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Get a First Look at the World Premiere of Bruce Norris's Downstate

Pam MacKinnon directs the production for Steppenwolf Theatre.

Francis Guinan, K. Todd Freeman, and Tim Hopper in Steppenwolf Theatre Company's world premiere of Bruce Norris's Downstate, directed by Pam MacKinnon.
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Steppenwolf Theatre Company has released the first photos of director Pam MacKinnon's world-premiere production of Bruce Norris's Downstate. Currently in previews, performances continue through November 11.


Featured in the cast are Steppenwolf ensemble members Glenn Davis, K. Todd Freeman, Francis Guinan, and Tim Hopper. Joining them are Elyakeem Avraham, Maura Kidwell, Cecilia Noble, Eddie Torres, Nate Whelden, Aimee Lou Wood, and Matilda Ziegler.

Downstate is described as follows, "In downstate Illinois, four men convicted of sex crimes against minors share a group home where they live out their lives in the shadow of the crimes they committed. A man shows up to confront his childhood abuser — but does he want closure or retribution? This fiery, provocative new play by Pulitzer Prize-winning ensemble member Bruce Norris zeroes in on the limits of our compassion as it questions what happens when society deems anyone beyond forgiveness."

The creative team includes Todd Rosenthal (scenic design), Clint Ramos (costume design), Adam Silverman (lighting design), Carolyn Downing (sound design), and Gigi Buffington (voice, text, and dialect coach). Laura D. Glenn is the stage manager and Christine D. Freeburg the assistant stage manager.


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