'East of Eden' cast announced
Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced the full cast for the first show of its 40th-anniversary seasonthe world-premiere production of John Steinbeck's East of Eden.
The cast features ensemble members Kate Arrington as Cathy Trask, Francis Guinan as Samuel Hamilton, Tim Hopper as Adam Trask and Alan Wilder as Dr. Murphy and Mr. Bacon. The production is a reunion for Guinan, Hopper, Wilder and Terry Kinney, all who appeared in Galati's 1988 adaptation of The Grapes of Wrath.
East of Eden begins previews Sept. 17 and runs through Nov. 15 in Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St.
Season subscriptions are currently on sale; packages start at $100. Call 312-335-1650 or visit steppenwolf.org .
Wonka Ball raises $60K
More than 400 guests celebrated About Face Theatre's ( AFT's ) 19th year at "Wonka Ball: Warhol" on April 10 at Moonlight Studios, 1446 W. Kinzie St.
The company's annual galawhich, this year, was a celebration of pop art icon Andy Warhol and his cadre of celebritiesraised more than $60,000 for About Face's programming, new play development and educational program.