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Debra Monk to Star in Visiting Edna at Steppenwolf Theatre

David Rabe premieres his family drama in Chicago.

Debra Monk will take on the title role in David Rabe's Visiting Edna at Steppenwolf Theatre.
(© David Gordon)

Steppenwolf Theatre has announced that Tony and Emmy Award winner Debra Monk will play the title role in Visiting Edna, a world premiere play by David Rabe, directed by Steppenwolf Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro. She replaces Rondi Reed, who left the cast due to personal reasons.

Making her Steppenwolf debut, Monk will take on the role of Edna, a cancer patient who experiences an extraordinary moment during an ordinary visit by her son Andrew, played by ensemble member Ian Barford. Ensemble members K. Todd Freeman (Airline Highway), Sally Murphy (August: Osage County), and Michael Rabe (also making his Steppenwolf debut) are featured in the cast as well.

Monk earned a Tony Award for her performance in Redwood Curtain, an Obie award for The Time of the Cuckoo, and two Drama Desk Awards for Curtains and Oil City Symphony. She is an original cast member and co-author of Pump Boys and Dinettes and was last seen in Broadway as Big Mama in the 2013 revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

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