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Steep Theatre Presents The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle
 
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THE LIFE AND SORT OF DEATH OF ERIC ARGYLE
 
Getting hit by a truck was startling enough, but two days after his death Eric Argyle began to discover the profound impact of his seemingly inconsequential life. Ross Dungan's delightfully inspiring story illuminates the power of the stories we tell about ourselves and poses the question, "is there such a thing as a small life?"
 
"an ingenious experience! Only those with a heart of stone could fail to be moved by a story that suggests no life is completely wasted."
   - The Guardian
Cast of The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle
PLAYWRIGHT: Ross Dugan     DIRECTED BY: Jonathan Berry
 
WITH ENSEMBLE MEMBERS: Alex Gillmor, Julia Siple, Melissa Riemer,
Patricia Donegan and Peter Moore
AND Ashley Neal, Brett Schneider, Jack Dryden, Jeff Duhigg, Lucy Carapetyan, Nellie Ognacevic, Norm Woodel, Pat Whalen and Tim Musachio
 
PRODUCTION MANAGER Julia Siple* STAGE MANAGER Jon Ravenscroft COSTUME DESIGN Emily McConnell SET DESIGN William Boles LIGHTING DESIGN Pete Dully* ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE Matthew Chapman** PROP DESIGN Maria DeFabo ASST. DIRECTOR Maggie Rogers
 
  *denotes ensemble member
**denotes Steep artistic associate
 
Steep Theatre is thrilled to present the Midwest Premiere of Irish playwright Ross Dungan's The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle. Steep Artistic Associate and Jeff Award-winning director Jonathan Berry returns to Steep to direct Dungan's heart-warming and magical exploration of lives lived without regret. Steep and Berry have racked up an impressive string of Midwest premieres, including last year's If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet and past hits The Knowledge, Moment and Festen.
 
In 2012, Steep and Berry made big waves with their runaway hit premiere of Deirdre Kinahan's Moment the most recent Irish import to grace Steep's stage. The production ran for 9 sold-out weeks at Steep's Edgewater theater, before transferring to the larger Theater Wit for 5 additional weeks of near capacity crowds. Moment was nominated for Jeff Awards for Best Direction and Best Ensemble. Berry's production of Eric Argyle continues Steep's tradition of electrifying ensemble work with an impressive assemblage of 12 actors who come together to tell a story that transcends time and illuminates the connections between us all.
 
The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Arglye premiered in Ireland in 2012, produced by 15th Oak. The production enjoyed enormously successful runs at both the Dublin and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, before transferring to London's Soho Theatre and New York's 59E59. Eric Argyle was nominated for Best New Play at the Irish Times Theatre Awards in 2013 as well as the Stewart Parker Trust Award. Mr. Dungan won a prestigious Fringe First award for his first play Minute After Midday. He is one-third of the hugely successful Irish sketch-comedy group A Betrayal of Penguins and currently writes for RTE's Fair City and Roy, as well as for a number of projects for Tilted Pictures.
 
Jonathan Berry is an Artistic Associate at Steep Theatre, where his productions include If There is I Haven't Found it Yet, The Knowledge, Festen, Moment, The Hollow Lands and Brecht's The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. His Steppenwolf productions include the SYA production of A Separate Peace, and the world premiere of Melinda Lopez's Gary; his Goodman productions include The Solid Sand Below and The World of Extreme Happiness. Mr. Berry most recently directed The Mousetrap at Northlight Theatre. He is also an Artistic Associate at Griffin Theatre, where his work includes Odets' Golden Boy, The Burnt Part Boys, Spring Awakening, and the North American premieres of Simon Stephens' Punk Rock (which garnered Jeff awards for Director, Lead Actor, and Ensemble), Port, and On the Shore of the Wide World. He has also worked with Chicago Dramatists, Lifeline Theatre, Remy Bumppo, Theatre Mir, Red Twist, and The Gift Theatre, where his credits include the world premieres of Andrew Hinderaker's Dirty and Suicide, Incorporated, which he subsequently directed at New York's Roundabout Theatre.
 
The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle | January 22nd February 28th, 2015
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
Sunday matinee performances February 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd at 3pm
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