Coming Late 2020
The Marx Sister
Who was Margaret Dumont?
Though much has been written throughout the years about this much-loved character actress, no one really knew the woman behind the lorgnette... until Now!
The first full full-length biography of the storied Marx Brothers foil charts the evolution of Daisy Dumont, Nubile Vaudevillian, into Margaret Dumont, famed foil to not only the Marxes, but also Abbott & Costello, Laurel & Hardy, Jack Benny, Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis, Buster Keaton, Wheeler and Woolsey, and W.C. Fields!
Steven Krage often jokes that if his soul were any older, he'd be dead... and it's not much of an exaggeration!
He started his journey as an artist at the age of ten when he discovered his passion in Opera. Since that moment, he has become an accomplished bass-baritone and pianist/harpsichordist, having performed everywhere from The Chicago Symphony Center to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida and with many of the Chicago Suburbs most prestigious choral groups, including the New Classic Singers. He has also arranged and produced several one-man cabaret shows.
He is a budding composer with over twenty works published for voice, piano, chorus, orchestra, percussion, Sprechstimme, and more. He is also a composer of incidental music for the stage.
In addition to his musical ventures, he is an avid Actor. He has recently appeared in productions of Cheers to You, Kid! (Franz/Incidental Music), Urinetown (Mr. McQueen), Mel Brooks' The Producers (Carmen Ghia), Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple (Vinnie) and Woody Allen’s Don’t Drink the Water (Axel Magee.) In 2018 he played the role of Dex in the world premiere of Tom Lindsay's play Mail 'n Stuff (or Why My Ham Has Lint.) He was recently a cast member in the final Chicago cast of the Listen to Your Mother project, delivering his essay live at the Atheneum Theatre in Downtown Chicago.
He is a successful journalist, with writing projects spanning numerous genres, including plays, poetry, blogs, reviews, and books. His writing has been featured on BroadwayWorld.com, The Washington Post, and Ravinia.org. His now-retired blog, Steven's Old Showbiz on ChicagoNow.com, was thrice named as one of the best blogs on the site. His books The Mistakes of a Better World (a book of essays published in 2013), “if only…if only…”, The Evolution and Destruction of Stephen King’s Teacher Archetype in Rage and Carrie (an extended essay published in 2015) and The Artist’s Obligation: An Epitaph (a short novelette published in 2016), are all available on amazon.com. He is currently writing a book-length biography of infamous Marx Brothers foil Margaret Dumont.
He is a lauded interviewer, with a style that was described as follows by author January Jones (Thou Shalt Not Whine: The Eleventh Commandment and Jackie, Ari and Jack: The Tragic Love Triangle): "I have done over 500 TV and radio interviews on the Kennedys and Steven's questions are by far the best ones that I've, ever, ever been asked.”
He lives in Addison, IL and is proud to work at the Addison Public Library in the Material Management department.
Steven's Acting, Singing, and Writing Have Been Featured In/On:
Chicago Parent Magazine
The Chicago Tribune
The Daily Herald
The Elmhurst Patch
The Fest for Beatle's Fans Blog
The Ravinia Festival's Blog
IIMy Suburban Life
My Suburban Life's Weekend Life Magazine
The Washington Post
Washington University Library's Blog
WGN Chicago Radio
As well as in the books:
Un libro de mártires americanos (by Joyce Carol Oates
No Stopping Us Now: The Adventures of Older Women in American History (by Gail Collins)
You Shook Me All Campaign Long: Music in the 2016 Presidential Election and Beyond (edited by Kasper and Schoening)
"[Steven] fearlessly shares himself and so many of his experiences...[he's] truly one of the most exciting and eclectic [personalities] I have ever [met]."
- January Jones, Journalist
"Thank you so much for your very thoughtful and astute review of our first-ever public performance [ of War Paint at the Goodman Theatre]. Wow!"
- Christine Ebersole, Actress
"Steven is a man whose ideas stand alongside those of men and women who have lived twice as long on this planet. Steven has wisdom and a creative edge that defies a numerical designation. He has insight well-rooted in genius [and is] cutting-edge, strong and yet poetic, and unapologetically daring."
-Jude Southerland Kessler, Author