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South Asians, peace activists to protest U.S. military aggression on Iraq invasion’s 9th Anniversary

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(From the Midwest Antiwar Mobilization,


Pakistani community leaders host action on one-week anniversary of civilian massacre in Kandahar, as opposition grows to US occupation of Afghanistan, policy in Iraq, fears of attack on Iran.


Chicago’s South Asian community will host peace activists from across metro Chicago to mark the 9th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq — where U.S. troops remain stationed by the thousands — and the one-week anniversary of a devastating assault on Afghani civilians that left more than a dozen children, women and men dead. The protesters’ demand: an end to ongoing U.S. military aggression abroad, including the growing threat of military attack on Iran. The action begins at 3PM, Sunday, March 18 on Devon Avenue and Hoyne Street in the heart of Chicago’s Pakistani community.

The U.S. spends as much on war as the rest of the world combined, while social services that range from mental health services and libraries to public transportation are being slashed because of budget shortfalls at the local level. U.S. military expenditures include include spending on security costs in Iraq, where the U.S. government fields the largest embassy in its stable — and is ramping up its covert operations and special forces operations to replace its drawdown of troops (Baltimore Sun: http://bit.ly/AyLe7Y).

Last week’s devastating assault by US military personnel on civilian populations in Kandahar comes at a time when the U.S. and Israel are threatening war on Iran — in part by recycling many of the lies used to justify the war on Iraq. Annual drone strikes in the tribal areas of Pakistan have tripled since Obama became president, killing thousands, and have expanded to Yemen and Somalia.

At the same time, the U.S. government has remained silent about human rights abuses in countries with which it is allied, while condemning human rights abuses by governments it opposes. In U.S.-allied Kuwait, immigrants – the overwhelming majority of the population – have virtually no rights. In U.S.-allied Saudi Arabia, women have few rights and gays are subject to execution, yet millions of dollars in U.S. arms flow to these nations each year.

Cosponsors of Sunday’s action include: Pakistan Federation of America, Pakhtun Jirga, Pakistan United Parade Committee, Midwest Anti-War Mobilization, Chicago Coalition Against War & Racism, CANG8: Coalition Against the NATO/G8 War & Poverty Agenda, Chicago World Can’t Wait, The Urbane Radical, Chicago Area Peace Action, Chicago Area CodePink and the Gay Liberation Network.

State Constitutionals recognize Women’s History Month 2012

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Simon, Madigan and Topinka salute Women of Distinction


CHICAGO, IL – State Constitutional Officers Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon, Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka honored 12 distinguished women for professional and community accomplishments recently during a Women’s History Month celebration at the James R. Thompson Center.

Created by the female elected leaders and moderated by ABC 7 Weekend News Co-Anchor Karen Jordan, the event highlighted the courage, creativity and diligence of the honorees. The state officers detailed the accomplishments of each honoree, and presented plaques to commemorate the occasion.

Specifically, Lieutenant Governor Simon saluted Alyssa Hernandez, a member of the Rich Township 227 Board of Education, for being one the only teenagers in state history to win a school board election; Dr. Leslie Anne Navarro, the first female and first Latina to serve as President at Morton College; Mary Jane Chesley, former educator and current Mayor of Mount Vernon, for her dedication to public service; and Terra Brockman, author and founder of The Land Coalition, for her dedication to agriculture.    Attorney General Madigan presented awards to Lisa Gilmore, Director of Education and Victim Advocacy; Marilyn Hite Ross, Deputy State’s Attorney of Winnebago County; Michelle Hamilton, Director of Corporate Training in the Center for Business and Industry at John A. Logan College; and Polly Poskin, Executive Director of the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

Comptroller Topinka recognized Anne Pramaggiore, the first woman CEO of Commonwealth Edison; Danielle Green Byrd, Notre Dame University alum, for her dedicated service in our armed forces; Monika Tietz, member of the Polish Initiative of Chicago, for her advocacy of immigrant justice issues; and Dr. Sharon K. Hahs, President of Northeastern Illinois University.

March is Women’s History Month, meant to highlight the contributions of women in history and contemporary society.

Photo Caption: From Left to Right: ABC 7 Weekend News Co-Anchor Karen Jordan, Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, and Illinois State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. Photo by Teresa J. Potasiak

Students honored during the 30th annual Illinois Arts Education Week

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Poster contest winners recognized at Governor’s Mansion
in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, IL — The Illinois State Board of Education honored student winners of the statewide arts education poster contest today at the Governor’s Mansion, a highlight of the 30th annual Illinois Arts Education Week that runs March 12th  through the 16th and celebrates the importance of the fine arts. Students across the state competed to create posters reflective of this year’s theme, “Be Art Smart!”


“Art education enhances brain development and thinking skills,” said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “Whether students are learning to play an instrument, act on stage or paint with watercolors, they’re accessing their creative talents while increasing new skills and confidence. We congratulate these winners as well as their teachers and parents for celebrating the arts.”


The statewide poster contest celebrating Arts Education Week alternates between elementary and secondary students each year. The contest was only open to students in grades 1-8 this year. State Board Member Melinda LaBarre welcomed students and helped distribute awards at the ceremony.

Reese Dannenfeldt, a fifth grader at Copeland Manor Elementary School in Libertyville School District 70, was chosen as the winner of the 2012 statewide poster contest. Reese’s art work features a child painting on an easel with musical notes, dancers and stage in the background. Reese’s art instructor, Cindi Sartain and principal Erik Youngman, joined her as part of Thursday’s  celebration.

“My art is unique and different than other people’s art,” Reese said in her artist statement. “I can feel and see what I draw before I draw it. Drawing is my life.”

“We’re excited to see so many students and educators celebrate the arts,” said Becky Blaine, IAAE President and retired art teacher.  “These young people know intuitively what research has told us over and over again – that students learn more and perform at higher academic levels when involved in a variety of arts experiences.”

Illinois Arts Education Week 2012 is sponsored by the Illinois State Board of Education in conjunction with the Illinois Alliance for Arts Education and the Governor’s Office. The IAAE is a member of the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network, receiving support, award recognition programs and professional development opportunities. ISBE is also a partner with the Illinois Arts Council. National, state and local activities are held throughout March to celebrate art education.

In addition to honoring students, the 2012 Award ceremony recognized individuals, community organizations and businesses that have contributed to the arts and art education.

IAAE/ISBE Poster Contest Awards: 

Winner Reese Dannenfeldt, fifth graderCindi Sartain, Art Teacher Copeland Manor Elementary School, Libertyville School District 70



Second Place

Madison Meyer, fourth grader

Margaret Blakeslee, Art Teacher

Washington Elementary School

Sterling CUSD 5



Third Place Daniel Diaz, 8th grade

Deyana Matt, Art Teacher

Westfield Middle School, Bloomingdale SD 13




Honorable Mention

Alanna Buttitta, 7th grade

Westfield Middle School, Bloomingdale SD 13

Ellen Jiang, 8th grader

Westview Hills Middle School, Maercker No. 60

Eli McEwan, 4th grader

Rockland School, School District 70

Giovanny A. Rodriguez, 6th grader

Westchester Middle School, District 92 ½




Additional posters can be requested by contacting the Illinois State Board of Education’s Innovation and Improvement division at (217) 524-4832; arts@isbe.net; or via mail at 100 N. First St., N-242, Springfield, IL 62777-0001.


The back of the poster contains references to the Illinois Learning Goals and Standards for the Fine Arts, upcoming art events for 2012, Internet resources and more. To view the winning posters online, please visit http://www.isbe.net/grants/arts_week/default.htm

or What’s New on the I & I home page at: http://www.isbe.net/grants/default.htm

Lt. Governor Simon responds to campaign finance ruling

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CHICAGO, IL – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon expressed disappointment in Tuesday’s federal court injunction that blocks one part of landmark campaign finance reform she advocated for as a member of the Illinois Reform Commission and emphasized that many of the limits on campaign contributions are still intact under state law.

Simon said: “Illinois passed the state’s first-ever limits on campaign contributions in 2009 to reduce the influence of big money donors on elected officials and ward off perceived or actual corruption. The caps on the amount of money individuals, businesses and political action committees may contribute to candidates or their campaign organizations are still intact. However, the federal court injunction will allow independent political action committees, so-called Super PACs, to raise unlimited amounts of money and influence campaigns. This decision is consistent with the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United case, which unfortunately allows more money than ever before into our political process. Unlimited money should not be the strongest voice in our democracy.”

CineYouth Film Festival Accepting Submissions

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CHICAGO, IL – Filmmakers 21 years old and younger are invited to submit their short films to the Chicago International Film Festival’s yearly CineYouth Festival, held May 31 – June 2, 2012.


Celebrating its 8th year, CineYouth showcases 100 short films from around the world in categories including drama, comedy, animation, documentary and horror. 2011 welcomed filmmakers as young as seven years old, and its top “Best of the Fest” prize went to a 19-year-old Michigan student. “We are continually astounded by the talent, skill and imagination of these filmmakers. Their films inspire us”, says Rebecca Fons, CineYouth Festival Director.

With film submissions arriving from as far away as Mumbai and as local as Chicago, CineYouth celebrates the filmmakers of tomorrow. “The creative young filmmakers behind the films selected for CineYouth might very well be the filmmakers featured at a future Chicago International Film Festival,” says Fons. 

Free and open to the public, CineYouth also presents a strong educational component, including panel discussions on film school and distribution, workshops on scriptwriting and reel building and a motion capture demonstration. All events take place at Columbia College Chicago (1104 South Wabash, 1600 South State). 

CineYouth is currently accepting entries. Films must be ten minutes or less. All submissions must be postmarked by April 12, 2012. A full screening and event schedule will be announced in late April.

Winning films are presented at a special presentation during the 48th Chicago International Film Festival.

CineYouth is presented by Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival, with support from Presenting Partner Columbia College Chicago and Supporting Partners American Airlines and Shutterbox Entertainment.

For more information about the CineYouth Festival, please visit www.cinemachicago.org/cineyouth or call the Cinema/Chicago offices.


Cinema/Chicago is a not-for-profit cultural and educational organization dedicated to encouraging better understanding between cultures and to making a positive contribution to the art form of the moving image. CineYouth is part of the year-round programs presented by Cinema/Chicago, which also include the International Screenings Program (April-September), the Hugo Television Awards (April), Intercom Competition (October), the Chicago International Film Festival (October), year-round Education Outreach Program, and Member Screenings Program.

Secretary of State Jesse White was featured speaker at Better Business Bureau’s 85th Annual Dinner

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CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White was the featured speaker at the 85th Annual Dinner Meeting of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago & Northern Illinois (BBB) on Thursday, March 15 at the Hilton Palmer House Hotel. He spoke on the importance of his office’s efforts to maintain and enhance an ethical marketplace for buyers and sellers. He also discussed the value of the BBB mission and the fact that ethical business actions are good for business and citizens especially in today’s economic climate.

“It is an honor for the BBB to have Mr. White speak on the critical importance of ethics,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Jesse White’s years of experience as Illinois Secretary of State provides him with a diverse platform of service to Illinois residents. This combination makes him uniquely suited to speak on the topic of business operations and ethics.”

The 85th Annual Meeting of the BBB was emceed by Allison Rosati and Rob Stafford, news anchors for NBC 5 Chicago. Following the dinner, the BBB awarded the coveted Torchbearer of the Year Award to Doris Christopher, Founder & Chairman Emeritus of The Pampered Chef, Ltd. This award is presented annually by the BBB to recognize the efforts of an individual business leader in the community. 

“We are especially appreciative of the excellent work Doris Christopher has done for the BBB during the past several years,” noted Bernas. “We are equally grateful to our generous sponsors who help keep this event prospering year after year.”

Several other award presentations were made, including the Diogenes Award for Excellence in Media to Jon Yates to honor his exceptional work as writer of the popular “What’s Your Problem” column in the Chicago Tribune.

Bernas said: “The BBB Diogenes Award for Excellence in Media is presented to the news person who exemplifies the goals and principles of the Better Business Bureau to support and foster an ethical marketplace benefiting both consumers and businesses.”      

Attorney Shimon B. Kahan was recognized as Better Business Bureau Arbitrator of the Year for the BBB. Kahan’s efforts include the preparation and trial of civil matters with an emphasis in truck-transportation, premises liability and claims brought against retail business owners, manufacturers, and construction companies.

Special Membership Awards were presented to Airoom Architects & Builders of Lincolnwood, Danley Garage World of Northbrook, and Mayer Brown LLP of Chicago.

New Milliyon album “Live Milliyonic” to be released June 26 with a new brand of Christian Rap, Pop, Rock & Soul

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Debut Rap Single “A-Milliyon” Available On iTunes and Soundcloud April 10


Preview Now on YouTube: True Story Of A Robbery Gone Right In Special “I Am Milliyonic”


Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) — Live Milliyonic (www.livemilliyonic.com), the new album from Milliyon and produced by Randy “Big Ran” Hairston (Outkast, Mase, Cam’ron, V.I.C, Canton Jones) and Brandon “Black Knight” Peavy (Lecrae, Flame, Melinda Watts) is set to be released on June 26, 2012.

The album is a true fusion of rap, pop, rock and soul with the authentic sound and feel of southern hip hop. This album sets to defy the status quo tag that in the past has unsuccessfully put Christian hip hop, R&B and pop music in one box. The first rap single, “A-Milliyon”, available on iTunes and SoundCloud on April 10, is an effective mission statement. Lyrically, “A-Milliyon” is infectious with big bass and 808’s. The song presents the metaphor of living “milliyonic,” an effort to get the message of living for God to millions upon millions.

Milliyon is no stranger to the hip hop or gospel music scene. In the past he has shared the stage with artists such as Rick Ross, T-Pain, Jazzy Phae, Kirk Franklin and Mary Mary. He was formally introduced to the gospel world while on the “Cajo Family” and “Kingdom Business” tours with gospel artist Canton Jones. Most recently he was featured on a song entitled “Bended Knee” on Deitrick Haddon’s “Church On The Moon” album which debuted at #1 on the Gospel Billboard charts. He also wrote the hit song, “Holy Ghost Holiday” on James Fortune’s record “Encore” which debuted at #2 on the Gospel Billboard chart.

On Live Milliyonic, the song “Good Day” pulls from Milliyon’s past challenging experiences and translates those emotions and triumph into an encouraging anthem. “My Everything” is the switch up. It’s a pop song that bridges the feel of this album all together. Live Milliyonic is arguably a palate of music that doesn’t sound forced while striving to be authentically appealing to everyone.

“Every song is a reflection of my personal influences in music from Jay-Z and Kanye West to All American Rejects, Canton Jones, Family Force 5 and Leon Timbo,” says Milliyon. “It’s eclectic like me and truly reflects me, not just as a Rap/Pop artist but as a Christian Culture Artist. What that means is, as a Christian I live in this world but the way I live my life, even if I love hip hop, rock or pop music, it’s different because of my commitment to God.”

The True Story – “I AM MILLIYONIC”
Milliyon is more than a catchy stage name. It stems from his personal definition of ‘MILLIYONIC’ — a movement described as a culture of passionate young people living their lives for God. “It’s not about religion. Its our flow, from the way we walk, to the way we live, from the things we say, to the love we give. Everything we do is out loud,” says Milliyon. “I AM MILLIYONIC” is something that is growing virally online via YouTube. Preview the first video featuring Milliyon as he tells the true story of robbery gone right, and demonstrates what it means to live “Milliyonic”.

Catch Milliyon on the Radio-One, One Love Cruise featuring Yolanda Adams, Fred Hammond, Tye Tribbet and Marvin Sapp among others, March 18-23rd.
Preview the new Single “A-Milliyon”www.soundcloud.com/iammilliyon/a-milliyon

Preview a video from “I am Millyonic”www.youtube.com.gr/watch?v=hF5qL0FTD2s

Preview music from the debut album Live Milliyonicwww.livemilliyonic.com/milliyon/music

Photo Caption: Milliyon

Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s 2011/12 Season continues with Frank Galati’s stage adaptation of E.L. Doctorow’s The March

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Galati’s World Premiere features six ensemble members in a cast of 26 in Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Theatre, April 5 – June 10, 2012 


CHICAGO, IL – Tony Award-winning ensemble member Frank Galati returns to the helm at Steppenwolf Theatre Company with his stage adaptation of The March, Pulitzer Prize-finalist E.L. Doctorow’s novel about General William Tecumseh Sherman’s Civil War march through Georgia. This marks Galati’s second stage production of a Doctorow novel, following the highly-acclaimed musical Ragtime (1998). The much-anticipated production features a cast of 26 playing a mix of fictional and historical characters. The March begins previews April 5 (Opening Night is April 15; Press Performances are April 14 at 3pm and April 17 at 7:30pm) and runs through June 10, 2012 in Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted St). Tickets ($20 – $78) are on sale now (prices are subject to change).

“About six years ago, Frank called me and said that he was intrigued by Doctorow’s novel and that he had begun adapting it. Like Ragtime, The March is a skillful weaving of history and imagination: Doctorow imagines himself into a crucial moment in American history and populates the world of known historical personages with a rich cast of characters who might go unrecorded in the official narrative, but who profoundly shape the American story,” comments Steppenwolf Artistic Director Martha Lavey. “Frank has captured that tapestry with a keen eye toward how to bring those shifting, contrary forces to the stage.”

The March was co-commissioned by Steppenwolf and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, through the American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle. The Revolutions project is Oregon’s commitment to commission 37 new plays “sprung from a moment of change, inspiration or conflict in United States history.” The number 37 was chosen to match the canon of Shakespeare’s work; The March is among the first ten of the plays commissioned.

“We face some of the same issues now that the country faced prior to the Civil War, particularly in the area of state’s rights and the role of the federal government. What I cling to in this contemporary world that we inhabit is the notion that history is literature, and that, to a certain extent, literature is history. The historical record is a narrative. And the fictional evocation of the past by a novelist like E.L. Doctorow is also an effort to seek the truth,” adds director Frank Galati. “I think it’s through the fictional characters that Doctorow is able to reach into our own hearts and connect us to the events of the past. These fictional characters live a kind of italicized present; they stand out from the background of historical event.”

The March features ensemble members Alana Arenas (Wilma), Ian Barford (Arly Wilcox), K. Todd Freeman (Roscoe/Jake Early/Moses Brown/Calvin Harper, May 31 – June 10), Martha Lavey (Letitia Pettibone/Nurse), Mariann Mayberry (Mattie Jameson), James Vincent Meredith (Coalhouse Walker) and Alan Wilder (John Jameson/Sgt. Baumgartner/Gen. William Hazen/Josiah Culp) with Will Allan (Lt. Clarke/Sgt. Stephen Walsh), Phillip James Brannon (Roscoe/Jake Early/Moses Brown/Calvin Harper, April 5 – May 30), Cliff Chamberlain (Maj. Morrison), Patrick Clear (Maj. Gen. Nathaniel Wayne/Edwin Stanton/Old Man/Gen. Joseph A. Mower), Carrie Coon (Emily Thompson), Alex Goldklang (Boy on the March), Harry Groener (Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman), Stephen Louis Grush (Will B. Kirkland), Anthony Kayer (Boy on the March), Michael Mahler (Sgt. Malone/Gen. Henry W. Slocum), Shannon Matesky (Pearl), Luce Metrius (Boy on the March), Andy Monson (Boy on the March), John Mossman (Col. Teack), Alex Newkirk (Boy on the March), Alex Ring (Boy on the March), Joe Sinopoli (Boy on the March), Philip R. Smith (Dr. Wrede Sartorius), Alex Stage (Boy on the March) and L.J. Slavin (Musician).

General William Tecumseh Sherman, Uncle Billy to his men, marches 62,000 Union soldiers through lush Georgia countryside. Bearing along both black and white refugees, the march destroys everything in its path, turning home into exile and exile into home. Its epic force forever changes the lives of those caught up in its sweep: a liberated slave, a sheltered daughter of a Southern judge, a pair of Confederate deserters and Uncle Billy himself. The March is a story of momentous upheaval and the limits of courage and love.

Steppenwolf’s 2011/12 season, Dispatches from the Homefront, explores how everyday lives are touched by war. In each of the five plays, war exerts a pressure—sometimes centrally, sometimes obliquely—on the lives of the characters—and moves them to action. The plays are alive with the humor, the tenderness and the urgency of lives struggling to find home.

Director/Adaptor Frank Galati has been a member of the Steppenwolf ensemble since 1986. Two seasons ago he played Prospero in Steppenwolf’s production of The Tempest directed by Tina Landau. Over the years he has received nine Joseph Jefferson Awards for his work in Chicago theater; one for acting, five for directing and three for writing. He won two Tony Awards in 1990 for his adaptation and direction of Steppenwolf’s production of The Grapes of Wrath and was nominated for a Tony Award in 1998 for directing the musical Ragtime. Other Steppenwolf productions include Endgame, Kafka on the Shore, Homebody/Kabul, The Royal Family, Morning Star, Valparaiso, You Can’t Take It With You, Aunt Dan and Lemon, Born Yesterday, Earthly Possessions, As I Lay Dying and Everyman. He has staged operas for Chicago Opera Theatre and Lyric Opera Chicago, including The Voyage of Edgar Allen Poe and William Balcom’s A View from the Bridge seen at the Metropolitan Opera in 2000. His productions at Goodman Theatre, where he was an associate director from 1986 – 2008, include She Always Said Pablo, The Winter’s Tale, The Good Person of Setzuan and Cry, the Beloved Country. In 1989, Galati was nominated for an Academy Award for his screenplay (with Lawrence Kasdan) of The Accidental Tourist, and in 2000 he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Galati is a professor emeritus in the department of performance studies at Northwestern University. He now makes his home in Sarasota, Florida where in the past two seasons he has directed productions of Twelve Angry Men and My Fair Lady at Asolo Repertory Theatre. This past season he directed The Merry Wives of Windsor at Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario, Canada.

Author E.L. Doctorow is perhaps best known for his novel Ragtime, which was adapted into a feature film and a Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical (also directed by Galati). Doctorow was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for both The March and Billy Bathgate.

The production team for The March includes: James Schuette (scenic design), Virgil C. Johnson (costume design), James F. Ingalls (lighting design), Josh Schmidt (sound design and original music) and Stephan Mazurek (projection design). Additional credits include: Erica Daniels (casting), Malcolm Ewen (stage manager), Christine D. Freeburg (assistant stage manager), Matt Hawkins (fight director) and Eva Beneman (dialect coach). Photos and bio information for all artists are available upon request.

Tickets to The March ($20 – $78) are currently on sale at Audience Services (1650 N Halsted St), 312-335-1650 and the NEW www.steppenwolf.org. 20 for $20: twenty $20 tickets are available at Audience Services beginning at 11am on the day of each performance (1pm for Sunday performances). Rush Tickets: half-price rush tickets are available one hour before each show. Student Discounts: a limited number of $15 student tickets are available online using promo code “MARCH15”. Limit 2 tickets per student; must present a valid student ID for each ticket. For additional student discounts, visit steppenwolf.org/students. Group Tickets: all groups receive a discounted rate for any performance throughout the season. For additional information, visit steppenwolf.org/groups.

Free post-show discussions are offered after every performance in the Subscription Season. Steppenwolf is located near all forms of public transportation and is wheelchair accessible. Street and lot parking are available. Performances featuring American Sign Language interpretation, open captioning and audio description are offered during the run of each play. Assistive listening devices and large-print programs are available for every performance.


Accessible Performances:

Open captioned performance: Saturday, May 26 at 3pm

terpreted performance: Sunday, May 13 at 7:30pm

Audio-described performance and touch tour: Sunday, May 27 at 1:30pm (3 pm performance)

Allstate and PNC are the Lead Production Co-Sponsors of The March. ComEd is the 2011/12 Season Lighting Sponsor. The March is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award. Partial support for open captioning provided by Theatre Development Fund.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago, IL (Martha Lavey, Artistic Director; David Hawkanson, Executive Director) is one of the nation’s leading ensemble theaters, producing up to 16 productions each year in its three Chicago theater spaces—including programming dedicated to the development of new plays and theater for young adults. Steppenwolf’s productions have enjoyed success both nationally and internationally, including off-Broadway, Broadway, London, Sydney and Dublin. Formed in 1976 by a collective of actors, Steppenwolf has grown into an ensemble of 43 actors, writers and directors. For additional information, visit steppenwolf.org, facebook.com/steppenwolftheatre and twitter.com/steppenwolfthtr.

Currently on stage are Time Stands Still by Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies, directed by ensemble member Austin Pendleton (through May 13, 2012) in Steppenwolf’s Upstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted St); the Steppenwolf for Young Adults production of fml: how Carson McCullers saved my life, a new play by Sarah Gubbins, directed by Joanie Schultz (public performances March 17 and 18) in Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted St); and Garage Rep in The Steppenwolf Garage (1624 N Halsted St), featuring Oohrah! by Bekah Brunstetter, directed by Brad Akin, presented by LiveWire Chicago (through April 8, 2012); Hit the Wall by Ike Holter, directed by Eric Hoff, presented by The Inconvenience (through April 22, 2012); and He Who, written and directed by Michael Montenegro, presented by Theatre Zarko (through April 8, 2012).

Upcoming productions in the 2011/12 season include NEXT UP (June 5 – 24, 2012) in The Steppenwolf Garage, featuring Life and Limb by Keith Reddin, directed by Emily Campbell; South of Settling by Emily Schwend, directed by Adam Goldstein; and The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, directed by Laley Lippard; and Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov, adapted by ensemble member Tracy Letts, directed by ensemble member Anna D. Shapiro (June 28 – August 26, 2012) in Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Theatre.

The 2012/13 Subscription Season includes Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire, directed by ensemble member K. Todd Freeman (September 13 – November 11, 2012) in the Downstairs Theatre; The Motherf**ker with the Hat by Stephen Adly Guirgis, directed by ensemble member Anna D. Shapiro (December 27, 2012 – March 3, 2013) in the Downstairs Theatre; The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter, directed by ensemble member Austin Pendleton (January 24 – May 19, 2013) in the Upstairs Theatre; Head of Passes by ensemble member Tarell Alvin McCraney, directed by ensemble member Tina Landau (April 4 – June 9, 2013) in the Downstairs Theatre; and Belleville by Amy Herzog, directed by Anne Kauffmann (June 27 – August 25, 2013) in the Downstairs Theatre.

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