William Petersen headed back to Steppenwolf

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Veteran Chicago actor William L. Petersen, the Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble member best known for playing Dr. Gilbert “Gil” Grissom on the hit CBS series “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” will be heading “home” this summer.

He will star in Greg Pierce’s play “Slowgirl” on the Steppenwolf Upstairs stage, where his co-star will be Rae Gray, the young actress now making her mark in Theater Wit’s “Completeness.”

Randall Arney, another long-absent Steppenwolf ensemble member (currently artistic director of the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles), will direct the production, set to run July 18-Aug. 25.

“Slowgirl,” which debuted last summer at the Lincoln Center Theater, is set in motion in the wake of a harrowing accident at a house party in Massachusetts, as a teenager flees to her uncle’s isolated retreat in the Costa Rican jungle to await, or avoid, the repercussions. As the reclusive Sterling (Petersen) and his impulsive niece (Gray) get reacquainted over the course of a week, startling details about their pasts slowly unfold.

Tickets ($20-$78) go on sale May 3. Call (312) 335-1650 or visit www.steppenwolf.org.