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Dexter Bullard in rehearsal for THE FLICK at Steppenwolf, with (l) Travis Turner and (r) Danny McCarthy. Photo: Joel Moorman.
Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced the final two directors in the 2016/17 Subscription Season—Dexter Bullard will direct the world premiere production of ensemble member Tracy Letts’s LINDA VISTA and Hallie Gordon will direct the Chicago premiere of Taylor Mac’s HIR.
Dexter Bullard last directed Steppenwolf’s critically acclaimed production of Annie Baker’s THE FLICK this season. Hallie Gordon, who serves as Steppenwolf Artistic Producer and Artistic Director of Steppenwolf for Young Adults (SYA), has directed several SYA productions including George Orwell’s 1984 last season. Gordon will also direct next season’s SYA adaptation of Walter Dean Myers’s MONSTER.
As previously announced, the complete ’16–’17 season includes the world premiere of VISITING EDNA by David Rabe, directed by Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro (September 15 – November 6, 2016); the world premiere of THE FUNDAMENTALS by Erika Sheffer, directed by ensemble member Yasen Peyankov (November 10 – December 23, 2016); the Chicago premiere of THE CHRISTIANS by Lucas Hnath, directed by ensemble member K. Todd Freeman (December 1, 2016 – January 29, 2017); the Chicago premiere of STRAIGHT WHITE MEN, written and directed by Young Jean Lee (February 2 – March 19, 2017); the world premiere of LINDA VISTA by ensemble member Tracy Letts, directed by Dexter Bullard (March 30 – May 21, 2017); and the Chicago premiere of HIR by Taylor Mac, directed by Hallie Gordon (June 29 – August 20, 2017).
An additional seventh play, the world premiere of PASS OVER by Antoinette Nwandu, will be produced in May 2017 in the Upstairs Theatre. Winner of the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, Antoinette Nwandu is an exciting new voice in the American theater. Pass Over will run in the non-subscription summer slot; however, subscribers will have access to pre-sale tickets. The director is TBA.
With the expanded selection of programming next season, Steppenwolf is increasing the ways in which audiences can experience the offerings with the new Steppenwolf Black Card, a membership program offering flexibility in ticket purchases. The Black Card provides six ticket credits that can be used at any time for any production. The credits are valid for one year, and there is the option to add on additional credits as needed. Additional perks include free exchanges, access to seats before the general public, savings on single ticket prices and bar and restaurant discounts for pre- and post-show socializing.