McCraney play gets Chicago bow

Steppenwolf sets 2012-13 season

A world preem from Tarell Alvin McCraney is among the shows on tap for the 2012-13 season at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater Company.

Tina Landau, a company member at the Windy City org, helms “Head of Passes,” about a present-day birthday party that brings out a dark secret. Show is set to run at the Steppenwolf April 4-June 9, 2013.

Rising young scribe McCraney (“Wig Out!”) and Landau collaborated previously on “The Brother/Sister Plays,” which had a well-received run at Off Broadway’s Public Theater in 2009.

Also on the Steppenwolf slate are Chi bows of David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Good People,” Stephen Adly Guirgis’ “The Motherfucker With the Hat” (to be helmed by Anna D. Shapiro, who directed it on the Rialto) and Amy Herzog’s “Belleville” directed by Anne Kaufman, who helmed the play’s preem this season at Yale Repertory Theater. A revival of Harold Pinter’s “The Birthday Party,” directed by Austin Pendleton, also is on the bill.

Steppenwolf’s output is regularly seen on Gotham stages, with “August: Osage County” and “Superior Donuts” among the productions to land on Broadway. Next season, Lisa d’Amour’s play “Detroit,” which premiered at Steppenwolf, will get a staging at Off Broadway’s Playwrights Horizons.

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