The Steppenwolf Theatre has been awarded a $600,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation for commissioning the development of new plays.

Distributed over three years, the grant will be used to develop the First Look Repertory of New Work and First Look 101 series, which have gained both local and national recognition since their inception four years ago.

Seven of the twelve plays presented during First Look's first four seasons have enjoyed subsequent productions at other theaters, including Perfect Mendacity, Men of Tortuga, Butcher of Baraboo, 100 Saints You Should Know,Spare Change, Gary, and When The Messenger is Hot.

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