Steppenwolf Theatre Company announces casting for World-Premiere Production of The Way West

Ensemble member Amy Morton is at the helm of this cast of six, featuring Ensemble Member Martha Lavey, April 3 – June 8, 2014, in the Downstairs Theatre


CHICAGO, IL – Casting is nearly complete for Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s world-premiere production of The Way West by Mona Mansour. Ensemble member Amy Morton directs a cast of six featuring ensemble member Martha Lavey with Ira Amyx, Caroline Neff, Deirdre O’Connell, Zoe Perry and Gabe Ruiz. This wryly funny play—with music—about the contemporary quirks of our American spirit is the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award. The Way West begins previews April 3, 2014 (opening night is April 13; press performances are April 12 at 3pm and April 15 at 7:30pm) and runs through June 8, 2014 in Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted St). Tickets ($20 – 78) are on sale now at steppenwolf.org.

In a modern-day California town that’s seen better days, Mom shares death-defying tales of pioneer crossings with her two squabbling adult daughters as she waits for her bankruptcy to come through. Peppered with original prairie songs, this hilarious and heartbreaking play about today’s American family explores the mixed blessing of our great frontier spirit, which has fueled both self-delusion and survival.

The production team for The Way West includes: Kevin Depinet (scenic design), Nan Cibula-Jenkins (costume design), David Weiner (lighting design), Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen (sound design and original music) and Malcolm Ruhl (musical director). Additional credits include: Erica Daniels (casting), Deb Styer (stage manager) and Michelle Medvin (assistant stage manager).

Title                                         The Way West

Author                                      Mona Mansour

Director                                    Ensemble member Amy Morton

Featuring                                 Ensemble member Martha Lavey with Ira Amyx, Caroline Neff, Deirdre O’Connell, Zoe Perry and Gabe Ruiz

Location                                   Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N Halsted St

Dates                                        Previews: April 3 – 12, 2014

Press Performances: April 12 at 3pm and April 15 at 7:30pm

Opening: April 13 at 6pm

Regular Run: April 15 – June 8, 2014

Accessible Performances         American Sign Language Interpretation: May 11 at 7:30pm

Open Captioning: May 24 at 3pm

Audio Description and Touch Tour: May 25 at 1:30pm (3pm performance)

Curtain Times                         Tuesday through Sunday at 7:30pm.

Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3pm.

Wednesday matinees at 2pm on May 14, 21 and 28.

Note: There are no 7:30pm performances on April 8, May 18, 25, June 1 and 8.

There is no 3pm performance on April 13 and the evening performance that day is at 6pm and is by invitation only. There are no performances on May 3.

Ticket prices Previews: $20 – $54

Regular Run: $20 – $78

20 for $20: Twenty $20 tickets are available for subscription shows on the day of the performance at 11am (Mon – Sat) and 1pm (Sun), by phone only at 312-335-1650. Limit 2 per person.

Rush Tickets: Half-price rush tickets are available one hour before each show.

Student Discounts: Limited $15 student tickets are available online. (Limit 2 tickets. Must present a valid student ID for each ticket). For additional student discounts, visit steppenwolf.org/students.

Group Tickets: All groups of 10 or more receive a discounted rate for any performance throughout the season.

Audience Services                   1650 N Halsted St, 312-335-1650

Online ticketing available at steppenwolf.org

Major Foundation Support provided by the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation. Additional support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. The Way West is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is America’s longest standing, most distinguished ensemble theater, producing nearly 700 performances and events annually in its three Chicago theater spaces—the 515-seat Downstairs Theatre, the 299-seat Upstairs Theatre and the 80-seat Garage Theatre. Formed in 1976 by a collective of actors, Steppenwolf has grown into an ensemble of 43 actors, writers and directors. Artistic programming at Steppenwolf includes a five-play Subscription Season, a two-play Steppenwolf for Young Adults season and two repertory series: First Look Repertory of New Work, and Garage Rep. While firmly grounded in the Chicago community, nearly 40 original Steppenwolf productions have enjoyed success both nationally and internationally, including Off-Broadway, Broadway, London, Sydney and Dublin. Steppenwolf has the distinction of being the only theater to receive the National Medal of Arts, in addition to numerous other prestigious honors including an Illinois Arts Legend Award and 12 Tony Awards. Martha Lavey is the Artistic Director and David Hawkanson is the Executive Director. Nora Daley is Chair of Steppenwolf’s Board of Trustees. For additional information, visit steppenwolf.org, facebook.com/steppenwolftheatre and twitter.com/steppenwolfthtr.

Currently on stage is Tribes by Nina Raine, directed by ensemble member Austin Pendleton (through February 9, 2014) in the Downstairs Theatre.

The 2013/14 Subscription Season also includes Russian Transport by Erika Sheffer, directed by ensemble member Yasen Peyankov (February 6 – May 11, 2014) in the Downstairs Theatre; and The Qualms by Bruce Norris, directed by Pam MacKinnon (July 3 – August 31, 2014) in the Downstairs Theatre.