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Steppenwolf Theatre Company has announced that stage, film and television star Phylicia Rashad will direct the company’s Chicago premiere of The Roommate, starring Ora Jones and Sandra Marquez, as part of their 2017-2018 season. Performances begin June 21, 2018, and end August 21, 2018.

Rashad, perhaps best-known for her TV role as Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show, has several directorial credits to her name, including a plethora of works by the late August Wilson. She directed Seattle Repertory Theatre’s 2007 production of Gem of the Ocean, the 2014 revival of Fences at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ, and most recently, a 2016 production of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.

In a press announcement, artistic director Anna D. Shapiro said:

“We are thrilled to have the phenomenal Phylicia Rashad join us next season. Her captivating artistry spans theatre, television, and film, and her work continues to break boundaries. Steppenwolf’s relationship with Phylicia began when she portrayed Viola Westin in August: Osage County on Broadway and has deepened through her work in ensemble member Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Head of Passes. It was a true joy to pay honor to her at this year’s Women in the Arts luncheon, and we look forward to welcoming her back to direct this beautiful play.”

Jen Silverman’s dark new comedy tells the story of Sharon, a recent divorcee in need of a roommate to share her Iowa home. Robyn needs a place to hide and a chance to start over. But as Sharon begins to uncover Robyn’s secrets, they encourage her own deep-seated desire to transform her life completely.

Find out more about subscriptions and memberships for the 2017–18 season, available by calling Audience Services at (312) 335-1650 or visiting steppenwolf.org.


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