Chicago Theater tidbits: Sam Shepard and free dinner with Screwtape Letters

samualshepard Playwright and actor Sam Shepard was arrested early on Saturday morning in central Illinois, and charged with speeding and drunken driving.  Shepard told police he had been at a tavern in nearby Bloomington and was heading to a hotel. He said he was on his way to his home in Kentucky from Minnesota.

Shepard, 65, won the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for drama for his play “Buried Child.”  His other notable plays include “True West” and “A Lie of the Mind”. Shepard is long-time partners with Jessica Lange.

Aside: Okay, I know that this is something that the National Enquirer might cover, but being that he was arrested in Illinois, I couldn’t resist…

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Free Dinner Thursdays and Talk-Back Fridays

THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS, adapted from writings by C.S. Lewis, will feature Free Dinner Thursdays and Talk-Back Fridays through February 12. 

ScrewtapeLetters1 Theatergoers who buy four tickets to the show on Thursday evenings will receive a free dinner for four at Cullen’s Bar & Grill, the restaurant connected to the theater.  Cullen’s pub-style menu features the hearty British-inspired cuisine that C.S. Lewis loved, including meatloaf, chicken pot pie or mac & cheese.. 

Friday night post-show talk-backs will feature Max McLean (co-creator and star) and Jeffrey Fiske (co-creator and director.)  During the talk-backs, McLean and Fiske will foster audience discussions about the show’s provocative themes and answer questions about how they adapted C.S. Lewis’ classic novel into a hit stage production.   More information here.