The Downstairs Theatre, which opened with the production of Ronald Harwood's Another Time in 1991, is Steppenwolf's largest theater— a 515-seat house which hosts four of the five plays in the subscription season.
Lobby & Amenities
Located outside of the Downstairs Theatre, the Steppenwolf lobby and concession service opens one hour prior to performance. We offer a range of refreshments, including a full bar with liquor, imported and domestic beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages. Save time during intermission and pre-order your cocktails before the show. Fresh-brewed Peet's coffee is available at every performance. We also feature a variety of candies and cookies.
Hinckley Springs is the preferred water company of Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
In the Downstairs Theatre, audiences have seen a string quartet apparently floating above the stage space (A Clockwork Orange), a street awash with rain (Three Days of Rain), and life-sized cars enter the space (I Just Stopped By to See the Man). Our audiences have seen characters cross a tow-bridge over the audience (Berlin Circle), descend into the grave (Everyman), and emerge from the voms beneath the audience (Hedda Gabler). Seminal productions such as August: Osage County, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and The Song of Jacob Zulu, all began in the theater before moving to Broadway and around the world.
Co-productions with visiting companies have also presented in the Downstairs Theatre, such as Wedding Band, produced with Congo Square Theatre Company, and Tennessee Williams' One Arm, presented by Steppenwolf Theatre Company, About Face Theatre, and Tectonic Theater Project.