a number of New York and Berlin based performing artists such as luciana achugar, niv Acosta, Jess Barbagallo, Lorene Bouboushian, Jen Rosenblit, Anna Sperber, The Builders Association, Mariana Valencia, Enrico Wey and others. Elliott is currently collaborating with Marissa Perel to develop a practice and platform for embodied otherness, specifically for artists of color, trans and gender nonconforming artists and artists with disabilities.

Brian Slaten (Matt) is

honored to be making his Steppenwolf Theatre Company debut. Theater credits include Straight White Men (Kirk Douglas Theatre); Bent (Mark Taper Forum); Lady Windemere’s Fan (Chalk Repertory Theatre); Hayfever (The Old Globe); Paris Commune (La Jolla Playhouse); and the world premiere of Rachel Bonds’ Five Mile Lake (South Coast Repertory). Television credits include Masters of Sex, Rizzoli & Isles, Criminal Minds, Law & Order: SVU and Army Wives. Film credits include Happy 40th, Uggs for Gaza and Deception. Love to Yvonne and peace to Owiso.

Alan Wilder (Ed), an

ensemble member since the dawn of Steppenwolf, continues to be the actor with the record for most-appearances-onstage in this company’s history. Willy Loman, Stanley Kowalski, Hamlet, The Elephant Man, Sky Masterson, Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Rum-TumTugger in Cats, Will Rogers, Mark Twain, Charles Lindberg, Sir Francis Drake, Winston Churchill, General Patton, Sergeant York, Cap’n Crunch, Alexander the Great, Helen of Troy, Confucius, Sitting Bull. These are some of the character Alan Wilder has yet to portray but is planning to bring to you on a Steppenwolf stage in the near future.

to be working with Steppenwolf Theatre Company for the first time. Notable credits include Angel in Rent (Metropolis Performing Arts Centre); Lost in Yonkers (Northlight Theatre); Jesus Christ Superstar (Theo Ubique); and the world premieres of Home Before Dark (The Ruckus Theater); Between You, Me and the Lampshade (Teatro Vista); and We Three Lizas (About Face Theatre). They have also had the pleasure of working with Victory Gardens Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Emerald City Theatre and Refuge Theatre Project. Will is a proud Northwestern graduate. “Thanks always to WB, CG & JH.”

Young Jean Lee (Playwright,

Director) has written and directed ten shows in New York with Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company and has toured her work to over thirty cities around the world. Her first short film, Here Come the Girls, was presented at The Locarno International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival and BAMcinemaFest. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two OBIE Awards, a Prize in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a PEN Literary Award, a United States Artists Fellowship, a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award and a Doris Duke Artist Residency.

Jessica L. Fisch (Associate Director) Jessica is so pleased to be back at Steppenwolf where she was the assistant director on The Motherf**ker with the Hat. Jessica was a resident director at Ensemble Studio Theater, the Playwrights Horizons Directing Resident, a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and the founding Artistic Director of Down Payment Productions. She is now based in Chicago where she is a director and educator. Jessica received her MFA from Northwestern University. David Evans Morris (Scenic Design) makes

original performance work and scenographic environments for the theater. Previous work with Ms. Lee includes Untitled Feminist Show,

regularly with Target Margin Theater, Taylor Mac, Clubbed Thumb (Affiliated Artist), Les Freres Corbusier (Associate Artist) and HERE, where he has twice been a Resident Artist. David has received a Princess Grace Fellowship, a Hewes Design Award nomination, and had his designs included in the Prague Quadrennial. He holds degrees from the University of Washington in Seattle and Williams College, where he is currently an Associate Professor of Theatre.

Enver Chakartash (Costume Design) is a

costume designer for theater, dance and film. With Young Jean Lee his credits include A Meaning Full Life, the original production of Straight White Men and additional costumes for We’re Gonna Die with David Byrne. Other credits include Citizen (Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group); Ghost Rings, Ancient Lives, House of Dance, Seagull (Thinking of You) (Tina Satter/Half Straddle); Boner Killer, A Ride On The Irish Cream (Erin Markey); B-Side, The Town Hall Affair, The Room, Early Shaker Spirituals and Early Plays (The Wooster Group). Film credits include Tony Oursler’s Imponderable, which recently screened at MoMA, New York.

Sarah Hughey (Lighting Design) returns

to Steppenwolf Theatre Company where she designed The Wild, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning and reWilding Genius (Garage Rep 2014). In Chicago, she has designed at Writers Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre Company , Northlight Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, Court Theatre, About Face Theatre, Steep Theatre, Silk Road Rising (Resident Designer 2012-14), American Blues Theater (Artistic Affiliate) and many others. She won a Jeff Award for Scorched (Silk Road Rising), was the 2013 recipient of the Maggio Emerging Designer Award and holds an MFA from Northwestern University, where she also teaches.

Jamie McElhinney (Sound Design) is a

New York-based sound designer. Selected works include Taylor Mac’s A 24 Decade History of Popular Music (St. Ann’s Warehouse); Young Jean Lee’s We’re Gonna Die (Lincoln Center and Bios 13

London Meltdown Festival); Untitled Feminist Show (Walker Performing Arts Center / The Public Theater); Isaac Julien’s Ten Thousand Waves (NY MoMA); Stop the Virgens (St. Ann’s Warehouse / Sydney Opera House); Michael Gordon’s Timber (BAM Fischer); and Lightning at our feet and STEW’s Brooklyn Omnibus (BAM Harvey). Jamie is the head of audio for Celebrate Brooklyn Concert Series (The Prospect Park Bandshell, Brooklyn, NY).

Chris Giarmo (Original Music & Remixes)

has previously sound designed Young Jean Lee’s Untitled Feminist Show (Walker Arts Center, Baryshnikov Arts Center). He is the resident composer of NY-based theater company Half Straddle, where his credits include Ghost Rings (New York Live Arts) and Ancient Lives (The Kitchen). He’s performed with, composed music for and music directed pieces with Big Dance Theater since 2005: Alan Smithee Directed This Play, Supernatural Wife (Brooklyn Academy of Music), Man in a Case (Hartford Stage). He has also scored the upcoming documentary Front Door/Blue Sky and is the creator of Kimberly Clark, a drag queen beauty blogger on YouTube.

Mike Farry (Dramaturg) began working with Young Jean Lee sixteen years ago and has served as dramaturge for all of her productions. Faye Driscoll (Choreographer) is a Bessie Award-winning choreographer hailed as a “startlingly original talent” by the New York Times. She is a recipient of a 2016 Doris Duke Award and a United States Artist Fellowship. Her most recent project, Thank You For Coming: Play, premiered at the Wexner Center for the Arts and BAM in fall 2016. Laura D. Glenn (Stage Manager) is proud

to be celebrating her 26th year as an Equity Stage Manager for Steppenwolf Theatre Company where some of her credits include The Fundamentals, Between Riverside and Crazy, Domesticated, Grand Concourse, The Qualms, Slowgirl, Head of Passes, Three Sisters, Middletown, a parallelogram, Superior Donuts, The Violet Hour, Buried Child (regional and Broadway productions), The Infidel, Space, 14 Bios

Nomathemba and many others. Northlight Theatre credits include Butler, Outside Mullingar, The Mousetrap, Chapatti, The Whipping Man, The Odd Couple, Ten Chimneys, Season’s Greetings, Souvenir, Retreat from Moscow, Permanent Collection, Cat Feet, Blue/Orange, Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays with Morrie, Sky Girls, Rounding Third and A Skull in Connemara. International credits include Better Late (Northlight Theatre); Orange Flower Water and Purple Heart (Steppenwolf ) at the Galway Arts Festival in Ireland and The Man Who Came to Dinner (Steppenwolf ) at the BITE festival at The Barbican in England.

Christine D. Freeburg (Assistant Stage Manager) returns to Steppenwolf Theatre Company where her credits include Visiting Edna, Constellations, The Flick, John Steinbeck’s East of Eden, The Herd, Airline Highway, Tribes, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Good People, The March, Sex With Strangers, American Buffalo (also at McCarter Theatre), The Tempest, The Seafarer, The Diary of Anne Frank, after the quake and Cherry Orchard. Other Chicago credits include Stones in His Pockets (Northlight Theatre); The Vanishing Twin, In The Eye of The Beholder, Arabian Nights (Lookingglass Theatre Company); Hamlet, Fraulein Else, Scapin (Court Theatre); Once on This Island, Madame Butterfly, Old Wicked Songs, Violet and many more (Apple Tree Theater). Christine is an adjunct faculty member at The Theatre School at DePaul University and spent nine summers stage managing at Weston Playhouse. She is happily married to Thom Cox and the proud mother of Joan Marie.

Father, Man from Nebraska, Purple Heart (also in Galway, Ireland), The Drawer Boy, Side Man (also in Ireland, Australia and Vail, Colorado), Three Days of Rain, The Infidel and This is Our Youth (which transferred to Broadway). Other Broadway credits include Of Mice and Men (with James Franco) and Fish in the Dark (with Larry David). Off-Broadway credits include Domesticated (Lincoln Center). She is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and Columbia. She is a full professor in Northwestern University’s Department of Theatre.

David Schmitz (Executive Director) has worked at Steppenwolf Theatre Company for 11 years, serving in the role of Director of Finance and Administration, General Manager and currently as Executive Director. Prior to working at Steppenwolf, David was the General Manager at Lookingglass Theatre

Company, Associate Artistic Director of Stage Left Theatre and Business Manager at the entertainment agency Adair Performance. Currently, he serves as Vice President of the Board for The House Theatre of Chicago as well as on the boards of the League of Chicago Theatres and Arts Alliance Illinois. David is a former board member for the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce and has worked as a strategic planning, business practices, finance and hiring consultant for numerous Chicago organizations, including The House Theatre of Chicago, The Hypocrites and Stage Left Theatre, among others. He holds a BA in theatre from the University of Northern Colorado, an MFA from the Theatre Conservatory at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University and a Certificate in Non Profit Management from Roosevelt University.

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Crossing Paths

Straight White Men isn’t “about” privilege or attempting to reveal anything new about it or solve it. I was more curious about the question, “If I woke up tomorrow and I was a straight white man, what would I do?” That’s where the existential crisis came up for me, because it would be one thing if I woke up as a straight white man who never thought about his identity and enjoyed his privilege unthinkingly—that might feel kind of good. But if I were to wake up with my own brain in a straight white male body, it would be completely problematic. So it was less that I was trying to create sympathy for straight white male identity, than I was trying to inhabit that identity as a woman of color. Straight White Men is designed to make audiences notice their own responses and think about their relationships to their own privilege.

A conversation between playwrights Lucas Hnath (The Christians) and Young Jean Lee (Straight White Men)

Greta Honold: Was there something specific that inspired your writing of the play? A long unanswered question, an aha moment, an image? Young Jean Lee: When starting a play, I ask myself, “What’s the last show in the world I would ever want to make?” Then I force myself to make it. I do this because going out of my comfort zone compels me to

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challenge my assumptions and find value in unexpected places. I feel a lot of resistance towards the idea of identity-politics art, which is why I make so much of it. For Straight White Men, I asked myself, “What’s the last identity I would ever want to make an identity-politics show about?” Lucas Hnath: I’ve heard you say this before about writing the last show in the world you would ever want to make. I love that as a frame for finding the play that you most need to write. This always made me want to ask you though: what’s the first show in the world you would ever want to make? If you were to just stay in the center of your comfort zone, what would that play be? YJL: The center of my comfort zone would be trying to imitate someone else’s play that I love. Unfortunately that never works, so it’s not an option for me.

LH: And so what have been the responses from audience members? Any interesting trends in how they think about their relationship to their privilege after watching the play? Maybe that question is way too broad, because I imagine there’s a great deal of variation within any given audience population.

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Playwrights Lucas Hnath and Young Jean Lee have busy schedules, full of writing, rewriting, workshopping, teaching, traveling, rewriting some more. So Audience Engagement Creative Producer Greta Honold caught them on email and over several weeks the three developed an impressive email thread! Here is an excerpt from their conversation, focused on Young Jean Lee and Straight White Men.

YJL: It’s not a play with a clear message, so what I’ve seen the most is people feeling bothered or upset afterwards, and not always knowing why. Anger is a common response. People always stay for the talkbacks because they want to figure out what just happened to them and why they’re feeling this way. One person said, “Why did the playwright do this to us?” It always strikes me that an audience can spend 3/4 of a play laughing their heads off

and having a great time, and then be so bothered at the end. People have told me the play has prompted lots of conversation and introspection. LH: How many different cities have you been in with Straight White Men? I’m curious if you’ve noticed interesting variances in audience response and if the play needed to recalibrate with respect to the reception. YJL: I think nine different cities. People laugh a lot more in the U.S. than in Europe, and get more angry about the ending. They really don’t like it that there’s not a happy resolution, and that no secrets are revealed that explain everything. European audiences are much less attached to conventional theater structures and tend to like the ending more. It’s a pretty American play, so they don’t always get all the jokes. The only adjustment I’ve had to make is making sure the actors enunciate a little better in Europe so that people can follow what they’re saying better. GH: Did the creation of this piece come about in a manner typical to you and your writing process, or was the development of the play unique in any way? YJL: With all my shows, I cast the show first, and then write it in collaboration with the performers, my artistic team, and workshop audiences. Normally when I have conversations about identity with female, queer, or minority cast members, we end up with an avalanche of intense political material to dig into. But the conversations with straight white male actors didn’t

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generate the same kind of material, because they had spent so much less time thinking about straight white male identity. So starting very early on, we opened up the conversation to other collaborators of diverse identities and backgrounds. The character of Matt came out of a workshop that I was doing at a university. The students, who were very diverse, were extremely hard on straight white men. So I asked them to make a list of all the things they wished straight white men would do, which included things like keeping quiet and staying out of the way. Then I took that list and created Matt. Interestingly, they all hated him, because they felt he was a loser for not behaving the way a “normal” straight white male should. And that’s what made me realize that, in spite of all these social-justice values, in our peer group, being a loser is worse than being a jerk. It kind of revealed our continuing investment in the patriarchy. LH: Oh that’s a great story. So in the course of working on the play, you discover this really intriguing idea. Does that idea find its way back into the play? And if so, how did you incorporate it into the play in such a way that might allow the audience to encounter the same discovery you encountered. YJL: Yes, it’s in the play, and it’s there for the audience to find, but not everyone sees it. LH: You’ve sort of created a 21st century Joint Stock approach to build plays that even goes so far as to use Facebook to do a kind of crowdsourced research. That work of crowd-sourcing some of your research

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via Facebook--I’ve always wondered, on a really practical level, how do you take in all of that information? And have you discovered surprising pros and cons to working that way? YJL: There are no cons to it for me. I’ve gotten so used to picking out all the useful ideas and ignoring the rest that it’s like being really experienced in panning for gold or something. Maybe my background in academic research has helped. I can go through 70 pages of notes relatively quickly and pick out what I need.    GH: Both of your plays have now received multiple productions. What is it like revisiting your plays in the context of current events? Do meanings change as time passes? YJL: When the play premiered, I think people had a hard time understanding it. I think the idea of straight white maleness as an identity seemed irrelevant or baffling to most people. Audiences would tend to focus on the family dynamics and tune out any political content. Now, post Trump’s election, suddenly a bunch of people really get the play. I think audiences will listen more closely now than before. The play is an attempt to hone in on a particular problem within cultural politics that has now come glaringly to the fore, with disastrous consequences. LH: Yes, similar to what Young Jean observed, there’s been a shift in frame of reference. Since the election, I’m being asked to speak about the play in context of one

political side’s inability to see the points of view of the opposing political side. I think that means that people are moving away from seeing the play as being exclusively about religion and more about communication or about the trouble that occurs when you’re not able to sufficiently account for why you believe what you believe. GH: Young Jean, you’ve created a very unique and intentional theatrical frame for Straight White Men. Can you speak a bit about what you’re doing with this framing, and its intended effect on the audience? YJL: I had never written a straight linear play before and had no interest in doing so, but I saw the traditional three-act structure as the “straight white male” of theatrical forms, or the form that has historically been used to present straight white male narratives as universal. And I thought it would be interesting to explore the limits of that form at the same time as its content— to bring the two together into one big nightmare. I also built a non-traditional framework around this naturalistic piece. I tried to create a pre-show environment with music that would make someone like me feel comfortable and at home (loud hiphop with raunchy lyrics by female artists). And I think it worked. Wherever we’ve done the show, some audience members— definitely not all, but a lot of them—have gotten very upset, because they didn’t feel comfortable in that environment. They felt that the music was aggressive toward them, and when they tried to make it stop and no one would comply with their requests, they

got extremely angry. It really highlighted the privilege of our audiences. And I added a gender nonconforming non-straightwhite-male character to be the announcer at the beginning of the show and to do the transitions (which are lit) to show that a nonstraight-white-male was running the show. LH: What did you identify as being the hallmarks or essential elements of the “traditional three-act structure”? And what are the limits of that form? And do you depart from the form/tradition in places other than the pre-show or scene transitions? And if so, were you consciously doing so? YJL: For me, the biggest thing was that the characters had to stay within the believable human bounds of consistency. And there had to be some kind of linearity to it storywise. The limits of the form is that you can’t have the characters suddenly come out and confront the audience directly and say things they want the audience to hear. Everything has to happen through identification with fictional characters. I feel like I departed from tradition at the end, since nobody got shot or killed themselves or revealed a dark secret or solved all their problems.

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Ensemble Spotlight:

Laurie Metcalf

What is your favorite thing to do on a sunny Chicago afternoon?

Member since 1976

The two places I have to go when I’m in Chicago are Father & Sons for the double-green olive pizza well-done and Athenian Room on Webster for the chicken dinner. And although I hate to shop, I stop in to see what Calvin Tran has in his store on Halsted.

Hometown: Carbondale, IL Past Performances

Voice Lessons (2016) Detroit (2010) Frankie And Johnny In The Clair De Lune (2004) Purple Heart (2002) The Beauty Queen Of Leenane (1999) Pot Mom (1998) Libra (1994) My Thing Of Love (1992) Wrong Turn At Lungfish (1990) Love Letters (1990) Killers (1988) Little Egypt (1987) Educating Rita (1987) Frank’s Wild Years (1986) You Can’t Take It With You (1985) Coyote Ugly (1985) The Miss Firecracker Contest (1983) Cloud Nine (1983) And A Nightingale Sang (1982) True West (Remount at the Apollo Theater Center) (1982) True West (1982) Loose Ends (1982) Waiting For The Parade (1981) Big Mother (1981) Balm in Gilead (Remount at the Apollo Theater Center) (1981) Action (1981) Arms and the Man (1981) Savages (1981) Absent Friends (1980) Balm In Gilead (1980) Quiet Jeannie Green (1980) Waiting For Lefty (1979) The Glass Menagerie (1979) Exit The King (at Hull House) (1979) The Fifth of July (at St. Nicholas Theatre) (1978) Home Free (1978) Sandbar Flatland (1978) Rosencrantz And Guildenstern are Dead (1977) Mack, Anything Goes Over the Rainbow (1977) Our Late Night (1977) The Seahorse (1977) The Lover (1976)

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What’s next for you?

Next up is the film LadyBird, written and directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Saoirse Ronan. I got to act with Tracy Letts for the first time in all these years! I’ll also be appearing on Broadway this April through July at the Golden Theater in New York in A Doll’s House Part 2 written by Lucas Hnath, directed by Sam Gold and co-starring Chris Cooper.

For which role are you most recognized?

Above (from left): Metcalf and Glenne Headly in Balm in Gilead (1980), photo by Lisa Ebright; Metcalf and ensemble member John Malkovich in True West (1982), photo by Lisa Ebright; and Metcalf in Detroit (2010), photo by Michael Brosilow

I can’t say there’s been any one role that’s brought me the most joy. They all present different challenges and rewards, although it’s a real rush when you have a great guaranteed laugh line coming up in a scene like a 16” softball and you swing and connect and get the laugh from the audience— instant gratification!

Which role do you wish you could do again?

I’ve repeated a role on stage twice in my career—All My Sons and The Other Place. It’s interesting to re-explore a part after a few years. You have a history with it, having spent hundreds of hours studying it (even in performance), but you’ve also had new life experiences since that time and those can influence your perspective. And, you’re performing with a different cast and that automatically changes your own performance.

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of a Highland Park church, the ambitious brainchild of three high school and college friends: Jeff Perry, Terry Kinney and Gary Sinise. Fast forward 41 years and Steppenwolf Theatre Company has become the nation’s premier ensemble theater—redefining the landscape of acting and performance. The ensemble has grown to 47 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 12 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.


The Steppenwolf Ensemble

The Steppenwolf Ensemble first began performing in the mid-1970s in the basement

Joan Allen

Kevin Anderson

Alana Arenas

Randall Arney

Kate Arrington

Ian Barford

Robert Breuler

Gary Cole

Kathryn Erbe

Audrey Francis

K. Todd Freeman

Frank Galati

Francis Guinan

Moira Harris

Jon Michael Hill

Tim Hopper

Tom Irwin

Ora Jones

Terry Kinney

Tina Landau

Martha Lavey

Tracy Letts

John Mahoney

John Malkovich

Sandra Marquez

Mariann Mayberry

Tarell Alvin McCraney

James Vincent Meredith

Laurie Metcalf

Amy Morton

Sally Murphy

Caroline Neff

Bruce Norris

Austin Pendleton

Jeff Perry

William Petersen

Yasen Peyankov

Martha Plimpton

Rondi Reed

Molly Regan

Anna D. Shapiro

Eric Simonson

Gary Sinise

Lois Smith

Rick Snyder

Jim True-Frost

Alan Wilder

Steppenwolf Staff Artistic

Jonathan Berry Aaron Carter Hallie Gordon Artistic Producers JC Clementz Casting Director Polly Hubbard Literary Manager Tam Dickson Casting Associate Francis Guinan Tracy Letts Amy Morton Yasen Peyankov Associate Artists

Steppenwolf For Young Adults Hallie Gordon Artistic Director Megan Shuchman Education Director Jared Bellot Education Coordinator Emilio G. Robles Curriculum and Instruction Manager Ali Hoefnagel Amanda Dunne Acevedo Ashley Roberson Cara Greene Epstein Greg Geffrard Jazmin Corona Larry Grimm Mara Stern Sindy Castro Thom Pasculli Tiffany Fulson Wilfredo Ramos, Jr. Teaching Artists


Rachel D. Freund Director of Operations and Management Courtney Anderson Events Management Director Scott Macoun IT Director Jackie Snuttjer Finance Director Jovito Alvarez Finance Manager Paul Miller Office Manager Brian Hurst Finance Coordinator Lupe Garcia Quiles Events Coordinator George Costas IT Associate Adrianna Durantt Executive Administrator Rebecca Adelsheim Interim PLP Assistant


Sandy Karuschak Director of Development Eric Evenskaas Associate Director of Development

Anna D. Shapiro Artistic Director

Kristy Conway Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations Kendra Van Kempen Director of Special Events Suzanne Miller Annual Giving Director Lauren Fisher Donor Relations Manager Max Lando Corporate Relations Manager Jessica Gretch Individual Giving Coordinator Karyn Todd Development Coordinator Sarah Giovannetti Special Events Associate A.J. Roy Development Associate Chelsea Smith Campaign Assistant

Marketing, Communications & Audience Services

John Zinn Director of Marketing and Communications Donovan Foote Design Director Madeline Long Communications Director Erika Nelson Marketing Director Greta Honold Audience Engagement Creative Producer Joel Moorman Digital Content Producer Kevin Castillo Digital Marketing Manager Neel McNeill Marketing Manager Patrick Zakem Audience Engagement Coordinator Jacqueline Rosas Marketing Assistant David Masnato Graphic Designer Casey VanWormer Audience Services Director Jimmy Freund Social Media Director and Audience Services Supervisor Billie Rye Bryant Audience Services Manager Stephanie Heller Audience Services Subscription Manager Mike Brunlieb Geehoon Lim Audience Services Supervisors Molly Layton Group Sales Coordinator Roseann Bishop Membership Coordinator

Terry Kinney, Jeff Perry and Gary Sinise Executive Artistic Board

Benjamin Adams Craig Barnes Rebecca Butler Rebekah Camm Sarah Carter Juli Del Prete Allison Diamond Victoria Gilbert Elizabeth Gottman Dylan Grassl Kevin Greene Kenya Hall Annaliese McSweeney Michael Russell Charles Strater Audience Services Associates

Audience Outreach Joshua Cashman Audience Outreach Manager Spencer Blair Audience Outreach Supervisor Benjamin Adams Charles Frydenberg Wright Gatewood Rukmini Girish Marilyn Hillary Brian Lee Isaiah Polstein Michael Russell Maggie Shreve Audience Outreach Associates


Cory Jeanes Facilities Director Peter Van Kempen Facilities Manager Adrian Castro Operations Coordinator David Albert Harold Jaffe Facilities Staff Victor David Padam Dhungel Tul Ghaley Madan Gurung Noor Alam Islam Ababe Mekonen Aminata Talawally Bhagirath Timsina Custodial Staff

David Clauson Maureen Davies Bryce Gangel Allison Heinz Megan Kaminsky Allison Kupfer Greg Mehl Sarah Mitchell Chrystle Morman Renato Sanchez Anthony Silvestri Dan Smeriglio Shunna Tolliver Kelly Voke Lizzy Wigley Audience Experience Associates Cassandra Bowers Morgan Burkey Jake Drummond Quinn Hagerty Samuel Garrott Kate Hawbaker-Krohn Jared Hecht Dani Nicole James Teddy Kwasigroch Juwan Lockett Alyson Morrill Alyssa Ratkovich Rachel Reaves Savannah Reich Lukas Vlasnik Taleshia Walker Toby Walters Paris Wilson Front Bar Staff Angel Aguilar Mustafa Chaudry Gabriel Sanchez Parking Staff Jack Meyer and Lauren Louer, The Saints Volunteer Usher Coordination


Tom Pearl Director of Production Brianna Parry Associate Production Manager Erin Cook Company Manager and Assistant to the Artistic Director Mike Donohue Technical Director Audience Chad Hain Experience Associate Technical Evan Hatfield Director Director of Audience Christopher Kristant Experience Assistant Technical Danielle Shindler Director Food & Beverage Director, Kyle Land Front Bar General Manager Ryan Luwe Jacob Lorenz Russell Scott Front Bar Assistant Manager Lydia Strini Scenic Carpenters Denise Yvette Serna Front of House Manager Jon Woelfer Draftsperson Donald Coulson Parking Manager Zoe Shiffrin Scenic Charge Artist Will Allan Aaron Aptaker Jenny DiLuciano Nick Burt Properties Master

David Schmitz Executive Director Emily Feder Jay Tollefsen Assistant Properties Masters Charles Moser Master Properties Artisan Aimee Plant Properties Artisan Shannon Higgins Wardrobe, Hair and Make Up Supervisor AJ Littlefield Staff Wardrobe Caryn Weglarz Klein Costume Director Mae Haskins Assistant Costume Designer Laurel Clayson Head Draper Lynae Vandermeulen Work Room Supervisor and Draper Daisy Lindas Assistant Costume Director Staci Weigum Costume Shop Assistant J. R. Lederle Lighting Supervisor Ernesto Gomez Master Electrician Rick Haefele House Carpenter Dawn Przybylski Stage Carpenter Martha Wegener Audio Engineer Gregor Mortis Assistant Audio Engineer Matthew Chapman 1700 Tech Coordinator Karen Thompson Light Board Operator Cassie Calderone Malcolm Ewen Christine D. Freeburg Laura D. Glenn Brian Maschka Stage Managers

Board of Trustees Executive Committee

Eric Lefkofsky, Chair Keating Crown, Vice Chair Deborah H. Quazzo, Secretary L. Heather Mitchell, Treasurer Henry S. Bienen Carole L. Brown Douglas R. Brown Elizabeth H. Connelly Nora Daley Rich Feitler Paul W. Goodrich Lynn Lockwood Murphy Kenneth J. Porrello Randall K. Rowe Bruce Sagan Stephanie B. Smith John R. Walter Helen Zell


Sarah Beardsley Michael W. Bender Marlene Breslow-Blitstein Ebs Burnough Robin Tennant Colburn Beth Boosalis Davis Amy Eshleman Juliette Feld D. Cameron Findlay Lawrence M. Gill Matthew Gray Robert J. Greenebaum, Jr. John Hart Jon Michael Hill Dennis D. Howarter George A. Joseph Donna La Pietra Tina Landau Tracy Letts Mary Ludford Ronald J. Mallicoat, Jr. Holly Maloney Tarell Alvin McCraney David E. Mendelsohn Verett Mims Christopher M. Murphy Katherine Nardin Yasen Peyankov David C. Pisor Merle Reskin Robert Sanborn Manuel “Manny� Sanchez Anna D. Shapiro Matthew Shapiro Colette Cachey Smithburg Elliot A. Stultz

Emeritus Trustees J. Robert Barr Lawrence Block Michael Cahan John N. Fox, Jr. Gloria Scoby

Past Chairpersons William L. Atwell Larry D. Brady Douglas R. Brown Nora Daley Laurence Edwards John N. Fox, Jr. Elliott Lyon Gordon Murphy William H. Plummer Bruce Sagan Gloria Scoby Donna Vos

Professional Leadership Program Gabriel Alaniz Alexandra Belzley Lina Benich Samantha Corn Krystal Dawson Meghan Erxleben Maya Fazio-Siu Lucas Garcia Kara Grimm Jennifer Higgins Storm Hooten Lauren Katz Joseph Lim Gianna Petrosino Samantha Price Compton Quashie Ligia Sandoval Colleen Schuldeis Fatima Sowe

Agency of Record Grip

* Steppenwolf Trustee

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Leading Contributors Steppenwolf Ensemble Fund multi-year commitment to Steppenwolf’s artistic development Grand Patrons

Julie and Roger Baskes Joyce Chelberg The Davee Foundation The Harris Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. King Harris Kathy Harris Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Szokol Mr. and Mrs. William Friend Mr. and Mrs. John Harris John Hart and Carol Prins Liz and Eric Lefkofsky The Negaunee Foundation Helen Zell

Distinguished Patrons

Anonymous Sarah Beardsley and Dr. Christopher Randolph Michael Bender and Sheridan Prior Henry and Leigh Bienen Betty Bradshaw Shawn M. Donnelley and Christopher M. Kelly Amy and Cameron Findlay Richard and Mary L. Gray Bob and Amy Greenebaum Steven D. Loucks Jim and Kay Mabie Holly and Matt Maloney Lynn Lockwood and Barrett B. Murphy Karen Zelden and Ralph Senst

Season Production Support

Allstate Insurance Company Ameriprise Financial Dr. and Mrs. Marvin H. Berman Douglas R. Brown Phil and Mary Beth Canfield The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation Elizabeth H. Connelly Frank G. and Gertrude Dunlap Fund Donald and Anne Edwards Christine Albright and Lawrence Gill Lynn Hauser and Neil Ross Marian, Fruman and Lisa Jacobson Nancy A. Lauter Melcher Charitable Foundation Janet Melk L. Heather Mitchell and Kenny Mitchell J.P.Morgan National Endowment for the Arts

2016/17 Season Sponsors Northern Trust The Orlebeke Foundation PwC Deborah and Stephen Quazzo Merle Reskin Robert and Louise Sanborn Harry and Susan Seigle Matthew Shapiro Toni Sandor Smith Colette Cachey Smithburg and Tom Smithburg Bill and Orli Staley

New Plays, New Artists, New Audiences

The Davee Foundation The Edgerton Foundation The Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Prince Charitable Trusts Time Warner Foundation Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation Zell Family Foundation

Steppenwolf for Young Adults

Allstate Insurance Company Alphawood Foundation Archer Daniels Midland Company Paul M. Angell Foundation Helen Brach Foundation Capri Capital Partners, LLC Ann and Richard Carr City of Chicago: Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events CME Group Foundation The Crown Family Nora Daley and Sean Conroy The Field Foundation of Illinois Mary and Paul Finnegan Lloyd A. Fry Foundation Liz and Eric Lefkofsky Doug and Cynthia McKeen Colonel Stanley R. McNeil Foundation Lynn Lockwood Murphy and Barrett B. Murphy The Negaunee Foundation Northern Trust Charitable Trust Polk Bros. Foundation Robert and Louise Sanborn Dr. Scholl Foundation Steppenwolf Associates United Airlines

Professional Leadership Programs & Multicultural Fellowship American Express Joyce Foundation

Steppenwolf’s reputation derives from our willingness to take on challenging, ambitious projects. Our future relies upon the generous support of season sponsors who provide invaluable resources for the work of our actors, directors and playwrights. We thank you for your commitment to the vision of our ensemble.

Veterans’ Night

Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s 2016/17 season is generously sponsored by:

Major Support of General Operations and Special Projects

Grand Benefactor

Gary Sinise Foundation

Buchanan Family Foundation Julius Frankel Foundation The Reva & David Logan Foundation John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Prince Charitable Trusts Penny Pritzker and Bryan Traubert Rhoades Foundation Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust The Shubert Foundation, Inc. Smart Family Foundation Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust The Wallace Foundation The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust Lead Underwriter of fundraising for The Campaign for Steppenwolf


For more information on how you can support Steppenwolf’s artistic intiatives as a sponsor or corporate partner, please contact Kristy Conway at 312-654-5698 or

2017 Gala

2016/17 Corporate Arts Council

2016/17 Steppenwolf Salutes Women In The Arts Luncheon

Steppenwolf’s Corporate Arts Council brings together a community of smart, innovative companies to connect in a unique, exciting environment here at the theater. Supporting Steppenwolf’s mission to champion new talent within the theater, the Corporate Arts Council engages members throughout the year to network, entertain, and give back.

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Leading Members

Allstate Insurance Company Liz and Eric Lefkofsky Exelon PwC

BMO Harris Bank United Airlines

Official Lighting Sponsor ComEd

Contact Sandy Karuschak, Director of Development, at 312-654-5621 or to learn more about unique ways to support the work on our stages.

Allstate Insurance Company, Meghan Sporleder Ameriprise Financial, Patricia Moll Archer Daniels Midland Company, Ben Bard DLA Piper LLP (US), Katrina Hausfeld

Exelon Corporation, Jason Decker J.P.Morgan, Kelly Epstein Northern Trust, Mark Taylor PwC, Vilma Chan

Premier Members Faegre Baker Daniels, Patrick M. Miller

Members Aon, Nichole Barnes Mitchell Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Mark Filip Make It Better Media, Susan B. Noyes

Newcastle Limited, Michael Haney Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Brian Duwe Winston & Strawn LLP, Michael Falk

For more information on how you and your company can become a Steppenwolf Corporate Arts Council member, please contact Max Lando at 312-654-5697 or

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Community Volunteers New Play Development Fund Committee supports Steppenwolf’s mission to be a preeminent producer of new American plays. Deborah Quazzo*, Chair Julie Baskes Douglas R. Brown* Susan O. Berghoef Joyce Chelberg Robin Tennant Colburn* Nora Daley* Jay Franke Caryn Harris Liz Lefkofsky Jim Mabie Bob Reum Robert Sanborn* Matthew Shapiro* Colette Cachey Smithburg* Helen Zell*

Education Committee advocates for the programming of Steppenwolf for Young Adults and for access to quality arts experiences for teens and teachers. Robert Sanborn*, Chair Sarah Beardsley* Michael Bolton Sheila Chapman Beth Boosalis Davis* Jeremy Dunn Amy Eshleman* Juliette Feld* Jane Fleming Paul Gaynor Larry Grimm John Hart* Solveig Herzum Lynn Lockwood Murphy* Nicole Losurdo Sybil Madison-Boyd Susan Noel Ashley Pettit Anne M. Phillips Donald J. Phillips II Deborah Quazzo* Sydney Sidwell Jennifer Stuart Elliot A. Stultz* Annie Tully David Wagener Nina A. Winston Bobbi Zabel

Directors Circle Committee

helps steward and grow the theater’s largest donor program. Frances E. Tuite, Chair Patricia Bobb Janyce D. Brengel Bryce Cooper Beth Boosalis Davis* Greg Desmond Ritu Dhingra Stacy Fleming Julie Gustafson Mike Gustafson Rebecca Johnston Sherri Kayser Michael LaTona Susan Lichtenstein Stephanie Linn Beth Loeb Cathy Nathan Toni Sandor Smith Gail Steingold Gail Straus

2017 Gala

Steppenwolf’s Gala Co-Chairs plan the signature fundraising event led by the theater’s Board of Trustees. Amy Eshleman* and Lori Lightfoot Cameron* and Amy Findlay Susan and David* Mendelsohn Jon Michael Hill* Tim Hopper and Karen Viola Amy Morton

Women in the Arts Luncheon Committee spearheads our annual fundraising event, honoring leading artists in theater, film and television. Sarah Beardsley* Marlene Breslow-Blitstein* Vilma Chan Elizabeth H. Connelly* Nora Daley* Mary A. Dempsey Kelly Epstein Amy Eshleman* Noreen Gallagher Lynn Hauser Donna La Pietra* Lynn Lockwood Murphy* Susan Oleari Deborah Quazzo* Elizabeth Schubert Anna D. Shapiro* Katie Spring Susan Warrington Nina Winston Helen Zell*

Planned Giving Advisory Committee, comprised of finance

and legal professionals, provides expertise in estate planning activities to support the theater. Christine Albright, Chair Andrew R. Gelman Edward A. Gershman James H. Goodrich Julie Gustafson Leigh S. Harter Julie Hendricks Kathryn Kennedy Robert LoPrete Pamela L. Lucina Theresa Marx Colleen McElligott Susan A. Payne Judith M. Pieper Claudia B. Sangster Kathleen O’Hagan Scallan Richard B. Thies Frank Trocchio

Young Adult Council, a unique after-school program for high school students, immerses them in Steppenwolf’s operations and organizes events for their peers around Steppenwolf productions. Meitav Aaron Ayaan Asthana Kinnedy Broughton Dulce Carino Felicia Felix Ines Garcia Myles Gebert Agrim Handa Danielle Burke Lilian McGrady Trevon Muhammad Eryk Nytko Kealoha Ogunseitan Gloria Oladipo Sarah Powers Drew Shattuck Emma Siegel Sydney Swanson Karen Sylvester Evin Tari

Corporate, Foundation & Government Contributors Grand Benefactors ($100,000+) City of Chicago: Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events The Crown Family‡ The Davee Foundation‡ Lefkofsky Family Foundation‡ John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation‡* The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust The Negaunee Foundation Prince Charitable Trusts Shubert Foundation, Inc. Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust‡ United Airlines The Wallace Foundation‡ Zell Family Foundation Benefactors ($50,000 – 99,999) Anonymous Allstate Insurance Company* Alphawood Foundation Paul M. Angell Foundation The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation ComEd The Crown Family Julius Frankel Foundation The Harris Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. King Harris Kathy Harris Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Szokol Mr. and Mrs. William Friend Mr. and Mrs. John Harris The Joyce Foundation‡ Laurents/Hatcher Foundation The Reva & David Logan Foundation National Endowment for the Arts Northern Trust* Polk Bros. Foundation* PwC Smart Family Foundation‡ Vinci Producers ($25,000 – 49,999)

To get involved or learn more, please contact Eric Evenskaas, Associate Director of Development, at 312-654-5615 or

* Steppenwolf Trustee

Anonymous American Express Ameriprise Financial Archer Daniels Midland Company Capri Capital Partners, LLC DLA Piper LLP (US) Edgerton Foundation Lloyd A. Fry Foundation‡

Grosvenor Capital Management BMO Harris Bank* Illinois Arts Council, a state agency The Orlebeke Foundation Pfingsten Partners, L.L.C. PNC J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust Seigle Family Foundation Gary Sinise Foundation Earl and Brenda Shapiro Foundation Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation

Patrons ($10,000 – 24,999)

Anonymous (3) Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture Aon Robert and Isabelle Bass Foundation, Inc. BNY Mellon Wealth Management Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois The Boeing Company Boka Restaurant Group Helen Brach Foundation Buchanan Family Foundation The Canning Foundation CME Group Foundation Citadel LLC Henry Crown and Company Dentons US LLP Dover Foundation Frank G. and Gertrude Dunlap Fund Faegre Baker Daniels The Field Foundation of Illinois Graycor, Inc. Green Courte Partners, LLC GrubHub Hotel Lincoln Illinois Tool Works Foundation Kirkland & Ellis LLP Make It Better Media McKinsey & Company, Inc. Colonel Stanley R. McNeil Foundation Melcher Charitable Foundation Norcon, Inc PUBLIC Chicago Rhoades Foundation Sanchez Daniels & Hoffman LLP Schiff Hardin LLP Dr. Scholl Foundation Searle Family Trust

* Corporations and foundations that have made employee matching gifts

‡ Multi-year pledge

Sidley Austin LLP Shure Incorporated Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP The Smithburg Family Foundation Swett & Crawford John and Carol Walter Family Foundation William Blair & Company, LLC Winston & Strawn, LLP

Sustainers ($5,000 – $9,999) Baird Modestus Bauer Foundation Baxter International Inc.* Mary Dempsey, Philip H. Corboy Foundation John R. Halligan Charitable Fund Irving Harris Foundation Hub International Ice Miller LLP PERT Foundation Louis & Nellie Sieg Fund Siragusa Foundation

Sponsors ($2,500 – 4,999)

Amsted Industries Foundation Deloitte FROST KlearSky Solutions, LLC New Horizon Foundation Newcastle Limited Sahara Enterprises, Inc. Suite Home Chicago Westside Mechanical Group

Guarantors ($1,000 – 2,499) Hamilton Thies & Lorch LLP Innovative Benefits Consultants Lillian H. Florsheim Foundation Mohican Petroleum Inc Plante Moran Resolute Consulting LLC Starshak Winzenburn TTX Company

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Endowment Sponsors

Individual Contributors Directors Circle

Douglas R. Brown Playwright/Director Endowment Fund

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Ford Foundation Artistic and General Operating Endowment Funds

Daniel E. McLean National and International Production Fund

Richard and Mary L. Gray Production Endowment Fund

Avy and Marcie Stein Sustaining Fund for the Ensemble

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Fund for the Development of New Work

Steppenwolf Board Designated Endowment Fund

Steppenwolf Theatre Company Endowment Fund created with Searle Funds at the Chicago Community Trust Nancy L. Wald Production Endowment Fund 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 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 Barbara L. Dean Janice and Rob Esser Robert H. Glaze

Michael Goldberger Michael Hansen and Nancy Randa John Hart Lynn Hauser and Neil Ross Tom Irwin Stephen Johnson Jared Kaplan and Maridee Quanbeck Melanie G. Larch Dr. Paul Lisnek

Kenneth J. Porrello and Sherry L. McFall Sylvia J. Pozarnsky Merle Reskin Dr. Edward O. Riley T. Marshall Rousseau Patrick J. Schauer Harry Seigle 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 Nelson D. Cornelius

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Jo Hopkins Deutsch Marjorie Douglas James F. Oates

Andrea Romain and Cleo V. Orthel Rose L. Shure 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. Donors with ‡ have made a generous multi-year pledge. To join this distinguished group, call Jessica Gretch at 312-654-5672 or e-mail Premier Patrons ($50,000+)

Anonymous Julie and Roger Baskes‡ Sarah Beardsley and Dr. Christopher Randolph Michael Bender and Sheridan Prior‡ Leigh and Henry Bienen‡ Marlene Breslow-Blitstein and Berle Blitstein Douglas R. Brown Ann and Richard Carr Joyce Chelberg‡ Elizabeth H. Connelly Caroline and Keating Crown Nora Daley and Sean Conroy‡ Rich and Margery Feitler Amy and Cameron Findlay‡ King and Caryn Harris‡ John Hart and Carol Prins‡ Pam and Dennis D. Howarter Liz and Eric Lefkofsky‡ Mary and Bill Ludford Ronald J. Mallicoat, Jr. Deborah and Stephen Quazzo Randy and Susi Rowe Robert and Louise Sanborn Sue and Harry Seigle Anna D. Shapiro and Ian Barford Elliot A. Stultz Helen Zell‡

Grand Patrons ($25,000-$49,999) Kent and Liz Dauten Shawn M. Donnelley and Christopher M. Kelly‡ Amy Eshleman and Lori Lightfoot Christine Albright and Lawrence Gill Leslie and Matthew Gray Richard and Mary L. Gray‡ Bob and Amy Greenebaum‡ Mrs. John M. Hartigan Marian, Fruman and Lisa Jacobson Nancy A. Lauter Lynn Lockwood Murphy and Barrett B. Murphy‡ Steven D. Loucks‡ Jim and Kay Mabie‡ Holly and Matt Maloney‡ Mr. and Ms. David E. Mendelsohn L. Heather Mitchell and Kenny Mitchell Christopher and Eileen Murphy Pam Netzky and Ashley Hemphill Merle Reskin Bruce Sagan and Bette Cerf Hill Manny Sanchez and Pat Pulido Sanchez Matthew Shapiro

Bill and Orli Staley John and Carol Walter Karen Zelden and Ralph Senst‡

Distinguished Patrons ($10,000-$24,999) Dr. and Mrs. Marvin H. Berman Betty Bradshaw Phil and Mary Beth Canfield Mr. and Ms. John A. Canning, Jr. Julie and Bill Casserly Mr. and Mrs. A. Steven Crown Beth Boosalis Davis and Maxwell S. Davis Donald and Anne Edwards Becki and Scott Etzler Mary and Paul Finnegan Gordon and Wendy Gill Valerie and Paul Goodrich Aimee Graham and Nigel Caine Juliette Feld and Andrew Grossman Cathy Iverson Jeffrey Maling and Rebecca Johnston Tracy Letts Cynthia Luse-McKeen and Douglas McKeen Janet Melk Verett Mims Ashley and Noah Pettit Anne and Don Phillips Penny Pritzker and Bryan Traubert Lynn Hauser and Neil Ross Stephanie B. Smith and Gerald Smith Toni Sandor Smith Colette Cachey Smithburg and Tom Smithburg Frances E. Tuite Tom and Blaine Wells Nina B. Winston Ronald and Geri Yonover

Patrons ($5,000-$9,999)

Anonymous (4) Carina Abbaticchio and Christine Hermosisima Loren Almaguer and Frank Gerleve Mr. and Ms. David Arch Andy and Sue Arnold Mr. Gerry Barad Kevin Boehm and Courtney Moon Michael and Cathy Brennan Lois Browning Gia and Isaac Colunga Jerry and Josephine Conlon Mary A. Dempsey, Philip H. Corboy Foundation Mary M. Emerson

Tom and Pat Erickson Dr. and Mrs. Jane Fleming John and Katherine Fox Ms. Joan Harris Mrs. Louise Hart Michael and Mona Heath Fund Judy and Jay Heyman Jon Michael Hill David Hiller Adam and Denise Hoeflich George A. Joseph and Carolyn Bateman Jen and Brad Keck Pamela Kendall-Rijos and John Rijos Brad and Kim Keywell Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lad Christine and Michael LaTona Mr. Marvin J. Leavitt and Ms. Susan Karkomi Robert M. and Diane V. S. Levy Alec Litowitz and Jennifer Litowitz Brian Lukanic and Kelly Dixon Amos and Anat Madanes Don and Melinda Marshall Howard and Sandy Nagelberg Dale and Loretta Pierson Jennifer and Perry Pinto Kenneth J. Porrello and Sherry L. McFall Burton X. and Sheli Rosenberg Sandra and Earl Rusnak, Jr. David and Susan Schmid Ms. Elizabeth Schubert Jeffrey Singer and Patricia Carman Marcie and Avy Stein Gail and Eugene Steingold Edward A. Studzinski Jacqueline Tilton Richard and Elaine Tinberg Michael and January Ward Robert and Susan Warrington Dr. David Wasserman Lorrayne and Steve Weiss Philip Zadeik and Elizabeth Krepps

Sustainers ($2,500 – $4,999) Anonymous (2) Kathi and Roger Adams Jack J. Adrian Kristopher J. Anderson Mr. Anjan Asthana Paula Ausick Sharon Baker John and Caroline Ballantine Gustavo Bamberger and Martha Van Haitsma Solomon and Camila Barnett Bob and Trish Barr Lawrence Bass and Paula Sneed

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…cont’d Directors Circle Martha and Al Belmonte Alan and Nancy Berry Benjamin Bove Doug Bradbury Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Braun Janyce D. Brengel Robert and Mary Briscoe Mr. Thomas M. Burke Michael and Merle Cahan David Callahan and Terri Abruzzo Drs. Rex Chisholm and Kathleen Green Carol and Douglas Cohen Michael and Edie Cohen Kate Cornelius-Schecter Mr. and Mrs. Dennis R. Cowhey Carl and Cynthia Curry Judy and Tapas K. Das Gupta Diane Dawson Greg Desmond and Michael Segobiano Bill and Cindee Dietz Anne M. Donahoe Drs. Thomas E. Durica and Susan Jacob Dr. Steven B. Edelstein Laura and Scott Eisen George Engeln Maurice Fantus and Judith Aiello Roxanne Hori and Robert Felsenthal Stacy and Ian Fleming Steven Florsheim and Jennifer Friedes Lisa and John Folkers Kate and Michael Fridholm Kate Friedlob Mr. and Mrs. Sherwin Friedman Leonard Gail and Robin Steans David and Noreen Ann Gallagher Matt and Lindsay Garrison Gary L. Gephart Beverly Wyckoff and Charles Ginsberg Ethel and Bill Gofen Bob and Carol Goldberg Sheila and Tom Gorey Sue and Melvin Gray The Green Family Dr. and Mrs. Sheldon Greenberg‡ William and Nanci Greene Mr. William Gritsonis James and Brenda Grusecki Jack and Sandra Guthman Michael Hansen and Nancy Randa Marcy and Harry Harczak John Harney Pam and David Harrington John Hergert and Kathryn Stevens David Kistenbroker and Cynthia Heusing Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Hibel Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Hill Ann S. Hoenig and Jonathan L. Hoenig Dr. and Mrs. David Ingall Paul and Mariana Ingersoll Patricia Jeffers Craig and Heidi Johnson Stephen Johnson Timothy B. Johnson and Valerie B. Wiley Jeffrey and Lisa Jozwiak

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Jared Kaplan and Maridee Quanbeck Jeremy Kaufman and Vered Hankin Reis and Sherri Kayser Adam and Renee Keats Andrew Keyt Jim and Sue Klein Jonathan Klein and Susan Cohn Mr. and Mrs. Sanfred Koltun Dr. and Mrs. Stephen M. Korbet MD Raminder and Vinay Kumar Carol and Jerome Lamet Jody LaVoie Tanya Levshina and Ilya Volvovski Susan Lichtenstein and John Rokacz Robert Bud Lifton and Carol Rosofsky Stephanie F. Linn and Seth B. Krantz Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Lowe Mark and Frances Mann Tarell Alvin McCraney Andrew R. McGaan Mr. and Ms. Paul McGrady Becky and Bob McLennan Kevin and Beth McMeen Amy Laiken and Tim Michel Jean and Jordan Nerenberg Bob and Joyce O’Malley Elizabeth Orelup and Lawrence Sonntag Mr. Matthew Parr Amy and Brent Peebles Simon and Kim Perutz Matthias Pfau Ms. Sherri Pincus Patricia Pippert and Steven Redfield Bradley and Patricia Reid Lynne Remington and Geoff Goldberg Sherry and Bob Reum Trisha Rooney George and Kimberly Ruhana Mitchell Sabshon Carlo and Lalie Scandiuzzi Howard and Gail Schaffner David and Judith L. Sensibar Ms. Virginia Simmons Robert and Nancy Singleton Steven Smith Matthew Steinmetz Kristin and Stan Stevens Kelly and Jami Stone Sue and Timothy Sullivan James E. Thompson Nick Trakas and Marc Cerone Dr. Carey Weiss and Dr. Karen Pierce Jane and Greg Wintroub Elizabeth Wohlleb Elizabeth Ziegler

Benefactors ($1,500 – $2,499) Anonymous (5) Mr. and Mrs. John Aalbregtse Jane Adams Karen and Scott Alexander Polly Allen Nicholas and Kathleen Amatangelo Kimball Anderson and Karen Gatsis Anderson Robert C. Anderson George and Debbie Angelillo

Stephanie and Dana Arnett Jeffrey S. Arnold and Ellen J. Neely Edgar Bachrach Richard and Janice Bail Dr. Stephanie and Mr. Andy Baker‡ Yuri and Elena Balasanov Merrill and Alice Barden Cynthia Barginere Sandra Bass Scott and Carla Benigni Camille Bathurst and Gregory Belzley Bruce and Debbie Bentcover Shirley and Tom Berchou‡ Susen H. Berg and James C. Berg Ron and Colleen Bess Nicholas Biederman Ms. Shannon M. Binder and Mr. Rob Friess Jon Blanc Shaun and Andy Block Mr. David Blowers, Jr. Patricia C. Bobb Stephen and Lynn Bolanowski‡ Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Boychuck Marjorie Bransfield Mr. Reid Brody and Ms. Sally Schwartz Beth Sprecher Brooks Mr. and Mrs. Norman Brooks Dawn and Harmon Brown George and Joyce Brown‡ John D. and Leslie Henner Burns Timothy Burroughs and Barbara Smith Stephen Byrne and Kerry Shannon Joseph and Cory Cancila‡ Kathleen and Robert Carey Sheila J. Chapman Dr. Rosalyn A. Chrenka and Mr. Ralph P. Maffucci Michael and Stephanie Chu Nancy Ciezki and Diane Kostecke James and Julie Coffman Thomas and Kathleen Coleman Steven and Caralynn Collens Liam and Francesca Connell J. Gorman Cook and Carole Kohout Bryce Cooper Merle R. Cooper Mr. and Mrs. Brian Cornell Winnie and Bob Crawford James Curley Stephen F. Danziger Nancy Dehmlow Mr. and Mrs. Menahem Deitcher Scott Delman Donald Deutsch Gautam and Ritu Dhingra Roberta S. Dillon Patricia and Richard Doonan Philip and Marsha Dowd Erin and Ian Drury James and Kelly Epstein Mariwyn Evans Juliet and Marc Fallah Demitri and Pamela Fardelos David and Mary Farkas Randall Fearnow and Beth Compton Harris J. Feldman, M.D. Carol and Steven Felsenthal

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Filler Lorna Filippini Jim and Sandy Freeburg Kathryn C. Froney Denise Michelle Gamble Patti Eylar and Charlie Gardner Tom and Beth Garrow‡ Jim Gattone Gigi Gamauf and Dr. Joseph Gavron Paul and Audrey Gaynor Terri and Stephen Geifman Mr. and Mrs. James J. Glasser Elizabeth Glassman Charlie and Mary Gofen Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Goldman Dr. Paul Goldstein and Ms. Nasrin Mahani Sue-Gray Goller Mary and Jim Greene Kathleen and Adam Greetis Charles R. Grode M. Julie and Michael Gustafson Suzanne Gylfe Ginger and Del Hall Joan Hall Claudine C. Hamm Victoria and Charles Harris‡ Stacie R. Hartman Mark and Joelle Hayes Jean Heller Sandra L. Helton and Norman M. Edelson Marlene and Sonny Hersh Richard and Elaine Heuberger Kathleen and Jack Horn Kimberly and Matthew Horowitz Arnold and Judith Horwich‡ Holly E. Humphreys Nicole and Pedro Irazoqui Mary Ittelson John Ittner Craig “CJ” Jensen and Craig Dannenbrink David Kathman Dr. Claudia Anne Katz Aviva Katzman and Morris Mauer Judith and Jerry Kaufman Mr. and Ms. Mark Kaufman Thomas E. Keim Sheryl and Tom Keith‡ Peter and Susan Kelly Chris Kendrick and Kasturi Haldar Gerould and Jewell Kern Patricia and Wayne Kik‡ Harry Kinzie Tom Klarquist and Steve Somora Stephanie and Peter Klein Jean Klingenstein Mr. and Mrs. Tom Knauff Stephen Kriegel Suzy Krueckeberg Mr. Matthew Kutcher and Ms. Rebecca Richards Gerald R. Lanz and Lisa Kearns Lanz Bernard and Averill Leviton Wil Lewis Dr. Paul M. Lisnek Beth Loeb

Abby and George Lombardi Ms. Diane Longoria Fran Lambros and John Lowry‡ Mrs. Barbara Lucas and Ms. Toni Sieve‡ Oren Lund and Dorothy Shapiro Michael Maloney and Christine Zyzda Arlene Manelli Sandy and Jerry Manne Barbara and Larry Margolis Christine and David Markovitz Jim and Lynn McClure Lee and Joyce McCullough Bob and Barb McCullough Randi Merel and Allen LeHew Ellie and Bob Meyers Michael and Susan Miller Dr. and Mrs. George and Maureen Miz Martin Modahl and Lauren Conway Blake and Debra Moritz‡ Patrick J. Nash, Jr. Cathy and Robert Nathan Judy Neafsey and Terry Conway David Ellis and Hope Nightingale Mary Nolen Peg O’Connor Joe O’Leary Bridget R. O’Neill Susan and George Obermaier Gary and Marcie Ochs Mr. Tony Olson Susan and Ted Oppenheimer Sandra and Mark Ostler Brian A. Paetow and Gretchen K. Beetner Jim and Sue Pajakowski Mr. Jared Palmer and Ms. Lisa Frank Phyllis Parish Mr. and Mrs. Todd Paul Sandra and Michael Perlow Raymond Perry John and Christine Pfeiffer Dr. Susan Burland and George Plumb Avi and Joan Porat Andrew and Judy L. Porte Mary Beth and Terry Porter Sylvia J. Pozarnsky and Tom Riley Elliott Quigley Linda Reid Ms. Lauri Riggen Susan and Edwin Ritts John C. Roberts and Lynn D. Fleisher Carol and Riney Robertson Hilary Rosenthal Dr. Abbie Roth and Sandra Gladstone Roth Holly B. Rothschild and Kenneth Buchanan Janet and Philip Rotner Alan Gordon Rottman Bob Rowe and Mary Senesac Francis C. Sadac A. Sue Samuels Richard and Susan Sanders Pamela and Fred Sasser Paul Scavone and Donna Pawlus Michelle Maton and Mike Schaeffer Michelle Schlack

Matthew and Tina Schubert John Schuchert and Alan Kozlowski Carla M. Scott Diana and Richard Senior Mark and Kimberly Shadle Surendra and Dorothie Shah Michael Shapiro and Deb Gohr Shapiro Nancia Shawver and Larry Weiner Hope and Jeffrey Sheffield Scott and Tommy Sheridan Judy and Jeffrey Silverman Ms. Julia Simpson James and Mary Jo Slykas Heather and Adam Smedstad‡ Charles Smith Neil Smith Family Ron and Leslie Smith Sharon Specht Nicole Stavish Gail and John Straus Mary Stowell and Jim Streicker Lauren and Steve Strelsin Judy Sugarman Lisa Sullivan Dr. and Mrs. James V. Talano Mark and Leah Taylor Richard and Anita Thies Mrs. Vernon B. Thomas The Tipton Family The Toledo-Hoyer Family John and Maribeth Totten Greg and Mary Tuite Mr. and Mrs. Jay Tunney Reed and Rosemary Tupper Hollis and Alvan Turner Scott Turow Brady I. Twiggs Tali and Liat Tzur Marilee Unruh Betty Vandenbosch‡ Shawn VanDerziel and Jay Clarke John and Julie Varga Donna and Dirk Vos Erika Nelson and David Wagener The Wakes Mr. and Mrs. Mark Wanda Kim and Scott Wayne Jennifer and Bryan Weinstein Nick and Nora Weir Anne and Jay Whipple Jack and Keli Wildermuth Jon Will and Ada Mary Gugenheim‡ Jessica and Jeff Wisniewski‡ Joe Wolnski and Jane Christino Richard and Mary Woods Bobbi Zabel Eileen and David Zampa Mr. and Ms. Michael Zdeb

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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 or calling Suzanne Miller at 312-654-5617. Gifts are as of November 10, 2016. Producers ($1,000 – 1,499)

Anonymous (3) Catherine Bannister Ted and Robbie Beaty† Lois J. Bider Marjorie Bransfield Lin Brehmer Ms. Blair Brown Michelle and David Buck Janet Burch John Butler and John VanderLinden Gregory C. Cameron Ray Capitanini Mr. Robert Clifford Liese Dallbauman Rachel Dvorken and Harry Rosenberg, Jr. Joan and John Dysart Brian Fabes and Lisa Schneider Fabes Peter Fischer Ms. Karen Fredrick Rebecca and Barry Friedland Lori Mae Frith Mr. and Mrs. Neil Gehani Susan and John Gibbons Richard Ginsberg and NatalieTessler Jonathan and Sarah Graham† Shalini Hanoman Campbell and Joe Campbell Fay Hartog-Levin Lois and Marty Hauselman James and Anne Heger James LaForce and Stephen Henderson Lina and Dave Hilko† William Ibe Carol Iden and Keith Iden Mr. Bradley Jarol Holly Johnston Steve Kaplan and Carol Rubin Mike and Leslie King Terry Kinney Mr. and Mrs. Dag Kittlaus Pat and Mike Koldyke Daniel Castellaneta and Deborah Lacusta Kevin Lane Bob and Pat Lavey† Daniel Laytin Jennifer and Bruce Lee Madeline and Steve Lesnick Patricia L. Levy Mr. Chris Liguori Anna and Robert A. Livingston Mark and Carol Lorenz Ms. Julia Luscombe Karyn Lutz Drs. Brent and Susan Martin Ms. Roxanne Martino Joan and Jerry Matson Michael McCahey

Michael E. McCaslin Kate Mcdonald Dr. Janis Mendelsohn Mark and Lori Muller Howard and Cathy Niden Barbara and Daniel O’Keefe Gary and Marcie Ochs Melissa Peralta Mr. Jim Perkins Linda Lowy and Jeff Perry Brett Plyer Mr. Matthew Pritzker Nina Riccardi Randy and Betsy Rochman Andrew Rovner Marilynn Rubio Joanne and Paul Ruxin Mr. and Ms. Kenneth Sacks Ms. Carol S. Sadow William B. Schildgen Mr. Michael Schnur and Ms. Janice Liten Max and Bonnie Shapiro Mr. and Mrs. Scott Silverman Christine A. Slivon† Ms. Anne-Marie St. Germaine Michael and Salme Harju Steinberg† Ms. Jennifer Stuart Anne Taft Mario and Traci Tricoci Mr. and Mrs. Arun Veluchamy John W. Wheeler Steve and Bonnie Wheeler Ms. Harriet White Mr. Gary Wilmes

Ensemble ($500 – $999)

Anonymous (9) Linda Loving and Richard Aaronson Ms. Marianne Alkemade Richard and Jill Almeida Jim and Sheila Amend† Mr. and Mrs. Cushman Andrews Ms. Elizabeth Antonucci Walter Aque Lorilyn Aquino† Jean Arrington John Asplin and Christine Orders Peggy Bagley and Rabbi Douglas Goldhamer Ms. Rebecca Balyasny Susan R. Benner Gene and Natalie Bernadoni Harriet and Howard N. Bernstein Jeff Bethke and Leah Vaselopulos Beryl and David Bills† Mr. and Mrs. Mark Birringer Marc D. Blakeman Gene and Lynne Blanc

Mr. and Mrs. Philip Block III R. Darrell Bock James Botana and Monica Khetarpal† Donald F. Bouseman Michael and Kate Bradie† David Briggs† Robert and Joell Brightfelt Ed Bucher† Bruce and Kate Burgun Jamie Bushman Mr. and Mrs. Don Cella Betty Cleeland† Pam and Howard Conant Cheryl and Gary Conley Everett and Susan Conner† Ed Cook and Melissa Perrett Cook† Stephanie and Barry Batson† Phyllis Cretors Maureen Crowley The Honorable John Cullerton and Ms. Pam Cullerton Rathin Datta Richard and Lisette Davison Ms. Roxanne J. Decyk and Mr. Lew Watts Mary and Daniel Deziel Austin Dias† Thomas A. Disanto Raymond and Marybeth Drake† David Dranoff and Wendy Epstein Natalie Dudek† Thomas Duston Erika Erich Mary Jo and Robert Fasan Kyle Fennell Ms. Karena Fiorenza Ingersoll Dr. and Mrs. James M. Fisch Paul and Christine Fisher† Lois Farrell Fisher Joanne Friedland June Freidlich Lisa Garling and Jeff Miller Thomas and Patricia Germino† Dawn and Eddie Gershman William J. Gibbons Keith Goggin Jaye and John Golanty† Deidra D. Gold Enid J. Golinkin† Leo and Linda Gordon Chester Gougis and Shelley Ochab John S. Mrowiec and Karen Granda Laurence and Carrie Grant Dedrea Gray Dr. Kitty Green Michael and Lisa Greenfield James and Lynn Grogan† Madeline Grynsztejn andTom Shapiro Marie Gunn†

‡Step-by-Step We salute the individual donors who have committed to a recurring monthly or quarterly gift to 34 Straight White Men Steppenwolf. Their ongoing support helps fuel Steppenwolf’s mission of superior acting and risk-taking work.

Mr. and Mrs. Ray Hacker† Linda Halperin Bill Hamilton Chester and Phyllis Handelman Mr. and Mrs. Andy Hartlieb Liz Hartong Mr. and Mrs. Donald Harvey Richard and Dorothy Harza Jean Hawkinson Rachel Henry Midge and Frank Heurich James and Margot Hinchliff Anne Linsdau-Hoeppner and Walter F. Hoeppner III Mr. and Mrs. Craig Huffman Karen Hunken† Patricia Hurley Clare and Mark Hurrelbrink† Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hutchinson Jean Perkins and Leland Hutchinson Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hyter Tim Jackson Tim Jaster Todd and Jennifer Jones Melvin and Annie Kahn Dr. and Mrs. Bobby Kathuria Polly Kawalek Dr. Susan A. Kecskes† Thomas E Keim Ms. Mary Kemen Jim Kemmerer† Jeffrey Kerr David and Sharon Kessler Helen J. Kessler Thad King Diane and Barry Kirschenbaum Ms. Monica Kline Mr. and Mrs. David Knapp Mr. Jeffrey Koh Ms. Leslie Kondziela Rob and Laura Kozloff Rachel Kraft Nadiya Kreynin Beth L. Kronfeld and Matthew D. Means Marvin Lader George M. Langlois, Ph.D.† Melanie Larch and Rudy Panucci† Ms. and Mr. Pat Lederer Sheila Fields Leiter Catherine Leyser† Fran and Chuck Licht† Stacy and Peter Lindau Ms. Kirsten Livingston Judy and George Lowman Sybil Madison-Boyd and Nathan Boyd The Masnato Family George and Nancy Matkov Robert and Eleanor M. McAllister Mike and Cindy McCabe Elisabeth and Michael McHugh† Hugh and Marybeth McLean Rich McNelis Sheila and Harvey Medvin Susan Messing James Milbery and Anna De Augustine Marcus and Ashley Mintz Mr. and Mrs. Steve Monieson Rick and Joyce Morimoto†

Corinne S. Morrissey Ms. Katherine Nardin Walter Nathan Joan Neil Wendy Norris Emily and Hank Neuberger Mr. and Mrs. Charles Norwesh Ralph and Victoria Nuzzo Ann and Dan O’Brien Dennis J. O’Keefe and Mary Jo Barrett John and Joy O’Malley Patricia Parchem and Candace Zimmerman Jana R. O’Brien and Wayne T. Parman John and Roberta Paskvalich Thomas Pawlik and Ava Cohn Susan A. Payne Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Pearsall Stacy Pepper Frank C. Pond† Camelia and Andrei Pop V. Pristera, Jr. Richard Ralph Jeff and Susan Rashid Gabriel and Dorit Raviv Mr. and Mrs. Sal Razi P. Kevin Reidy† Lisa Remby Mr. Bryan Rheude Fred and Karen Rhynders† Laura Riddle and John Mariano Mr. and Ms. Jeff Robbins Stephen and Caryn Robin Steve Rodichok and Renee Gattone† James and Trude Roselle Mr. Jeff Rosen and Ms. Gail Rosen Honey and Howard Rosenfeld Richard Rosenthal and Patricia deBoom Joe Ross and Jean Shutler† Lisa and Doug Rosskamm T. Marshall Rousseau Susan B. Rubnitz Ms. Breda Rugai Kathryn W. Rugen† Ms. Shilpa Rupani Ms. Carol Ryan Bettylu and Paul Saltzman Mr. Hari Santhanam Brett Saternus Ms. Beth Satterfield Bill Savage Jane Schaafsma Susan Schaalman Youdovin and Charlie Shulkin† Stephanie Scharf and David Taber† Mr. and Mrs. Michael Schield Cynthia Schilsky Ms. E. Jane Schmitz Richard and Betty Seid Mr. George Semaan Jeff and Sonia Semenchuk† Leslie Shad and Joe Brennan Cathy Shelko† Mr. and Mrs. David R. Shevitz Peter and Colleen Sichrovsky† Mr. and Ms. Vik Sohoni Ms. and Mr. Sparks

Cathy and Jon Stein† Patty Sternberg Tricia and Kevin Stewart Liz Stiffel Linda and John Stock Sylvia and Joe Stone Yvonne Sutor† Tim and Beth Swanson Ms. Ann Taylor and Mr. Stephen Skardon Ilene Patty and Tom Terpstra Dick and Alice Teutsch Carrie Thoms Ms. Marie Tillman and Mr. Joe Shenton Richard Tobiason† Fred Tokowitz Mr. and Mrs. Tony Toulouse Edward and Edith Turkington Howard and Jane Tyner Anne Van Wart and Michael Keable Mr. Nathan Vanderploeg Jennifer D. Vidis Mark Wachhloz† Lillian and Steven Walanka Michael and Gere Warnecke Laura and Bob Watson† Mr. and Mrs. Michael Wertz Andre Williams Ms. Michele Willmott Gary and Modena Wilson† Matthew Wilson and Anne Posner Mark and Christie Wilson† Melani and Pete Wilson Ruth Winter Esther and Stanley Wojcicki Sherry Wolfe Ms. Sarah R. Wolff and Mr. Joel L. Handelman Karen and Douglas Yade Steve and Arna Yastrow Judith Youngs

Designers ($250 – $499) Anonymous (50) Thomas W. Abendroth and Terri L. Mascherin Nancy Abshire Fadi Abuelroos Jeannie L. Adams Mary Aherne† Philip and June Aimen† Mr. Jason Aldebert Thomas B. Aldrich III and Monica Jung Ken and Mary Ellen Alexander Ms. Denise Allen Ms. Evie Alter Alfred and Lynn Altschul Arthur and Rebecca Anderson Donna Gay Anderson† Mary and Paul F. Anderson Robert Anderson Roni Anderson † Teresa Andresen Leslie Andrle† Cedric H. Antosiewicz and Margaret M. Gudenas steppenwolf 35

…cont’d Annual Fund Mr. Matt Arcaro Ms. Jennifer Arneson Kate Arrington Deborah Ashen and Cara Meiselman† Mr. and Ms. Mark Baby Linda A. Bacci† James and Colleen Bailey † Michael and Julie Baker † Bill and Ann Baker John and Sharon Baldwin Simon Barbier† M. Z. Barnes Ms. Joan Barnhart Warren and Beverly Bartel Mr. and Mrs. Doug Bartels Mia A. and Scott Bass Christina Batorski† Laura M. Batzer† Mr. Walter Bayer Thomas Bearrows and Holly Hirst Daniel and Kimberly Beck† Lawrence Bell John and Taru Berg Louis Bernstein Amy and Randy Bertalan † Adrian and Arta Beverly Lois and Stanley Birer John Blackburn and Bill Gilmer Frances and Ed Blair John Blair and Liz Buchanan Nicholas J Blair† Terry Blake and Deborah Maue† Bernard and Nancy Blayer Dan Bleil Laura and Richard Blessen † Blitzke and Grogan † Anthony Boggiano Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Bolas Linda Bolte Willard and Helen Boris The Bots Family† Aldridge and Marie Bousfield Jeff Boyce Kevin and Michele Bradley† Ms. Stasia Brannon Karen Breen Elia and Louis M. Elia Tim Brogla and Laura Demoor Tom and Mary-Doug Brown Tom and Katie Brown William and Margaret Brown Leslie Buchbinder Ms. Cynthia Buckley Rony and Tom Buckley Megan Bui† John Byrd Robert and Cheryl Byron John and Libby Cady Amy Kruzan Callahan Mr. Thomas Campbell Katie and Carl Canino Erika and Noah Carey Susan Carle Barry Joseph Carlson Fairbank and Lynne Carpenter William Casey Beverly and Dennis Cavanaugh Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Chandler

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Helen and Paul Chang David Chaudoir† Bill Chenetti and Margaret Stokes Stephen and Jane Chernof Debbie and John Chipman Ms. Ann Chiumino Gerry and Carol Chrisman Richard Clarey James Clark and Christina Labate T. C. Clark† Carol and Michael Clarke† Bente Clausen† Cobble Family † Natalie Coleman† Mr. and Mrs. Terrance Coleman Jerry Collins Ms. Joan Colmar Sigrid Connor† Ms. Antonia Contro Dan and Kim Cook† Erin Cook† Robert Cook Michael and Cynthia Cooper Arlene and Harvey Coustan Mr. Roy Cowell Timothy Cox and Ron Quicho † Shirley Craven, Ph.D. Rosalind Crosby Linda Crowder Deborah and Bruce Crown Catherine Cudahy† David Cunliffe and Desiree Ruhstrat Allyson Cunningham† Mr. Mark Curran Mr. Dean Czuma Lucy and Bill Dallman † Mary Davidson and David Orkowski† Anne Megan Davis Drew Davis and Amelia Runyan † Michelle and Ronald De Vlam† Barbara L. Dean Mr. and Mrs. Remberto Del Real Ms. Geralyn L. Delaney Brian Dennen Nathan Denson† Matthew J. Devereux Walter G. Dezir† Rod Dickinson Lauri Dietz† Edward Dobbins† Carmelita Dockery, ABD Dorothy L. Domuray Lionel Downer† Charles and Linda Dresner Rosanne Druian Pam Duffy Margaret and Chris Duhon Susan Duman† Ms. Barbara Dunn Elizabeth Dupper† Leah Mooshil† Mr. and Mrs. Jon R. Dutcher Jeanene Ebert Wiley and Merry Edmondson Estia Eichten and Deborah Eichten Sharon Eiseman and Noel Hertz Michael and Kristen Goggin Mark Emmons†

Dale and Jo Ann Engquist Ruben and Kristen Escobar † Mr. Richard Ettlinger Bill and Jan Ewing† Joan and John Fadden Ms. Robin Fandrei Stephen Fedo KC Ferguson Marilyn and Larry Fields Shilan Fine and John Doeringer† Annalise Fischer† Fred Fischer and Heather D. Will Ms. Sunny Fischer Liz Fisher† Marilyn E. Fites Kiera and David Fitzgerald† Heather and Jeff Fleitz Johann and Emily Flores† Jim and Yvonne Fogerty† Bernadette Foley and Richard Landgraff† Mike Folk Paul Fong Karen Forsling and Monique Sandberg† Scott and Molly Forstall † Patricia Forsythe Jon Fosgitt and Kim Suhanic Ms. Elizabeth Foster Stephanie Foster† William Fotis Reverend Mark A. Fracaro† Aron Frankel and Kirsten Mull Frederick Frankel† Dr. and Mrs. James Franklin Jay and Gail Friedman† Susan and Sy Frolichstein Susan Fuchs, M.D. Julie Funke Robert and Cathy Galligan Heather Gardner† Deirdre Garton Jim Gaughan and Ann Hoffmann Hank and Sandy Gentry Marina and Sander Gilman† Clark and Nancy Gilpin Joseph Glaser and Jessica Schneider Glaser Dr. and Mrs. Paul Glickman Sue Golan Marvin and Phyllis Goldblatt Craig and Michal Golden Mr. and Mrs. David Golder Karen Goldstein† Marsha and Michael Goldstein Dr. Deirdre Dupre and Dr. Robert Golub Sam Goodman Mr. Duane Goucher Phoebe and Archie Graber† Joanne Graham Kenneth E Grant III† Paula Grasso Susan Griffin† Craig and Debbie Griffith Dr. and Mrs. John W. Gustaitis Victoria M. Gutierrez† Sarah Hadley Sarah Hafiz† Mr. Steve Hahn

Donald and Susan Hallberg Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hallberg Ted and Kathleen Halloran Ms. Nina Hallquist Harry and Lynn Halme Bob and Melanie Halvorson† Sarah Hamid Larry Hamilton and Ann Hicks† Dr. Raymond and Arlene Handler Ms. Amy Hanley Carrie B. Hanson† Ms. Zena Leah Harris Barbara Hart† Tom and Virginia Hartley† Mr. Richard Hartz Julianne Hartzell Ali Hassan and Amber Fritz† Mary Heggen† Ms. Jennifer Henderson Pat and Ron Henning Anne Henrick† Lynne Hensel and Larry Kameya† Claudia Herrera-Morales† David and Patricia Hight Fred Hill Joal Hill† Sarah Olivia Hill† Leslie Hindman Mr. and Mrs. Allen Hintz Vivian and Dave Hock Conery and Gail Hoffman Philip and Eileen Hoffman Konrad Kuchenbach and John E. Holland Mr. James Holzhauer Lisa Hopp† Mary and Dermot Horgan Leigh and John Hourihane Thomas and Karen Howell Mr. Thomas Hubert Werner and Laurie Huget† Robin and Harry Hunter Jim and Joyce Ibers Matthew Ingenito† Jorge and Beatriz Iorgulescu Mr. Jonathan Ireland Jeremy Jackson Terence Jackson Irene Jarmulska† Douglas and Margaret Jayes† William Jennings† Carolyn Johnson Sharon R. Johnston Mr. Scott Johnstone Daniel and Mary Ann Jordan Gregory and Marissa Kalman Mary Jo Kanady Joseph J. Kane Olwyn J. Kane Ms. Judy Kass Loreta Kavaliunas† Stacy M. Kemp† Jeffrey S Kennedy † John and Yvette Kennedy† Lucy Kereta-Bloch† Gizem Keysan† Seema Khan†

Linda Belan and Vincent Kinehan† Joy King and Nicki Pieart Ms. Vicki King Sylvia and John Kinney Drs. Tom and Linda Kirch Chris and Ashley Kirkwood† Matt and Karen Klickman Don and Cheryl Kobetsky John Kobza Ms. Marilee Kovacs Jeff and Katie Kowalsky Diane and Bill Kuhlmann† Ms. Kim Kumiega Bob Kunio and Libby Roth† Mary Kupferberg† Ms. Carolyn Kurtz and Mr. Gary Steinberg† Pamela K. Ladd Chuck and Diane Laff Mr. Kurt Lagerloef† Steve LaHaie Ms. Amy Landecker Mr. Courtney Landon Ed and Bettine Landon Thomas Lariviere† Robert Larrimore† Patricia Lauber Peter and Shirley Dugdale Laundy Mr. Mark Lavin and Mr. Eddie Herbeck Catherine and Peter Lawler Peter and Judith Lederer Bill Lee and Malinda Hamann† Yohannan Lee Jeffrey Leintz† Jeffrey and Elise Lennard Wallace and Carol Lennox David and Sandy Lentz Steven Leon Dr. and Mrs. Harvey J. Levin Eric Levinson Gregory Lewis and Mary Strek† Cara Lichtenstein† Robert and Martha Lichter Peter Lipton Lynn Liston and Patrick C. Littlejohn† Jessica Litman, Jon Weinberg, and Ari Litman-Weinberg Peter Littlewood Margit “Maggie” Livingston† Kate Lloyd Gershon and Louise Locker Dr. Jeff Loeb and Ms. Marjorie Loeb Katherine M. Lorenz Donald Louden† Maggie and Tom Lovaas Ilene and Lawrence Lubell† David Lynch† Mardie MacKimm Mr. and Mrs. Steve MacLellan Alice R. Macy Frank and Chris Maggio J. V. Malkovich Samantha and David Mann Wendy Manto† David Marker and Georgann Joseph Jennifer Marling Steve and Melissa Marovich

Ed and Linnea Martin† Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Mayes Lisa Mayntz and Bill Blidy John M. McCabe Ana McCauley† Dr. and Mrs. Leonard Mccormick† Maureen O’Leary and Sean McDonaugh † Gene Harlow and Jackie McGrath† Mr. and Mrs. R. Edward McGreevy† Jim McGuire† Cathy and Mark McKee † Kathy and Alan McLaughlin† Scott McLeod Robert and Jennifer McMurtry Maureen Meier Mr. and Mrs. John L Mentzer Mr. and Mrs. Mike Mercurio Lisa Knaggs and John Merlock Allyson Metcalf and Brian Tennison† David and Linda Metschke Ms. Janice Meyers Kenneth Meyer Tom Mikrut Dean A. Miller and Martha H. Swift Mia and Jonathan Miller† Sheba Miller-Morris Ron and Pat Miller Sandy and Scott Miller† Cynthia M Minta Montgomery Family† Jolanta and Jeffrey Moore † Ms. Tracy Morgenroth Jodi A. Morton† Charles G. Mueller John and Colleen Mueller Matthew Muench Gerald and Maia Mullin Patrick Mulville Ms. Annie Munch William Myers Mike and Nance Nalepa† Jo and Wally Nard† Elke Aippersbach and Piers Nash† Randy Nease Daphney and Kent Neilsen Fort Knox Studios Ms. Amy Newkirk Tom and Julia Nicholas Thomas North† Chris Notestine† Paul and Karin O’Connor† John M. O’Donnell and Bonnie L. Humphrey Paul B. O’Flaherty, Sr. † Barbara and Franklin A. O’Leary Nancy and Myles O’Reilly† Laura Obenauf† Mr. and Mrs. Martin Oberman Chase Ochsner Larry and Barbara Olin Roberta Olshansky Frances and William Paden Ronna Page† Deborah Page Carrie and Scott Palmer † Jane Panther

‡Step-by-Step We salute the individual donors who have committed to a recurring monthly or quarterly gift to

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…cont’d Annual Fund Mark and Mary Partridge Barvette and Michael Patterson Peggy Paulsen Mr. Tom Pearl Caroline Pearson† Raymond Olson and Paula Pederson Mr. Gregory T. Perrine William and Judith Pesetski Ms. Allison Peters Alex and Julie Philbrick† Linda S. Piccolo Barb and Ned Piehler Tuckie Pillar Ms. Ursula Pilski William and Suzan Pinsof Kate Pokorny and Steve Waszak† Polymath Theatre Company Andrew Sullender† Bruce Posner Glenn A. Preibis† Seamus Prendergast† Jean and Preston Price† Lynn and Clayton Pruitt Dave and Darby Putman Susan Rae† Harold And Erica Ramis Bridget and Louis Ray Elizabeth Raymond and Paul Hybel Ms. Rissa and Mr. John Reddan Molly Regan and Conrad Osborne Stephanie Reinhart† Clisson and Patricia Rexford James R. Richardson Dr. and Mrs. Ralph Richter, Jr.† Virginia Riehl† Richard and Susan Rieser Dr. Edward O. Riley Paul Rink Regina Rivers† Lauren and Andy Riviere† Bill and Deborah Roberts Chloe Robinson† Joseph A Rochetto and Arthur H Anderson Sandra and Jeffrey Rochman Mary Lu and Kenneth Roffe Susan W. Rogaliner Beverly J. Rogers† Mrs. Sarene L. Rosen Linda and Ronald Rosenthal† Mr. Mark Rotblatt Mrs. Donald S. Roth Renee Rouse† Chuck and Peg Rowe Louis and Julie Rubin Ray and Ann Rusnak Diana and Ed Ruthman John and Eileen Saksa Van and Sue Salmans John R. Samolis Carolyn Clayton and Patrick Sandercock Stephen and Leatrice Sandler Sheldon and Lynne Sandman Christopher and Ann Marie Saternus Terry Saunders

Robert and Mary Ann Savard† Dipti Salaskar-Sawant† Edna J Schade Curt Schade Allison and Charles Scherer David and Alexis Schmitz Frank and Karen Schneider Blair and Jen Schoell Cynthia Scholl† Mr. Richard Schumacher Tony and Celeste Scolaro† Lesley Scott† Charles and Debra Scoville Scott Seifert David Shanahan Danny and Elly Jeffrey S. Sharp and Elizabeth D. Sharp David and Kimberly Shaw Luna Okada and Wynn Sheade Mike and Kim Shean † Jack and Meggan Shedd † Deborah Shefrin Michael Shelton and Merideth Burkart† Timothy Sherck Barbara and John Sherlock † Andrew Shih† Bradley and Ellen Shorser Ms. Debra Siegel Catherine Siegel Margaret and Alan Silberman Cori Skoog† William and Marilyn Slavin † Patricia Costello Slovak Rebecca Slusher and Matt Newcomb† Laura C. Smail Aubrey L. Smith, Jr.† Janet Carl Smith and Mel Smith Lynn Smith Ms. Melissa Smith Mr. Richard Smith Sallie Smylie Jackie Snuttjer† Richard S. Snyder† Raymond Socki† Lawrence and Shirley Solomon Dave Spacek and Gail Abraham† Dusica Korda-Sparks and James C. Sparks Joseph Spellman and Michelle Drazba Gilda Spencer Stephen Spigel and Diana Williams Shantha Sreekanth Patricia Staab Andrea Stangeland† Debra and Gary Stanton† Seena and Carey Stein Nikki and Fred Stein The Steinbachs† Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Sternberg Lisa Stevak Carl Stevens† Lawrence Stone and Margaret Jongleux Kelly Stonebraker and Deborah Stonebraker Michael Stormont Andrew and Dr. Jessica Strang † Larry E. Stuckey II

Linda and Stephen Sullivan E.J. Sutton† John Swadener Jesse Swanson† Shirley Swanson† Elaine Taylor John R. and Catherine Taylor Susan C. Taylor Jeff Thomas and Rebecca Coleman† William and Diana Thomas† Jim and Sue Thompson Bruce and Ida Thurman Mrs. Mary Ann Tolli Ms. Karen Topham Maria Trakas† Canh Tran and Beth Wilson Carol D. Trapp Mr. John Trout Jacob Tyler† Mary Tyrrell Carissa van Ausdall† Gabrielle and John Vargo† Ronald and Catherine Vaughn Kathryn Vehe† Ms. Patricia Viniard Marcia Vinopal† Ron Volanti Jr.† Sue Vondran Justin Voshell† Paul D. Waas William and Sharon Wallin William and Patricia Walsh Karen and Herb Wander Mr. Kenneth E. Wanlass Gwenyth B. Warton Andy and Amy Waters Mr. David Waud Mr. Chuck Wehland and Ms. Gina Tabacchi Michael Weiland and Shelley MacGregor Sherrie and Albert Weiss Ms. Sharyn Weiss Hava and Ariel Weissberg Abigail and Bernard Westapher Adam and Jamie Weyeneth Susan Whitcher Ms. Neelie White Chris Whyde† Joanne Wiedemann-Wolf Larry and Susan Wikman Barbara and Todd Wilder† Matthew Williams† Marianna Beck† Yael and Alex Winkler† Coleman Wolf and Ellen Chapelle† Stephanie Wolf† Lisa Wolfe and Mark DiGanci Scott and Pegg Woodby † Mr. Craig Wortman Carol N. Yamamoto Dick Yankow Dr. Rodney and Susan Yergler† Scott Yoder and Kelly Robertson-Yoder Fred Young Ellen and Gary Zacny David and Nikki Zarefsky

‡Step-by-Step We salute the individual donors who have committed to a recurring monthly or quarterly gift to 38 Straight White Men Steppenwolf. Their ongoing support helps fuel Steppenwolf’s mission of superior acting and risk-taking work.

Ed and Lisa Zeitler Daniel Ziembo and Nancy Cook Barbe and Bill Zillman Tighe Zimmers Mark and Margie Zivin J. Kathryn Zupko†

Players ($150 – $249) Anonymous (28) Frida Abrahamian Jacinda Adams John B. Albright Allan Alson and Sue Ann Glaser David and Jill Altman Harold and Judith Anderson† Kenneth and Jan Anderson Nic Anderson Mr. Thomas Andrews Mr. Alfred Andreychuk Mr. Andrew Annacone and Ms. Bela Gandhi Jurgis and Dalia Anysas The Ardern Family Robert Arensman Ms. Amy C. Arnott Mr. Rex Babiera Alexandra Bachhuber Mr. Stephen Baime Ann Baker Spencer and Daniel Baker Daniel Alan Balsam Michael Banks and Jill Wine-Banks Meredith A Banta Simon Bare Andy Barnes† Jeffrey Battersby Dr. Bruce and Sally Bauer† Mr. Levi Beaver Dr. and Mrs. Anthony J. Bennet Betsy and James W. Benoit R.L. Benton Dorothea Berggren Dr. David Berkson James and Allison Bernard Noel and Shirley Biery Mary Anne and Joe Bigane Ben Birch Erica and David Bishaf Frances Bishop Nancy Bishop Ms. Nicole Bjornvick Mr. Mark Bloom James Blum Frima H. Blumenthal Claudia and John Boatright Sharalyn Borchers William and Ruth Botwick Bob and Sue Bowker Beth Bracco David and Cheryl Bradford Susan M Brazas Judith and Harold Bregman Robert and Sherri Brewer Evelyn G. Brown Myra Brown Mr. Howell Browne Rita Buczynska Mr. and Mrs. Mark Bushman

Richard Butler Toni and Mike Cainkar Mr. Ed Calkins John Camper and Mary C Galligan Michele Carbonell Michael Carr Mrs. Constance K. Casey Mr. Bobby Caton and Mr. Michael Parlett Rosalyn Chi Lisa Chigas Mr. Kurt Christoffel Sam and Kathleen Ciulla† Dr. and Mrs. Robert Clark Kimberly Clawson† Marvin R. Cohen James Cohn Peter and Judith Connolly† Nelda J Connors Jennifer and Greg Conradt Mr. Lawrence Cook John Corkery Patricia Cox, Katie and Will Hunckler Angela Cribben† David and Jean Curtis Daniel Cyganowski Margaret and John Dantico Gabriel DeFrates† Brian Delker† Maureen and Mel De Matoff Michelle and Christopher DeMent Dr. Mark and Rose DeMeo Ms. Mary Desimone Michael and Colette Dever Lena and Kevin Devereux Beth J. Dickstein Peter and Elizabeth Dietz Ms. Anne Diffenderffer Robert and Karen Dirmish Evan Djikas and Jennifer Djikas Annette and Ronald Dluger William and Phyllis Dobrin Sue Donoghue Joseph Dellaratta Joshua and Natalie Dranoff Justin and Lauren Drogos Judy and Jerry Drommerhausen Eileen and Howard Dubner Arthur and Elizabeth Duquette Mr. and Mrs. Marcel Durot John and Pat Dyble Wendy Eager Ms. Elizabeth Eccher and Mr. Sam Goodman Rick Eddington Ms. Roberta Edelson Deane Ellis Shawn and Sang Ellis John and Mary Empfield Richard and Ann Ernst Edith and Gerald Falk Tom and Terry Fallon The Felder Family Drs. Richard and Roberta Feldman Toni and Joel Fenchel Stephen Fiete† Robert and Kathleen Fife Rose Mary Finnegan

Nancy and Rick Firfer Ms. Ronda Fish Jessica and Jordan Fishfeld John and Patti Flanagan Jan and Bill Flapan Charlotte and Robert D. Flinn Jeanne Flosi Ms. Susan Flynn Jeff and Julie Forgash David Forsythe and Margo Weitzman† John and Adrian Foster Timothy and Janet Fox Lindsay Foye Daniel and Maxine Frankel† Rhona and Julian Frazin Mr. and Mrs. Neil Freeman Bill and Nancy Freitag Ms. Paula Froehle Dr. and Mrs. Dennis Galinsky Andy Gallas Peter W. Galman† Raymond and Patricia Gass Mark and Bonnie Gehrman Barbara J. Geist Scott George Amy Giedraitis and Jason Davis Hugh and Doris Gilbert Tara Gillespie Daniel Gilmour Tonya “MO” Glass Howard and Anneliese Glick Mr. Martin Glickman Katherine Godfrey and Warren Maltzman Nancy Gold† Robert Goldberg and Dodie Weinstein Deena and Larry Goldman Jessica L. Gonzalez Mr. Charles Goodman Sandra and James Goodman Mr. Mark Gordy Joseph and Sarah Graham Bobby Grant† Judy Grasmick Mr. Justus Gries Merle and Barry Gross Nathan and Evelyn Grossman Mr. Gregor Gruenthaler Alan and Susan Guernsey John and Donna Guydan William C Haddad Kathleen Hagerty Robert and Patricia Hahn Mr. Bruce Handler Mr. and Mrs. Gabriel Hansen Suzanne Harkness† Joanne and Michael Harrigan Shelby Beierle Hasten Diana J Healy Richard and Bridget Heathfield Albert and Amy Heber George Hedges Christie Hefner Alison and Jim Heiser† Ms. Mary Ellen Hennessy Ms. Michelle Henstock Nancy and Dale Hershfield Peter Herzum and Simona Cirio

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…cont’d Annual Fund Morgan and Melissa Hirst Bill and Pat Hitt Dennis Hjelm Ms. Heather Holberg Michelle and Glenn Holland David and Suzanne Holmes Thomas and Louise Homberger Rachel Hoovler† Susan Horn and Don Honchell Richard Hoskins Karen Hott Karen and Bob Howard William Hubbard Caroline Humes and Truman Anderson Beth Hummelberg and Dave Dimmlich Ben Husmann Richard Hutner and Lena Motev Tim and Kate Hyland Elizabeth Ingram Judi Israel Rosen Ms. Barbara Israel Mrs. J Javors Patricia A. Jiganti Rob and Mary Johannigman Ruth Johnston† Heather Joys† Howard and Marianne Jump Janet and Carl Kalbhen Tom and Esta Kallen Fran and Harvey Kaluzna Norma and Nolan Kaplan Mr. and Mrs. James Kargman Jerry Karlin Martin and Barbara Keeley Francis and Sherri Kelch† Mr. Robert Keller Ms. Kim Kemp Harry Kenny Steve Kerch† Rita Kerns Joseph and Catherine King Douglas and Catherine Knuth Robert and Janis Kohm† Amy Kohn Annette Baldwin and Paul Kolansinski Betty H. Kolb Mr. James Kreidler Larry and Margie Kubacki † Ken and Janet Kubis Matt and Jen Kueker Walter and Elaine Kurczewski Kellie J. Lala Thomas Lanham and Deborah Bordelon Janet Lawrence Elizabeth Leeth Linda Legner Michael and Rena Leizerman Nathan Lekahal† Ms. Katja Lemke El-Zeini Jessica Lemon Craig Lepkowski Amy Huck David Levin Marc and Cynthia Levin Susan Levitt

Mr. Jason G. Lewis Raymond and Norene Lewis† Mr. and Mrs. Paul Liebenson Ms. Joanna Liff Mr. and Mrs. Burton Litwin Velda Lloyd Arthur and Barb Loevy Jack and Ingrid LoGiudice Mr. David Long Anya Lozinski Sherry Lundell Mrs. Sally Lupel Louis Lyrla † Jim Maclennan Madeline MacMillan Claude Maechling and Carrie McNally† Martin and Allison Malecki Ms. Pat Mangan Sandra Mangurian Ms. Donna Marcuccilli Randi Ragins and Bob Markowski Mr. William Marovitz Tom and Robin Martin† Cynthia Mathews and John Kenny Henry and Peggy Matson Mr. Jacob May Ms. Donna Mayer Mary McArthurandJohn Hawes Thomas and Barbara McCaffrey John McCambridge Stacey and Patrick McCusker Terrance and Jane McElroy Lilian McGrady Mary and Dan McGuire Ms. Therese McGuire Denise and Barry McKeown Robert and Lorel McMillan Claretta Meier Michael and Nancy Merel Chuck and Sylvia Meyers† Ron and Barbara Moline Marcia and Jonathan Montgomery Brian Weatherford and Steven Montgomery Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Moran Robert and Diane Moriarty Ms. Mary Louise H. Morrison Beverly and Dale Mortensen David and Linda Moscow Paul and Joyce Muller Sue Mullins Marisa Murillo James and Jean Murphy Mary Ellen Murphy Karen Muth Jane Myers and Walter Myers Jenny Nagaoka and Bart Longacre Kurt Nakaoka and Nancy Morris Bill Nieman and Rita Nathanson Katie Nee † Janet M. Nelson Charlotte Newfeld SaoMai Nguyenmau† Dani Nichols† Mark and Maggie Nichter† Ms. Susan B. Noyes Susan and Larry Nutson

Mary Pat O’Brien Ronan and Jill O’Donovan† Hawthorne Crew Mary O’Regan Alberta O’Shaughnessy Shelia and Julian Oettinger Ms. Chaz Olajide Jeffrey Olsen† Don A. Olson Mr. Schuyler Opila Peter and Alanne Ori Jamie and Rachel Orlikoff† Jonathan Orlove County Clerk David Orr Jerome and Kathryn Osen† Lauren Pace Hilda and Jose Padilla Debra Parker Dr. Steven and Mimi Binette Mr. and Mrs. James H. Pawlak Seymour and Jane Perkins Ms. Sarah Pesetsky Mr. Joshua Peters David and Lindsey Peters Ross and Jackie Peterson Chrystin and Lonnie Pleasants† Michael Powell and Debora Boyda† Richard Powell Carrie and Michael Powers† Elaine and Ronald Prebish Charles and Sharon Pritchard Mr. and Mrs. William B. Prugh Mr. and Mrs. Richard Raether Dr. Rahman† Heidi Ralli Dean Rapp Mr. Chuck Rebesco John Rice Sandi Riggs Burt and Fran Rissman Mr. Bruce Rodman Dr. Daniel A. Roller and Ms. Lynn A. Hellwig Tabitha Rooney† Mary Root Mr. and Mrs. Alan Rosenberg Lorraine Rosenberg Lisa Roth Michael and Bonnie Rothman Mr. and Mrs. Mark Rottweiler Joseph D Ruggirello Jim and Mary Dario and Theresa Sacomani† Jeffrey and Ellen Sadur Loren and Jeff Sampson Mr. and Mrs. John Scala Susan Tobias and Alan Shapiro Alice and Don Schindel The Schirato Family Rose Schmidt† Mrs. Margaret Schuring Gail Schultz Mickey Schwab Mr. David Schwartz Jenny and Philip Schwartz Barbara Jo and Thomas D. Scott Shannon Seipel Margaret Shaklee

‡Step-by-Step We salute the individual donors who have committed to a recurring monthly or quarterly gift to

40 Straight White Men Steppenwolf. Their ongoing support helps fuel Steppenwolf’s mission of superior acting and risk-taking work.

Elizabeth and Michael Shapiro† Gil Sharon and Ann Taylor Diana E Sheets and Stephen E Levinson Cheryl and Philip Sheridan† Karen Shields† Mr. and Mrs. William Shorey Bruce K. Siewerth Amanda Signorelli Paul and Sue Silverman† Ilene Simmons George and Lynne Simon James Skeen Mr. Larry K. Snider Keeley and Darrin Sorokti Gary Spangler and Julie B. Aimen-Spangler Malcolm Spector and Nancy Ludmerer Tim Speicher and Ellenkate Finley Jo and George Spindler Mr. Daniel C. Sprehe Bonnie Spring Dr. Lisa D. Stanford Ms. Joan Steel Michael and Marie Stein Ms. Cynthia Stengel Amanda and Keith Stenlund Charles and Janet Stern

Dorie Sternberg Mr. Joel Sternstein Richard Stevens Ms. Barbara Stewart Mark and Irene Sudac Kathryn Sullivan and Christopher Bing Robin Klein and Bill Summers William and Mary Tarnow Leonard and Bobbie Tenner Cheryl Thaxton† Carl Thelander Floyd Thompson Nancie Noie Thompson† Rachel Tomasek and Ron Anderson Ms. Aylice Toohey Ms. Joanne Trudeau Dana Turban Susan D. Tuteur Janie Urbanic and Gary Schuetz Ms. Cynthia Vahlkamp Ms. Donna Sue Van Cleaf-Fish Ms. Martha VanNess Carmita P. Vaughan Paule Verdier† Dominick Vetrano John and Sherryl Viars† Butch and Debbie Viccellio D. Vilmin

Ms. Amy Voss Mrs. Jimmye Wade Erich Walch Marsie Wallach Crawford and Barbara Ward Sharon Ward Deborah and Neil Warner† Mr. and Mrs. Mel Waskin Paul Waterhouse Elissa B. Weaver Alan and Boni Weinstein Marc Weinstein and Martha Laffey Barbara A. Weithaus Miriam Weizenbaum† Wertz Family† Joan and Tom Whipp Sanford and Vicki White Dot and Dan Whittenberger David Wise and Dianna Niebylski† Susan and Bob Wislow Iris S. Witkowsky Linda and William Woloshin James and Kelly Wyatt Julie and Larry Zachary† Ms. Lisa Zirpolo Kathy Willhoite and Rodd Zolkos

2016/17 season


Based on the New York Times bestselling novel

Could one mistake make you a monster?

By Walter

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Individual Contributors Honor and Memorial Gifts

In-Kind Contributors

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 Suzanne Miller at 312-654-5617 or

Steppenwolf salutes the following individuals and organizations who donated significant goods and/or services.

In Honor of Kate Arrington Jean Arrington

In Honor of David Hawkanson John and Carol Balcom

In Memory of George S. Brengel Janyce D. Brengel

In Honor of Sarah Beardsley Nick and Nora Weir

In Honor of Stephanie Heller Beverly Adilman

In Memory of Patricia E. Domine Lori Koetters and Brian Smith

In Honor of Marlene BreslowBlitstein and Berle Blitstein The Anixter Family Gregory Cameron and Greg Thompson Judy and Jim Klutznick Madeline Grynstein and Tom Shapiro Bobette Takiff

In Honor of Martha Lavey and David Hawkanson Deborah Stewart

In Memory of Jill Harper John Swadener and her friends

In Honor of Larry Block Joel and Marsha Kasanov In Honor of Joseph Breslow Berle Blitstein and Marlene Breslow-Blitstein In Honor of Peter Britt Linda and Leo Gordon In Honor of Michael Cahan Walter Nathan In Honor of Laurel Clayson S. Hollis Clayson

In Honor of Martha Lavey John and Katherine Fox Rhona and Julian Frazin Neil Ross and Lynn Hauser Ed Hirschland Margie Marcus Magoo Stone Bobbi Zabel In Honor of the Lefkofskys and Kalts Laura and Scott Eisen In Honor of Debbie Marchese Marilyn and Larry Fields In Honor of Jan Melk Richard and Katie Gottfred In Honor of Deborah Quazzo Antonia Contro Madeleine Grynsztejn

In Honor of Nora Daley Shawn M. Donnelley J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation In Honor of Bruce Sagan and Bette Cerf Hill In Honor of Josephine Eva Desir Anita and Jamie Orlikoff Charlotte Durot In Honor of Ren Habiby Laura Freeman In Honor of John Hart and Carol Prins Jim and Emily Borovsky Myrna Kaplan

In Memory of Norton H. Kay Sandra Blau In Memory of Lillian Laudone Michael Laudone In Memory of Myrna Lord Marti Zelikoff In Memory of Abby S. Magdovitz-Wasserman Dr. David Wasserman In Memory of Rose L. Shure Shure Incorporated In Memory of Jack B. Stanford Dr. Lisa D. Stanford In Memory of Kari Timm Jill O’Donovan In Memory of Nancy Wald Albert Wald

Andaz West Hollywood Balena Ian Barford Beyond Events Catering Kevin Boehm The BOKA Restaurant Group Breakthru Beverage Group CBS and Elementary Chellino Crane The Chicago Cubs ClientFirst Consulting Group EDGE ShowTek Event Creative Evolution Interiors Exelon and Mary Ludford Maile Flanagan Frost Lighting Co. of IL, Inc. Goose Island Beer Company Graycor, Inc. Francis Guinan Halls Rental Service Jon Michael Hill HMS Media Hotel Del Coronado

Hotel Lincoln Joe’s Wine Cellar John Hart, Hart Davis Hart Wine Co. Rob Katz Tina Landau Amy Landecker and Amazon Studios Langham Hotel, Chicago Donna La Pietra Limelight Catering Linda Lowy Chef Jeff Mahin Marcello’s: A Father and Son Restaurant Mariann Mayberry Laurie Metcalf Sandro Miller MK Restaurant Momotaro Motorola Mobility Foundation Amy Morton Sally Murphy Chef Chris Pandel Partytime-HDO Productions, Inc. Peacock 9

Jeff Perry William Peterson POP PUBLIC Hotel Chicago Rondi Reed Scott Rudin Schiff Hardin LLP Anna D. Shapiro Shure Incorporated Gary Sinise Sono Wood-Fired French Stewart Tasty Catering Theatre Development Fund United Airlines Susan Vargo and the producers of The SpongeBob Musical Vinci V.I.P. Valet Services, Inc. Voice Lessons producers Linda Toliver and Gary Guidinger Whole Foods

Please note that gifts listed above reflect contributions made as of November 10, 2016. Every effort is made to ensure that the information included 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 312-654-5617.

In Honor of Harry Seigle Rachel and David Sternberg In Honor of Karen Zelden and Ralph Senst Linda A. Ellis In Honor of the Young Adult Council Pavement Group

‡Step-by-Step We salute the individual donors who have committed to a recurring monthly or quarterly gift to 42 Straight White Men Steppenwolf. Their ongoing support helps fuel Steppenwolf’s mission of superior acting and risk-taking work.

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Individual Contributors Steppenwolf Associates

Accessibility at Steppenwolf

Comprised of more than 100 young professionals, the Steppenwolf Associates work each season to raise funds for the Steppenwolf for Young Adults program. We salute the Associates for giving generously of their time and resources. Contact Karyn Todd at 312-654-6501 or to become a Steppenwolf Associates member today.

• Assistive listening devices in our Downstairs, Upstairs and 1700 theaters.

Executive Officers Aimee Graham‡ Katherine Nardin* Jonathan Blanc Bryce Cooper‡ Shilpa Rupani Michelle Schlack‡ Jennifer Stuart David Wagener‡

Founding Officers Marissa Bryce Nora Daley *‡

Executive Committee Rachel Henry Julia Luscombe Melissa Peralta Marilynn Rubio Harriet White

Associates Board Members

Carina Abbaticchio‡ Jonathan Blanc Isaac Colunga‡ Bryce Cooper‡ Aimee Graham ‡ Rachel Henry Christine Hermosisima‡ Jeffrey Koh‡ Julia Luscombe Katherine Nardin Melissa Peralta Marilynn Rubio Shilpa Rupani Michelle Schlack‡ Jennifer Stuart David Wagener‡ Harriet White Andre Williams‡

Associate Members Joan Akalaonu Nic Anderson Nataly Arber Emily Armato Marjorie Baltazar Emily Berk Hans Biebl Nicole Bjornvick Sarah Bordson Emily Brannon Nigel Caine ‡ Alexandra Carlson Nicholas Casto Bobby Caton Charlie Caton Clyde C. Compton Amanda Daniels Katie Duxbury Rebecca Fons Ellenkate Finley Richard Fromm Amanda Gebert Tara Gillespie Elena Gottreich Gregor Gruenthaler Rachel Hatch Katerina Herder Elizabeth Ingram Hayley Jones Adam Keats‡ Katie Kowalsky Sarah Laeuchli Katja Lemke

Joanna Liff Stuart Martin Jacob May Emily Meier Ashley Mintz Marcus Mintz Matthew Muench Berit Ness Kameelah Omar Lauren Pace Michael Parlett Stacy Pepper Lauren Perlstein Marci Portugal Megan Pratt David Pruitt Rissa Reddan John Reddan Cory Reeves Joseph Richiusa Valerie Rivera Eugene Romanov Daniel Shapiro Meredith Shippee Katie Smith Tim Speicher II Donnell Spencer Lisa Stevak Sarah Swain Hannah Swihart Joe Taiber Stephanie Taiber Vinay Vallabh Maeve Whalen

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 patrons who are blind or have low vision. • Sign language-interpreted and open-captioned performances for guests who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Induction hearing loops in the 1700 and Downstairs Theatre If you use a hearing aid or cochlear implant that has a T-Coil, feel free to turn it on for the performance! The 1700 Theatre and both levels of the Downstairs Theatre are equipped with induction loops, installed with the help and expertise of Assistive Hearing Systems Ltd. Individual portable neck loops are available in our Upstairs Theatre—just ask any member of the house staff if you’d like to use one. Steppenwolf’s induction loop was made possible in part by a generous gift from John Hart and Carol Prins. Would you like to utilize or learn more about these services? Audience Services 312-335-1650 | TTY 312-335-3830 | E-mail

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. 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 survey inserted in this program or join the conversation at 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 Need to contact a patron during a performance? If you need to contact a patron during a performance in our Downstairs or Upstairs Theaters, please call our Concierge Desk at 312-932-2476. Hours: one hour prior to curtain until 15 minutes after curtain call.

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.

* Steppenwolf Trustee

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‡ Directors Circle Member

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Content Disclaimer: Steppenwolf does not offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have any questions about content, age-appropriateness or stage effects (such as strobe lights or theatrical fog) that might have a bearing on patron comfort, please contact the box office at 312-335-1650.

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