John McGinty joins the cast of Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s Chicago-Premiere Production of Tribes

Ensemble Member Austin Pendleton directs ensemble members Alana Arenas, Francis Guinan and Molly Regan, December 5, 2013 – February 9, 2014, in the Downstairs Theatre

CHICAGO, IL – Steppenwolf Theatre Company announces the addition of John McGinty to the cast of the upcoming Chicago-premiere production of Tribes by Nina Raine. Ensemble member Austin Pendleton directs, also featuring ensemble members Alana Arenas, Francis Guinan and Molly Regan with Steve Haggard and Helen Sadler. The American premiere of Tribes was Off-Broadway at Barrow Street Theater in 2012, featuring ensemble member Jeff Perry. McGinty joins the cast as Billy, after playing the role at Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Russell Harvard, previously announced in the role, withdrew due to a schedule conflict. Tribes begins previews December 5, 2013 (opening night is December 15; press performances are December 14 at 3pm and December 17 at 7:30pm) and runs through February 9, 2014 in Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted St). Tickets ($20 – $82) go on sale Friday, October 4 at 11am.

Billy’s intellectual and proudly eccentric English family is its own tiny empire: private languages, in jokes and fiery arguments. Billy, deaf since birth, is the only one who truly listens. When he meets his girlfriend Sylvia, he is introduced to a larger Deaf community, which sparks a struggle for self-identity and rebellion against his family. Tribes is a sharp, witty story about finding the place where you can be heard—and a family that feels like home.

The production team for Tribes includes: Walt Spangler (scenic design), Rachel Anne Healy (costume design), Keith Parham (lighting design), Josh Schmidt (sound design and original music) and John Boesche (projection design). Additional credits include: Erica Daniels (casting), Michelle Medvin (stage manager) and Christine D. Freeburg (assistant stage manager).

Title                                         Tribes

Author                                      Nina Raine

Director Ensemble member Austin Pendleton

Featuring Ensemble members Alana Arenas, Francis Guinan and Molly Regan with Steve Haggard, John McGinty and Helen Sadler

Location                                   Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N Halsted St

Dates                                        Previews: December 5 – 14

Press Performances: December 14 at 3pm and December 17 at 7:30pm

Opening: December 15 at 6pm

Regular Run: December 17, 2013 – February 9, 2014

Accessible Performances         American Sign Language Interpretation: December 20 at 7:30pm, December 28 at 3pm, January 10 at 7:30pm, January 12 at 7:30pm and February 1 at 3pm

Open Captioning: December 21 at 3pm, December 27 at 7:30pm, January 11 at 3pm, January 18 at 3pm and January 31 at 7:30pm

Audio Description and Touch Tour: January 26 at 1:30pm (3pm performance)

Curtain Times Tuesdays through Sundays at 7:30pm.

Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3pm.

Wednesday matinees at 2pm on January 15, 22 and 29.

Note: There are no 7:30pm performances on December 10, 24 and 25; January 1, 19 and 26; and February 2 and 9. There is no 3pm performance on December 15 and the evening performance that day is at 6pm and is by invitation only.

Ticket prices                            Previews: $20 – $54

Regular Run: $20 – $82

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

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

United Airlines is the Presenting Sponsor of Tribes. Tribes is supported by a grant from The Chicago Community Trust.

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 three repertory series: First Look Repertory of New Work, Garage Rep and Next Up. 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, and

The 2013/14 Subscription Season also includes The Wheel by Zinnie Harris, directed by ensemble member Tina Landau (September 12 – November 10, 2013) in the Downstairs Theatre; Russian Transport by Erika Sheffer, directed by ensemble member Yasen Peyankov (February 6 – May 11, 2014) in the Upstairs Theatre; The Way West by Mona Mansour, directed by ensemble member Amy Morton (April 3 – June 8, 2014) in the Downstairs Theatre; and The Qualms by Bruce Norris, directed by Pam MacKinnon (July 3 – August 31, 2014) in the Downstairs Theatre.