It's one of the small stories I carry, each extraordinary in its own right. Each one an attempt - an immense leap of an attempt - to prove to me that you, and your human existence, are worth it.


Liesel Meminger is a young girl struggling to survive in Nazi Germany. Her life is filled with risk and danger but her love of books guides her through a brutal world. Death watches over her, fascinated by humankind’s will to live. The Book Thief looks at the terrible cost of violence, bearing witness to our compassion and complicity. When Death tells a story, you listen.

This production is presented as part of Now Is The Time, a citywide initiative to stop youth violence and intolerance, and in partnership with the Chicago Public Library's One Book, One Chicago.

Watch & Listen

  1. The Book Thief in Production

    The Book Thief in Production

  2. The Book Thief in Rehearsal

    The Book Thief in Rehearsal

Cast & Artists

The Artists

  • Author: Markus Zusak
  • Adapted by: Heidi Stillman
  • Directed by: Hallie Gordon

The Cast

Featured Ensemble Members

Program Articles

Welcome to The Book Thief

Hallie Gordon, Steppenwolf for Young Adults' Artistic and Educational Director, discusses The Book Thief and this season's partnership with Now Is The Time, a Chicago wide initiative to stop youth violence.

Interview with Author of The Book Thief

Author, Markus Zusak, and adaptor, Heidi Stillman, discuss Zusak's inspiration for The Book Thief and why the book leaves such a lasting impression on young and old audiences alike.

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Running Time

Content Advisory

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Special Performances

Student Performances
Student performances are sold out at this time.

Sign Language-Interpreted
Sunday, November 4 at 3:00pm
Student Performance - Wednesday, November 7 at 10:00am

Open Captioning
Sunday, October 28 at 3pm

Audio Description and Touch Tour
Sunday, October 27
Touch Tour: 1:30pm
Curtain: 3pm

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