Theater Thursday: “The Hollow Lands” at Steep Theatre

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Thursday, June 25

The Hollow Lands
by Howard Korder
Steep Theatre, 1115 W. Berwyn Ave.

Come to Steep Theatre before the show to enjoy a wine and cheese reception and stay afterwards to meet the cast, director, and designers and partake in the Opening Night celebration. Steep’s special blend of grit, edge, and ensemble work comes to life in this story about America’s early pioneers. Jim, a young Irish immigrant, arrives in New York in 1815 with dreams of boundless freedom, legendary profits, and unseen kingdoms. It is the cost of his 40 year pursuit that becomes more than he imagined. The Hollow Lands, directed by Jonathan Berry, traces a nation’s journey towards its Manifest Destiny and the trail it leaves behind.

Event begins at 7 p.m. Show begins at 8 p.m.
TICKETS ONLY $25
For reservations call 312.458.0722 and mention "Theater Thursdays."

THE HOLLOW LANDS features ENSEMBLE MEMBERS Jonathan Edwards, Cynthia Marker, Brendan Melanson, and Peter Moore AND Rom Barkhordar, Sean Bolger, Lucy Carapetyan, Chris Chmelik, Kiplan Dooley, Jeremy Fisher, Boyd Harris, Yosh Hayashi, Faizan Hasnain, Michael Salinas PRODUCTION MANAGER Julia Siple* STAGE MANAGER Ellen Willett SCENIC DESIGN Chelsea Warren LIGHTING DESIGN Brandon Wardell COSTUME DESIGN Emily McConnell SOUND DESIGN Rick Sims FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHER Matt Hawkins MAKE-UP ARTIST Mieka van der Ploeg DRAMATURG Anastasia Barron ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Eric Hoff

 

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Steep Theatre Company’s historic 2008-2009 season, which has already featured the opening of their new space and the most Jeff nominations in the company’s history, closes with a bang this June with the Midwest Premiere of Howard Korder’s The Hollow Lands, an ambitious 14 actor, 30 character historical epic. The production, which opens Thursday, June 25th, reunites Steep with acclaimed director Jonathan Berry, who helmed the company’s 2007 hit The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, and playwright Howard Korder, the Pulitzer Prize nominated and Obie Award winning author of Steep hit Search and Destroy.

Steep’s special blend of grit, edge, and ensemble work comes to life in this story about America’s early pioneers. Jim, a young Irish immigrant, arrives in New York in 1815 with dreams of boundless freedom, legendary profits, and unseen kingdoms. It is the cost of his 40 year pursuit that becomes more than he imagined. The Hollow Lands traces a nation’s journey towards its Manifest Destiny and the trail it leaves behind.

Howard Korder is best known for his plays Search and Destroy, The Lights, and Boy’s Life, for which he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Steep’s 2001 production of Search and Destroy was the second show in the company’s history and the company’s first unequivocal hit. Steep is pleased to announce that Korder will come out to Chicago to take part in a portion of the rehearsal process.

Steep is also thrilled to have long-time friend Jonathan Berry back in the director’s chair. Berry last worked with Steep on The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui which was Jeff nominated for Best Production and was also named one of the top shows of 2007 by Timeout Chicago. Berry is an artistic associate of Griffin Theatre Company and has worked with Lifeline, Gift, Remy Bumppo, Mary Arrchie, Court and Steppenwolf, among other theater companies.

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