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Welcome to The Wheel Letter from Artistic Director Martha Lavey
24 Soar The Depths
Artistic Director Martha Lavey and ensemble member Tina Landau discuss The Wheel
28 Forward, No Matter What
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Editors Jeffrey Fauver Neel McNeill
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Design Lisa Frye
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Welcome to The Wheel by Martha Lavey
Spoiler Alert: Part of the wonder and mystery of The Wheel is in the unpredictable way the story unfolds. This Welcome Letter is an invitation to consider multiple interpretations of this richly layered play. If you’d like to experience the surprises of the journey through The Wheel, we recommend reading this note after the performance.
The Wheel is a multi-layered work that contains references to essential moments in modern Western conflicts, Christianity, classic myths, ground-breaking theater styles, and even contemporary psychology. You will hear in the play the resonances of Bertolt Brecht: Mother Courage, Caucasian Chalk Circle, The Good Person Of Szechuan. Like those plays, The Wheel asks us to look at our world and examine our ethical and moral character—as a people and as individuals. The world is pulling us toward our own survival. Do we have the courage to commit to survival for another, to a community, to our own higher nature? Is it possible to escape the cycle of conflict through personal agency? One of the great intrigues of The Wheel is its movement across place and time. The play satisfies the definition of magic realism: a genre where magic elements are a natural part in an otherwise mundane, realistic environment. This is most strikingly evident in the character of Beatriz who, characteristic of the genre continues to be alive beyond the normal length of life. The play enters a mythological space as Beatriz moves through space and time and in this movement, we are encouraged to see the circular nature of the human experience. Centered around our recurrent engagement in
war, each conflict resonates with its previous incarnation and the tragic futility of this repetition is manifest. The play resolves where it started: at the wedding of Beatriz’ sister, Rosa. The return home is a common trope in mythology and there are many manifestations in popular culture of the repetition and return. They offer the central character the preternatural perspective of history: if we could see our experience within the large sweep of history, could we gain insight? Can we change our own course or the course of human events? I think one interpretive possibility in The Wheel is to imagine the events of the play as a psychological journey particular to Beatriz. We learn in the play that as a child, Beatriz lost her own father to war and this seems to motivate her commitment to reunite the young girl to her exiled father. At the end of the play, Beatriz’ own father appears and I think this reunion with her father allows for an interpretation that the young girl that Beatriz has shepherded through space and time is her own young self, traumatized by her early separation from her father. It is worth noting that the final leg of Beatriz’ journey is the desert and that she makes the point repeatedly that she has been in the desert for 40 days. The allusion to Christ’s 40 days in the desert is explicit. Wikipedia reminds us that:
The temptation of Christ is detailed in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. According to these texts, after being baptized, Jesus fasted for 40 days and nights in the Judaean Desert. During this time, the devil appeared to Jesus and tempted him. Jesus having refused each temptation, the devil departed and angels came and brought nourishment to Jesus.
In the Biblical story, the presiding temptation of Christ is to use magic to prove his divine nature. In The Wheel, this is a temptation presented to the young girl (who may be, as I’ve suggested, Beatriz herself ). In The Wheel, it is Rossignol who appears after the 40 days in the desert. His name is evocative: the name meant “nightingale” in French. It also refers to a wellknown French family of cryptographers and as early as 1406 the word rossignol has served as the French term for “skeleton key” or for any tool that opens that which is locked. So our Rossignol in The Wheel holds a key to meaning. Interestingly, another symbolic meaning for nightingale is the poet. And indeed, the Rossignol character identifies himself as both a naturalist and a magician. I think we hear the merge of these two identities when Rossignol explains magic to Beatriz:
There is nothing in the world that is properly magic. Only nature. That’s magic alright. A baby growing in its mother’s womb, a brown worm that turns into a butterfly, a barren field that breaks with flowers. You want to see something truly miraculous? Look all around you. Look at the way two people look at each other when they’re in love. The rest is just a show, it’s a trick. The Wheel is an incredibly evocative text. We are asked to hear the play through its mythological evocations and its psychological suggestions. At the heart of the play is the question about history repeating itself and the role of individual consciousness and agency in the larger sweep of human experience. Does The Wheel suggest an escape from this cycle? And is that the question? If our actions cannot change the course of human history does that relieve us from the responsibility for moral action? Is the presiding myth of The Wheel (and, indeed, of human experience) the myth of Sisyphus? As Camus says in his essay about Sisyphus: “The struggle itself [...] is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.”
Steppenwolf Artistic Director Martha Lavey
Martha Lavey†* Artistic Director
David Hawkanson Executive Director
Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents
Steppenwolf salutes the sponsors for our production of The Wheel Offical 2013/14 Season Lighting Sponsor
Individual Production Sponsors Joyce Chelberg Negaunee Foundation Bill and Orli Staley Sarah Beardsley Douglas R. Brown Playwright/Director Endowment Fund Bob and Amy Greenebaum John H. Hart and Carol Prins Jim and Kay Mabie Toni Sandor Smith
By Zinnie Harris Directed by ensemble member Tina Landau †
Featuring Joan Allen†* Kareem Bandealy* La Shawn Banks* Robert Breuler†* Chaon Cross* Emma Gordon Tim Hopper†* Ora Jones†* Mark L. Montgomery* Erin Oechsel Stephenie Park* Daniel Pass Yasen Peyankov†* Edgar Miguel Sanchez Scott Stangland* Demetrios Troy* Matthew Yee
Production Blythe R.D. Quinlan+ Scenic Design Ana Kuzmanic+ Costume Design Scott Zielinski+ Lighting Design Kevin O’Donnell Sound Design and music direction
Stephan Mazurek Projection Design Dennis Watkins Magic Consultant Erica Daniels° Casting Director Matt Hawkins Fight Choreography Deb Styer* Stage Manager Kathleen E. Petroziello* Assistant Stage
Manager (September 12 – 20)
(September 17 – November 10)
Cassie Wolgamott* Assistant Stage Manager
The Wheel was first presented by the National Theatre of Scotland at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, on August 7, 2011. Director Vicky Featherstone. Steppenwolf Theatre Company is a constituent of Theatre Communication Group (TCG), the national organization for nonprofit professional theater. † member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company ensemble. * member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers. + member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829 of the IATSE. ° member of the Casting Society of America.
cast and contributors Cast (in alphabetical order) Joan Allen†* (Beatriz) Kareem Bandealy* (Moreno, Farshad) La Shawn Banks* (Pedro, Hancock) Robert Breuler†* (Clement) Chaon Cross* (Rosa) Emma Gordon (The Girl) Tim Hopper†* (Juan, Jaques, Glennister) Ora Jones†* (Madame, Hanna)
Mark L. Montgomery* (Rossignol) Erin Oechsel (Ensemble) Stephenie Park* (Thi, Blandine) Daniel Pass (The Boy) Yasen Peyankov†* (Sargento, Jozka) Edgar Miguel Sanchez (Ensemble) Scott Stangland* (Colline, Pierre) Demetrios Troy* (Tomas, Xuan) Matthew Yee (Ensemble)
Kate LoConti* (Beatriz, Rosa) Edgar Miguel Sanchez (Moreno, Farshad, Pedro, Hancock) H.B. Ward (Sargento, Jozka, Clement) Matthew Yee (Tomas, Xuan, Colline, Pierre) Josh Zagoren (Ensemble)
Lanisa Frederick (Madame, Thi, Hanna, Blandine, Ensemble) Brian Grey (Rossignol, Juan, Jaques, Glennister) Maya Hlava (The Boy and The Girl)
A peaceful village in Northern Spain.
There will be no intermission. There will be a post-show discussion immediately following the performance.
Scott Ebersol Assistant Director Kendra Miller Assistant Director Derek Matson Research Associate Nan Zabriskie Makeup Designer Penny Lane Studios Wigs William Kirkham Lighting Assistant Zoe Shiffrin Assistant Charge Artist Christopher DePaola, Chris Kristant, Adam Gorsky, Christopher Rodgers Additional Carpenters
Desiree Arnold, Stephen Carmody, Emily Guthrie, Peter Schmidt Additional Properties Joe Creen, Matt Retzlaff, Vanessa Rundle Running Crew Ivy Reid, Kristof Janezic Follow Spot Operators Liz Wilson Additional Wardrobe Katie Cora Clark Child Supervisor Ellie Kaplan Stage Management Apprentice
Special Thanks to Hanh-Tien Tran and Karen Kramer Wilson. As a courtesy to the actors and your fellow patrons, please turn off your cell phones before the performance. The taking of photographs and the use of any type of recording device are 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. † 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.
in rehearsal 1. cast member scott stangland, stephenie park, kareem bandealy with ensemble members robert breuler and joan allen 2. Ensemble members Ora Jones and Yasen peyankov 3. ensemble member tim hopper
7. cast member chaon cross with ensemble member yasen peyankov 9. cast member kareem bandealy photographer thomas weitz
6. cast member edgar miguels sanchez
8. director and ensemble member tina landau
4. cast member mark l. montgomery
5. ensemble member joan allen
Bios Joan Allen (Beatriz)
has been an ensemble member at Steppenwolf Theatre Company since 1977, where she has performed in more than 25 productions. A few include Reckless, Cloud 9, Three Sisters, A Lesson from Aloes, Balm in Gilead and her personal favorite, … And a Nightingale Sang. Her Broadway credits include: Burn This (Tony Award for Best Actress), The Heidi Chronicles (Tony nomination for Best Actress) and Impressionism. She has appeared in more than 20 feature films including Compromising Positions, Peggy Sue Got Married, Tucker: The Man and His Dream, Manhunter, Nixon (Academy Award nomination, Best Supporting Actress), The Ice Storm, The Crucible (Academy Award nomination, Best Supporting Actress), The Contender (Academy Award nomination, Best Actress), Pleasantville, Face Off, Yes, The Upside of Anger, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, and she makes a cameo appearance in The Bourne Legacy. Joan was last seen in the HBO series Luck and just completed a film version of Stephen King’s novella A Good Marriage, which should be released in 2014.
Kareem Bandealy (Moreno, Farshad)
Chicago credits include Rock ’n’ Roll, Gas for Less, King Lear (Goodman Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Edward II, Romeo and Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); The Illusion (Court Theatre); Hamlet, The Caretaker, Heartbreak House (Writers’ Theatre); Big Lake Big City, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad
Zoo, The Last Act of Lilka Kadison, Peter Pan (Lookingglass Theatre Company); and Blood and Gifts (TimeLine Theatre Company). Regional: The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Three Musketeers, The Tempest (Illinois Shakespeare Festival); Love’s Labour’s Lost (Notre Dame Summer Shakespeare Festival); Stuff Happens, Julius Caesar (Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre); and four seasons at Orlando Shakespeare Theater. He has appeared in several films including The Merry Gentleman directed by Michael Keaton. A 2011 recipient of a 3Arts Artist Award he can next be seen in The Little Prince (Lookingglass Theatre Company).
La Shawn Banks (Pedro, Hancock)
is honored to be making his Steppenwolf Theatre Company debut. Chicago credits include The Liar, Travels With My Aunt, Old Glory, The Turn of the Screw, Othello, The Duchess of Malfi, To the Green Fields Beyond (Writers’ Theatre); The Island (Remy Bumppo Theatre Company); Edward II (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); A Year With Frog and Toad (Chicago Children’s Theatre); and five seasons of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (Goodman Theatre). Regional credits include productions with American Players Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theater and the Cleveland Play House. “For Era Mae.”
Robert Breuler (Clement)
joined the ensemble in 1987. His last Steppenwolf Theatre Company production was Detroit. Some memorable roles include: Andrei
Botvinnik in A Walk In The Woods, Big Daddy in Cat On A Tin Roof, Les Moss in The Infidel, Pa Joad in The Grapes Of Wrath, Father Lux in Our Lady Of 121st Street and The Armenian in Time Of Your Life. Broadway credits include The Grapes Of Wrath, Carousel, The Song Of Jacob Zulu and Death Of A Salesman with his all-time favorite role being The Devil in Stravinski’s L’Histoire du Soldat with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Regional and Chicago credits include performances at Goodman Theatre, Northlight Theatre, PlayMakers Repertory Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Great Lakes Theater, Dallas Theater Center, American Conservatory Theater, Guthrie Theater, Hartford Stage, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Persephone Theatre of Saskatoon, The National Theatre of London and His Majesty’s Theatre of Western Australia. Robert most recently starred in the film Acres Independent Production of The Brother. Film credits include The Crucible, A Piece of Eden, Love and Action in Chicago, Shimmer, Trial By Jury, Painted Heart, Miles From Home, Purple Haze and the forthcoming Lac de Flambeau. Television: Chicago Fire, Prison Break, Early Edition, NYPD Blue, Angel Street, Keeper of the City, Father Clements Story, The Untouchables— The Series, BBC’s Darger and the Detective, and the forthcoming pilot Doubt. Robert has been a member of Actors’ Equity for 40 years and is a proud recipient of a William and Eva Fox Fellowship. Other undertakings include directing and performing in the cabaret show A Little Touch of Coward in the Night, written by and starring his wife Suzanne Petri, which will be moving to New York in 2014. The couple’s musical Duo: 1 is 1; 2 is Math by Bill C. Thomas with music by Elizabeth Doyle will also be produced in 2014.
Chaon Cross (Rosa)
returns to Steppenwolf Theatre Company where she previously appeared as Anya in Cherry Orchard. Other Chicago credits include Proof, Uncle Vanya, The Glass Menagerie, Scapin, The Romance Cycle, Phedre (Court Theatre); Cyrano (Court Theatre and Redmoon Theater); As You Like It, Private Lives, Cymbeline, Troilus and Cressida, The Two Noble Kinsmen, The Taming of the Shrew (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Macbeth (Lyric Opera of Chicago); Brothers Karamazov (Lookingglass Theatre Company); and Grace (Northlight Theatre). Regional credits include Lady Windermere’s Fan (Milwaukee Repertory Theater) and Pride and Prejudice (The Cleveland Play House). She has also appeared in productions with Frump Tucker, Shattered Globe, TimeLine Theatre Company, Theatre at the Center, First Folio Shakespeare Festival and TheatreHikes. Television and film credits include Chicago Fire, Detroit 187, The Boss and My Dog Skip. Before moving to Chicago, Chaon toured the US and Canada for two years with the American Shakespeare Center.
Emma Gordon (The Girl)
is extremely excited and honored to make her debut at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Other Chicago credits include Tessie in Annie (Paramount Theatre); and two seasons as Emily Cratchett in A Christmas Carol (Goodman Theatre). Other credits include Narrator in Into the Woods and Chip in Beauty and the Beast (BAM Theatre). Television credits include Madeline
on Chicago Fire. Off stage Emma is an avid reader, enjoys taking art classes, bicycling and hanging out with friends.
Tim Hopper (Juan, Jacques, Glennister)
has been an ensemble member since 1989. He last appeared in Head of Passes as Dr. Anderson. Most recently he directed Buena Vista for Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s First Look Repertory of New Work 2013. Television credits include Chicago Fire, The Americans, The Good Wife and Blue Bloods, among others. Films include School of Rock and To Die For, among others.
Ora Jones (Madame, Hanna)
a Steppenwolf Theatre Company ensemble member since 2007, was most recently seen as Queen Katherine of Aragon in Henry VIII at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. At Steppenwolf Theatre Company she most recently appeared as Olga in Three Sisters. Other Steppenwolf Theatre Company credits include Middletown, The Brother/ Sister Plays, The Unmentionables, The Violet Hour, The Crucible, Carter’s Way and Morning Star. Some favorite Chicago credits are Rita in the world premiere of My Kind of Town (TimeLine Theatre Company); Sunday in the Park with George, The Madness of George III, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, A Flea in Her Ear, The Merry Wives of Windsor (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Animal Crackers, Boy Gets Girl, The Beard of Avon, Seeking the Genesis, A Christmas Carol (Goodman Theatre); Our Town (Writers’ Theatre); Execution of Justice (About Face Theatre); Knowing Cairo (Rivendell Theatre); and A
Year with Frog and Toad (Chicago Children’s Theatre). Regional and New York credits include performances at Long Wharf Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, The Public Theater, Weston Playhouse Theatre Company, Milwaukee Repertory Theater and Next Act Theatre. Film and television credits include Chicago Fire, Were the World Mine, Stranger Than Fiction, The Weatherman and Hellcab. Ms. Jones is a member of Actors Equity Association.
Mark L. Montgomery (Rossignol)
returns to Steppenwolf Theatre Company where he recently appeared in Want as part of the First Look Repertory of New Work. Previous Steppenwolf Theatre Company credits include McCarthy in The Time of Your Life. Chicago credits include: Camino Real, Stage Kiss, A Christmas Carol (Goodman Theatre); Twelfth Night, Troilus and Cressida, Rose Rage: Henry VI Parts 1, 2 and 3, As You Like It (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); In the Next Room or the vibrator play (Victory Gardens Theater); The Letters (Writers’ Theatre); Fascination (About Face Theatre); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Apple Tree Theatre); In the Belly of the Beast: Letters from Prison (The Journeymen Theater Company, After Dark Award); and productions at Remy Bumppo Theatre Company, Northlight Theatre. New York credits include The Seagull, Mamma Mia! (Broadway); Our Town (Barrow Street Theatre); Macbeth (The Public Theater); The Runner Stumbles (The Actors Company Theatre); and The Madras House (Mint Theater Company). His regional credits include Julius Caesar at American Repertory Theater, as well as the 2009 – 10 tour of France. Television credits include Law & Order, Boss and Mob Doctor.
is making her Steppenwolf Theatre Company debut in The Wheel. Regional credits include Life Could Be a Dream, The Spitfire Grill (Farmers Alley Theatre); Escanaba in Love (The Barn Theatre); and The Fantasticks (Ball State Downtown Dinner Theatre). Educational credits include The Circus in Winter, My Fair Lady, Six Characters in Search... and Little Women. She holds a BFA from Ball State University. “Thank you to Erica and Tina for this incredible opportunity and to the team at Stewart Talent for their constant support. Love to Uncle Jeff and the rest of her wonderful family.”
Stephenie Park (Thi, Blandine)
is fulfilling a lifelong dream in making her Steppenwolf Theatre Company debut. Chicago credits include After (Profiles Theatre); Re-Spiced: A Silk Road Cabaret (Silk Road Rising); and My Asian Mom (A-Squared Theatre Workshop). Regional credits include The Wild Party, Carousel (The Pennsylvania Players); and Romeo and Juliet (The Underground Shakespeare Company). Television credits include Boss on Starz. “Much love to J and my family for your joyful support, especially through the zigs and zags of my working life.”
is thrilled to be making his Steppenwolf Theatre Company debut. Chicago area credits include Oliver! (Drury Lane Theatre); Frankenstein (City Lit Theater); The Christmas Schooner (The Mercury Theater); Mark Twain: Patriot, Teacher, Philosopher, Lefties (Saint Sebastian Players); and A Christmas Carol (Citadel Theatre Company). Daniel is in fourth grade and is so grateful to Tina for this amazing opportunity. “Thank Cate Gillespie, Terry McCabe, Jina Varis, everyone at Paonessa Talent and all of my family, friends and teachers for their endless support.”
Yasen Peyankov (Sargento, Jozka)
has been an ensemble member since 2002 and last appeared in Three Sisters. Other Steppenwolf Theatre Company appearances include Penelope, The Hot L Baltimore, The Diary of Anne Frank, Lost Land, Cherry Orchard, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, The Time of Your Life, Hysteria, The Berlin Circle, Morning Star, The Pillowman, Time to Burn, The Tempest and Superior Donuts (also on Broadway). Other theater credits include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Ivanov, Scenes from an Execution, Agamemnon, Caligula (European Repertory Company); The Odyssey (Goodman Theatre); Hamlet, Piano, Twelfth Night (Court Theatre); and Medea (American Theater Company). Film credits include A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas, Contagion, Transformers 3, Crime Fiction, The Company, Novocaine, U.S. Marshals and Payback. Television credits include
The Mob Doctor, The Beast, Gifted Hands: the Ben Carson Story, Karen Sisco, Alias, Early Edition, The Unit, The Evidence, Numb3rs, E-Ring and others. Yasen’s translation of Chekhov’s Ivanov, produced by European Repertory Company, was published by Ivan R. Dee. He is a proud recipient of a Joseph Jefferson Award, Fox Fellowship Award and the Head of the Theatre Department in the School of Theatre and Music at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Edgar Miguel Sanchez (Ensemble)
is thrilled to be making his first appearance at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Chicago credits include Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); This Is Our Youth (Sankofa Theatre Company); Fever Chart (Eclipse Theatre Company); Brothers Of The Dust (Congo Square Theatre Company); Sinbad: The Untold Story (Adventure Stage Chicago); 1001 (Collaboraction); Red Noses (Strawdog Theatre Company); Welcome To Arroyo’s (American Theater Company); and Wilson Wants It All (The House Theatre of Chicago). Regional credits include Hamlet (GableStage); Twelfth Night, Richard III, Troilus and Cressida, The Admirable Crichton (American Players Theatre); Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello and Comedy of Errors (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). Edgar is a founding member of Sankofa Theatre Company in 2012, was born in Dominican Republic, raised in Miami, Florida and holds a BFA in acting from The Theater School at DePaul University.
Scott Stangland (Colline, Pierre)
is happy to return to Steppenwolf Theatre Company where he was last seen as an orderly in Tracy Letts’s Man From Nebraska. Most recently, Scott performed in A Christmas Carol (Goodman Theatre); as well as the world premiere production of Eastland: A New Musical (Lookingglass Theatre Company), playing piano in the band and several roles onstage. Other Chicago credits include work with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Remy Bumppo Theatre Company and Writers’ Theatre. Regional credits include work with Michigan Shakespeare Festival and Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Film credits include Contagion and Men of Honor. Television credits include Gifted Hands: the Ben Carson Story and Chicago Fire. Scott also plays in the band Youth in a Roman Field. He received his MFA in acting from The Theatre Conservatory at Roosevelt University.
Demetrios Troy (Tomas, Xuan)
is making his Steppenwolf Theatre Company debut. His Chicago credits include Blood and Gifts (TimeLine Theatre Company); The Happiest Song Plays Last, A Christmas Carol, The Seagull, The Good Negro and numerous readings, including 2666 (Goodman Theatre); Beyond the Score: Beethoven with Simon Callow, Beyond the Score: Schoenberg, Welcome Yule!, Igor Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale with John Lithgow (Chicago Symphony Orchestra); Awake and Sing! (Northlight Theatre); Working (The Broadway Playhouse); Julius Caesar, Richard III, Short
Shakespeare! Romeo and Juliet, Timon of Athens with Ian McDiarmid and Henry V in the upcoming 2013/14 season (Chicago Shakespeare Theater). Regional credits include The Boys Next Door (Syracuse Stage); Julius Caesar (Utah Shakespeare Festival); Tartuffe, King Lear (Milwaukee Repertory Theater); The Merry Wives of Windsor and King Lear (Riverside Theatre). He holds a BA from the Barat College of DePaul University and a MFA from the University of South Carolina.
Matthew Yee (Ensemble)
is overjoyed to be making his professional debut at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. A recent graduate of Northern Illinois University, he holds a BFA in acting.
Zinnie Harris (Playwright)
is a playwright, screenwriter and theater director. Her plays include The Message, On the Watch (Tricycle Theatre, as part of The Bomb Season, 2012); The Wheel (National Theatre of Scotland, 2011; winner of a Fringe First Award, joint winner of 2012 Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Theatre Award and short-listed for Susan Smith Blackburn Award); The Panel (Tricycle Theatre, London 2010); The Garden (Traverse Theatre, 2009); Fall (Traverse Theatre, 2008) Solstice (RSC, 2005); Midwinter (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2004); Nightingale and Chase (Royal Court, 2001); Further Than the Furthest Thing (Royal National Theatre/Tron Theatre, 2000/01; winner of
the Peggy Ramsay Playwriting Award and John Whiting Award); and By Many Wounds (Hampstead Theatre). Adaptations include A Doll’s House (Donmar Warehouse, 2009) and Miss Julie (National Theatre of Scotland, 2006). Zinnie also writes for television and radio, including two 90-minute dramas for Channel 4: Born with Two Mothers and Richard is My Boyfriend; and episodes for the BBC One Drama Series, Spooks. Zinnie is under commission to the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Court Theatre and is an Associate Artist at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh. Her plays are published by Faber and Faber, and many are now performed in translation around the world. Zinnie is currently writing Tommy and Tuppence based on the Agatha Christie series for David Walliams/BBC One and an original series also for BBC One.
Tina Landau (Director)
an ensemble member since 1997, has directed Steppenwolf Theatre Company productions of Head of Passes, The Hot L Baltimore, The Brother/Sister Plays, Superior Donuts (also Broadway), The Tempest, Diary of Anne Frank, Cherry Orchard, Time of Your Life (also Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT Theatre), Theatrical Essays, Berlin Circle, Ballad of Little Jo, Time to Burn and her own play, Space (also Mark Taper Forum, Public Theater). Other directing credits include Bill Irwin and David Shiner’s Old Hats (Signature Theatre, New York); Paula Vogel’s Civil War Christmas (New York Theater Workshop); Antony and Cleopatra (Hartford Stage); Charles Mee’s Iphigenia 2.0 (Signature Theatre, New York); Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Wig Out! (Vineyard Theatre) and In the Red and Brown Water (Public Theater, McCarter Theatre, Alliance
Bios Theatre); Ricky Gordon’s Sycamore Trees (Signature Theatre, Virginia); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (McCarter Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse); and Bells Are Ringing (Broadway). Tina both wrote and directed the musicals Floyd Collins (composer Adam Guettel; Playwrights Horizons, Goodman Theatre, Old Globe Theatre, Prince Music Theatre) and Dream True (composer Ricky Ian Gordon; Vineyard Theatre), and is currently at work on the book and direction for the new musical Beauty (based on her own play). Tina teaches regularly and has co-authored, with Anne Bogart, The Viewpoints Book.
Blythe R.D. Quinlan (Scenic Design)
is pleased to be working with director Tina Landau again, and at Steppenwolf Theatre Company for the first time. Recent theater credits include Coriolanus, Wallenstein (Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington, DC); Antony and Cleopatra (Hartford Stage); The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, Venus in Fur (The Studio Theatre); Cure at Troy (Seattle Repertory Theatre); and Iphegenia 2.0 (Signature Theatre, New York City). Television credits include Smash, PanAm, Boardwalk Empire and The Good Wife. Film credits include The Tempest, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, Julie and Julia, Sex and the City, Arthur and I Don’t Know How She Does It.
Ana Kuzmanic (Costume Design)
is thrilled to be back to Steppenwolf Theatre Company where she previously designed costumes for Penelope, The Hot L Baltimore, Superior Donuts and August: Osage County among many others. Other Chicago credits include work at Goodman Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Court Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater and The House Theatre of Chicago. On Broadway Ana designed costumes for the
Bios Tony Award-winning August: Osage County, Robert Falls’s Desire Under the Elms and Superior Donuts directed by Tina Landau. Regionally Ms. Kuzmanic’s designs were seen at Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Trinity Repertory Company, Geffen Playhouse and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Ana is currently working on Smokefall at the Goodman Theatre, The Jacksonian at New York’s The New Group, North China Lover at Lookingglass Theatre Company and Don Giovanni at The Lyric Opera of Chicago. Ana is a native of former Yugoslavia and holds her MFA from Northwestern University. She is an associate professor of costume design at Northwestern University and an ensemble member of The House Theatre of Chicago. To see more of Ana’s work, please visit anakuzmanic.com
Scott Zielinski (Lighting Design)
returns to Steppenwolf Theatre Company after most recently lighting Head of Passes. His work has been seen extensively in New York and regionally throughout the United States. Internationally he has designed for productions in Adelaide, Amsterdam, Avignon, Berlin, Bregenz, Edinburgh, Fukuoka, Gennevilliers, Goteborg, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Linz, London, Luang Prabang, Lyon, Melbourne, Orleans, Oslo, Ottawa, Paris, Reykjavik, Rotterdam, Rouen, St. Gallen, Singapore, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Tokyo, Toronto, Vienna, Vilnius and Zurich. Upcoming projects include White Snake for Suzhou Kunqu Opera (China) and Abigail’s Party for Centre Dramatique National d’Orléans (France). scottzielinski.com
Kevin O’Donnell (Sound Design and music direction)
is thrilled to be working with Steppenwolf Theatre Company again, where previous credits include First Look Repertory of New Work 2013, Sex with Strangers, Art, Samuel J&K, The House on Mango Street, The Elephant Man, Next Up (2011 – 2013), and several visiting company shows. Kevin is a company member with The House Theatre of Chicago. His work in Chicago has also been seen with Lookingglass Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Redmoon Theatre, Court Theatre, The Hypocrites and many more; his work in Chicago has earned him more than 20 Joseph Jefferson Award nominations (nine Awards), and two consecutive After Dark Awards (Outstanding Season). Regionally he has worked at American Conservatory Theater, American Repertory Theater, The Adrienne Arsht Center, The Lambs Players, Kansas City Repertory Theatre; and in New York at St. Anne’s Warehouse, 59E59 and The Cherry Lane. He works for the Graduate Theater Design program at Northwestern University, and is also a drummer.
Stephan Mazurek (Projection Design)
is thrilled to be returning to Steppenwolf Theatre Company where he last designed projections for The March. Other Steppenwolf credits include The Tempest, Sonia Flew, The Cherry Orchard and Of Mice and Men. His work as a photographer, cinematographer and documentary filmmaker can be found at hombremitkamera.com and stephanmazurek.com.
Dennis Watkins (Magic Consultant)
is thrilled to be working with Steppenwolf Theatre Company again. Most recently, he received a Joseph Jefferson Award for his portrayal of Harry Houdini in Death and Harry Houdini (The House Theatre of Chicago). As
a writer, director and actor he has worked on more than 20 productions with The House Theatre of Chicago in the last 12 years. Other appearances include Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Writers’ Theatre, Next Theatre Company, Court Theatre, Vittum Theater, Roadworks Productions, Uma Productions, Live Bait Theater, Strawdog Theatre Company. Dennis works as an entertainer and speaker for companies and universities across the country. Additionally, he performs The Magic Parlour: An intimate evening of classic magic every Friday night at The Palmer House Hilton. Check him out at denniswatkins.net.
Matt Hawkins (Fight Choreography)
has been a director/actor/fight choreographer in Chicago for the past 12 years. He has worked with The Royal Shakespeare Company, South Coast Rep, The Kennedy Center, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Court Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Writers’ Theatre, Redmoon Theater, American Theatre Company, Profiles Theatre, Chicago Children’s Theatre and The Hypocrites. He has been on faculty at the Conservatory at Act One Studios and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Theater at Loyola University. He has also taught at the University of Chicago, Roosevelt University, the University of Iowa and Northwestern University. Matt is a founding member of The House Theatre of Chicago, and an artistic associate with Strawdog Theatre Company and 500 Clown. He is also a resident director with Strawdog Theatre Company. A proud recipient of five Jeff Awards, Matt holds a BFA in acting from Southern Methodist University and an MFA in directing from The University of Iowa.
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most recently stage managed the Steppenwolf Theatre Company production of Belleville. Other stage management credits include the Tony Award-winning August: Osage County (Broadway, London, Sydney, Chicago); The Birthday Party, The Book Thief, Clybourne Park, The Hot L Baltimore, The Brother/Sister Plays, 100 Saints You Should Know, Lady Madeline, Men of Tortuga and The Chosen (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); Gypsy and Broadway Bound (Drury Lane Theatre); Take Me Out (About Face Theatre) and American Dead (American Theatre Company). She also teaches stage management at Northwestern University.
Kathleen E. Petroziello (Assistant Stage Manager, September 12 – September 20)
is excited to be returning to Steppenwolf Theatre Company after assistant stage managing The Birthday Party last season. Other credits include Sweet Bird of Youth, Joan Dark (Goodman Theatre); Time Stands Still, Sex with Strangers, Fake, Of Mice and Men, Perfect Mendacity (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); The Great Fire, The Last Act of Lilka Kadison, Trust, Nelson Algren, Argonautika (Lookingglass Theatre Company); Death of a Salesman, Avenue Q, A Number (Weston Playhouse Theatre Company); as well as the Chicago productions of Altar Boyz and Million Dollar Quartet. Much love to Jason.
Cassie Wolgamott (Assistant Stage Manager, September 17 – November 10)
is happy to return to Steppenwolf Theatre Company after recently stage managing The Gospel of Franklin this past summer. Recent credits include Head of Passes (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); and Song
Bios for the Disappeared (Goodman Theatre). Other Chicago credits include Betrayal, Gary, Fair Use, The Glass Menagerie, To Kill a Mockingbird, Venus, Man in Love, fml: how Carson McCullers saved my life (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); Grease, A Chorus Line (Paramount Theatre); The Homosexuals (About Face Theatre); Million Dollar Quartet (Chicago); The MLK Project (Writers’ Theatre); The Sparrow (The House Theatre of Chicago /Broadway in Chicago); and the Gay Games Opening Ceremony at Soldier Field. Regional credits include work with ArtsPower National Touring Theatre, Catharsis Productions, Opera Illinois, Portland Stage, and the Colorado, Illinois and Virginia Shakespeare Festivals. Cassie is a proud member of AEA. “Love to my new wife, Kelly.”
Martha Lavey (Artistic Director)
has been an ensemble member since 1995 and has appeared at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in The March, Middletown, Endgame, Up, Good Boys and True, LoveLies-Bleeding, Lost Land, I Never Sang for My Father, The House of Lily, Valparaiso, The Memory of Water, The Designated Mourner, Supple in Combat, Time of My Life, A Clockwork Orange, Talking Heads, SLAVS!, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Ghost in the Machine, A Summer Remembered, Love Letters, Aunt Dan and Lemon and Savages. Elsewhere in Chicago she has performed at Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, Northlight Theatre and Remains Theatre and in New York at the Women’s Project and Productions. She has served on grants panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, Theatre Communications Group, 3Arts, USA Artists and the City Arts panel of Chicago. Lavey holds a doctorate in Performance Studies from Northwestern University and is a member of the National Advisory Council for the School of Communication
at Northwestern. She is a recipient of the Sarah Siddons Award and an Alumni Merit Award and honorary Doctorate of Arts from Northwestern University.
David Hawkanson (Executive Director)
prior to Steppenwolf Theatre Company was the Managing Director of Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota, under the artistic leadership of Joe Dowling. Before the Guthrie, he served for eight years as the Managing Director of Hartford Stage in Connecticut with Artistic Director Mark Lamos. Earlier in his career, he was Managing Director of Arizona Theatre Company. He was a former senior staff member at the National Endowment for the Arts and subsequently chairman of its Theater Program. He has also had an active career as an arts management consultant and trustee for many national organizations and foundations. He currently serves as a trustee of the League of Chicago Theatres and of the Arts Alliance Illinois. He is a graduate of Lawrence University.
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Soar the Depths Artistic Director Martha Lavey and ensemble member Tina Landau discuss The Wheel with the Steppenwolf staff
T hi n gs that are i m porta n t to m e i n the piece
the children the urgency the muscularity the violence the ‘viscerality’ the mess the humor the hope the tenderness the beauty Tina Landau, in notes for the designers
As is our practice, the artistic and marketing departments gather to hear artists speak about their vision for each upcoming show. The following is an edited excerpt of the discussion for The Wheel. To get the group started, Director of Marketing and Communications John Zinn asked how the project came to Steppenwolf. Martha Lavey: I read the play for the
first time—I was one of the judicators for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award a couple of years ago. When I read The Wheel I thought: this is such a Tina Landau play. What it provides is this open landscape... One of the things I think Tina does with such brilliance is to respond to a text that has a huge invitation to the director in terms of the soundscape, in terms of the mise en scène of the play.
We were also looking for a project for Tina and Joan Allen to work together, and they both landed on the play. We’re excited to see Joan explore the character of Beatriz.
Tina Landau: One of the reasons I was
so interested in working with Joan was I saw her do a reading recently and I thought: she is on acting fire.
ML: She is ready to roll. One thinks of Joan
as having a certain calm reserve, but she’s in a different phase. It’s a lot more visceral.
TL: Which is what this play is too. Raw, and
open. As Joan and I discussed the play, we talked about how its language works. When you read The Wheel, you find language that’s blunt, extremely economical. You don’t necessarily hear how it will sound or how it will resonate. It has very little to do with American naturalism. But rather than the bluntness being where the language begins and ends, it invites a whole spectrum of emotion, nuance and psychology that can be filled in. It’s a wonderfully open text, waiting for human voice and passion to animate it even further.
ML: The other thing I thought was going
on with the language—and Chuck Mee sometimes does this as well—is that you lose the national flavor and it takes on this mythic or universal feeling.
TL: Yes. And the key with that is: one needs
to approach it with tremendous specificity. That specificity, however, can take surprising forms. During auditions, when people came in and read with accents it grounded the performances in a literalness that the play resists. But when people sang songs in other languages, something magical occurred in the room. There’s going to be a ton of music in the show. We’ve cast actors who play instruments, some specific to the location of particular scenes in the play.
ML: Given the structural complexity and the technical demands of this play, one might say this play is impossible.
TL: It’s really impossible. I feel utterly
challenged in every regard. I’m so glad I get to do it.
At one point, Joan asked me “Would you say basically this is an anti-war play?” And I said “No.” I mean, yes—on the first level. But there are so many levels on which this play operates. I’m also interested in what’s beneath and around that first level. The Wheel is also a woman’s journey as she deals with an old psychic wound. It’s also a hard, honest look at how we treat and shape the children in our lives. It’s also a magic realist epic. The list goes on—it depends if you want to read on, between or beyond the lines.
“ War can teach you so much about evil, and so much about good.” —Zainab Salbi It’s very tied in for me with three Brecht plays: Mother Courage, Caucasian Chalk Circle and Good Woman of Szechuan. Mother Courage is a portrait of a woman trying to survive in wartime with children. Chalk Circle is a portrait of a woman learning about motherhood as she travels with an abandoned baby. And Good Woman is a portrait of a woman struggling to remain good in a world at odds with goodness.
violence? How can we care for our children? Where does beauty live in a landscape of horror?
ML: Can you share your thoughts about the
ML: And Beatriz, she grumbles—
I don’t want to sentimentalize the play, I don’t want to soft sell it. But I want to bring out as much light as we can find in it. And it’s there. Look at the butterflies, the bird, the way two people touch or laugh together. The lower the play dives the more it also needs to soar.
young girl in The Wheel?
TL: —I love her—
TL: I’ve always seen her to be a real,
ML: She grumbles and yet, she cannot
complex child who is abandoned, scared, perhaps traumatized by her situation. As she goes on, she doesn’t become a demon, but is demonized. That is, she becomes a projection surface for those around her so that at various times she is seen as a prophet or a miracle worker, and at other times she’s seen as a satanic presence. But she is neither. She’s a kid. People see in her what they want to see—and yes, perhaps she learns how to take advantage of that.
ML: Tina, will you speak to how you hope to
make this play available to an audience, so that they will take away something that is a nourishment for them, and not just a portrayal of the difficulty of life?
TL: We don’t live in a culture where war has
touched our shores in the direct way we see in The Wheel. So I’ve been thinking about what it means for us to do this play that is different than it might be for someone in Europe or the Middle East, for example. Or what might be the same. This has led me to some of the play’s most core questions, I think: how can we remain human in a dehumanizing world, how can we protect and nurture our capacity for compassion— for tenderness—in a world gone crazy with
leave those children behind. I don’t think it’s an imposition on the play to say that there is something about the human spirit that is championed and is truly what we have to fight for.
TL: Yes! I want to read something from the
author and activist Zainab Salbi: “Everything can be taken from you in a second, but the human spirit is so strong. War can teach you so much about evil, and so much about good.” On the course of her journey, amidst all the terrible things that happen, there’s a beautiful bond that develops between Beatriz and the girl. I hope the experience in the theater is visceral and immediate, more than conceptual or intellectual. That we can experience the events in a direct and immersive way through the eyes of Beatriz. The whole design is about diminishing the fourth wall and continuing the architecture from the theater and thrusting it on stage. I hope that the experience of being in this play trumps everything else. Trumps the idea of it. Yes, I want people to have discussions about its themes, but I hope that more than anything it feels like something to be in this world.
Forward, No Matter What by Fatimah Asghar
First Person This season, First Person will feature people from our community who have a unique personal connection to each play. Take a look at the upcoming plays, and if you have a story to share, feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com. Fatimah Asghar was the Literary Apprentice and a Multicultural Fellow with Steppenwolf for the 2012/13 season. I had the pleasure of getting to know her—and her fascinating family history—as we worked together reading plays, scheduling post shows and creating actor packets. Fatimah is also a poet and can be seen performing at venues all over the city. Her voice—intelligent, compassionate and uncompromising—is one that I am happy to share with you. —Aaron Carter Director of New Play Development
My uncle tells the story of his first memory like this: He is four years old. He is alive and awake in a field of long grass. Not too far from him his mother hangs up laundry. His youngest sister, my mother, is inside with her dolls. It is a typical day. There is nothing strange, no warning in the air or buzz of guns in the distance. He sees his father running up towards the house from the road and thinks they are playing a game. He joins his father in the run, unaware of the urgency in his father’s gait, the panicked way he is yelling something to his mother, that his mother has become a wailing body, pulling the laundry from the wire, collapsing to her knees. Before he knows it, he is holding my mother’s hand and a satchel packed with toys and clothes, following his family as they walk down the road. He remembers his mom saying that they had to find a forest to lose themselves in. On their way, they passed a field full of brown Muslim bodies, the air thick with flies, the ground a pool of blood. The Wheel is a fascinating play that explores the disorienting world of war and violence. The play employs tactics of magical realism, creating a world that bends time, space and place to talk about fundamental issues of war, innocence and humanity. In using the fantastical elements of magical realism, it is able to more accurately depict the cyclical nature of war and violence on people than standard realism. Much like the world created in The Wheel, time and war has become a monolith for my family, an ever-present backdrop. Reading this play felt like peeling back old family albums, seeing the continuity of violence that has been a constant drumbeat to the stories I grew up hearing. My extended family lived through so many wars that they don’t even differentiate them by years or place anymore. They can only tell them apart by how the sounds of the bombs marked changing technology. Or by what bodies looked like when they were extracted from collapsing houses, by
the circumference that a mortar blast left on the sidewalk. To tell the story of my family without telling the stories of war or the lasting effects of violence is impossible. In The Wheel it becomes more and more evident how much war affects Beatriz and the children the longer they stay in it. In dealing with so much violence, part of them hardens. On their journey, the young girl surprises strangers with her tough skin and the way that she does not cry. Operating in a ‘survival’ mode, there is no time for weakness or emotion. The weak don’t survive. The strong are the ones who move forward no matter what, even if it means hollowing themselves out. My family behaves similarly. I’ve never seen an older member of my family cry or show an emotion other than anger. Not even when they had to prepare a funeral for a loved one or when there was a fight or disagreement. They never spent time dabbling in memories or being nostalgic. It was always about getting to the next thing. We rarely looked at photo albums or watched home movies, though oddly enough my uncle always had a camera. When he would show us what he recorded, it would be hours of squirrels at a bird feeder in my aunt’s backyard, not a single shot of our family at the barbeque. It was a mindset I learned early on: move forward, show no emotion. In moving forward, Beatriz clings on to her mission with such stubbornness that she doesn’t see how much the journey is affecting them until it is too late. Growing up with my own family’s trauma around war and violence, this is something that I instantly recognized. Like Beatriz, my uncle also stubbornly remains on his path, letting it build until he is completely surrounded
by it, afraid to let it go. Like Beatriz, he is willing to run in the forest for so long that he ends up losing himself. I know part of this comes from constantly being on the move, shifting from location to location. He won’t get rid of material goods because the fear of not having enough is engrained in him. Throughout my childhood, I watched his friends bring him their junk cars, too rusted and beaten down to even work. He made my sister drive one of these cars—an old white Cadillac that could barely run—ignoring her warnings that something was wrong with it until the axel gave out while she was driving the car. And still, he was reluctant to give it up to the junk shop. All the cars would take up parking lots on the street, a disgrace for the neighbors to look at. But it brought him an odd joy to walk past this barricade he had made from scrap metal, almost as though each accumulation of material good made him believe more strongly that he was here, alive, and would not be moved. I’m very blessed that the closest I personally have come to war has been through stories. But because of my family’s complicated history, my whole life has felt like a quest to try to understand war, or at least some small sliver of it. When I was 21, I decided to move to Bosnia and Herzegovina for a year to research the way that war shapes art. Every day I lived there I was reminded of the way violence stays in each of our bodies and our communities, how the trauma shows up uninvited in our conversations, how it stares us down in our day to day lives long after the shelling has stopped. Once there is a moment of violence in your life, it becomes a consistent threat. You feel it everywhere. It corrupts the light of the world; it lurks behind every corner, ready to take you.
Five stories about our hunger to come out on top, and the discoveries we make on the way. Don’t miss the rest of the season! December 5, 2013 – February 9, 2014
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To get involved or learn more, please contact Eric Evenskaas, Associate Director of Development, at 312-654-5615 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Planned Giving Advisory Committee
Public Square Committee
The Planned Giving Advisory Committee, comprised of estate planning professionals, provides expertise and serves as a valuable resource in supporting Steppenwolf’s planned giving activities.
The Public Square Committee helps Steppenwolf foster public dialogue driven by the work on our stages and our relationships with community partners from the Chicago metropolitan area.
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
Amy Eshleman, Co-Chair Lynn Lockwood Murphy*, Co-Chair J. Robert Barr* Sarah Beardsley* Michelle T. Boone Keith M. Cardoza* James Chesire Steve Collens Joel Cornfeld Beth B. Davis* Sharon Fairley Paul Gaynor Geoffrey Goldberg Paul W. Goodrich* Sandra P. Guthman Lynn Hauser Kenneth Hunter Janet Melk* Deborah Quazzo* Neil Ross Nancy Schumacher David Sulaski Jen Wesley Nina Winston Sarah Wolff Roberta B. Zabel
Young Adult Council Steppenwolf’s Young Adult Council is a unique after school program for high school students who see the entire Steppenwolf season and organize events for their peers around Steppenwolf productions. Danny Kapinos – Senior, John Hersey High School Luis Lopez Reichling – Senior, St. Benedict College Prep Heather Mack – Senior, Oak Park River Forest High School Molly McGaan – Junior, Senior, Francis W. Parker School Salomon Navarro – Senior, Curie Metropolitan High School Maria Privitera – Sophomore, University of Chicago Laboratory School Malik Pauldon – Senior, Chicago Academy for the Arts Donald Rapier – Junior, Lindbom Math and Science Academy High School Sam Reyolds – Senior, University of Chicago Laboratory School Nia Robinson – Junior, Lane Tech College Prep Olivia Shine – Sophomore, Senn Fine Arts Melanie Thompson – Senior, Prosser Career Academy Joey Vargas – Junior, Senn Fine Arts Christian Vazquez – Junior, Lincoln Park High School Jeremiah Watson – Senior, Urban Prep Charter Academies Mariah Woods – Junior, Lindbom Math and Science Academy High School Deja Wouldfolk – Junior, Air Force Academy High School * Steppenwolf Trustee ‡ Directors Circle Member
Corporate, Foundation & Government Contributors Grand Benefactors ($100,000+)
Patrons ($10,000 – 24,999)
The Davee Foundation‡ Doris Duke Charitable Foundation ‡ Joyce Foundation‡ John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation*‡ Andrew W. Mellon Foundation‡ National Endowment for the Arts Nonprofit Finance Fund‡ Ogilvy & Mather, Inc. Shubert Foundation, Inc. Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust ‡ United Airlines Zell Family Foundation
Anonymous Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture American Express Barclays Capital Baxter International Inc.* Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois The Boeing Company Helen Brach Foundation Buchanan Family Foundation Capri Capital, LP Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation Chopper Trading, LLC CNA Financial Corporation* Comer Foundation Dancing Skies Foundation Deloitte DLA Piper LLP (US) The Field Foundation of Illinois Lloyd A. Fry Foundation Gary Sinise Foundation GCG Financial, Inc. Grainger Foundation Green Courte Partners, LLC The Hillshire Brands Company Illinois Tool Works Foundation Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP James S. Kemper Foundation Kraft Foods* Marsh Private Client Services McKinsey & Company, Inc. Muskal Family Charitable Trust Navistar, Inc. Norcon, Inc Nordstrom P&M Corporate Finance Plante Moran Rhoades Foundation The Roche Family Foundation, Inc Patrick G. & Shirley W. Ryan Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Sanborn
Benefactors ($50,000 – 99,999) Allstate Insurance Company* Alphawood Foundation BMO Harris Bank* Chicago Community Trust ComEd The Crown Family‡ Julius Frankel Foundation J.P.Morgan Lefkofsky Family Foundation Northern Trust* Polk Bros. Foundation* Smart Chicago Collaborative Smart Family Foundation Target
Producers ($25,000 – 49,999) Paul M. Angell Foundation Feitler Family Fund Grosvenor Capital Management Irving Harris Foundation Illinois Arts Council, a state agency Negaunee Foundation OptionsHouse Prince Charitable Trusts J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation Sage Foundation Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust
Sanchez Daniels & Hoffman LLP Schiff Hardin LLP Dr. Scholl Foundation Seigle Family Foundation Swett & Crawford Group TPN TRUiST Vinci William Blair & Company, LLC
Sustainers ($5,000 – 9,999) Robert and Isabelle Bass Foundation, Inc Margaret S. & Philip D. Block, Jr. Family Foundation Carol Lavin Bernick Family Foundation Philip H. Corboy Foundation Crown Packaging International/ Polycon Industries Inc. John R. Halligan Charitable Fund Hart Davis Hart Wine Co. Hub International Newcastle Limited Pratima N. Shah Family Foundation Princess Grace Foundation-USA Howard Shapiro Foundation Siragusa Foundation United Scrap Metal, Inc.
Sponsors ($2,500 – 4,999)
Modestus Bauer Foundation National Philanthropic Trust The Public Hotel Suite Home Chicago Westside Mechanical Group
Guarantors ($1,000 – 2,499) Arcadis Arts Federation Blackman Kallick, LLP Complete Mailing Service Inc. Daley Mohan Groble Efroymson-Hamid Family Foundation Goldman, Sachs & Co.* GoodSmith Gregg & Unruh Google Matching Gifts Program Grund & Leavitt, P.C. Hamilton Thies & Lorch LLP Hotel Lincoln Illinois Humanities Council Innovative Benefits Consultants InterCall JAM Productions Jensen Litigation Solutions Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago Langford Market Donald S. Levin Family Foundation Mesirow Financial New Horizon Foundation Patzik, Frank & Samotny Ltd. Sahara Enterprises, Inc. William Wood Skinner Foundation
Amsted Industries Foundation AON Corporation* City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events FROST Grover Hermann Foundation Ice Miller LLP The Morris Kaplan and Dolores Kohl Kaplan Fund of the Mayer and ‡ Multi-year pledge Morris Kaplan Family * Corporations and foundations Foundation that have made employee matching gifts
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12 plays p resented during our
(Steppenwolf started in a basement!)
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brings more than 900 local area veterans and active service members to dinner and the final dress rehearsal of our subscription plays each year at no charge.
Steppenwolf for Young Adults
students, teachers and family audiences a year. have enjoyed subsequent world premieres.
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Individual Contributors Directors Circle
Hope Abelson Fund for New Play Development
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Artistic Endowment established through the Leading National Theatres Program, a joint initiative of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Daniel E. McLean National and International Production Fund
Douglas R. Brown Playwright/Director Endowment Fund
Avy and Marcie Stein Sustaining Fund for the Ensemble Steppenwolf Board Designated Endowment Fund
Ford Foundation Artistic and General Operating Endowment Funds
Steppenwolf Theatre Company Endowment Fund created with Searle Funds at the Chicago Community Trust
Richard and Mary L. Gray Production Endowment Fund
Nancy L. Wald Production Endowment Fund
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Fund for the Development of New Work
John and Carol Walter Production Endowment Fund
Individual Contributors Visionary Circle We are honored to recognize the following individuals who have included Steppenwolf in their will or estate plans. The esteemed members of the Visionary Circle help ensure the vitality of Steppenwolf for future generations. Contact Sandy Karuschak at 312-654-5621 or email@example.com 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 Janice and Rob Esser Robert H. Glaze
Michael Goldberger John H. Hart Lynn Hauser and Neil Ross Jared Kaplan and Maridee Quanbeck Melanie G. Larch Dr. Paul Lisnek
Kenneth J. Porrello and Sherry L. McFall Sylvia J. Pozarnsky Dr. Edward O. Riley T. Marshall Rousseau Harry Seigle Rose L. Shure Judy Sugarman
We remember the following members of the Steppenwolf family who have made a bequest to the theater. Their legacy will help to ensure that Steppenwolf continues to flourish. Hope A. Abelson Alba Biagini Jo Hopkins Deutsch Marjorie Douglas Nancy L. Wald
The generosity of Steppenwolf’s Directors Circle members annually provides vital support for Steppenwolf’s many streams of artistic and community programming. In recognition of their contributions, members receive complimentary subscriptions with VIP ticketing services and are invited to private events with the artists of Steppenwolf. To join this distinguished group, call Jessica Gretch at 312-654-5672 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. GRAND PATRONS ($25,000+) Anonymous Sarah Beardsley Michael Bender and Sheridan Prior Henry and Leigh Bienen Douglas R. Brown Terri L. Cable Joyce Chelberg Elizabeth H. Connelly Nora Daley and Sean Conroy Rich and Margery Feitler Raj Fernando Nene Foxhall Scott and Rita George Valerie and Paul Goodrich Bob and Amy Greenebaum Ms. Joan Harris King and Caryn Harris John H. Hart and Carol Prins George A. Joseph David and Susan Kalt Liz and Eric Lefkofsky Lynn Lockwood Murphy and Barrett B. Murphy Ronald J. Mallicoat Jr. Janet Melk Negaunee Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Robert Parkinson Kenneth J. Porrello and Sherry L. McFall M.K. and J.B. Pritzker Deborah and Stephen Quazzo Merle Reskin Randy and Susi Rowe Bruce Sagan and Bette Cerf Hill Sage Foundation Michael R. Salem John R. Samolis Manuel Sanchez and Pat Pulido Sanchez Harry and Susan Seigle Matthew Shapiro Colette Cachey Smithburg and Tom Smithburg John and Carol Walter Helen Zell DISTINGUISHED PATRONS ($10,000 – 24,999) Anonymous Julie and Roger Baskes Philip and Janice Beck Leslie Bluhm Cindy and Michael Bonds Betty Bradshaw Marlene Breslow-Blitstein and Berle Blitstein Carole L. Brown Frances Comer The Honorable Richard M. Daley Beth Boosalis Davis and Maxwell S. Davis
Kim Davis and Mr. Brian Eble Shawn M. Donnelley and Christopher M. Kelly Frank G. and Gertrude Dunlap Fund Scott Etzler Mary and Paul Finnegan Christine Albright and Lawrence Gill Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Gray Richard and Mary L. Gray David Grund Michael G. Hansen and Nancy Randa Mrs. John M. Hartigan Nancy Lauter McDougal and Alfred L. McDougal Martha Lavey Steven D. Loucks Jim and Kay Mabie Cynthia Luse-McKeen and Douglas McKeen L. Heather Mitchell and Kenny Mitchell Christopher and Eileen Murphy Geoff Nyheim James F. Oates David and Hilary Pisor Penny Pritzker Dr. Christopher Randolph The Roche Family Foundation The Rooney Family William D. and Pamela Hutul Ross George and Kimberly Ruhana Shirley and Patrick G. Ryan Sr. Cari and Michael J. Sacks Robert and Louise Sanborn The George H. Scanlon Foundation The Gary Sinise Foundation Stephanie B. Smith and Gerald Smith Bonnie and James Spurlock Bill and Orli Staley Steven Wayland and Jennifer Wesley Meredith Bluhm-Wolf and Bill Wolf PATRONS ($5,000 – 9,999) Loren Almaguer William and Sharon Baker Dr. and Mrs. Marvin H. Berman Carol Lavin Bernick Shaun and Andy Block Larry and Debbie Brady Michael and Merle Cahan Keith and Kathleen H. Cardoza Ann and Richard Carr Mr. Isaac Colunga Fred J. Costello Donald and Anne Edwards Amy Eshleman and Lori Lightfoot John and Katherine Fox Jack and Donna Greenberg M. Julie and Michael Gustafson Jon Michael Hill David Hiller
Willard and Lori Hunter, The Hunter Family Foundation Marko Iglendza Paul and Mariana Ingersoll Marian, Fruman and Lisa Jacobson Stephen Johnson Dr. Mary Dochios Kamberos Pamela Kendall-Rijos and John Rijos Robert M. and Diane VS. Levy Amos and Anat Madanes Lyn McKeaney Irma Parker Burton X. and Sheli Rosenberg Neil Ross MD and Lynn Hauser MD Howard and Jackie Shapiro Foundation Mr. Leif Selkregg Smita N. Shah Rose L. Shure Jeffrey Singer and Patricia Carman Toni Sandor Smith Edward A. Studzinski David C. Sulaski Jacqueline Tilton Frances E. Tuite Michael and January Ward Robert and Susan Warrington Steven Wayland and Jennifer Wesley Tom and Blaine Wells Nina B. Winston Robert and Leslie Zimmerman Neal Zucker and Marko Iglendza SUSTAINERS ($2,500 – 4,999) Anonymous (4) Jack J. Adrian Kristopher J. Anderson Andrew and Susan Arnold Paula Ausick John and Caroline Ballantine Zoe and Ken Barley Bob and Trish Barr Mr. Henry Berghoef Susan O. Berghoef Doug Bradbury Debbie Bricker Lois Browning Gregory C. Cameron Nicole and Billy Cheeseman Drs. Rex Chisholm and Kathleen Green Robert G. Clark Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Cohen Jerry and Josephine Conlon Bryce Cooper Kate Cornelius-Schecter Dennis R. Cowhey Judy and Tapas K. Das Gupta Kent and Liz Dauten Diane Dawson Mary A. Dempsey Greg Desmond and Michael Segobiano Philip and Marsha Dowd
Individual Contributors Directors Circle
Individual Contributors Directors Circle
Bernard J. Dowling Drs. Thomas E. Durica and Susan Jacob Dr. Steven B. Edelstein Laura and Scott Eisen Richard and Gail Elden Greg Elliott Mary M. Emerson George Engeln James and Kelly Epstein Tom and Pat Erickson Marc Falleroni Roxanne Hori and Robert Felsenthal David and Mimi Fiske Steven Florsheim and Jennifer Friedes Leonard Gail and Robin Steans Gary L. Gephart Gordon and Wendy Gill Ethel and Bill Gofen Bob and Carol Goldberg Mrs. Keith Goldstein and Mr. Rodney Goldstein Richard and Catherine Gottfred Sue and Melvin Gray The Green Family William and Nanci Greene James and Brenda Grusecki Jack and Sandra Guthman Joan Hall Marcy and Harry Harczak Pam and David Harrington Mrs. Louise Hart David R. Hawkanson Jeffrey W. and Julie Conboy Hesse David Kistenbroker and Cynthia Heusing Judy and Jay Heyman Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Hill Adam and Denise Hoeflich Conery and Gail Hoffman Dr. and Mrs. David Ingall Timothy B. Johnson and Valerie B. Wiley Jared Kaplan and Maridee Quanbeck Reis and Sherri Kayser Jen and Brad Keck Kathryn G. and Michael J. Kennedy Brad and Kim Keywell Mr. and Mrs. Sanfred Koltun Dr. and Mrs. Stephen M. Korbet Raminder and Vinay Kumar Mr. Matthew Kutcher and Ms. Rebecca Richards Christine and Michael LaTona Steven and Jody LaVoie Bernard and Averill Leviton Ron and Julie Levitt Susan Lichtenstein and John Rokacz Robert Bud Lifton and Carol Rosofsky Stephanie F. Linn and Seth B. Krantz Timothy and Christine Loyer Mark and Frances Mann Mr. and Ms. Pat Marren Becky and Bob McLennan Kevin and Beth McMeen Mike and Adele Murphy Howard and Sandy Nagelberg Jean and Jordan Nerenberg
Mark and Joelle Hayes Sandra L. Helton and Norman M. Edelson Marlene and Sonny Hersh Richard and Elaine Heuberger Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hodges Ann S. Hoenig and Jonathan L. Hoenig Kathleen and Jack Horn Katie and Nehl Horton Michael Hsu Brian W. Huebner Nancy and John Ide Mary Ittelson Tom and Jan Jakobsen Patricia Jeffers Hal and Dona Jensen Jeffrey and Lisa Jozwiak Melinda Kempton and Jane Fleming Gerould and Jewell Kern Jonathan Klein and Susan Cohn Stephanie and Peter Klein James Kochalka Suzy Krueckeberg Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lad Carol and Jerome Lamet Gerald R. Lanz and Lisa Kearns Lanz Foundation Eileen and Paul LeFort Tanya Levshina and Ilya Volvovski Benita T. Levy Lawrence and Susan Lieber Dr. Paul M. Lisnek Beth Loeb Abby and George Lombardi Fran Lambros and John Lowry Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Madigan Sandy and Jerry Manne Barbara and Larry Margolis James and Carolyn McClure- Mary McClure Miller Foundation Bob and Barb McCullough Randi Merel and Allen LeHew
Simon and Kim Perutz Anne and Don Phillips Dale and Loretta Pierson Mrs. Sherri Pincus Jennifer and Perry Pinto Cindy Printer Bradley and Patricia Reid Sherry and Bob Reum Linda Johnson Rice Margaret Robson Desirée Rogers Sandra and Earl Rusnak, Jr. Francis C. Sadac Ellen Sandor Ms. Kate Cornelius-Schecter David and Susan Schmid Matthew and Tina Schubert Gloria and Michael Scoby Michael Shannon Gail and Eugene Steingold Matthew Steinmetz Kristin and Stan Stevens Lisa Swanson Richard and Anita Thies James E. Thompson Richard and Elaine Tinberg Kevin and Ellen Van Wart Steven L. and Stephanie A. Victor Donna and Dirk Vos Mr. and Mrs. Rick Waddell Dr. David Wasserman – In Memory of Abby S. Magdovitz-Wasserman Dr. Carey Weiss and Dr. Karen Pierce Lorrayne and Steve Weiss Terry and Mary Winkler Jane and Greg Wintroub Carla Young Elizabeth Ziegler BENEFACTORS ($1,500 – 2,499) Anonymous (4) Mr. and Mrs. John Aalbregtse Kathi and Roger Adams Karen and Scott Alexander Nicholas and Kathleen Amatangelo Kimball Anderson and Karen Gatsis Anderson Carolyn H. Andress Stephanie and Dana Arnett Jeffrey S. Arnold and Ellen J. Neely Edgar Bachrach Richard and Janice Bail Yuri and Elena Balasanov Solomon Barnett‡ Sandra Bass Martha and Al Belmonte Joel W. Benson Bruce and Debbie Bentcover Shirley and Tom Berchou Susen H. Berg and James C. Berg Adam and Elizabeth Berger Dennis and Joan Berger Ron and Colleen Bess Nicholas Biederman Dr. and Mrs. Mark Blitstein Patricia C. Bobb Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Boychuck
Michael and Cathy Brennan Dawn and Harmon Brown Kevin and Linda Buggy John D. and Leslie Henner Burns Timothy Burroughs and Barbara Smith Stephen Byrne and Kerry Shannon David Callahan and Terri Abruzzo Sheila J. Chapman and David D. Soo Dr. Rosalyn Chrenka Michael and Edie Cohen Steven Collens Liam and Francesca Connell Kevann M. Cooke Merle R. Cooper Mr. and Mrs. Brian Cornell Joel Cornfeld Cynthia and Patrick Coyle Carl and Cynthia Curry Emilie De Angelis and Bert Davenport Mr. and Mrs. Menahem Deitcher Donald Deutsch Gautam and Ritu Dhingra Roberta S. Dillon‡ Patrick and Denise Dills Anne M. Donahoe Jennifer and John Doran Stephen and Dorne Eastwood Sidney and Sondra Berman Epstein Ms. Heather Erickson Juliet and Marc Fallah David and Mary Farkas Mary Jo and Robert Fasan Mr. and Mrs. John Favia Randall Fearnow and Beth Compton Harris J. Feldman, M.D. Carol and Steven Felsenthal Marilyn and Larry Fields Lois Farrell Fisher Elaine Fishman Stacy and Ian Fleming Lisa and John Folkers Al Franklin Jim and Sandy Freeburg Kate and Michael Fridholm Kate Friedlob Mr. and Mrs. Sherwin Friedman Mr. Stephen Fussell Noreen Ann Gallagher Cindy Galvin Patti Eylar and Charlie Gardner Dr. Ralph Gebert and Elayne Gebert Terri and Stephen Geifman Dr. Michael Gelbort Robert Gerber and Corrine Johnson Beverly Wyckoff and Charles Ginsberg Mr. and Mrs. James J. Glasser Elizabeth Glassman Sheila and Tom Gorey Thomas and Kristine Gorman Peter and Joellen Granson Mary and Jim Greene Warren Grimsley and Jane Jacobs Charles R. Grode Renata and Michael Grossi Suzanne Gylfe Inna and James Hannan Stacie R. Hartman Keith and Cheryl Harwood
Robert Merrilees Ellie and Bob Meyers – Harvey B. Levin Charitable Trust Amy Laiken and Tim Michel Michael and Susan Miller Dr. and Mrs. George and Maureen Miz William and Kate Morrison Bill and Lorna Filippini-Mulliken Patrick J. Nash, Jr. Cathy and Robert Nathan Judy Neafsey and Terry Conway David Ellis and Hope Nightingale Carlos Noble‡ Mr. Bruce Norris Susan and George Obermaier Joe O’Leary Bob and Joyce O’Malley Bridget R. O’Neill Susan and Ted Oppenheimer Elizabeth Orelup and Lawrence Sonntag Sandra and Mark Ostler Brian A. Paetow and Gretchen K. Beetner‡ Phyllis Parish Amy and Brent Peebles David Peterson and Tony Gueimunde Patricia Pippert and Steven Redfield Carl and Barbara Plochman Andrew and Judy L. Porte Sylvia J. Pozarnsky and Tom Riley Elliott Quigley Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Rauner Linda Reid Lynne Remington and Geoff Goldberg New Horizon Foundation Oksana Riberdy Susan and Edwin Ritts John C. Roberts and Lynn D. Fleisher Dr. Abbie and Sandra Roth Holly B. Rothschild Mr. and Mrs. John Rothstein
Janet and Philip Rotner Pamela and Fred Sasser Paul Scavone and Donna Pawlus Susan Schaalman Youdovin and Charlie Shulkin Michelle Maton and Mike Schaeffer Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Schewe Alan Schriesheim John Schuchert and Alan Kozlowski Nancy and Mark Schumacher Nedinia Searle Diana and Richard Senior David and Judith Sensibar Ralph Senst and Karen Zelden Hope and Jeffrey Sheffield Scott and Tommy Sheridan Judy and Jeffrey Silverman Robert and Nancy Singleton James and Mary Jo Slykas Neil Smith Family Ron and Leslie Smith Paul and Elizabeth Sobotka Scott Stacke Lisa Stevak Ellen Stone Belic Gail and John Straus Mary Stowell and Jim Streicker Lauren and Steve Strelsin Judy Sugarman William and Julie Szematowicz Corrine P. Taylor James and Sara TenBroek Carrie Thoms The Tipton Family John and Maribeth Totten Nick Trakas and Marc Cerone Jeanne Marienthal Westcott Donna Wilkinson Eugene H. Winkler Richard and Mary Woods Bobbi Zabel
Individual Contributors Annual Fund Steppenwolf thanks the many supporters who help bridge the gap between annual operating costs and ticket sales. We regret that, due to space limitations, we are unable to recognize gifts below $150. To all our benefactors, we thank you for making possible another season of engaging, provocative theater. Make your gift today by visiting steppenwolf.org/support or calling Suzanne Miller at 312-654-5617. Gifts are as of July 11, 2013 PRODUCERS ($1,000 – 1,499) Anonymous (2) Ellen Alberding and Kelly Walsh Kris Alden and Trisha Rooney Alden Robert C. Anderson Gustavo Bamberger Grace Barry Robert and Sharon Barton Ted and Robbie Beaty‡ Nicole Bell Robin and Mark Tebbe Stephen and Lynn Bolanowski‡ Nina Boryszczuk George and Joyce Brown‡ Michelle and David Buck Janet Burch
Ebs Burnough Mr. John Butler and Mr. John Vanderlinder Mr. and Mrs. Scott Byron Fran and Kenneth Camp Joseph and Cory Cancila‡ Philip Chang Mr. and Mrs. Rob Clements Mr. Danny Cox Anne and Thomas Cox Alecia Dantico Michael Davis Nancy Dehmlow Chris and Karen Dickerson John C. Donnelly Patricia and Richard Doonan
Rachel Dvorken Deborah and S. Cody Engle Mr. Bradley Feller Michael and Jacky Ferro Tom and Beth Garrow‡ Stephen C. George Mark and Greta Giesen Keith Goggin Eileen M. Golan James and Dianna Goldman Jonathan and Sarah Graham‡ Mary Winton Green Dr. and Mrs. Sheldon Greenberg‡ Ms. Jasmine E. Guy Del and Ginger Hall Marcy Finke
Individual Contributors Annual Fund
Individual Contributors Annual Fund
Victoria and Charles Harris‡ Ms. Mary K. Hartigan Lois and Marty Hauselman Katie Hazelwood and Todd Kaplan Leslie Herzog Larry Hochberg Robin and Harry Hunter Mr. and Ms. Jeff Jacobson David Kathman‡ Dr. Claudia Anne Katz‡ Judith and Jerry Kaufman Adam and Renee Keats Andrew Keyt Terry Kinney Klaff Family Foundation Hilary Odom Jean Ann Klingenstein Pat and Mike Koldyke Beth L. Kronfeld and Matthew D. Means Jay Leland Krottinger Mr. and Mrs. Larry Levine Mark and Carol Lorenz Mrs. Barbara Lucas and Ms. Toni Sieve‡ Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Randolph Lyon Arlene Manelli‡ Christine and David Markovitz Daniel And Vida Marks Michele C. Mayes Mr. and Mrs. David E. Mendelsohn Dr. Janis Mendelsohn‡ Tamara MeyerSr. Vice President, Margaret Minneman Jane Mody Mr. and Mrs. Steve Monieson Bruce and Colleen Mygatt Catherine B. and Robert T. Napier Jo and Wally Nard‡ Joan Neil Howard and Cathy Niden Barbara and Daniel O’Keefe Mr. and Mrs. L. Robert Pasquesi Linda Lowy and Jeff Perry Raymond Perry Mary Reusché Sharon and Jerry Rhoads‡ Mr. Robbie Robinson Randy and Betsy Rochman Eve and Randy Rogers Breda Rugai Joanne and Paul Ruxin Michael Ryan Ms. Sonia Sahai Bettylu and Paul Saltzman Richard and Betty Seid Mark and Kimberly Shadle Mimi Sherman Mr. and Mrs. Ronald C. Shortridge Julia Simpson Joan and Thomas Skiba Heather and Adam Smedstad‡ Ryan Stafford Colin Stalnecker Nikki and Fredric Stein Mrs. Bobette Takiff Evonne Taylor Mrs. Vernon B. Thomas Frank Trocchio Brady I. Twiggs‡
Scott Hildebrand James and Margot Hinchliff The Hirschfields Anne Linsdau-Hoeppner and Walter F. Hoeppner III Ms. Cheryl Hoffman Kilton Hopkins‡ Arnold and Judith Horwich‡ Francis J. Houlihan Christopher and Susan Hultquist Holly E. Humphreys Clare and Mark Hurrelbrink‡ Jean Perkins and Leland Hutchinson Heather Ingraham‡ Tim Jaster Mr. Douglas W. Johnson James A. Jolley, Jr. and R. Kyle Lammlein Ernest and Harriett Karmin Dennis and Kathryn Karsh Mr. Thomas Keim Sr. Sheryl and Tom Keith‡ Brian Feiges and Tamar Kelber Michelle Keller Chris Kendrick and Kasturi Haldar‡ Helen Kessler William Ketchum Seema Khan‡ Ms. Vicki King Anne and Ken Kinney Angela Kirschbaum Janet Knauff‡ Don and Cheryl Kobetsky Annette Baldwin and Paul Kolansinski Ms. Sheila Komarek Mr. Richard J. Kos Rob and Laura Kozloff Rachel Kraft Melinda Kramer Neal Kulick Family Fund Ms. Deborah Lacusta Chuck and Diane Laff Karen Lalor‡ Susan Lane George M. Langlois, Ph.D.‡ Bob and Pat Lavey Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lebolt‡ Marc-Paul Lee‡ Sherren Leigh Madeline Lesnik Patricia L. Levy Catherine Leyser‡ Fran and Chuck Licht Kaleigh Lockhart Carmen H. Lonstein Mary Christine Lovejoy‡ Mr. Larry Loziuk Mary Ludford Karyn Lutz Meredith Mack Frank and Chris Maggio Randi Ragins and Bob Markowski Kevin and Linda Matheny Mr. and Mrs. George J. Matkov Debra Mazloff Robert and Eleanor M. McAllister Mr. and Mrs. George McCarthy Michael McCaslin Mr. and Mrs. R. Edward McGreevy‡
Mr. and Mrs. R. Todd Vieregg Mr. and Mrs. William Wardrop Mr. Jim Welch Dr. and Mrs. S. Thomas Westerman‡ Beth and Bruce White Mr. Michael Wilczynski Robert Williford Johner Wilson Ruth Winter Andrea Worth‡ Ronald and Geri Yonover Clifford Yuknis Peter A. Zadeik ENSEMBLE ($500 – 999) Anonymous (8) Gladys L. Wolff Vanessa Abron Tord and Carrie Alden Brian and Jennifer Alves Jim and Sheila Amend‡ John Asplin and Christine Orders Jennifer Aubrey Peggy Bagley and Rabbi Douglas Goldhamer Dr. Stephanie and Mr. Andy Baker‡ Elizabeth Bakwin Barbara Baldwin Cindy Barbera-Brelle‡ Robert Bartell Ms. Courtney Bass Stephanie and Barry Batson‡ Mr. Jeff Berta Lois J. Bider Jerry Biederman Beryl and David Bills‡ Marc D. Blakeman Ms. Ali Bleecker and Mr. Daniel Munro Mr. and Mrs. Philip Block III Mr. Mark Bloom Mr. and Mrs. David C. Blowers Mr. David Blowers Jr. Laura and Kent Born James Botana‡ Andrea Brands Mrs. John J. Bransfield, Jr. Kathleen Brown Susan Buchanan and Steve Buchanan Leslie Buchbinder Rony and Tom Buckley Mr. Bill Butler Mr. Kevin Caceres John and Libby Cady Michael Canmann Ray Capitanini Ms. Alexandra Carlson Molly Carroll Diana Chafey Steve Chamberlin and Cathy Colton Nancy Ciezki and Diane Kostecke Drs. William and Elizabeth Clark Prncss and Daddio Pam and Howard Conant Constance Coning‡ Everett and Susan Conner‡ Ed and Melissa Cook Mr. Gorman Cook John Costello and Sally Clair
Mr. and Ms. Robert Creamer Maureen Crowley‡ Liese Dallbauman Rathin Datta Jonathan Davila Ms. Pam DavisVice President Richard and Lisette Davison Bob and Sharon DeWitt Mr. and Mrs. Habeeb Dihu‡ William Dolan Michele and George Dragisity Will Dunne John F. Dziedziak‡ Roger and Chaz Ebert F.S. Eberts Jennifer M. Ellin Noreen Emerson Susan Emmerson Maurice and Ruth Ettleson Malcolm D. Ewen Adrienne Eybergen Mr. Andrew Fair Judd Ferrin Michael Fine and Terri Keeley Ms. Morgan Flatley and Mr. Luke Johnson Foley Family Foundation Mr. Robert Forest Cyndi and Cory Fosco Jeffrey Foster Kimberly Masius Joanne B. Friedland June Freidlich Myriam Fullard Denise Michelle Gamble Timothy A. Gant and Scott Perry Susan Gaspari-Forest Hank and Sandy Gentry William J. Gibbons Tara Gillespie Richard E. Ginsberg Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Glaser Stan and Gerry Glass Brian J. and Janie Gold Ms. Deidra Gold Chester Gougis and Shelley Ochab Kerry and Kim Grady‡ Ms. Aimee Graham John S. Mrowiec and Karen Granda Dedrea Gray Dr. Kitty Green Michael and Lisa Greenfield Katherine and Adam Greetis Kenneth Gurber Mr. Michael Guyader Mr. and Mrs. Ray Hacker‡ Faith Dansereau and Larry Haefner Janice Halpern Alex Harris and Stefanie Glover Melanie Harris Liz Hartong Robert and Linda Hauser Christie Hefner and William Marovitz Emily Heisley-Stoeckel and Kevin Stoeckel John and Maryan Helmerci Frank and Midge Heurich Alan Heyman
Hugh and Marybeth McLean Janelle Hoekstra and James McMullin‡ Kathleen A. McQueeny Anne and Richard Raup Susan Messing Sheba Miller-Morris Helen Harvey Mills Marcus Mintz Cecily Mistarz Robert and Lois Moeller Laura and Brian Montgomery Joyce Morimoto‡ Blake and Debra Moritz‡ Darcy Morowitz Mr. J.J. Morrow Pamela Moy Mr. and Mrs. Kurt Muller Zina and Nicholas S. Murray Michael and Kathleen Murtaugh Joseph Mwachullah Walter Nathan Randy Nease Wendy Norris Emily and Hank Neuberger Kris Nielsen Jim Norman Maureen OBrien Margaret O’Connor and Michael O’Meara Brad Oltmanns Richard Ostrow‡ Grayce Papp Patricia Parchem and Candace Zimmerman‡ Jana O’Brien and Wayne T. Parman John and Roberta Paskvalich Sheldon Patinkin Thomas Pawlik and Ava Cohn Susan A. Payne Sandra and Michael Perlow Bill and Judy Pesetski Andy Phelps Dr. Susan Burland and George Plumb Brett Plyer Podolsky Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Pope Avi and Joan Porat Ms. Sara J. Potts Dr. Jean E. Prebis‡ V. Pristera, Jr.‡ David Pruitt and Marjorie Baltazar Jonathon Pyburn‡ Marsha Raanan‡ Richard and Joan Ralph‡ Jeff and Susan Rashid Doug Regan P. Kevin Reidy‡ Fred and Karen Rhynders Thomas Kapacinskas and Judith Robert Stephen and Caryn Robin Steve Rodichok and Renee Gattone‡ Dr. Daniel A. Roller and Ms. Lynn A. Hellwig Mr. and Ms. Richard Rosenthal Joseph Ross and Jean Shutler Lisa and Doug Rosskamm Kimberly and Ari Rubenfeld Susan B. and Dr. Myron E. Rubnitz
Henry J. Sampson‡ Richard H. Sanders Sheldon and Lynne Sandman Chris and Barb Sanford‡ Gloria Santona Brett Saternus Bill Savage Curt Schade Gail Schaffner Stephanie Scharf and David Taber‡ Marie-Claude Schauer‡ Mr. and Mrs. Darryl G. Schimeck Eric and Jana Schreuder Danelle Schuch Susan and Gary Schuman Mr. Stephen Schwab Susan J. Schwartz Carla Scott‡ Doug and Maureen Seaman Nedinia Searle Carrie Secrist Jeff and Sonia Semenchuk‡ Ms. Leslie Shad Mr. Josh Shames Michael Shapiro and Deb Gohr Shapiro Shalini Sharma Nancia Shawver and Larry Weiner Mr. and Mrs. David R. Shevitz Mr. Daniel Shomon Brent Siegel‡ Jodi Silberman‡ Christine A. Slivon Charles Smith Sharon Specht Malcolm Spector and Nancy Ludmerer Mr. Michael Stashwick Mr. Frank Steeves Lauren Steichor Seena and Carey Stein Michael and Salme Harju Steinberg Patty Sternberg Mr. Gerard Stewart Linda and John Stock Kelly Stonebraker and Deborah Stonebraker Mary Strabel Mr. Gary Strandlund Terri E Strauss Ms. Jennifer Stuart Rhonda and Scott Swanson Ms. Patti Szabo Tracy Tajbl and Neil Jones Dr. and Mrs. James V. Talano John R. and Catherine Taylor Fred Tokowitz Trevor Tomkins Jeanne Towns‡ Carol D. Trapp Catherine E. Turner‡ Jane Tyner Anne Van Wart and Michael Keable Michael and Gere Warnecke Laura and Bob Watson‡ Chuck Wehland Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Weiss Roger Weston John W. Wheeler Steve and Bonnie Wheeler
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Individual Contributors Annual Fund
Leslie Whittet‡ Gary and Modena Wilson‡ Matthew Wilson and Anne Posner Joycelyn Winnecke Cynthia Wirth‡ Jessica and Jeff Wisniewski‡ Stanley Wojcicki Charlotte Wojnowski‡ Ms. Sarah Wolff and Mr. Joel Handelman Jane Worthington Mr. Naywri Wright Carol N. Yamamoto Stephanie Yancey Mark and Margie Zivin David Zoltan
Mr. Timothy Christian Sam and Kathleen Ciulla‡ Dr. and Mrs. Robert Clark Carol and Michael Clarke‡ Bente Clausen‡ Betty Cleeland‡ Diane Powell and David Clough Mr. and Mrs. Terrance Coleman Ms. Suzanne Connor Elizabeth Coolidge Zachary Cooper‡ Mr. Robert Corbett Lucas Crawford Robert Crawford Max Freedman and Family‡ Colin and Teri Cross Mr. Bruce Crown Scott Cullen James Culp‡ Allyson Cunningham Mr. Dan Curley Judy and Arthur Curtis David and Jean Curtis Laura and Frank Czechanski Josh Daitch‡ Moira and Robert Daley Mr. James Daly Stephen F. Danziger Ms. Mary Davidson and Mr. David Orkowski Anne Megan Davis‡ Michelle and Ronald De Vlam‡ Linda DeBolt Roxanne Decyk and Lew Watts‡ Ms. Cheryl Deese
DESIGNERS ($250 – 499) Anonymous (22) Thomas W. Abendroth and Terri L. Mascherin Ms. Susan Aberman Alexander Ackerhalt and Daniela Mardarovici Judith and Fred Adler Ms. Yolanda T. Adler Mr. Brian Ahern Stephanie Ailor Sergio and Carolina Alcocer Thomas B. Aldrich III Helen and Mark Alison Ms. Mar Alkemade Ms. Polly Allen Denise Allsberry Greg and Janine Amoroso Ken and Donna Amos‡ Ms. Mimi Anderson Mary and Paul F. Anderson Cedric H. Antosiewicz and Margaret M. Gudenas Walter Aque Mr. Anthony Armada Jean Arrington Mr. Hrayr Attarian Kaye B. Aurigemma‡ Jim Babin‡ Carl Babler Melissa and Richard Bacon‡ Mr. Tim Bailkowski Spencer and Daniel Baker Holly Baker Jennifer Baker Bill and Ann Baker John and Sharon Baldwin Michael and Mary Baniak Catherine Bannister Roy Barber Cynthia Barginere‡ Leslie and Bill Barker Judith Barnard and Michael Fain Mr. James Barone Ms. Paige Barr Mr. Matt Bartel Beverly Bartel Mia A. and Scott Bass Priscilla Ryan and Frank Battle‡ Laura M. Batzer‡ Brian and Jennifer Bauer
Ms. Natalie M. Baumann Maria Bautista Judy and Chris Beardsley Thomas Bearrows and Holly Hirst Mr. Michael Beasley Kathleen Hughes and Armand Beaudoin Mark Becker Lawrence Bell Ms. Claudia Crilly Bellucci Julie and Howard Benario Susan R. Benner Brandon Benson John and Taru Berg John and Elizabeth Berge‡ Dorothea Berggren Adam Bergstein Laura Berkley Julian and Joan Berman Harriet and Howard N. Bernstein Mandy Berry‡ Dr. Mary E. Belford MD and Mr. Ric Berta Martha Berzon Adrian and Arta Beverly Maurice J. and Lois Beznos Laura and Philip Bierman Mary Anne and Joe Bigane Lois and Stanley Birer James Bishop Nicholas J Blair‡ Mr. Terry Blake Jon Blanc Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Boardman
Donald F. Bouseman Jeff Boyce Michael and Kate Bradie‡ Abdon and Eileen Bray Susan M Brazas Janyce D. Brengel David Briggs‡ Robert and Joell Brightfelt Sarah Brittin‡ Tim Brogla and Laura Demoor Beth Sprecher Brooks Mr. and Mrs. Norman Brooks Jean Broom Larry and Susan Broutman Beth Brown Edith Brownman Ed Bucher‡ Cynthia Buckley David A. Buls Ms. Mary Jo Burfeind Javier and Laura Burgos Bruce and Kate Burgun John and Maureen Burke Ms. Genevieve Burns Crystal and Thomas F. Bush Richard Butler John Byrd Robert and Cheryl Byron Haydee Caldero Janet Caldwell Karen A. Callaway Andrew Campbell and Dana Campbell‡ Barry Carlson Mr. Christopher Carlton
Edward Dobbins William and Phyllis Dobrin Dorothy L. Domuray Ms. April Donnellan Mr. Paul Donnellan Paula Douglass Mr. Jake Downing Raymond and Marybeth Drake‡ Raymond H. Drymalski Natalie Dudek‡ Mr. Paul Dufallo Margaret and Chris Duhon Mr. Michael Dumke Mr. Charles Duncan Nancy Dunham Gregory Durkin Leah Mooshil‡ Mr. and Mrs. Jon R. Dutcher Joan and John Dysart Wiley and Merry Edmondson Natasha and Zach Egan Estia Eichten and Deborah Eichten Michael and Kristen Goggin‡ Julie Ellis Linda A. Ellis Dale and Jo Ann Engquist Erika Erich Tim and Jane Evans Robbie Everest Lori Eyre‡ Brian Fabes and Lisa Schneider Fabes Edith and Gerald Falk Tom and Terry Fallon Maurice Fantus and Judith Aiello Demitri and Pamela Fardelos
“ I support Steppenwolf Theatre because I like to think, and the plays it provides are not only superbly produced but also unfailingly thought-provoking, demonstrating night after night that entertainment need not be mindless, but can instead help us understand what sort of intriguing creatures we are, both at our best and at our worst.” —Stephen Johnson, Steppenwolf supporter since 2011
Guests at the Head of Passes Donor Cast Party chat with Ensemble member Tarell Alvin McCraney. photographer michael tutino
R. Darrell Bock Fred Boelter Anthony Boggiano Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Bolas Linda Bolte Ms. Deborah Bone Albert Boumenot‡
Fairbank and Lynne Carpenter Sharon Carr Mr. and Mrs. Justin Casciola Mr. and Mrs. Jay Case Bill and Patty Castle Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Chandler Gerry and Carol Chrisman
Dr. Mark and Rose DeMeo Matthew J. Devereux April Dial Stewart and Shari Diamond Austin Dias Adam Dick Jennifer Dienes Olga Dimitrijevic Mr. and Ms. Ross Dimun Mr. Vincent Dina Jeff Dineen‡ Toni and Dan Diprizio Michele and Robert Disselhorst
Linda and Ed J. Farkas Ms. Juliette Feld Deb Feldman Toni and Joel Fenchel Mr. William Field Mr. Dan Filowitz Dr. and Mrs. James M. Fisch Liz Fisher‡ Jeremiah Fisher‡ Paul and Christy Fisher‡ Marilyn E. Fites Catherine S. Flanagan Debra and Adrienne Flowers
Jim and Yvonne Fogerty‡ Mike Folk Paul Fong Ms. Betty Forman Timothy and Janet Fox Reverend Mark A. Fracaro‡ Dr. and Mrs. James Franklin Joy Frey‡ Lori Mae Frith Susan and Sy Frolichstein Kathryn C. Froney Susan Fuchs, M.D. Bill and Pat Fuller Phillip D. Funkenbusch‡ Mr. Vince Gaffney‡ Heather Gardner Ellen Garippo Royal Gaston‡ Mary Ellen Geist Jami Gekas Dr. and Mrs. Mark Gendleman Philis and Alex George‡ Thomas and Patricia Germino‡ Ms. Alison Geyer Sandra Gidley Marina and Sander Gilman‡ Clark and Nancy Gilpin Carlen Gilseth Mr. and Mrs. Marin Gjaja Mr. William Glascott Anneliese Glick Florence Bonnick and Jay M. Goldberg Karen Goldstein‡ Marsha and Michael Goldstein Paul Goldstein and Nasrin Mahani Enid J. Golinkin Sue-Gray Goller Samuel J. Goodman Leo and Linda Gordon Robert Gordon Darla Goudeau‡ Joanne Graham Laurence and Carrie Grant Paula Turner Grasso Susan Leigh‡ Mr. Sherwin Green Dr. and Mrs. Robert Greendale The Greffin Family Jeffrey Gross Mrs. Katharine C. Gross Marie Gunn‡ Dr. and Mrs. John W. Gustaitis Mick Guzman William C Haddad Sarah Hadley Karen and Michael Hale Donald and Susan Hallberg Adam Hallett‡ Bob and Melanie Halvorson‡ Bill Hamilton Chester and Phyllis Handelman Howard Handler Dr. Raymond and Arlene Handler Kristin and Charles Harper Tom and Virginia Hartley‡ Julianne Hartzell
‡Step-by-Step We salute the individual donors who have committed to a recurring monthly or quarterly gift to Steppenwolf. 55 Their ongoing support helps fuel Steppenwolf’s mission of superior acting and risk-taking work.
Individual Contributors Annual Fund
Individual Contributors Annual Fund
Richard and Dorothy Harza Ali Hassan and Amber Fritz‡ Neil and AnnMarie Hawkins Van and Ruth Hawkins‡ Jean Hawkinson Mr. and Mrs. Brian Hayes Michele Haynes James and Anne Heger Stephen and Jaqueline Helm Stephen Henderson Bonnie and Frank Henke‡ Pat and Ron Henning Timothy Herboth Constance Herrera‡ Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Hession‡ John and Martha Higgins Fred Hill Linda and John Hillman Mr. and Ms. Bill Hinchman T. L Hinton Morgan and Melissa Hirst Bill and Pat Hitt Mr. Karl Hoffman Philip and Eileen Hoffman Jerri and David Hoffmann Michelle and Glenn Holland Sharon Holland Jo Holzer‡ Bonny and Todd Hoover Paula Horn Eric Horng Richard and Janet Horwood Mr. Peter Hoskow Leigh and John Hourihane Travis Howe and Lindsay Fiola Thomas and Karen Howell Michael and Madeline Hughes Ms. Amy Hughes Karen Hunken‡ Patricia Hunt‡ Patricia Hurley Craig Hurwitz William E. Ibe Jim and Joyce Ibers Sue and Bob Imig Phyllis Irizarry Janet and John W. Irving Jim and Peggy Isherwood Ronald and Lizette Jacobson Ms. Michele James Vince Janowski John David Jawor‡ Douglas and Margaret Jayes‡ Emily Jelsomeno Sue Jenkins Backstrom Joakim Carolyn Johnson Sharon R. Johnston Todd and Jennifer Jones Daniel and Mary Ann Jordan Angela Kabbes Melvin and Annie Kahn Mike and Kathleen Kalasunas Ms. Heather Kalita Tom and Esta Kallen Mary Jo Kanady Joseph J. Kane Olwyn J. Kane
Kathryn Bender and Russell Menkes John and Lisa Merlock Bruce Merrick Allyson Metcalf and Brian Tennison‡ David and Linda Metschke‡ Mr. and Mrs. James Meyer Tom Mikrut Mia and Jonathan Miller Nina Kavin and Kerry A. Miller Alison Millerick Dino and Heathre Moler‡ Mort and Joan Mollner Reginaldo and Jennifer Montague‡ Jack Montgomery‡ Janet and Robert Montgomery‡ Forrest Moore Mr. Robert Moretti Sheba Miller-Morris Corinne S. Morrissey Beverly and Dale Mortensen Charles G. Mueller Ms. Ellen Muench Gerald and Maia Mullin Patrick Mulvey Tom Murray Tom Myers‡ Mike and Nance Nalepa‡ Ramon Navarro Nelia Neal Denise E. Nedza‡ Vernon Nelson and Kay Alden Mr. Jack Newell Elizabeth and John Newman‡ Lynne Nieman Mark Noethen‡ Mr. and Ms. Carlton Nolan Barbara Rawley and Daniel Nordby Kitty Norton Jones Charles Norwesh Susan and Nicholas Noyes The Nuzzos Martin O’Brien Mary Pat O’Brien Mike and Joan O’Brien Karin O’Connor‡ John and Megan O’Connor‡ Peg O’Connor‡ Dennis J. O’Keefe and Mary Jo Barrett Larry and Barbara Olin Don Olson Bruce Oltman Mr. and Mrs. John O’Malley Timothy O’Neill and Jane Rutherford Nancy and Myles O’Reilly‡ Jamie and Rachel Orlikoff Mr. and Ms. Don Oros Stephen Osada Jerome and Kathryn Osen Ms. Anastasia Osipova Pilar Ossorio Mayor John and Jacqueline Ostenburg Mrs. Eileen O’Sullivan Michelle Owens Mr. Dale Packard and Ms. Linda Edral‡ Frances and William Paden Hilda and Jose Padilla
Arnold Kanter Mr. Jon Kaplan Norma and Nolan Kaplan Jonathan Karmel Cantor Aviva Katzman and Dr. Morris Mauer‡ Dr. Susan A. Kecskes‡ Ms. Stephanie Keenan Francis Kelch Ms. Sheena Kemp Ms. Lucy Kereta-Bloch Rich Kerhlikar and Judith Barringer Rita Kerns Janis and Peter Kesser Candace Killian Mike and Leslie King Ms. Dana Kinion Frank and Katherine Kinney Sylvia and John Kinney Drs. Tom and Linda Kirch Ashley Kircher Dr. M. Barry and Diane Kirschenbaum Nancy Kisler Ms. Laurie Kladis Matt and Karen Klickman Dawn Klingensmith and Jeff Pinkerton‡ Mr. David Knapp Maria and Karl Knecht Ms. Molly Kobelt John Kobza Philip and Susan Koch Steve Koch Robert and Janet Kohrman Electra D. Kontalonis Merrilyn Kosier and James Kinoshita Barry and Cheryl Kreiter Jill Kremins Charlene M Krombeen Ken and Janet Kubis Mr. Patrick Kuehnle Mary Kupferberg‡ Elaine Kurczewski Ms. Christina Labate Terri Lacy Laura Ladewski Marcia Lafferty‡ Mr. Kurt Lagerloef‡ Ed and Bettine Landon Terrence Landry Thomas Lariviere‡ Robert Larrimore‡ Robert and Lynn Larry Edward and Laverne Larsen Nancy and Alan Lasser Patricia Lauber Marc Lauerman Peter and Shirley Dugdale Laundy Richard Lauwers and Maura Corcoran Douglas Lavanture Peter Lawler Bart Lazar Mr. Michael Leb Jill S. Lederman‡ Olivia Lee Bill Lee and Malinda Hamann‡ Peggy and Greg Legan‡ Mr. Brett Legner Mr. Jonathan Travis Leiser
Travis Leiser Sheila Fields Leiter Ms. Laurie Leli William LeMasters Jeffrey and Elise Lennard Darrell Leonard and Ed Nowak Dr. and Mrs. Harvey J. Levin Mr. Grant Ley Rachel Libman Robert and Martha Lichter Lance Lichtor Arlene Lieb Stacy and Peter Lindau Cheryl Lindquist Barbara and Edward Linn Lora Jane Lisle Lynn Liston‡ Lee Litas Margit “Maggie” Livingston‡ Mr. and Mrs. Gershon Locker Mrs. Andrea Lofgren Ms. Rachel Loftspring Renee Logan Ingrid LoGiudice Katherine M. Lorenz Jeff and Nancy Lowenthal‡ Judy and George Lowman Mr. Phil Lumpkin and Mr. Bill Tedford Sherry Lundell Margaret and Paul Lurie James and Janet Lusk Jen Maceyko and Richard Stazinski James Maclennan Mr. Joe Madden Mr. and Mrs. Charles Magill Ms. Karen Maki Mr. and Ms. Michael P. Malone Brooke and Mike Mandrea Sandra Mangurian Samantha & David Mann George and Stephanie Mantis Ruthann Marcelle Gloria and Joseph R. Marcus Marge Marcus Jennifer Marling Steve and Melissa Marovich Ed and Linnea Martin‡ Kenneth Maruyama Mr. Michael B. Masius Jr. Erica and Frank Matagrano‡ David and Karen Mattenson Sergey and Nika Mavrody Mike and Cindy McCabe Mr. And Mrs. Michael Mccarthy Nicolette McDavid‡ Nancy and JD McDonnell C. A. McElligott‡ Terrance and Jane McElroy Pat McGarvey Paul and Lana McHenry Elisabeth and Michael McHugh‡ Erin E. McInerney Carol McKeone Joan Mclane Kathy and Alan McLaughlin‡ Ms. Mary McNulty Nuncia and Rafael Medina Sheila and Harvey Medvin
Deborah Page Ms. Katina Panagopoulos Catherine and Robert Parks Peggy Paulsen Joseph Pawlikowski Robert Payne III Charles and Melanie Payne Lynn and Mel Pearl Elyse Pearlman and Brad Teckenbrock Margaret Pendry Leanne Perlman Charles and Mary Phillips Linda S. Piccolo Ms. Laura Pichon Barb and Ned Piehler William and Suzan Pinsof Chuck and Judy Piper Ms. Vera Pless Elizabeth and Harvey Plotnick Danielle Pollard Dan Polsby‡ Ellen Pomes‡ Frank C. Pond‡ Pam and Dean Pontikes James and Gayle Prete Jean and Preston Price‡ David and Valeria Pruett Mr. and Mrs. William B. Prugh John Puma‡ Jane Purdy‡ Dave and Darby Putman Pamela Qualls Kevin and Dagmara Quast Leona Quist Lori Ramsey‡ Mr. Craig Randall Barbara Rapp Mr. and Ms. Scott M. Rappe Mr. and Mrs. Josh Rauh Robert Rauschenberg Gabriel and Dorit Raviv Mr. Steven Reagan Mr. and Mrs. John Reed Diane Reilly Lisa Remby Clisson and Patricia Rexford Nick and Mary Beth Reynolds William N. Reynolds Nancy Ribordy Dr. and Mrs. Ralph Richter, Jr.‡ Laura Riddle Susan and Rick Rieser Sandi Riggs David Rigler Jacob Ringer Bill and Deborah Roberts Liz Roberts Carol and Riney Robertson Mr. Bruce Rodman Mary Lu and Kenneth Roffe Beverly J. Rogers‡ Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rogoz Cleo Orthel Mrs. Sarene L. Rosen Honey and Howard Rosenfeld Mary Rosengrant
Hilary Rosenthal Mrs. Donald S. Roth Michael and Bonnie Rothman Kathryn Rothstein T. Marshall Rousseau Mrs. Kimberly Rubenfeld Maureen A. Rubino‡ Manfred Ruddat Ms. Joseph Rulli Ray Rusnak Diana and Ed Ruthman Brad S. Rutledge Dan and Deni Ryan‡ Mr. and Mrs. John Saksa Brad and Emily Salmon A. Sue Samuels Julia Nowicki and Timothy A. Sanborn MD Stephen and Leatrice Sandler Mr. Steven Sargent Ms. Lisa Sartin Christopher and Ann Marie Saternus John and Mary Satter Robert and Mary Ann Savard‡ Jane Schaafsma Edna Schade Ms. Susan Schaefer Susan Tobias and Alan Shapiro Allison and Charles Scherer Seymour Schiff and Bernice Elbin Schiff William B. and Carolyn A. Schildgen Cynthia Schilsky The Schirato Family Elizabeth and William Schmidt Frank and Karen Schneider Roy Schreiber and Linda Chen Mr. Matt Schumacher Mr. and Mrs. Ervin E. Schweiger Tony and Celeste Scolaro‡ David and Susie Selbst David Shanahan Ms. Sandra Shane-DuBow and Mr. Richard Hay Kay Shannon Mr. Peter Shannon Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Shapiro Jeffrey S. Sharp and Elizabeth D. Sharp David and Kimberly Shaw Luna Okada and Wynn Sheade Kathryn Shenk Timothy Sherck‡ Mr. Tom Sherman Karen Shields‡ Bradley and Ellen Shorser Ms. Renee Shrier Mr. Peter Sichrovsky Duane Sigelko and Mary K. McDermott Margaret and Alan Silberman Rhett Silver Susan and Paul Silverman‡ Mike and Heather Simons Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sinise Jonathan and Elizabeth Sion Patricia Costello Slovak Laura C. Smail‡
‡Step-by-Step We salute the individual donors who have committed to a recurring monthly or quarterly gift to Steppenwolf. 57 Their ongoing support helps fuel Steppenwolf’s mission of superior acting and risk-taking work.
Individual Contributors Annual Fund Karen Smilie‡ Edith Smith Ms. Janet Carl Smith Drs. Carol Payne and Robert L. Smith Mr. Stephen A. Smith James Smutniak Jackie Snuttjer Henry So and Joe Senese Mr. Andrew Sobol Raymond Socki Ms. Dana Sodikoff Ms. Jamie Sodikoff Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sodikoff Michael Solberg Sonja L Solberg‡ Steven and Judith Soria‡ Ben Sosewitz Joseph Spellman Shantha Sreekanth Diana and Thomas Stamborski Tanya Stanfield Margaret Stapleton Mary Clare and Joseph B. Starshak Mr. Eric Stavriotis Ms. Sarah Stec Peggy Steffy‡ Susan Stein The Steinbachs‡ Dorie Sternberg Ms. Barbara Stewart Jeanine Stout‡ Paul Strabbing Kurt Strand Mercedes and Martin Straus‡ Bethany Stripp Robin Kline and William Summers Matthew Summy Ms. Janet Sussman Yvonne Sutor‡ Peter and Obie Szidon Ms. Elaine R. Taylor Vivian Teng Ilene Patty and Tom Terpstra Richard and Alice Teutsch Barbara and Randolph Thomas Mr. James Thompson Ms. Sue Thompson Cade Thurlby Virgil Tiran Richard Tobiason Mr. David Todd Mr. Eddie Torres John and Madalyn Traff Ronald Trigg Jeff Tsai Katya Tsyrin Ms. Anne Tucker Mary and Greg Tuite Edward and Edith Turkington Annette Turow Deborah Twardowski Chris Ulmer Margaret Unetich David and Mickey Unger Richard Van Hattem Mr. Peter Van Kempen Peter and Lilian Vardy Kathryn Vehe‡
Ken and Lorraine Victor Jessica Videlka Dr. Susan Vineyard‡ Susan Vonderheid Paul D. Waas Jonathan Wagner Robert and Rose Wagner Ms. Amy Waldon Sarah Walker William and Sharon Wallin Matthew Walsh and Alexandra Mason William and Patricia Walsh Karen and Herb Wander Melissa and Reeve Waud Melissa Weber Melanie and Judson Weeks James Weidner Michael Weiland and Shelley MacGregor Ms. Wallace Weinper Elizabeth Weir Sherrie and Albert Weiss Adam and Jamie Weyeneth Charles and Leah Wheelan Susan Whitcher Esther White and Mindy Terrell Matthew White Brian and Nancy Whitlock Dot and Dan Whittenberger Mrs. Barbara Wilder Jon Will and Ada Mary Gugenheim‡ Crystal Williams Deborah B. Williams, Ph.D.‡ Johner “JT” Wilson Mr. Mark Wilson Nick and Nancy Wilson Susan and Bob Wislow
Ed and Lisa Zeitler Daniel Ziembo and Nancy Cook Tighe Zimmers Kathy Willhoite and Rodd Zolkos PLAYERS ($150 – 249) Anonymous (41) Amy Waters‡ Linda Loving and Richard Aaronson Richard and Louise Abrahams Nancy Abshire Mr. Brian Acuff Heidi Adams‡ Donna Dorl-Adams and Tom Adams Dwetri Addy Mr. and Mrs. Arthur B. Adler Ezequiel Agosto Philip and June Aimen Mr. Robert Airhart John B. Albright Mr. Kenneth Alexander Barbara and Oscar Alonso‡ Alyssa Altman‡ Beth Alwin Judith Anderson Testosterone Tom Anson Mr. Dean Antonopoulos Jurgis and Dalia Anysas Robert Arensman Rosemary Crowley Rolla and Joe Ash James Atkinson Alexey Atramentov Mr. Rex Babiera Linda A. Bacci James M. Bachner Borislava Baeva
“Directors Circle donor events bring you into the entire process of a production. You are introduced to the family of talented artists, technicians, administrators, marketing, and publicity people that bring the play to life. We are honored to support this dedicated group.” —Susan and Bob Warrington, Steppenwolf supporters since 2003. Mr. Robert Wisniewski Iris S. Witkowsky Ms. Elizabeth Wohlleb Lawrence Wojcik Ann R. Wolfe‡ Joe Wolnski and Jane Christino Andrew and Meghan Woltman‡ Kelly Wood Patrick Woods and Kathleen Clark Tracy Wray Edward and Catherine Wright Anita and Steve Yablong Dr. Rodney and Susan Yergler‡ Linda Yin Nancy Loewenberg Young Julia and Tom Young David and Nikki Zarefsky
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‡Step-by-Step We salute the individual donors who have committed to a recurring monthly or quarterly gift to Steppenwolf. 59 Their ongoing support helps fuel Steppenwolf’s mission of superior acting and risk-taking work.
Individual Contributors Annual Fund
Individual Contributors Annual Fund
Bruce Gorchow and Marie Fioramonti Sophie and Bob Gordon Priscilla Gotsick Joseph and Sarah Graham Bobby Grant‡ William and Diane Grant Judy Grasmick Chris Gravenites Allen Greenberger Hannah Greene‡ Tyler James Greene Merle and Barry Gross Nancy Grossman Nathan and Evelyn Grossman Mrs. Mary Kay Haben Kathleen Hagerty Mary Haley Joan Hall Richard Halvorsen‡ Ms. Mary Kay Hardcastle Anne Harney‡ Ameerah Harris Donald and Sharon Harris Mr. Joshua Harris Ms. Barbara Hart Edward and Louise Hartigan Lee Haupt, Yvonne Lange and Ted Steck Steve Hayes and Patricia Olcenica Dave Hayes and Mary Stelmach-Hayes Albert and Amy Heber Mr. and Ms. Bruce Hecktman Alison Hefele Bonney Ms. Alison Heiser Ms. Mary Ellen Hennessy Martha Henry Rachel R. Henry Ms. Lynne Hensel Beth Herbert Joyce K. Herdliska Nancy Herring Marcia and Darrell Herschler‡ Lina and Dave Hilko‡ Mr. and Mrs. John L. Hill James Hill and Patrice Keleher Marc Hilton and Judith Aronson Nancy and Allen Hirschfield John and Virginia Hogan Thomas Hogan Ms. Karolina Hogueisson Ms. Janet Hoiberg Betsy and Arthur Holden Nancy C. Holland‡ Donald and Karen Holmberg David and Suzanne Holmes Jeffrey Holst Mr. James Holzhauer Mary and Dermot Horgan Marc and Cathy Horowitz Chanda Hott Ina and John Houck William Hubbard Annie Nabra‡ Mr. Dave Dimmlich and Ms. Beth Hummelberg Barbara Hunter and Cottrell Meadors Ms. Amy Hutchison Richard Hutner and Lena Motev
Ron Micheletto‡ Ms. Lauren Mifflin Dean A. Miller and Martha H. Swift Ellen Miller Ron and Pat Miller Sandy and Scott Miller‡ Susan M. Miller Craig and Donna Mindrum Charlotte Miner Nathan Fleming and Abby Mohaupt‡ Roger and Pauline Mohr Barbara and Ron Moline Drs. Terri Monk and B. Craig Weldon‡ Chris and Kathe Monley‡ Ms. Carolyn Montford Brian Weatherford and Steven Montgomery William Mooney Ms. Shannon Moore Ms. Shirley Moore Harry and Harriet Morrison Ms. Mary Louise H. Morrison Dr. Martin Mozes and Mrs. Chava Mozes Patrick Mulville Holly and Edward Murawski James and Jean Murphy Mary Ellen Murphy William Myers Mary and David Myles Ms. Lois Mysliwy Preeti and Ajay Nagarkatte Jamie Nagle Kurt Nakaoka and Nancy Morris Elke Aippersbach and Piers Nash Mr. Josh Nelson Lenz and Eva Neuhauser Jack and Leanne Neurauter Dani Nichols Mark and Maggie Nichter‡ Karen Nickelson Mary Nolen Catherine Null Judy Nygard Maria Ocasio Mr. Gary Ochs Shelia and Julian Oettinger Robert O’Farrell Barbara and Franklin A. O’Leary Paul Oliver Christine Olson and James Eccleston Jill Olson Kirsten Olson Daniel and Laura O’Neill Peter and Alanne Ori County Clerk David Orr Marjorie Orr Margie and Derk Osenberg Mr. Nick Paavola Ronna Page‡ Dr. and Mrs. Martin Paisner Mr. Jason Palmquist Debra Parker Mark and Mary Partridge Audrey and John Paton Dr. Steven and Mimi Binette James and Caroline Pawlak
Connie and Richard Hyman Beartriz Iorgulescu Joan Istrate Jerry Jackson Laura Jacob Patricia A. Jiganti Mr. Tony Johnson Sarah A. Jolie Robert Coon and Cory Jones Patricia Jones Mr. and Mrs. Herb Jordan Sandra Jordan Howard and Marianne Jump Steven Kaplan George Kaprelian Mr. and Mrs. James Kargman Jerry Karlin Lee and Shel Karon Mel and Renee Katten Rich and Heidi Katz Matthew Keller, Jr. Eva Kellogg Arlene Kelly Valerie Kendrick Linda Belan and Vincent Kinehan‡ Ms. Portia Kennel Harry Kenny Miss. Payal Keshvani Ms. Martijn Kist Maureen and Kim Klatt Kelli Klauber Carol and James Klenk David Klumpp and Gretchen Norman Douglas and Catherine Knuth Stanley and Billie Kocal Zachary Koenig Lilia Kogan Betty H. Kolb Cheryl and Robert Kopecky Amy R. Korin Jay and Patti Kouba Stanley J. Koziol Jennifer A. Krug Ms. Quincey Krull Ms. Jennifer Kueker Bob Kunio and Libby Roth‡ Ms. Kim Kusiciel Carol L. Kutak Pamela K. Ladd Elissa Lafayette Kevin Lamanna Ms. Margaret Lambrecht Phil and Helen Lambruschi Joseph Lane Jennifer M. Lansing Dr. and Mrs. Jules H. Last Allen Lawent Bill and Joanna Lisa Leahy Dayna Lee‡ Linda Legner Deidre LeMire Neil Lenhoff Wallace and Carol Lennox Sandy Lentz Robert Levels Marc and Cynthia Levin Mr. and Mrs. Mark Levitin Susan Levitt
Christopher and Kelly Lewis Gregory Lewis and Mary Strek‡ Jacquie Lewis Susan Liddell Mr. and Mrs. Paul Liebenson Arnie Liepa and Susan Warren-Liepa Jean Linsner Peter Lipton Ms. Sherry Liske Dr. Jeffrey Lisowski Mr. and Mrs. Burton Litwin Velda Lloyd Judi Lockhart Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lofgren Brian and Ilse Loftus Chris Lonn Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lovaas David Lundeen Elliott and Miriam Lyon Matt MacKenzie Mardie MacKimm Madeline MacMillan Alice R. Macy Tracy Madison Claude Maechling and Carrie McNally‡ Mr. Patrick Magee Karen and Daniel Maki Ms. Veronica Maldonado Ms. Donna Mallon Loretta Malone Joseph and Rose Manak Katie Mangan Wendy Manto Melissa and Richard March David Marker and Georgann Joseph Nancy and Kenneth Marks Robin Martin Anthony and Laura Massaro Amy Matheny Henry and Peggy Matson Mr. and Mrs. R. David Matthews John May Margaret F. May Lisa Mayntz and William M. Blidy Sarah E Mcachran Ms. Sally McArdle Patricia McBride John M. McCabe Thomas and Barbara McCaffrey Leonard Mccormick Stacey and Patrick McCusker Nancy McDaniel Denise McGuffin Anastasia McGuire Mary and Dan Mcguire Joseph and Agnes McHugh Ann and Christopher McKee‡ Mr. and Mrs. Breece McKinney Beth McLaren Sandy Pagan and Michael McLean Tom and Adrienne McMullen Loni Mecum Claretta Meier Maureen Meier Michael and Nancy Merel Eric and Jess Mersmann Terri Mertz and Richard P. Deranian Chuck and Sylvia Meyers‡
Denny and Kay Pearson Caroline Pearson Andy Pedone Vanessa Perkins Ms. Leann Perlman Sandy and Steve Pernick Clarisse Perrette and Larry Freed David and Lindsey Peters Katherine D. Peterson Ross and Jackie Peterson Tim Peterson Sheldon and Marcia Pevsner Larry Pfaffenbach Joshua Phillips David M. Pierce Christine Pilat Chrystin and Lonnie Pleasants‡ Donald and Diane Pochyly Geoffrey Polk Ms. Cecilia Porter Mr. Charles Porter Ms. Regina Porter Stephen Porvin‡ Elaine and Ronald Prebish Mr. and Mrs. Paul Predick Peter Preston Elizabeth Bigongiari Judy Prince Charles and Sharon Pritchard Charlie Propsom Lynn and Clayton Pruitt Katherine Quigg Bill and Rita Quinn Paul Quintas and Bethia Straus Bernard and Joan Rabinowitz Jan Radcliff Linda and Norman Rahal Heidi Ralli Jesus Ramirez Jonathan Ramos Dean Rapp Mr. Michael F. Rapp Adele Rapport Bridget Ray Jeff Raymond Nancy and William Raymond Mr. Chuck Rebesco Irene and Alan Redman Michael Carnow and Abigail ReissCarnow John Rice James R. Richardson Paul Rink Burton R. Rissman Ms. Barbara Ro Dennis M. Robb Stacey Robbins‡ Sarah Roberts Jeff Robertson Ms. Kendra Robinson Marjorie Robinson Sandra and Jeffrey Rochman Mr. Russ Rockenbach Pamela Rodriguez Susan W. Rogaliner Deborah Rogers Robin Romm
Ms. Maryl Rosen Mr. David Rosenbaum Mr. and Mrs. Alan Rosenberg Lorraine Rosenberg Michael Rosenberg Linda Rosenblum and Steven Swiryn Bernhard and Judith Rosenstein Michael and Erin Lavelle Robert and Sue Ross‡ Ann M. Rothschild Ms. Shirlee Rubenstein Sarah Rubin and Barbara Schmidt Brian Ruggiero Dennis Rutkowski Michael Ryan Van and Sue Salmans Dr. and Mrs. Edwin C. Salter Ramiro Sanchez Carolyn Clayton and Patrick Sandercock Mr. and Mrs. Martin Sandoval Lonna Saunders Mr. Gabriel Sayer Ms. Theresa Scales Mr. Nicholas Schaefer Tim and Susan Schell Alice and Don Schindel Michelle Schlack Robert and Barbara Schmid Mr. Ed Schmidt Rose Schmidt‡ Martha Schneider Brent Schoenbach Chris Schroeder Mrs. Margaret Schuring Robert I. Schwartz Cheryl M. Scott‡ Barbara Jo and Thomas D. Scott Thomas and Mary Ellen Scott‡ Margie Seeberg Benjamin C. Seigle Elizabeth G. Selmier Mary Lou Shadle‡ Michael and Marci Shames-Yeakel Neil Shapiro‡ Elizabeth and William Sharpe‡ Michael and Carrie Shea Cheryl and Philip Sheridan‡ Rebecca Shilling Robert and Nancy Shipley Mr. and Mrs. William Shorey‡ Mark Shornick Debra Siegel Eric and Sabrina Sigg Mark Silver Judy Silverman Ilene Simmons Jane Sisco‡ Ellen Mrazek and Daniel Slattery Rae and David Smerling Betty Scott Smith Ms. Janet Smith Lois Smith Mr. Larry K. Snider Lydia Snowden Vivien Sookram
‡Step-by-Step We salute the individual donors who have committed to a recurring monthly or quarterly gift to Steppenwolf. 61 Their ongoing support helps fuel Steppenwolf’s mission of superior acting and risk-taking work.
Individual Contributors Annual Fund Gary Spangler and Julie B. Aimen-Spangler Nicholas and Elizabeth Speziale Stephen Spigel and Diana Williams Marilyn and Joel Sprayregen Dr. and Mrs. Scott Springer Patricia Staab Rebecca Stanfield Stephen Stanwood Thomas Starshak Jeremy Steglitz Maggie and Kurt Steib Ms. and Mr. Lisa Stein Wallace Stenhouse Kay Stephens Charles and Janet Stern Gardner Stern and Maxine Weintraub‡ Robert and Mary Rose Strezewski‡ Jennifer Strople Mr. Larry Stuckey Ms. Jennifer Sultz Michelle Sweet Linda K. Swift Ms. Sylwia Szewczyk Richard and Anne Taft Nathan and Susan Tarcov Ms. June Tate and Mr. Samuel Coffee, Jr. Arthur and Judith Tepfer Mr. Darrin Thomas William Thomas‡ Floyd Thompson Mr. Michael Tirrell Marilyn Torreme Kristin Trovillion Ms. Karin Turngren Susan D. Tuteur Dmitry Tyomkin Mrs. Nancy Usiak Ms. Cynthia Vahlkamp Virginia Vale Caren Van Slyke Pat and Roger Van Zele Suzanne Venecek‡ Mr. TJ Veneris John Viars‡ Butch and Debbie Viccellio Ms. Catherine Vincent Mr. Jon Volkert Miss Jimmye Wade Eugene and Sandra Wagner Michael L Wagner‡ Nancy Wai‡ Mr. James T. Walesa Adin Walker Ms. Mary Walsh Christy Waninski Deborah and Neil Warner‡ Allante Warren Gwenyth B. Warton Mr. David Waud Elissa B. Weaver James and Christine Webb Betsy Shaw Weiner Marc Weinstein and Martha Laffey Elizabeth Weir
Mary Jo Weis Hava Weissberg Donna Werner‡ Mr. and Mrs. Doug West Abigail and Bernard Westapher Joan Whipp Mr. Chris Whitaker Patricia J. White Sanford and Vicki White Ms. Ann Whitney Catherine and Andrew Williams Margaret and Bob Williams David Wise and Dianna Niebylski‡ Julia Wold Coleman Wolf and Ellen Chapelle‡ Joyce Woods Mr. James Wright Mary Wylie Dick Yankow Steve and Arna Yastrow Bonnie and Jay Yenne Sandy Young Judith Youngs Marc and Colette Zeman David and Teresa Zembower Barbe and Bill Zillman David Zimberoff
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Steppenwolf Donor Events These one-of-a-kind events celebrate the work seen on our stages with our acclaimed ensemble of artists. Auxiliary Council 2013/14 Kick-Off Event Thursday, October 3
Steppenwolf’s Young Professionals Board, a dynamic group dedicated to civic leadership, kicks off the new season with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, an artistic presentation and information on the Auxiliary Council’s exciting plans for the upcoming year. This event is for Auxiliary Council members only. For more information on becoming a member, please contact Kaleigh Lockhart at 312-654-5623 or email@example.com.
Directors Circle Season Celebration Monday, October 7
Directors Circle members are invited to join us for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, backstage tours, a silent auction and a presentation highlighting ensemble member Tina Landau’s fascinating career, her artistic process and some of her most memorable shows, including the first production of the 2013/14 season, The Wheel. This event is for Directors Circle members only. For more information on becoming a member, please contact Jessica Gretch at 312-654-5672 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Auxiliary Council Mixer Tuesday, November 12
Join Steppenwolf’s Auxiliary Council at the Pump Room to learn more about membership and the Council’s important role in supporting the Steppenwolf for Young Adults program. All guests will enjoy an evening of networking, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
Individual Contributors Auxiliary Council Comprised of more than 100 young professionals, Steppenwolf’s Auxiliary Council works each season to raise funds for the Steppenwolf for Young Adults Programs. We salute the governing members for giving generously of their time and resources. Contact Kaleigh Lockhart at 312-654-5623 or email@example.com to become an Auxiliary Council member today. Executive Committee
Kim Davis ‡, President Francis Sadac ‡, Immediate Past President and Director Circle Liaison Isaac Colunga, Vice President of Partnerships Jasmine Guy, Vice President of Member Experience Kat Rothstein, Vice President of Communication and Outreach Jennifer Stuart, Vice President of Development Marisa Bryce Nora Daley ‡ Founding Officers
Vanessa Abron Jon Blanc Steven Collens Bryce Cooper Aimee Graham Steve Sherman Ryan Stafford Jeff Tsai Governors Stephanie Ailor Kristopher Anderson Courtney Bass Jonathan Blanc David Blowers Jr. Nina Boryszczuk Haydee Caldero Alexandra Carlson Steve Collens Isaac Colunga Bryce Cooper Joel Cornfeld Kim Davis‡ Brian Eble Lindsey Ellis Juniette Feld Rachael F. Garcia Jami Gekas Stephen George Jasmine Guy Conery Hoffman Adam Keats Andrew Keyt
Seth Krantz‡ Stephanie Linn‡ Lee Litas Rachel Loftspring Marcus Mintz Derek Nelson Brett Plyler Kathryn Rothstein Francis Sadac‡ Dina Searle Colin Stalnecker Jennifer Stuart Frank Trocchio Jeff Tsai Johner “JT” Wilson Associate Members Karma Abraham Vanessa Abron Melissa Andrews Andrew Banas Christina (Chrissy) Batorski Andrew Cioffi Molly Clark Derrik Dickinson Tom Ehrhart Nina Esshaki Sean Finn Jodi Frank Rebecca Fons Myriam Fullard Tara Gillespie Justin Glasson Aimee Graham Mark Greer Reggie Guy Lucy Hall Matthew Herek Gail Hoffman Maureen Johannigman Dana Katz Sheena Kemp Molly Kobelt Nate Kush Katie Lanigan Travis Leiser Marc Levy Josh Mallamud Jen Mallamud James Miles-Polka Carolyn Montford Kristina Morris Brittany Mosley Tyler Murphy Christina Napolez
Leann Perlman Ashley Pletz Sara Potts Ryan Powers Rissa Reddan David Rigler Bengi Selcukoglu Joe Senese Laura Sexauer Ryan Shafer Steve Sherman Chandra Simmons Pier Smith Henry So Jamie Sodikoff Ryan Stafford Tanya Stanfield Michael Stashwick Sarah Stec Kerry Straub Jennifer Strople Shana Vitek Kerstin Walker Bill Walsh
This event is open to the public. For more information, please contact Kaleigh Lockhart at 312-654-5623 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
‡ Directors Circle Member
Individual Contributors Honor and Memorial Gifts By making an honorary or memorial gift to Steppenwolf Theatre Company over the past year, the following individuals celebrated a special occasion or paid tribute to a loved one. Make an honorary gift by contacting Suzanne Miller at 312-654-5617 or email@example.com.
In Honor of Michael Cahan Walter Nathan
In Honor of Jan Melk Richard and Katie Gottfred
In Honor of Nora Daley Shawn M. Donnelley
In Honor of John and Carol Walter Roger and Pam Weston
In Honor of Frank Galati Susan Lane In Honor of David and Susan Kalt and Eric and Liz Lefkofsky Laura and Scott Eisen
In Memory of John J. Bransfield, Jr. Myriam L. Bransfield
In Memory of James D. Suchy Richard J. Kos
In Memory of Jerry Horton Katie and Nehl Horton
In Memory of Kari Timm Jill O’Donovan
In Honor of Ralph Senst and Karen Zelden Linda A. Ellis
In Memory of Abby S. Magdovitz-Wasserman Dr. David Wasserman
In Memory of Nancy Wald Albert Wald
In Memory of Dr. Morton Arnsdorf Rosemary Crowley
In Memory of William A. Minneman Margaret Minneman
women in the arts Fifth Annual Luncheon
In Memory of Esther Zadeik Mr. Peter A. Zadeik
Inaugural Honoree Joan Allen
second annual Honoree Martha Plimpton with Artistic Director Martha Lavey
Steppenwolf salutes the following individuals and organizations who donated significant goods and/or services. Joan Allen Apex3 Security ARK Restaurant Group Balena Chef Rick Bayless Leonard Becker, Attorney at Law David Binder Kevin Boehm The BOKA Group Catering Chocolate The Chicago Cubs City Winery ClientFirst Consulting Group Crain Communications Inc. CS Magazine Danny Macaroons David Burke’s Primehouse Michael Davis, Hart Davis Hart Wine Co. Deca Restaurant and Bar Diageo DJ Madrid Edge Audio Services EntertheChef.com
Event Creative Fred’s at Barneys New York Frontera Grill Frost Lighting Tony Goldwyn Goose Island Beer Company Joan Hackett Halls Rental Service Halsted Vodka John Hart, Hart Davis Hart Wine Co. HMS Media Hotel Indigo Hotel Lincoln Jellyfish JW Marriott, Chicago Chef Stephanie Izard Neringa Kardelyte Rob Katz Chef Michael Kornick Donna La Pietra Martha Lavey Tracy Letts The Lincoln Center
Limelight Food Illuminated Lowitz & Sons Linda Lowy Magnolia Photo Booth Co. Mark Campbell Creative James Vincent Meredith Laurie Metcalf Sandro Miller MK Restaurant Bruce Norris Ogilvy & Mather, Inc. OptionsHouse Partytime-HDD Productions, inc. Peak6 Investments Jeff Perry William Petersen POP The Public Hotel Rondi Reed Jeffrey Richards Associates Riviera Schiff Hardin LLP Anna D. Shapiro Shure Incorporated
Gary Sinise Sono Wood-Fired Spin Spun Structured Development Sun Times Taco Joint The Talbott Hotel Tasty Catering Theatre Development Fund Tipsycake Steve Traxler David Turner Photography United Airlines Venue One Viaggio Vinci V.I.P. Valet Services, Inc. Bellamy Young The Weinstein Company Whole Foods Sarah and Kerry Wood
third annual Honoree Julianna Margulies with ensemble member Terry Kinney
Fourth annual Honoree Mary-Louise Parker with ensemble member K. Todd Freeman
Steppenwolf’s annual Women in the Arts Luncheon honors women for their distinguished careers in theater, television and film. The afternoon features an engaging conversation with a renowned guest artist and Steppenwolf Artistic Director Martha Lavey, highlighted by memorable film clips and photos from her accomplished career. Now in its fifth year, the luncheon has grown into a sold-out afternoon with 300 leaders from Chicago’s civic, business and arts communities. Proceeds from the luncheon support the next generation of young leaders in the arts. Steppenwolf empowers future artists and audiences by producing productions for teens, providing in-class and after-school workshops, and offering hands-on training for actors and young arts administrators. For more information on this year’s event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that gifts listed above reflect contributions made as of July 11, 2013. Every effort is made to ensure that the informationincluded in our program is accurate. If you have a question about your recognition or wish to alter your listing, please call the Individual Giving Department at 312-654-5617.
fifth annual LEAD SPONSOR
Accessibility at Steppenwolf Committed to providing services and programming that enhance the experience of guests with disabilities, Steppenwolf is proud to feature: • Audio-described performances, artistic conversations and touch tours of the stage for guests who are blind or visually-impaired. • Guides dedicated to assisting patrons during audio-described performances. • Complimentary playbills in Braille, large-print and audio formats. • Sign language-interpreted and open-captioned performances for guests who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. • Volunteers who use sign language to greet the audience at sign-interpreted performances. • Assistive listening devices in our Downstairs and Upstairs theaters. • Wheelchair accessible seats and restrooms in all of our theaters. Would you like to utilize or learn more about these services? Audience Services 312-335-1650 TTY 312-335-3830 E-mail email@example.com
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 postshow discussion featured after every performance, fill out the 60-Second Survey inserted in this program or join the conversation at facebook.com/ steppenwolftheater. Have a comment about your overall experience at the theater ? Please ask us for a customer service form to fill out, or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Images from Steppenwolf’s 2011 Red or White Ball
Stage Manager Malcolm Ewen assists Alberta O’Shaughnessy and George Hedges, subscribers who are visually-impaired, during the touch tour for Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Published on Sep 10, 2013
Published on Sep 10, 2013
The program for Steppenwolf Theatre Company's production of The Wheel featuring ensemble members Joan Allen, Robert Breuler, Tim Hopper, Ora...