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THE CHICAGO COMMERCIAL COLLECTIVE REMOUNTS THE HIT PRODUCTION, A STEADY RAIN, WITH ITS ORIGINAL CAST AND CREW AT THE CHICAGO DRAMATISTS, JULY 7 – SEPTEMBER 2

★★★★
"A Powerful Visceral Ride down the Alleys of Chicago with Two Cops Fighting for Their Lives. The Writing and Acting are some of the Best you will ever see...."

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review by Ed Vincent


Randy Steinmeyer and Peter DeFaria were made for these roles, their characters are that believable.  The drama with dialog drawn from the streets and alleys of  Chicago resonates on many levels.   These  two  incredible  actors give life and purpose to their shared journey through the woods and writing of Keith Huff.  These gentlemen started this play in Chicago and bring it to life every night that the show is presented.

It is gritty, real, and filled with the quality of life.  Issues from Freedom of Speech, to racial quotas, are brought front stage in the drama, as are love and family.  This is Chicago's version of Eugene O'Neil and proud of it.

You will be amazed at the quality and art of this two person show.



Regular Run - July 10 - September 2 Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 and 7 p.m.



CHICAGO – The Chicago Commercial Collective is proud to announce the return of the Chicago and Broadway hit drama, A Steady Rain, with its original cast and crew to the Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave. The production, written by Keith Huff and directed by original director Russ Tutterow, runs Saturday, July 7 – Sunday, Sept. 2. Previews are July 7 at 8 p.m. and July 8 at 2 and 7 p.m. Opening/Press night is Tuesday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m. The regular run is Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and are $40 (preview tickets are $35) and may be purchased online at www.asteadyrainchicago.com. Student and group discounts are available.

A Steady Rain received its world premiere at the Chicago Dramatists in fall 2007 and was an instant hit. The production ran for six weeks before moving to the Royal George Theatre for a four-month run and then opened on Broadway starring Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig in September 2009. Few other productions in recent Chicago history have garnered the rave reviews as A Steady Rain. The critics have called Keith Huff’s A Steady Rain “a gritty, rich, thick poetic and entirely gripping noir tale” (Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune); “some of the most dazzling acting you will ever see anywhere” (Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times); and “excellent, evocative” (Steve Oxman, Variety). In Chicago, the production won the 2008 Joseph Jefferson Awards for “Best New Work,” “Best Actor” (for Randy Steinmeyer) and “Best Production.”  A Steady Rain’s New York adaptation broke box office records for highest weekly gross of a non-musical production on Broadway and was included in Time magazine’s “Top 10 Plays of 2009.”

A Steady Rain is the story of two seasoned police officers, Denny (Randy Steinmeyer) and Joey (Peter DeFaria) who find themselves caught up in a conflict between family and duty when a seemingly routine domestic disturbance call results in the death of a boy. When the horrific truth of the situation is made public, one of the two must take the blame for the fatal mistake. Their life-long friendship is put to the test, as both men struggle with issues of honor, love and loyalty in the face of adversity.

The design team for A Steady Rain includes set designer Tom Burch, lighting designer Jeff Pines, costume designer Samantha Jones, sound designer Mike Tutaj, and stage manager Wendye Clarendon.

Keith Huff is currently writer/producer for the upcoming David Fincher/NetFlix series House of Cards, featuring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. He has written the film adaptation of A Steady Rain for Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson (EON Films), original pilots for HBO, Steven Spielberg/Dreamworks TV, and AMC, and was Writer/Co-Producer for season 4 of AMC’s Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning series Mad Men, for which he won a 2011 Writers Guild Award (Best Drama Series). Recent theater productions include The Detective’s Wife (Writer’s Theater), A Steady Rain featuring Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman (Broadway), and Pursued By Happiness and The Bird and Mr. Banks (Road Theater). Upcoming theater productions include Big Lake Big City at Chicago’s Lookingglass Theater (directed by David Schwimmer) and productions of The Detective’s Wife in Milwaukee and Los Angeles. A Steady Rain continues to be produced across the US and around the world, most recently in France (Paris & national tour), Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Spain (Barcelona & Catalan tour), and Canada. It is currently running in Hungary and Greece, on tour in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay, and new productions are scheduled to open in Brazil, Prague, Venezuala, Tokyo, Colombia, Madrid, and London in 2012-2013. Huff has an MFA from the University of Iowa’s Playwright’s Workshop, is a Resident Alumnus at Chicago Dramatists, and is the recipient of a Joseph Jefferson Award, the Cunningham Prize, the John Gassner Award, the Berrilla Kerr Award, and three Illinois Arts Council Playwriting Fellowships.

Russ Tutterow has nurtured the art and careers of countless playwrights at Chicago Dramatists, where he has been artistic director since 1986. To honor his 25th year as Artistic Director and his contribution to the cultural life of Chicago, May Street (adjacent to Chicago Dramatists) was recently proclai
med “Russ Tutterow Way” by the City of Chicago.

Tutterow is the recipient of the 2005 League of Chicago Theatres’ Artistic Leadership Award for his “outstanding achievement in developing new plays and his long time contribution to Chicago theatre,” the 2007 Achievement in Theatre Award from the Illinois Theatre Association and the 2010 Actors' Equity Spirit Award for his commitment to non-traditional casting and diversity. At Chicago Dramatists, he has directed countless new play readings, and nurtured the art and careers of hundreds of playwrights, including Rebecca Gilman, Tina Fey, Sarah Ruhl, Keith Huff, Lydia R. Diamond, Tanya Saracho, Brett Neveu, Rick Cleveland, David Barr, and Roger Rueff, to name just a few. Recently, in addition to directing Chicago Dramatists’ world premiere productions of the Jeff Award-winning hit, A Steady Rain, Tutterow also directed Blizzard ’67 by Jon Steinhagen, Hickorydickory by Marisa Wegrzyn, Water by Alice Austen (Jeff Award nomination for New Work), Voyeurs de Venus by Lydia R. Diamond (Jeff Award for New Work), Heat by Marsha Estell (Jeff Award nomination for New Work) and Drawing War by Brett Neveu.

Tutterow also has directed, managed or taught for such Chicago theatres as Goodman, Victory Gardens, Royal George, Mercury, Briar Street, Prop, Zebra Crossing, Igloo, and Cullen, Henaghan & Platt Productions, as well as Café LaMama Hollywood and served on the 2005 First Look Council at Steppenwolf Theatre. Tutterow has held positions as adjunct associate professor of theatre at the University of Wisconsin and director of theatre at Lake Forest College. He holds an M.A. in Theatre from Northwestern University and a B.A. in Theatre from Ball State University.

ABOUT CHICAGO COMMERCIAL COLLECTIVE

This is the first production for the Chicago Commercial Collective, a new company focused on producing Chicago theater of incredible quality and commercial appeal and fostering a new age among Chicago’s mid-sized commercial theaters. The company is a partnership between Brian Loevner, Aurelia Fisher and Monty Cole. 

Brian Loevner is a theatre manager, producer, production manager and arts educator. Since 2004, Loevner has served as the managing director of Chicago Dramatists. He has produced and production managed more than 90 shows with companies such as Famous Door Theatre, Timeline Theatre, Collaboraction, Chicago Dramatists and The Actor's Gymnasium. He also sits on the Executive Committee of Board of Directors of The League Of Chicago Theatres. Further, he has worked as a non-profit consultant, assisting small non-profits with board management and recruitment and setting up accounting and office systems. He attended Virginia Tech University and George Mason University where he majored in Theatre Arts with a focus on Arts Management.


Aurélia K. Fisher is a theatre producer and a consultant to non- profit administrators. She recently received a Master of Fine Arts in theater management from Yale School of Drama. Since her move to Chicago, Fisher has worked with About Face Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, The Music Theatre Company, OnStage in America and Lifeline Theater. While at Yale, she worked as the managing director for the Yale Cabaret, producing 20 shows in 28 weeks. Prior to her time at Yale, she worked as the technical archivist at The Metropolitan Opera in New York City. During her time in New York City, Fisher founded Pig Brooch, an ensemble theatre company. She is also a member of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network.

Monty Cole is a producer, actor and arts educator from the Chicagoland area. Monty founded Fireseed Theatre Company, a non- profit performance ensemble, for which he served as artistic director in 2007. In the summer of 2010, he served on the faculty at the National High School Institute at Northwestern University where he was one of ten young people chosen to teach at this prestigious summer program. In the past, Cole has worked with Lookingglass, The House Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, the Royal George Theater, as well as Victory Gardens, in the Kemper Arts Management position. Cole holds a bachelor’s degree in acting and arts management from Emerson College in Boston, MA.

The Chicago Commercial Collective presents A Steady Rain, written by Keith Huff and directed by original director Russ Tutterow, Saturday, July 7 – Sunday, Sept. 2. Previews are July 7 at 8 p.m. and July 7 at 2 and 7 p.m. Opening/Press night is Tuesday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m. The regular run is Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and are $40 (preview tickets are $35) and may be purchased online at www.asteadyrainchicago.com. Student and group discounts are available.


 


Pictured: (l to r) Randy Steinmeyer and Peter DeFaria
Photography by Anthony Robert La Penna


Pictured: (l to r) Randy Steinmeyer and Peter DeFaria
Photography by Anthony Robert La Penna






















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