A beautifully crafted two-hander...audiences will find themselves on the edge of their seats, drawn into an ever-deepening relationship that's pulsing with intensity, confusion, and love.


In the wake of a harrowing accident at a house party in Massachusetts, a teenager flees to her uncle's isolated retreat in the Costa Rican jungle to await, or avoid, the repercussions. As the reclusive Sterling and his impulsive niece get reacquainted over the course of a week, startling details about their pasts slowly unfold. Performed in the newly reconfigured intimate Upstairs Theatre, Slowgirl is a compelling story about owning your past—and getting on with your life.

Watch & Listen

  1. William Petersen & Randall Arney in Conversation

    William Petersen & Randall Arney in Conversation

  2. <i>SLOWGIRL</i> - William Petersen and Rae Gray

    SLOWGIRL - William Petersen and Rae Gray

  3. <i>SLOWGIRL</i> in Production

    SLOWGIRL in Production

  4. <i>SLOWGIRL</i> in Rehearsal

    SLOWGIRL in Rehearsal

Cast & Artists

The Artists

The Cast

Featured Ensemble Members


"Engaging, compassionate and well-written…you’ll likely find yourself touched by how well it charts the loving complexities of families"
–Chicago Tribune

"Under the sensitive direction of Randall Arney, two marvelous actors—William Petersen and Rae Gray—deliver finely tuned, often surprising performances."
–Chicago Sun-Times

"Petersen and Gray make an absorbingly off-kilter onstage pair"
–Time Out Chicago

"The intriguing chemistry between these two masters of the intimate stage is delicious to observe."
–Chicago Sun-Times

"This 90-minute dialogue is funny, introspective, and an excellent chance to showcase the talents of Steppenwolf ensemble member William Petersen and Rae Gray."
–Chicago Theatre Review

"Eloquent…wonderful…Pierce understands life’s unsolvable complexities."
–New City

"So beautiful and challenging and hilarious and raw. I loved every second."
–Megan, Twitter

Program Articles

Welcome to Slowgirl

A welcome letter from Artistic Director Martha Lavey

Every Tongue Confess

Artist Director Martha Lavey discusses Slowgirl with ensemble members Randall Arney and William Petersen.

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Running Time

Content Advisory

Steppenwolf does not offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have any questions about content, age-appropriateness or stage effects (such as strobe lights or theatrical fog) that might have a bearing on patron comfort, please contact the box office at 312-335-1650.

Special Performances

Sign Language-Interpreted
Friday, August 16 at 7:30pm

Open Captioning
Sunday, August 11 at 3pm

Audio Description and Touch Tour
Sunday, August 4
Touch Tour: 1:30pm
Curtain: 3pm