One of the most neglected American writers and also one of the best loved, novelist Nelson Algren wrote about the dark underbelly of post-war America before it was ever fashionable to do so. He wrote about Chicago, his Chicago, the city, the corruption, the crime and the characters lost among its neon wilderness. Best known for the novel The Man with the Golden Arm, which later became a film starring Frank Sinatra, Algren was a bard of the down-and-outer, boldly depicting the life of the city's drunks, pimps, prostitutes, drug addicts, corrupt politicians, hoodlums and prize fighters. But despite his incredible body of work, much of Algren's writing has yet to be discovered by new generations. On what would have been his 100th birthday, a group of writers and actors gathered at the acclaimed Steppenwolf Theater in Algren's hometown Chicago to premiere... Nelson Algren Live --a celebration of Algren's life and work in his own words. This staged reading stars Willem Dafoe as ...