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Anna D. Shapiro at Steppenwolf Theatre: Work in progress

Anna D. Shapiro at Steppenwolf Theatre: Work in progress

Anna D. Shapiro, thoughtful and pushy, a hugger with a smirk never far from her face, an inquisitive art house picture tucked inside a pin-balling screwball comedy, about to become one of the most important people in Chicago theater, stood in the living room of her New York City apartment. It was late in the spring on the Upper East Side, where she and her husband, actor Ian Barford, had been living since the previous summer. They'd fly back, occasionally, to their home in Evanston for 24 hours or less, then return: He was appearing in the Tony-winning "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" and she had been directing a string of Broadway hits — "Of Mice...

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