Some of the memorable productions in the Garage include Adam Rapp's Red Light Winter; ensemble member Austin Pendleton's Orson's Shadow, which played both regionally and off-Broadway; Until We Find Each Other, Brooke Berman's play, directed by ensemble member Anna D. Shapiro, which featured a cast comprised entirely of students from The School at Steppenwolf; Craig Wright's Orange Flower Water, directed by ensemble member Rick Snyder, which traveled to the Galway Arts Festival in Ireland; and ensemble member Tina Landau's Theatrical Essays, created with a company of actors, which was cited by New City as The Best Theater Production of 2004.
The First Look Repertory of New Work, Garage Rep, and Next Up festivals are all held annually in the Garage. First Look continues Steppenwolf’s commitment to new plays for the American theater, and includes three new plays presented in rotating repertory, accompanied by readings and events. Garage Rep invites three Chicago storefront companies to produce their work in rotating repertory in the Garage. Next Up meanwhile offers graduating students in Northwestern’s Directing MFA program an opportunity to produce a play on the Steppenwolf Stage.
Visiting companies in residence in the Garage Theatre have included Curious Theatre Branch, The Hypocrites, Prop Thtr., Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, and Roadworks Productions.
Take a look inside
We recently renovated The Garage to include a new lounge, bar and two art installations. You can take a peek inside and find out more about the work that was done in this short documentry.