It helps me to think about what this book did for Carson McCullers... She knew some tremendous loneliness herself... Writing this book helped her keep going.

Synopsis

Jo’s junior year is turned upside down when she is the target of gay bashing. Assigned to read The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Jo uses Carson McCullers’ classic story to move beyond despair into a world of possibility. fml: how Carson McCullers saved my life is a play about surviving high school and the transformative power of literature.

Watch & Listen

  1. The Scene: fml: how Carson McCullers saved my life

    The Scene: fml: how Carson McCullers saved my life

  2. FML in Production

    FML in Production

  3. FML in Rehearsal

    FML in Rehearsal

Cast & Artists

The Artists

  • Author: Sarah Gubbins
  • Directed by: Joanie Schultz
  • Scenic Design: Chelsea Warren
  • Costume Design: David Hyman
  • Lighting Design: Lee Keenan
  • Sound Design: Thomas Dixon
  • Stage Manager: Cassie Calderone
  • Graphic Artist: Lydia Conklin;
    Projection Design: Mike Tutaj

The Cast

  • Zoe Levin
  • Ian Daniel McLaren
  • Lily Mojekwu
  • Fiona Robert
  • Bradley Grant Smith

Program Articles

Two Plays in Conversation: How Classics Inspire Us

A welcome letter from Steppenwolf for Young Adults Artistic and Educational Director Hallie Gordon

These Times They are A-Changin'

A conversation with Brandon Rivera, Steppenwolf Young Adult Council Member and a senior at Lincoln Park High School and Actress Fiona Robert, playing the character of Jo in fml and a senior at Chicago Academy for the Arts.

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Running Time

Content Advisory

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Additional Information

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Special Performances


Pay-What-You-Can
Saturdays, March 10 & 17 at 7:30PM are
Pay-What-You-Can. Pay-What-You-Can tickets for these performances are only available in person at the box office or by calling (312) 335-1650.

Sign Language-Interpreted
Saturday, March 17 at 7:30pm

Open Captioning
Sunday, March 18 at 3pm

Audio Description and Touch Tour
Sunday, March 18
Touch Tour: 1:30pm
Curtain: 3pm

SYA Season

Sponsors

  • Corporate Sponsor of Steppenwolf for Young Adults
    Corporate Sponsor of Steppenwolf for Young Adults
  • Sponsor of 2-for-1 Sunday Matinees
    Sponsor of 2-for-1 Sunday Matinees
  • Partial support for open captioning provided by Theatre Development Fund
    Partial support for open captioning provided by Theatre Development Fund