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Willem Dafoe Replacing Matt Dillon at Nelson Algren Tribute

By Rob Christopher in Arts & Entertainment on Apr 3, 2009 6:55PM

We've just learned that due to a last minute scheduling conflict, Matt Dillon has had to drop out of Nelson Algren Live: The 100th Birthday Celebration, which is Monday evening at the Steppenwolf. In his stead will be Willem Dafoe. A script written just for the occasion weaves tributes from people who knew Algren with excerpts from his writing. Dafoe will portray Frankie Machine from The Man with the Golden Arm, while author Barry Gifford will play Nelson himself. Among others performing are writers Russell Banks and Don DeLillo, and Steppenwolf ensemble member Martha Lavey. Tickets are available by calling the theater box office.