Thoroughly fascinating, gutsy
- Chicago Tribune


A spellbinding new play about what happens to hope and human nature in times of war. On a 19th-century Spanish farm, Beatriz is happily preparing for her sister’s wedding when the house is overrun by soldiers. In the chaos, she becomes the unintentional guardian of a young girl. Her determination to reunite the child with her father sweeps Beatriz along on a journey across war zones and through time. But what began as a simple act of kindness takes on a strange twist when the girl seems to acquire curious powers.

Watch & Listen

  1. Inside <i>THE WHEEL</i>

    Inside THE WHEEL

  2. <i>THE WHEEL</i> in Production

    THE WHEEL in Production

  3. Joan Allen - <i>THE WHEEL</i>

    Joan Allen - THE WHEEL

  4. The Wheel in Rehearsal

    The Wheel in Rehearsal

  5. 2013/14 Season: <i>THE WHEEL</i>

    2013/14 Season: THE WHEEL

Cast & Artists

The Artists


"Grand-scale, intriguing… perplexing take on the cycle of war"
Time Out Chicago

"Strong magic in the air and in the script… Landau has assembled some of Chicago's finest talents"
Around the Town Chicago

"Allen's… amazing early stage work in Chicago was all coming back to her"
Chicago Tribune

"Full of forests of flying vertical pipes and fortresses of plastic milk crates that are artfully exploded"
Time Out Chicago

"An epic war story…I still don't know what I think about this play. I do know it's a conversation starter. And the discussion hasn't stop in my head."
The Fourth Walsh

Program Articles

Soar the Depths

Artistic Director Martha Lavey and ensemble member Tina Landau discuss The Wheel with the Steppenwolf staff.

Welcome to The Wheel

A welcome letter from Artistic Director Martha Lavey

Soar the Depths

Artistic Director Martha Lavey and ensemble member Tina Landau discuss The Wheel with the Steppenwolf staff.

Forward, No Matter What

Fatimah Asghar, the Literary Apprentice and a Multicultural Fellow with Steppenwolf for the 2012/13 season, shares her fascinating family history.

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Inspiration for The Wheel

Three photo galleries that showcase some of the visual inspirations that helped guide the The Wheel 's artistic team

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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

American Sign Language Interpretation
Sunday, October 20 at 7:30pm

Open Captioning
Saturday, October 26 at 3pm

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

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