Steppenwolf stepping in

Chi theater offers 'Pillowman,' 'Osage County'

“The Pillowman” and the world preem of a play by Tracy Letts (“Bug”) are among the offerings of the 2006-07 season at the Steppenwolf Theater in Chi.

Company’s 31st season kicks off with “Pillowman,” the Martin McDonagh chiller nommed for a 2005 Tony. Amy Morton directs.

Lett’s latest, “August: Osage County,” follows a Kansas family grappling with the disappearance of its patriarch. Morton will appear in the production, set to begin perfs in June 2007.

Before that, Letts and Morton will co-star in the Steppenwolf’s January production of Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal.”

Also on the theater’s slate are “Sonia Flew,” by Melinda Lopez; stage adaptations of Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye” and Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”; and the April opening of “The Diary of Anne Frank,” helmed by Tina Landau.

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