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.
"Engaging, compassionate and well-written…you’ll likely find yourself touched by how well it charts the loving complexities of families"
"Under the sensitive direction of Randall Arney, two marvelous actors—William Petersen and Rae Gray—deliver finely tuned, often surprising performances."
"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."
"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."
"So beautiful and challenging and hilarious and raw. I loved every second."
A welcome letter from Artistic Director Martha Lavey
Artist Director Martha Lavey discusses Slowgirl with ensemble members Randall Arney and William Petersen.