Sharon McGhee to perform at Steppenwolf Theatre

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Steppenwolf’s 2008 Traffic Series Continues With

The PocketBook Monologues

Continuing in their Traffic Series, whose goal is to illuminate the art of storytelling, Steppenwolf will present the multi-talented Sharon McGhee (picture above) in her show “The Pocketbook Monologues“.

As described by Steppenwolf:

The PocketBook Monologues is an engaging collection of stories from women of color that reveals their heartfelt emotions about intimacy, performed in the style of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, but from the Black female perspective.  The women’s brutally honest, funny and poignant recollections engage the audience in never-told stories about women’s connections to their “pocketbooks.”  “We talk about everything and have a lot of fun, but the underlying message is about the health of women and girls with an emphasis on HIV and AIDS awareness,” says WVON Radio personality Sharon K. McGhee, author and star of The PocketBook Monologues.  The one-night engagement also features La Donna Tittle, Deborah Crable, Ramsey Carey and Steppenwolf ensemble member Ora Jones, plus some surprise “celebrity” guests.

Tickets are $35, and the one performance will take place on Monday, January 14th at 8pm.  More information following the fold.

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“August: Osage County” racks up 6 Jeff Awards!

Osage County set

While director Anna Shapiro was busy in New York, in the middle of previews for Steppenwolf Theatre’s August: Osage CountyBroadway run, the original Chicago production handedly took home 6 Jeff Awards for the Tracy Letts’ play, including:

* Best Production
* Best Ensemble
* Best New Work: Tracy Letts
* Best Director: Anna D. Shapiro
* Best Actress in a Principal Role: Deanna Dunagan
* Best Scenic Design: Todd Rosenthal

Congratulations to Steppenwolf for these much-deserved awards!

Speaking of “August….”, Steppenwolf has posted a new video on YouTube – a rough interview with some of the ensemble members (Jeff Perry, Francis Guinan, Amy Morton and Mariann Mayberry) regarding the process of bringing the play to New York.  Check it out…

“The Crucible” – Pics and Media

              

Pictures from “The Crucible”

Steppenwolf’s “The Crucible” – Rave reviews!!

Steppenwolf’s first production of the season, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, opened last night, and the rave reviews are in:

Chris Jones at the Chicago Tribune

Anna D. Shapiro’s arresting, impassioned, full-throttle Steppenwolf Theatre Company revival of The Crucible is not so much a revisionist take on Arthur Miller’s familiar 1953 allegory as an expansion and intensification of an iconic drama dulled over time by its constant classroom presence. Forget the schoolroom stupor. You’ll be snapped immediately awake by these highly theatrical manifestations of hysteria.    (Read entire review)

And Hedy Weiss over at the Sun-Times, pitches in her words of praise:

…in the hands of director Anna D. Shapiro (already Broadway-bound with Steppenwolf’s new hit, “August: Osage County”) and her fiery cast of 20, “The Crucible” takes on a whole new clarity, depth and contemporaneity, and becomes compulsively watchable. Not only has Shapiro illuminated the complex weave of causes behind the witchcraft hysteria, she and her actors have found a way to punch through the distancing formality of the Puritan locutions so that the emotional content dominates, and the play radiates an intensely modern energy. This energy is further enhanced by the presence of two superb black actors in crucial roles historically played by white actors.     (read entire review)

Fun video – building the set for “Osage County”

Here’s a fun clip, showing a very sped up version of building the set for Steppenwolf’s hit show “Osage County”.  Oh, if only set-building only took this long!