SynopsisLove-Lies-Bleeding focuses on the last years of a free-spirited artist, now left invalid after a second stroke. His estranged son, wife and ex-wife struggle over the ultimate question: how do they let him die with dignity? As DeLillo masterfully tackles the ethics of their decision, he amplifies what it truly means to be alive. Steppenwolf continues collaboration with one of America’s foremost writers: Don DeLillo. The Love-Lies-Bleeding playwright is widely recognized as one of the most distinctive and innovative writers of our time. Among his acclaimed novels are Americana, White Noise, Libra, Mao II and Underworld. Steppenwolf Theatre Company produced DeLillo’s novel Libra, adapted and directed by ensemble member John Malkovich in 1994, and play Valparaiso, directed by ensemble member Frank Galati in 2000. Love-Lies-Bleeding traveled to the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. in the spring of 2006. Find out more about our productions that have traveled beyond Chicago.
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On Amy Morton
"Amy Morton [is] always a fiercely intelligent director."
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"Amy Morton’s smart, unobtrusive direction propels this fine production..."
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On Martha Lavey
"Best of all is Lavey, whose responses to the shifting psychological terrain reflect our own."
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Artistic Apprentice Thomas Murray discusses Delillo's prescient interpretation of American culture.
Artistic Director Martha Lavey talks with acclaimed writer Don Delillo about Love-Lies-Bleeding, his world premiere play, featuring Martha in the Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre, April 27 - May 28, 2006.