In her book Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Harriet Jacobs describes with brutal honesty the hardships she endures under slavery, including the extraordinary choices she makes to be near her children. To survive, she escapes into her imagination and through writing, discovers hope for a better life. Accompanied by the rich musical traditions of slave spirituals, Harriet Jacobs is an inspiring look at a young woman’s fascinating journey from slavery to freedom.

Steppenwolf for Young Adults programming annually serves over 12,000 individuals from Chicago’s most underserved populations through two full-scale productions and programs specifically geared towards teachers and high school students.

Watch & Listen

  1. A Day in the Life of Steppenwolf Theatre Company

    A Day in the Life of Steppenwolf Theatre Company

  2. Harriet Jacobs in Production

    Harriet Jacobs in Production

  3. Harriet Jacobs in Rehearsal

    Harriet Jacobs in Rehearsal

Cast & Artists

The Artists


"[A] remarkable achievement"
-Chicago Tribune

"Ferociously, scrupulously achieved"
-Time Out Chicago

"Reader Recommended... intelligent and enlightening"
-Chicago Reader

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