Steppenwolf Theatre Company of Chicago: In Their Own Words
510ahey28ylby John Mayer
Bloomsbury Methuen Drama; Reprint edition
ISBN-13: 978-1474239455

Now available in an affordable paperback version, this oral history of Steppenwolf Theatre Company is near and dear to your PopCulteer’s heart, as he got married on stage at the legendary Chicago actor’s theater. This is an absolutely perfect gift for the theater geek on your list.

In 1974, a group of determined, young high school actors started doing plays under the name of Steppenwolf Theatre Company, eventually taking residence in the basement of a church in Highland Park, a suburb of Chicago. Thus began their unlikely journey to become one of the most prominent theatre companies in the world.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company has changed the face of American Theatre with its innovative approach that blends dynamic ensemble performance, honest, straightforward acting, and bold, thought-provoking stories to create compelling theatre.

giftguide-graphic-smallThis is the first book to chronicle this iconic theatre company, offering an account of its early years and development, its work, and the methodologies that have made it one of the most influential ensemble theatres today. Author, John Mayer, was a high-school classmate of Jeff Perry and Gary Sinise, two of the founding members of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company. He is Chair of the Theatre Department at California State University, Stanislaus in Turlock, California, USA.

Through extensive, in-depth interviews conducted by the author with ensemble members, this book reveals the story of Steppenwolf’s miraculous rise from basement to Broadway and beyond. Interviewees include co-founders Jeff Perry, Gary Sinise and Terry Kinney, along a myriad of ensemble, staff, board members and others.

You can order this book locally using the ISBN number above, or order it from Amazon. If you want to go all out, you can find it in hardback for nearly a hundred bucks, but the paperback edition should do quite well as a gift.