Steppenwolf Will Kick Off Season With World Premiere of New John Steinbeck Play | Playbill

News Steppenwolf Will Kick Off Season With World Premiere of New John Steinbeck Play Chicago's acclaimed Steppenwolf Theatre Company will kick off its 40th anniversary season with the world-premiere adaptation of Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck's East of Eden, beginning previews Sept. 17.

Kate Arrington Photo by Brad Calcaterra

From the award-winning adaptor of the Steppenwolf production The Grapes of Wrath, Frank Galati, comes this new stage work based on Steinbeck's celebrated 1952 novel. Set in the years leading up to World War One, the story follows two families, the Trasks and the Hamiltons.

As depicted by Steppenwolf, "East of Eden is a sprawling and unflinching story that asks if it is possible to escape the mistakes of previous generations and choose your own course."

Helmed by Steppenwolf co-founder Terry Kinney, the production features ensemble members Kate Arrington, Francis Guinan, Tim Hopper and Alan Wilder. Performances are set to run through Nov. 15.

"For me, this adaptation and production are the continuation of a journey Steppenwolf began with The Grapes of Wrath. After 40 years our company is still together, still telling stories, still an ensemble against all odds," said Galati in a press statement.

Read more about the Steppenwolf 40th anniversary season here.

Members of the Steppenwolf email list are able to purchase presale tickets to East of Eden before they go on sale to the general public Aug. 7. For more information visit Steppenwolf

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