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Steep Theatre sets Linklater, Wade, Hunter and Stephens for 2015–16 season

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Kris Vire

Edgewater's Steep Theatre this morning announced a slate of four plays for the upcoming 2015–16 season that includes a Midwest premiere, two U.S. premieres from British playwrights and one world premiere.

The latter comes from writer and actor Hamish Linklater, whose play The Vandal Steep produced last fall (I moderated a talkback with Linklater when he attended the production). Now he's granted Steep the first production of his new play The Cheats (October 2–November 7), about a married couple spying on their neighbors. Joanie Schultz will direct.

Jonathan Berry will stage the U.S. premiere of Laura Wade's Posh (January 21–February 27), about an elitist private club of rich and rowdy Oxford students; Steep's 2007 production of Wade's Breathing Corpses made Time Out's top 10 list for that year.

Samuel D. Hunter's The Few (April 14–May 21), in which a man returns to a small Idaho town four years after leaving without a word to his friends, will have its Midwest premiere helmed by Brad Akin. It's Steep's first foray into the work of Hunter, who's a member of the Playwrights Ensemble at Victory Gardens Theater.

Finally, Robin Witt directs the U.S. premiere of Wastwater (July 7–August 13), a triptych of interconnected stories about people making dark choices in and around Heathrow airport, by Steep associate playwright and newly minted Tony winner Simon Stephens.

The final show of Steep's current season, Brilliant Adventures, opens July 9.

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