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It's the end of October, 2012: John and Anne have two children and a good marriage - they have sex, drive hybrids, and have cut out sugar. But John has been spying on the neighbors, frankly, for a while now, and at 9 a.m, Halloween morning, the neighbors have come for a visit. The Cheats is a play about your marriage, and how it can get f*cked when you forget to lock the front door.
Cast of The Cheats
PLAYWRIGHT: Hamish Linklater
DIRECTED BY: Joanie Schultz*
CAST: Peter Moore*, Kendra Thulin*, Brad Akin* and Julia Siple*
SET DESIGN Chelsea Warren** LIGHTING DESIGN Brandon Wardell** COSTUME DESIGN Izumi Inaba SOUND DESIGN Matt Chapman** PROP DESIGN Jamie Karas STAGE MANAGER Jason Crutchfield ASSSISTANT DIRECTOR Mike Mroch DRAMATURG - Carina Abbaticchio
  *denotes Steep Ensemble Member
**denotes Steep Artistic Associate
October 1st – November 7th, 2015
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
Sunday matinee performances at 3pm

Cast of The CheatsThe performance on Saturday, October 24 will be at 3pm. This performance will feature audio description and a pre-show touch tour, beginning at 2pm.
Steep Theatre is thrilled to launch their 15th season with the world premiere of Hamish Linklater's The Cheats. Mr. Linklater, a celebrated and award-winning stage and film actor, made his playwriting debut in 2013 with the well-regarded piece The Vandal, which enjoyed an extended Off-Broadway run with the Flea Theater in New York City and subsequently made its Midwest premiere at Steep Theatre in October of 2014. The Cheats, Mr. Linklater's much-anticipated second play after his promising debut, explores the way that we can hastily judge others while refusing to acknowledge our own flaws. The production will be helmed by one of Chicago's most sought after directors, Steep Ensemble Member Joanie Schultz.
Mr. Linklater visited Steep this past fall to attend their production of The Vandal and, while in town, the company presented readings of two of his scripts that were still in development. One of these scripts would become The Cheats and when Mr. Linklater expressed interest in further developing it with Steep, the company leapt at the opportunity. The Vandal was a remarkable playwriting debut," said Steep Artistic Director Peter Moore, "and with The Cheats, Hamish is poised to establish himself as one of the most intriguing and exciting voices in theatre today. We're all thrilled to have the opportunity to help bring it to the world."
Steep's production of Linklater's The Vandal was lauded as one of the more memorable of the year by Kerry Reid of the Chicago Tribune, while Kelly Kleiman of The Dueling Critics called it "a debut any writer would envy". The Vandal was nominated for Jeff Awards for Best Actress (Kendra Thulin), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Jack Miggins), and recently received a TimeOut Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor (Miggins).
Director Joanie Schultz has directed Steep's Jeff nominated/winning productions The Receptionist, A Brief History of Helen of Troy, and In Arabia We'd All Be Kings, along with recent notable Chicago productions of Venus in Fur at the Goodman Theatre and The Whale at Victory Gardens Theater, where she serves as Associate Artistic Producer.
Hamish Linklater has worked extensively as an actor on the stage and in television and film. On television, he starred in the CBS comedy series The Crazy Ones and has appeared in 5 Days to Midnight and Live From Baghdad, as well as The Good Wife, The Newsroom, and The New Adventures of Old Christine. His film work includes 42, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, Lola Versus, Beyond Redemption and Battleship, as well as Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight. Mr. Linklater's stage acting credits include many Broadway and Off-Broadway productions.
Hamish's versatility as a theatre artist is mirrored by Steep company member Brad Akin. Mr. Akin, who is usually sitting in the director's chair, will be joining his fellow company members onstage in The Cheats, acting on Steep's stage after a near 10-year hiatus. These versatile artists working together to help bring The Cheats' world premiere to life represent the essence of what Steep Theatre sets out to accomplish; the desire to give a voice to bold, new work in a way that makes it accessible to a broad spectrum of audiences.
The Cheats will feature Steep founding member and Artistic Director Peter Moore (Brilliant Adventures, The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle, Motortown, Pornography) and recently Jeff nominated Steep company member Kendra Thulin (The Vandal, The Knowledge, Harper Regan). Steep company member and director Brad Akin will return to the stage after last appearing in the 2008 production of Breathing Corpses, and Steep company member and Managing Director Julia Siple (The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle, A Small Fire, Motortown, Moment) will round out the production's four-person cast.
Kendra Thulin (Anne) Steep credits: Acting: Martyr, The Vandal (Non-Equity Jeff Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress), Motortown, Fallow, Luther, Pornography and Harper Regan (Non-Equity Jeff for Outstanding Lead Actress). Other credits include A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (Sheila), Stage Left Theatre and Theatre on the Lake, Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom and State of the Union, Strawdog Theatre, Hunger, Lifeline Theatre, Want, Steppenwolf First Look Repertory. Kendra has dialect coached many Steep productions, including the recent Brilliant Adventures. She has also dialect coached at Griffin, Remy Bumppo, Raven, Pine Box Theatre and Lifeline’s current production of Miss Buncle’s Book. Kendra is a Professor of Theatre at Columbia College Chicago.
Peter Moore (John) Pete is thrilled to be back on stage at Steep, working with Joanie and this wonderful cast and crew. He is a Founding Member and the Artistic Director of Steep and has appeared in a bunch of shows over the last 14 years. His credits include Motortown, Love and Money, Harper Regan, A Brief History of Helen of Troy, The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle, If There is I Haven't Found it Yet, most recently Brilliant Adventures and a few other shows with impossibly long titles. Pete also recently appeared in The Downpour with Route 66 Theatre, NBC's Chicago Fire, and the Bollywood film Dhoom 3. Check out the pilot for the series Convergence, which features Pete, at Pete is a graduate of Bowdoin College and The School at Steppenwolf, and is represented by Paonessa Talent both in the states and India. Thanks to the company, the board and all of Steep’s friends and supporters. Special thanks to his incredibly supportive family, his lovely wife Jen, and his pals Harry and Gus.
Brad Akin (Jonathan) Brad is an actor, director, and teacher based here in Chicago. A proud company member at Steep since 2005, he is so pleased to be working on this stage again. Acting credits include: Breathing Corpses, The Night Heron and Incident at Vichy (Steep); The Aliens (Red Orchid); Arsenic & Old Lace (Northwestern University, dir. Frank Galati). This spring, he will be directing the Chicago premiere of Samuel D Hunter’s The Few at Steep. Directing credits include: strangers, babies, Under The Blue Sky, Greensboro: A Requiem, Insignificance, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Book of Days (Steep); Where We’re Born (Steppenwolf); Crimes of the Heart (Step Up); Edgar & Annabel (Poor Theatre); The Revenants (WildClaw); OOHRAH! (LiveWire Chicago). Brad is a graduate of Northwestern University. He thanks Joanie, Hamish, and his Steep family for all their love and support. And he dedicates this performance to his mother and brother, the strongest people he’s ever met. For more info, visit:
Julia Siple (Susie) Julia most recently appeared as Jessica in Steep’s productions of The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle and Jenny in A Small Fire. Prior Steep shows include Motortown, Moment, Love and Money, Under the Blue Sky, 2000 Feet Away, Festen and Harper Regan. Julia has worked with various theater companies around Chicago including Viaduct, TUTA, Strawdog, Circle, Griffin, and Uffish. She is a holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Michigan. Julia is the managing director here at Steep and she is so glad you have joined us tonight.

The Cheats | October 1st – November 7th, 2015
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
Sunday matinee performances at 3pm

The performance on Saturday, October 24 will be at 3pm. This performance will feature audio description and a pre-show touch tour, beginning at 2pm.
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