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It was announced this morning that William Petersen has joined the ensemble of Steppenwolf Theatre, where he’s currently playing the lead in Conor McPherson’s Dublin Carol. Though CSI star Petersen appeared with Steppenwolf in Lanford Wilson’s Balm in Gilead (1980) and Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love (1984), he’s never been a company member. For years, his primary affiliation was with Remains Theatre, the company he cofounded in 1979, whose notable shows included an adaptation of Moby Dick featuring Petersen as Ahab. Remains tanked in 1995 after a costly, poorly received production of John Guare’s Moon Under Miami–in my opinion, one of the top ten turkeys in Chicago theater history. Other former Remains members now at Steppenwolf include Amy Morton and Gary Cole.

Petersen was also honored this week by Season of Concern, which provides financial support to artists living with HIV/AIDS. A generous contributor to SOC, Petersen won a Larry Sloan Award, named for SOC’s first executive director. Sloan, who died of AIDS in 1995, also served as artistic director of Remains from 1986 to 1993. This year’s  other award winners were Actors’ Equity Association, and Larry Baker and the Jersey Boys Chicago company.