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Archive for February 17th, 2016

Legislators and Grassroots Leaders Release the People’s Agenda, A People-Focused Alternative to the Turnaround Agenda

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On the eve of Rauner’s Budget Address, Groups Lays Out New Vision to Put People Back on the Agenda in Illinois State Government

Springfield, IL – On Tuesday, February 16, grassroots leaders joined with legislators to release the People’s Agenda, a new report laying out a plan for the prosperity of Illinois families of all incomes.  

Counter to the narrative coming out of the Governor’s office, the People’s Agenda points out that the state of Illinois is not spending too much, but rather is spending too little. Illinois has the 5th largest economy in the country and is the 13th wealthiest state, yet ranks 47th in spending across K-12 education, higher education, healthcare, public safety, and human services.  

“Right now, families are hurting all across Illinois,” stated Amisha Patel, Executive Director of the Grassroots Collaborative. “For over a decade, the state of Illinois has been disinvesting from the vital public services needed to provide opportunity to low and middle income families, create jobs, and bolster the Illinois economy.”

Present-time funding needs described in the People’s Agenda would support $323 million of additional economic activity in other parts of the Illinois economy.  If the more visionary investments described in the People’s Agenda were enacted, these investments would support $4.2 billion in additional economic activity in other parts of the Illinois economy.

In order to bring Illinois in line with other Midwest states, the People’s Agenda calls for generating new state revenue from those most able to afford it. The People’s Agenda revenue package includes closing corporate loopholes, passing a graduated income tax, millionaire tax, and a financial transaction tax. Together, these revenue proposals would generate billions of dollars for the state of Illinois. The report goes on to give concrete examples of how this new revenue could be spent, such as providing universal Pre-K childcare assistance, reducing violence, and ending homelessness in the state of Illinois.

Participants outlined how reinvesting in public services would grow the economy and improve lives.

“I was homeless and if it hadn’t been for a group home and my family I would be dead. Due to being placed in the health system, I was able to get sober and stay that way. Because of the assistance I received, I have a healthy, happy and productive life. I got married last year and have now been sober for 8 years,” said Stefano Medansky, a leader with the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.  Cuts to vital services like homeless prevention puts thousands of lives in danger.

The People’s Agenda Reform Package:

  • Modernize the Tax Structure

  • Invest in Communities and Create Jobs

  • Reform Bank and Financial Industry Policies – End Predatory Financial Deals

  • Create an Adequate and Equitable Funding Structure for Education

  • End protections and preferential treatment of corporations and Wall St. over working families

  • Provide for the real needs of our population in education and human services

The People’s Agenda is available for download at: http://thegrassrootscollaborative.org/sites/default/files/ThePeoplesAgenda.pdf

 Grassroots Collaborative is Action Now, American Friends Service Committee – Great Lakes Region, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Chicago Teachers Union, Enlace Chicago, Illinois Hunger Coalition, Jane Addams Senior Caucus, ONE Northside, Service Employees International Union Healthcare Illinois Indiana.

State Senator Raoul Joins Petition to Appoint Special Prosecutor for LaQuan McDonald Case

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Court appointee would take over prosecution of officer accused of killing Laquan McDonald


SPRINGFIELD, IL — Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago 13th) issued the following statement:

Today I join with a coalition of community leaders to ask the Cook County Circuit Court to appoint a special prosecutor to take over prosecution of the Chicago police officer accused of killing Laquan McDonald. This appointee would also be tasked with investigating the possibility that the circumstances of the 17-year-old’s death were misrepresented, covered up and hidden from the public.

I do not take this step lightly. Normally, the state’s attorney should have the power to prosecute and to investigate, but given the unexplained delay in bringing charges against Officer Jason Van Dyke, citizens of Cook County cannot rely on State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez to conduct a vigorous prosecution or a thorough and unbiased investigation.

Members of the public must be confident that justice will be served, particularly where the accountability of law enforcement is at stake. Serious questions about the state’s attorney’s credibility in this matter have frayed the necessary bonds of trust between the public and its justice system and demand fresh leadership in the Van Dyke prosecution. This avenue is made possible by a new provision in state law, part of a law enforcement reform package I sponsored to improve public safety by strengthening accountability and building trust. While one would hope that the state’s attorney would recognize the harm her actions – and inactions – have done and would voluntarily step aside, she appears determined not do what is best for the delivery of justice in this case. We must therefore ask the court to intervene.

Illinois Legislative Black Caucus to Host Press Conference Following the Governor’s Budget Address

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Following Governor Rauner’s budget address, members of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus will hold a press conference to give their reaction to the governor’s speech and budget plans.

Illinois has gone without a budget for an unprecedented seven months. Black communities around Illinois have witnessed the devastating effects of not having a budget. The Black Caucus believes that the governor’s inability to scale back his anti-worker agenda has led to our current fiscal impasse.

The Legislative Black Caucus is chaired by Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford, (D- Maywood), and consists of 31 black legislators – 10 senators and 21 representatives.

Illinois Legislative Black Caucus members will hold the press conference February 17th, Capitol, 3rd floor – in front of the Senate Chamber, following the budget address.


VP Candidate, Chicago Activists to Hold Press Conference on Flint Water Crisis, Police Brutality, Deportations

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Vice-Presidential candidate Lamont Lilly, along with Philadelphia activists Pam & Ramona Africa, and Chicago activists Daphne Jackson and Patricia Linarez, will hold a press conference addressing the need for community dialogue on the Flint water crisis, police brutality, and deportations, Friday, February 19th, 2pm CST Cook County Department of Corrections 2700 S California Ave, Chicago

Lilly is running with presidential candidate Monica Moorehead as the socialist candidates of Workers World Party (workers.org). The press conference will speak directly to these burning issues facing working-class people in Chicago, the Midwest, and across the country, symbolically choosing the Cook County Jail as the site for the conference to speak to those directly affected by mass incarceration.

The conference will begin a community conversation, which all are invited to continue, at an open and free public forum organized by Workers World Party, which will be held the following day, Saturday, February 20th at 2pm, at the UE Union Hall, 37 S Ashland Ave, Chicago.

New Book Reveals the Truth About Ferguson, Missouri’s Ongoing White Supremacy

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 Jamala Rogers, author of “Ferguson is America: Roots of Rebellion” says that Ferguson city officials continue to refuse to acknowledge its past and current racist practices and to embrace racial progress. 



Ferguson is America By Jamala Rogers

Ferguson, MO (BlackNews.com) – “The Ferguson establishments decision to buck the Department of Justices consent decree reflects its stubborn zeal to uphold white supremacy.” That was the response of Jamala Rogers to news that Ferguson officials would rather squander taxpayers hard-earned dollars to fight a lawsuit by the DOJ than to advance racial equity for the city. Rogers is a long-time organizer in St. Louis and author of the nationally acclaimed book, Ferguson is America: Roots of Rebellion.

Rogers went on to say that even with all of the pressure that Ferguson has received since the police murder of Michael Brown on August 9, 2014, city officials refuse to acknowledge its past and current racist practices and to embrace racial progress.
Rogers has been traveling across the country as part of a book tour to campuses from Harvard University to the University of San Diego. She has spoken to audiences from Baltimore, MD to Oakland, CA. all curious about the circumstances that led to the weeks of uprising in the St. Louis area and which ultimately reverberated around the world. Her book, Ferguson is America: Roots of Rebellion, gives valuable insight into the escalating political and economic conditions that finally exploded on that sweltering day in August.

A founding member of organizations like the Organization for Black Struggle and the Coalition Against Police Crimes and Repression, Rogers has worked for decades to demand police accountability. She helped to lead the protracted fight for the City of St. Louis historic Civilian Oversight Board. The COB was recently put in place as part of an organized effort to give citizens the quality of public safety they rightfully deserve.




Book Details:

Ferguson is America: Roots of Rebellion
By Jamala Rogers
ISBN: 631101617
Paperback: 135 pages
Available on www.fergusonamerica.com and Amazon.com


What Readers Are Saying:
“Jamala Rogers offers valuable insight into the causes of the acts like that which occurred here in Ferguson in 2014. Being a resident of Ferguson myself, I think this book really speaks the sentiment felt from ground-zero of the protest, a viewpoint that was overlooked by story-thirsty media groups who came, got ratings, then left. This book is a good read.” — G. Avery

“This collection of essays/articles/etc. is exceptional. One of the biggest obstacles our country faces in trying to overcome issues of race, is misconception. Primarily using St. Louis county as hers lens, Rogers does an amazing job of bringing clarity to exactly what’s going on in our country writ large (and how long it’s been happening)…. Ms. Rogers is giving all of America a sobering primer regarding the dynamics of race in our country. And anyone who reads it, will most certainly consider it a call to action as well.” — M. Watkins



Jamala Rogers is a freelance writer, community organizer and speaker. She is author of two books and blogs at www.jamalarogers.com.


Photo Caption: Bookcover and author, Jamala Rogers

Florida Man Pleads Guilty to Hate Crime for Threatening to Firebomb Two Mosques and Shoot Worshippers

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The Justice Department announced that Martin Alan Schnitzler, 43, pleaded guilty to a hate crime in the Middle District of Florida for calling two mosques located in Pinellas County, Florida, and threatening to firebomb the mosques and shoot their congregants.

Schnitzler pleaded guilty to obstructing persons in the free exercise of religious beliefs for making the violent threats.  As part of his plea, he admitted that on Nov. 13, 2015, he intentionally obstructed members of the Islamic Society of St. Petersburg, Florida, and the Islamic Society of Pinellas County from practicing their religion when he left voicemail messages threatening the safety of the mosques’ congregants.  Schnitzler admitted that his threats were prompted by the terrorist attacks in Paris.  Among other things, Schnitzler also admitted that in one of the voicemails he threatened to “personally have a militia” report to one of the mosques and “firebomb you, shoot whoever is there on sight in the head.  I don’t care if they’re [expletive] two years old or a hundred.”

As a result of the above threats, both mosques requested increased law-enforcement presence at their locations and took extra safety precautions for congregants.

“Our Constitution and laws guarantee all people – regardless of where they worship – the right to live free from violence and discrimination,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.  “Criminal threats of violence against people or places of worship have no place in our society, and as proven today, the Department of Justice will continue to vigorously prosecute those who commit religion-based hate crimes.”

“The right to worship as one chooses, free from threats and intimidation, is one of the core principles upon which our great nation was founded,” said U.S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley III of the Middle District of Florida.  “The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to taking whatever action is necessary to vindicate this important First Amendment right.”

Sentencing for the defendant will be scheduled at a later date.  Schnitzler faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison.

The FBI is investigating the case with the assistance of the St. Petersburg Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Daniel George and Daniel Irick of the Middle District of Florida and Trial Attorney Gabriel Davis of the Civil Rights Division’s Criminal Section are prosecuting the case.

Source: U.S. Justice Department

llinois Lottery Launches New Special Olympics Game

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100% of Profits Support Special Olympic Sports Programs in Illinois

CHICAGO, IL – In front of an enthusiastic crowd at Chicago’s historic Soldier Field, the Illinois Lottery, along with Special Olympics Illinois and Special Children’s Charities, unveiled the newest version of The Special Olympics Ticket – a unique lottery instant game to benefit Special Olympics sports training programs across Illinois.

The first-in-the-nation Special Olympics Ticket costs $3 and is expected to raise about $1 million to benefit programs that serve over 40,000 Special Olympics athletes in Illinois. The game also offers four top instant prizes of $50,000. All net proceeds, after prize payouts and expenses, benefit Special Olympics sports training programs statewide.


“We are proud to launch The Special Olympics ticket at Soldier Field, where the first games were held in 1968,” said Illinois Lottery Acting Director B.R. Lane.  “With every ticket purchase, 100% of the profits go to benefit Special Olympics athlete training programs and help support a noble cause that started right here, almost fifty years ago.”


The Special Olympics Lottery game was created in 2014 by an act of the Illinois General Assembly. The legislation enjoyed strong bipartisan support and experienced robust sales in its first year.


“We are proud and appreciative that our supporters purchased close to a million tickets last year, while generating nearly $1 million in proceeds,” said Dave Breen, President & CEO, Special Olympics Illinois. “These funds will help us continue to bring the Special Olympics experience to more individuals with intellectual disabilities and build communities of inclusion and acceptance throughout Illinois.”


“We truly value our partnership with the Illinois Lottery and are thrilled to have the chance to once again collaborate on this special ticket, which helps to enhance and expand the year-round programs enjoyed by over 6,000 talented athletes,” added Dr. Casey Hogan, President of Special Children’s Charities.


The Special Olympics Ticket is available at close to 8,000 Illinois Lottery retailers throughout the state.  It joins the other four select special cause instant games currently offered by the Illinois Lottery.  These specialty games contribute funding for Illinois veterans, the fight against breast cancer, assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS, and research efforts into the cause and cure of Multiple Sclerosis.  Since 2006, when the first specialty cause instant game was introduced, the Illinois Lottery has raised nearly $40 million for causes players have eagerly supported through their ticket purchases.

For more information on The Special Olympics Ticket game please visit IllinoisLottery.com.

Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce to Host Quarterly Workshop in Atlanta Featuring Business and Life Coach Orrin Hudson

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Orrin Hudson

Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) – The Georgia Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce announces its workshop Winning Moves to Succeed in Business and in Life led by worldwide motivational executive coach, Orrin Checkmate Hudson. The workshop is on Thursday, February 18, 2016, from 5:30pm to 8:00pm, at the Atlanta Community Food Bank located at 732 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30319.Participants will increase their focus, visualization and analytical skills by thinking abstractly to make good business decisions regarding customer retention, marketing, financing and strategy.

Orrin Checkmate Hudson is a motivational executive coach who helps both business owners and young adults with decision making skills that are practical for success. One of Orrins mentors is Jack Canfield an American author, motivational speaker, seminar leader, corporate trainer, and entrepreneur. Jack Canfield is the co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, which has more than 250 titles and 500 million copies in print in over 40 languages.

Orrin is also the founder of Be Someone, a non-profit organization that teach kids about life through the game of chess. Although most of his work is with youth he has trained hundreds of business owners on how to believe in their dreams, accomplish work tasks, understand culture and diversity and managing your business. Learn more about Orrins work at www.besomeone.org


About the Chamber
The Georgia Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce (GAHCCI) is a world class organization consisting of businesses, professionals, and extraordinary individuals who have joined together for the purpose of building and promoting the Haitian community in the Atlanta metro area, the great state of Georgia, and Haiti. Visit GAHCCI at www.gahcci.org.


Photo: Orrin Hudson, master motivator and business/life coach

Sanders Campaigns in South Carolina, Criminal Justice and Civil Rights TV Ad Set to Air

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CHARLESTON, S.C. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders brought his White House campaign back to South Carolina on Tuesday with two morning stops in Columbia and an afternoon town meeting here where he predicted his come-from-behind campaign will surprise pundits when Palmetto State Democrats go to the polls on Feb. 27.

“On Election Day, I think folks here in South Carolina are going to wake up the next morning and find a very big surprise,” Sanders said to cheers from supporters at the historic Memminger Auditorium.

Earlier Tuesday, Sanders spoke at a prayer breakfast at the historically black Allen University about his proposals on a range of issues from reforming the criminal justice system to creating jobs and raising wages.

Speaking to a mostly-student audience at the University of South Carolina, Sanders detailed proposals for tuition-free public colleges and universities. He also detailed plans to rebuild crumbling roads and bridges with a five-year, $1 trillion investment in infrastructure improvements.

Sanders was introduced at the university by Erica Garner, whose father died when he was choked to death during an arrest two years by New York City police officers. She called Sanders a “fearless public servant that is not afraid to stand against the establishment for the people.”

Erica Garner is featured in a new television ad set to air here in a six-figure ad buy on stations in South Carolina and on national television beginning Wednesday.

The campaign day in South Carolina followed Sanders’ 22-point victory one week ago in New Hampshire and a tie in the Feb. 1 Iowa precinct caucuses.

To watch the ad, click here.

Tony Award-Winning Actor Blair Brown Joins Cast of Mary Page Marlowe by Ensemble member Tracy Letts

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Casting complete for Steppenwolf World Premiere March 31 – May 29, 2016

CHICAGO, ILSteppenwolf Theatre Company announced acclaimed stage and screen actor Blair Brown will join the cast of Mary Page Marlowe as one of the seven actors sharing the role of Mary over the span of her life. Brown is well-known for her prolific Broadway career, including her Tony Award-winning turn in the play Copenhagen. She played the title character in the TV series, The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, for which she received five consecutive Emmy Award nominations. She earned a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of ‘Jacqueline Kennedy’ in the miniseries Kennedy. Most recently she played ‘Nina Sharp’ on the FOX series, Fringe. She replaces Lindsay Crouse who left the cast due to personal reasons. The seven actors sharing the title role are: Blair Brown (Mary at ages 59, 63 and 69); Carrie Coon (Mary at ages 27 and 36); Laura T. Fisher (Mary at age 50); Caroline Heffernan (Mary at age 12); Annie Munch (Mary at age 19); Rebecca Spence (Mary at ages 40 and 44) with the final Mary to be played by three infants who will rotate in the role: Benicio Calderone, Charlotte Freund and Sebastian White.

Completing the cast are ensemble members Ian Barford (Ray) and Alan Wilder (Andy) with Stephen Cefalu, Jr. (Ed Marlowe), Amanda Drinkall (Roberta Marlowe), Jack Edwards (Louis Gilbert), Kirsten Fitzgerald (Shrink), Tess Frazer (Lorna), Keith Gallagher (Ben), Sandra Marquez (Nurse), Ariana Venturi (Connie), Madeline Weinstein (Wendy Gilbert) and Gary Wilmes (Dan).

Written by Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning playwright and ensemble member Tracy Letts and directed by Steppenwolf Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro, Mary Page Marlowe runs March 31 – May 29, 2016 in the Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N Halsted St. Press performances are Saturday, April 9 at 3pm and Tuesday, April 12 at 7:30pm. Tickets ($20-$89) are available through Audience Services (1650 N Halsted St), 312-335-1650 and steppenwolf.org. Note: There will be a limited number of pit seats ($30) available for audiences interested in a truly up-close and intimate theater experience.

Mary Page Marlowe is an accountant from Ohio. She’s led an ordinary life, making the difficult decisions we all face as we try to figure out who we really are and what we really want. As Tracy Letts brings us moments—both pivotal and mundane—from Mary’s life, a portrait of a surprisingly complicated woman emerges. Intimate and moving, Mary Page Marlowe shows us how circumstance, impulse and time can combine to make us mysteries…even to ourselves.

“For me, this play does what Steppenwolf Theatre does best: finding the spectacular in the mundane and turning the every-day into the most-important-day, and all the while reflecting our common humanity,” shares Anna D. Shapiro, Steppenwolf Artistic Director.

Tracy Letts (Playwright) was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play for August: Osage County, which premiered at Steppenwolf in 2007 and played on Broadway, London’s National Theatre and the Sydney Theatre. Steppenwolf also produced the world premieres of Letts’s Superior Donuts (transferred to Broadway in 2009); and Man from Nebraska (premiered at Steppenwolf in 2003, Pulitzer Prize finalist). He wrote screenplays of three films adapted from his own plays, Killer Joe, Bug and August: Osage County. Letts received a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for Steppenwolf’s production of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? He has been an ensemble member since 2002. He is also known for his portrayal of Andrew Lockhart in seasons three and four of Showtime’s Homeland.

Anna D. Shapiro (Director) has directed many notable productions for Steppenwolf, including Tracy Letts’s August: Osage County, for which she received the 2008 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Director. In 2011 she received a Tony Award nomination for her direction of The Motherf**er with the Hat, which she also directed at Steppenwolf. Broadway credits include the sold-out run of Larry David’s Fish in the Dark on Broadway, the revival of Steppenwolf’s production of This Is Our Youth and the Broadway revival of Of Mice and Men, which National Theatre Live selected as the first American production to be broadcast to over 700 cinemas across the US and Canada. Additional Steppenwolf directing credits include A Parallelogram, Up, The Unmentionables, The Pain and the Itch (also at Playwrights Horizons), Tracy Letts’s Man from Nebraska, (named by TIME Magazine as one of the Year’s Top Ten of 2003), Side Man (also in Ireland, Australia and Colorado) and Tracy Letts’s Three Sisters, among others. She is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and Columbia College and the recipient of a 1996 Princess Grace Award, as well as the 2010 Princess Grace Statue Award.  Shapiro began working with Steppenwolf in 1995 as the original director of the New Plays Lab, joined the ensemble in 2005 and became Artistic Director at the start of the 2015/16 Season.

Title: Mary Page Marlowe
Author: Ensemble member Tracy Letts
Director: Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro
Location: Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N Halsted St
Dates: March 31 – May 29, 2016
Previews: March 31 – April 9, 2016
Press Performances: Saturday, April 9 at 3pm and Tuesday, April 12 at 7:30pm
Opening Night: Sunday, April 10 at 6pm (by invitation only)
Regular Run: April 12 – May 29, 2016
Accessible Performances: Sunday, May 8 at 7:30pm (ASL interpretation); Saturday, May 7 at 3pm (Open-captioned); Sunday, May 22 at 3pm Audio-described (no touch tour); Sunday, May 29, 1:30pm touch tour with audio-described performance at 3pm
Curtain Times: Tuesdays through Sundays at 7:30pm; Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3pm
Wednesday matinees at 2pm on May 11, May 18, May 25
No 3pm or 7:30pm performances on Saturday, May 14
No Sunday 7:30pm performance on May 29

Ticket prices:
Previews: $20 – $54
Regular Run: $20 – $89
Prices subject to change.
Pit Seats: $30, available for purchase by phone only, 312-335-1650. Audiences can experience a truly up-close and intimate theater experience with the newly added “pit seats.” Located directly in front of the stage, pit seating will be hard shell chairs that are 9-inches lower than Steppenwolf’s “Row A,” where Steppenwolf’s standard theater seating begins.
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 number of $15 student tickets are available online. Students must present a valid student ID from an accredited institution for each ticket purchased; limit 2 tickets per order.
Group Tickets: All groups of 10 or more receive a discounted rate for any performance throughout the season. www.steppenwolf.org/groups.
Audience Services: Single tickets are available at 312-335-1650 and steppenwolf.org.

Lead support for Mary Page Marlowe is provided by The Roy Cockrum Foundation. Major support for Mary Page Marlowe is provided by Allstate Insurance Company, Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, ComEd, National Endowment for the Arts, Northern Trust and PwC.

Major support for Steppenwolf’s New Play Development Initiative is provided by The Davee Foundation and the Zell Family Foundation.

Mary Page Marlowe is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award.

Steppenwolf’s 2015/16 Subscription Season opened with the world premiere adaptation of John Steinbeck’s East of Eden, adapted by ensemble member Frank Galati, directed by co-founder Terry Kinney (September 17 – November 15, 2015); followed by the Chicago premiere of Domesticated written and directed by ensemble member Bruce Norris (December 3, 2015 – February 7, 2016).
Currently playing is the Chicago premiere of The Flick by Annie Baker, directed by Dexter Bullard (February 4 – May 8, 2016). After the world premiere of Mary Page Marlowe by ensemble member Tracy Letts, directed by Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro (March 31 – May 29, 2016), the season will conclude with the Chicago premiere of Between Riverside and Crazy by Stephen Adly Guirgis, directed by ensemble member Yasen Peyankov (June 23 – August 21, 2016).

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