Steppenwolf Theatre Company announces 2014-15 season

A new play by Lisa D'Amour and Chicago premieres by Conor McPherson, David Adjmi and Rory Kinnear are on Steppenwolf's slate
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By Kris Vire |

Steppenwolf Theatre Company has revealed four of the five plays in its next subscription season, all of them new to Chicago. The season opens with the Chicago premiere of Conor McPherson's The Night Alive, with director Henry Wishcamper making his Steppenwolf debut (September 18–November 16 in the Downstairs Theatre). It's followed by Airline Highway, a world premiere from Lisa D'Amour about a New Orleans burlesque performer who holds her own funeral; Joe Mantello directs (December 4, 2014–February 8, 2015 in the Downstairs Theatre).

Robert O'Hara will helm the Chicago premiere of Marie Antoinette, David Adjmi's 2012 take on the teenage queen (February 5–May 10, 2015 in the Upstairs Theatre); the play, which had a reading in the Goodman Theatre's 2008 New Stages Series, marks Adjmi's first major production in Chicago. Ensemble member K. Todd Freeman will stage the U.S. premiere of The Herd, a family drama by British actor Rory Kinnear (April 2–June 7, 2015 in the Downstairs Theatre). A fifth title will be announced at a later date.

UPDATE 4/10/14: The fifth play in the season will be the Chicago premiere of Grand Concourse (July 8–August 30, 2015 in the Downstairs Theatre), Heidi Schreck's play about a Bronx soup kitchen that's set to receive its world premiere this fall at New York's Playwrights Horizons. Yasen Peyankov will direct Steppenwolf's production, with ensemble member Tim Hopper among the cast.