Synopsis

Bee is a young woman who believes she has the uncanny ability to see the future, and maybe even alter it. With the click of a television remote, we loop through time in this dark, funny world premiere about a woman bent on reinventing her own destiny - and possibly the world.

Bruce Norris has on ongoing collaboration with Steppenwolf where his plays The Unmentionables, The Pain and the Itch, We All Went Down to Amsterdam, The Infidel and Purple Heart (also in Galway, Ireland) were commissioned and produced. Anna D. Shapiro won a 2008 Tony® Award for her direction of Steppenwolf’s critically-acclaimed production of August: Osage County. Other Steppenwolf directing credits include the 2008-2009 season production of Up as well as Three Days of Rain, Drawer Boy, I Never Sang for My Father and Man from Nebraska. She is also head of the Graduate Directing Program at Northwestern University.

Watch & Listen

  1. Tom Irwin on A Parallelogram

    Tom Irwin on A Parallelogram

  2. #048: Ensemble Member Tom Irwin on A Parallelogram

    #048: Ensemble Member Tom Irwin on A Parallelogram

  3. A Parallelogram: Audience Reactions

    A Parallelogram: Audience Reactions

  4. #047: Ensemble Member Anna D. Shapiro on A Parallelogram

    #047: Ensemble Member Anna D. Shapiro on A Parallelogram

  5. A Parallelogram in Production

    A Parallelogram in Production

  6. First Impressions of A Parallelogram

    First Impressions of A Parallelogram

  7. #046: Playwright Bruce Norris on A Parallelogram

    #046: Playwright Bruce Norris on A Parallelogram

  8. Tom Hickey Video Diary #1: Fourth Week of A Parallelogram Rehearsal

    Tom Hickey Video Diary #1: Fourth Week of A Parallelogram Rehearsal

  9. Ensemble Member Anna D. Shapiro On Bruce Norris

    Ensemble Member Anna D. Shapiro On Bruce Norris

  10. A Parallelogram in Rehearsal

    A Parallelogram in Rehearsal

  11. A Parallelogram: Set Models

    A Parallelogram: Set Models

  12. #017: Artistic Director Martha Lavey on the 2009-2010 Season

    #017: Artistic Director Martha Lavey on the 2009-2010 Season

Cast & Artists

The Artists

The Cast

  • Tim Bickel
  • Marylouise Burke

Featured Ensemble Members

Reviews

“Fascinating, compelling, smart and uncompromising... it makes your head spin in all the right ways.” – Chicago Tribune

“Highly entertaining and exceptionally thought-provoking comedy.”- Variety

“Highly recommended!” - Chicago Sun-Times

“If you only see one play this year, see Steppenwolf Theatre’s A Parallelogram” – Chicago Theatre Blog

Program Articles

Thinking Ahead: Everyday Psychics and A Parallelogram

Can we know the future in advance?

Uncovering Illusion in the Work of Bruce Norris

In the search for a scapegoat, Norris’s characters first try to condemn other people and finally come to painful self-knowledge.

Unfreezing the Play

Theater is a series of ongoing interpretations.

In Contemplation of Giant Questions

Playwright Bruce Norris discusses the making of A Parallelogram with Director Anna D. Shapiro and Artistic Director Martha Lavey.

Letter from Artistic Director on A Parallelogram

Our beliefs about how we can or cannot control our own destiny are germane to the decisions we make about how to interact with the world.

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Content Advisory

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