‘Courage’ leads Steppenwolf

Other revivals include 'Glengarry Glen Ross' and 'The Royal Family'

CHICAGO — With Lois Smith in the title role, Bertolt Brecht’s “Mother Courage and Her Children” will kick off the 26th season of the Steppenwolf Theater Co. Guitarist T Bone Burnett will contribute an original score for Eric Simonson’s revival.

Other revivals in the five-play Steppenwolf season include David Mamet’s “Glengarry Glen Ross,” starring Mamet vet Mike Nussbaum; and a rare look at George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber’s 1927 comedy “The Royal Family,” under the direction of Frank Galati.

The other two plays are “The Purple Heart” by Bruce Norris, which will star Laurie Metcalf as a Vietnam war widow; and a new Tina Landau project.

Working with Curt Columbus, ensemble member Landau will translate, adapt and direct “Maria Arndt” by Elsa Bernstein, an early 20th century German writer who worked under the name Ernst Rosmer.

Most casting has yet to be announced. If the anticipated strikes in Hollywood come to pass, it’s likely that many of Steppenwolf’s celebrity ensemble members will have particular interest in returning home to the Chicago stage.

The company will soon be repped on Broadway by its revival of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” starring Gary Sinise.

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