Chicago, Wednesday, November 23, 2011. Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced today that ensemble member Tracy Letts will join the cast of Penelope replacing ensemble member John Mahoney who recently had to leave the production due to an unexpected death in his family. Penelope also features ensemble members Ian Barford and Yasen Peyankov with Scott Jaeck and Logan Vaughn. Steppenwolf had to move fast to find a replacement for Mahoney as Penelope opens in previews on December 1, 2011. They were fortunate that Letts was available.
The production under the direction of Amy Morton, is the newest play by powerhouse Irish playwright Enda Walsh. It is an eloquent, wildly funny riff on life, love and the war at home. Briefly, the plot goes: On a sun-scorched island off the coast of Greece, beautiful Penelope awaits the return of her husband from war. Beneath her window, four Speedo-clad men camp in an empty swimming pool, a cock-eyed internment where both provisions and time are running low. Locked in a do-or-die competition to win Penelope’s love, they preen and posture and connive in a last ditch effort to cheat a grisly fate.
Tickets for Penelope are on sale now through Steppenwolf Audience Services: 1650 N. Halsted St., by calling 312-335-1650 or online at www.steppenwolf.org. Penelope plays December 1, 2011 through February 5, 2012 in Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St.