OFFBEAT: Steppenwolf's 'Head of Passes' eases into summer

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column
2013-04-30T00:00:00Z OFFBEAT: Steppenwolf's 'Head of Passes' eases into summerBy Philip Potempa, (219) 852-4327

In 2010, our South Holland actor claim-to-fame Glenn Davis received critical acclaim while starring in Tarell Alvin McCraney's "Brother/Sister Trilogy" at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago.

Now he's back, this time, starring in performances of Steppenwolf Theatre Company's highly anticipated world-premiere production of "Head of Passes" by ensemble member McCraney playing at Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. in Chicago.

Inspired by the Biblical Book of Job, ensemble member Tina Landau directs following her acclaimed collaboration with McCraney for "The Brother/Sister Plays."

The play details compelling drama about faith, family and finding your place in the world. In anticipation of her birthday, Shelah's family and friends gather at her home in the mysterious shifting marshlands at the mouth of the great Mississippi River. As the guests appear, so do ghosts from the past, and Shelah's convictions about her life begin to dissolve, along with her home in the Louisiana rain.

Starring with Davis are ensemble members Alana Arenas and Jon Michael Hill (May 21 until June 9) and Tim Hopper with James T. Alfred, Kyle Beltran (now until May 19) along with Chris Boykin, Cheryl Lynn Bruce, Ron Cephas Jones and Jacqueline Williams.

Cassy Sanders serves as one of the assistant directors who worked with Landau on the production.

"Tina has been great to work with and learn from, because she allows everyone's words and opinions to be heard," Sanders said.

"I began in March helping Tina with this production, and it was lots of running lines with the cast and helping with the many director's notes that are taken in the fine-tuning process."

In addition to her Steppenwolf work, Sanders also works with youth for the theater outreach program at Lookingglass Theatre.

The production team for "Head of Passes" includes David Gallo's scenic design, Collette Pollard as scenic design consultant, Toni Leslie James' costume design, Scott Zielinski with lighting design) and Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen for sound design and original music. 

Tickets are $20 to $78 at (312) 335-1650 and There's also the "20 for $20" option for 20 $20 tickets available through Audience Services beginning at 11 a.m. on the day of each performance and 1 p.m. for Sunday performances. Rush Tickets are available one hour before each show. For student discounts, a limited number of $15 student tickets are available online using promo code PASSES15. Limit 2 tickets per student and must present a valid student ID for each ticket. Free post-show discussions are offered after every performance.

The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer. He can be reached at or (219) 852-4327.

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