Source : Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune

William Petersen joins Steppenwolf ensemble

William Petersen, the longtime star of the TV drama “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and now an actor re-dedicated to Chicago theater, is becoming the 42nd member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s storied acting ensemble.

“I’ve known many of these Steppenwolf guys for 30 years,” the Evanston-born Petersen said Monday afternoon. “The place feels like home for me. I was very honored to be asked.”

Petersen is certainly a logical choice for Steppenwolf.

His fellow Remains Theater Ensemble alumnae, Gary Cole and Amy Morton, are ensemble members. Petersen is very much a creature of the live theater—he is starring in “Dublin Carol’ at Steppenwolf through Jan. 4 and appears next spring in “Blackbird” at the Victory Gardens. And thanks to the huge popularity of “CSI,” Petersen will also be a bona-fide box-office draw for Steppenwolf. and also an actor who will help draw national attention to projects there.

Petersen said that he hopes to be on stage at Steppenwolf at some point during the 2009-10 season.

“There are a lot of guys there now and we’re all around the same stage,” he said, lightly, of the competition for a slot. “I just want to be on the stage telling stories.”