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It’s a wonderful 80 degree day in Chicago today, so welcome after the ridiculous non-spring of the past couple of weeks when rain and a cold front kept me and many other Chicagoans wondering whether the proverbial light of summer at the end of a lingering winter will ever come.  It’s great to be out and about in the city today, but other than a couple of hours running around this afternoon, I’ve been at home, recovering, yes recovering, from the festivities last night at the Steppenwolf Theatre Auxiliary Council’s Red or White Ball (I guess my philosophy of age being just another number is demolished by the reality of a major hangover, achy feet and joints, and a hoarse voice brought about by a night of late-night carousing).  The Ball is the major annual fund-raising event for the Auxiliary Council (of which I’m a Governor), and all proceeds go to Steppenwolf’s exemplary Steppenwolf for Young Adults program which brings high school students from the Chicago public school system to the theater to see adaptations of literary works on stage.  The program also helps enrich the teaching toolkits of the drama and arts teachers of these students by providing immersion workshops for them to attend.  It’s a really great program, which I am very proud to be supporting and to be associated with.  The Steppenwolf for Young Adults 2008-2009 season consists of an all African-American production of Tennesee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie featuring ensemble member Alana Arenas, directed by ensemble member Yasen Peyankov, and John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, directed by the actor Michael Patrick Thornton, who was terrific in last year’s Young Adults production of The Elephant Man.  Some people I know are reluctant to come to the Young Adults productions because they think these plays are staged and performed with teenagers in mind (meaning adults might just be fidgeting and checking their watches every five minutes througout the performance), but I have to say both The Elephant Man and Harriet Jacobs which comprised the 2007-2008 season were as mature, involving, and impactful as the Main Stage productions.  Come on- it’s Steppenwolf.  And kids in this century are savvy enough to know when they’re in the midst of enthralling theater.  On a personal note, I’d like to thank all my friends who came out last night to the Ball – I hope everyone had a great time, and a lot to drink (and needed less recovery time today than I did!)


One Response to “Recovering”

  1. Steve On Broadway (SOB) Says:

    Well I’m officially disappointed. It would have been wonderful to have met you at the Red or White Ball – I was there as well and had, well, a ball! Hopefully we’ll have a chance to meet at a future Steppenwolf event!

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