John Mahoney out of Penelope at Steppenwolf
Steppenwolf Theatre Company reports that ensemble member John Mahoney is leaving the cast of its upcoming production of Penelope.
"Due to an unexpected death in his family, John is traveling back to his home of Manchester, England immediately," Steppenwolf artistic director Martha Lavey said in a statement. "Our hearts and prayers go out to John during this difficult time... and we hope to announce a replacement shortly." [Update: Ensemble member Tracy Letts will take Mahoney's place.] Enda Walsh's Penelope, directed by Amy Morton, is set to begin performances December 1.