Now look here, we have a funeral to throw and we are going to throw it in style.


In the parking lot of The Hummingbird, a once-glamorous motel on New Orleans' infamous Airline Highway, a group of friends gather. A rag-tag collection of strippers, hustlers and philosophers have come together to celebrate the life of Miss Ruby, an iconic burlesque performer who has requested a funeral before she dies. The party rages through the night as old friends resurface to pay their respects. A world premiere from the author of Detroit, Airline Highway is a boisterous and moving ode to the outcasts who make life a little more interesting.

Steppenwolf Theatre’s production of Airline Highway will open on Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in Spring 2015, following its world premiere engagement in Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Theatre.


Final Chicago shows—five newly added performances February 11-14.

Best availability on:
Feb 11-14, with great seats available for Valentine's Day!

Watch & Listen

  1. <i>AIRLINE HIGHWAY</i> - Meet the REAL Francis

    AIRLINE HIGHWAY - Meet the REAL Francis

  2. <i>AIRLINE HIGHWAY</i> - Audience Response

    AIRLINE HIGHWAY - Audience Response

  3. <i>AIRLINE HIGHWAY</i> - Trailer


  4. <i>AIRLINE HIGHWAY</i> in Production

    AIRLINE HIGHWAY in Production

  5. <i>AIRLINE HIGHWAY</i> in Rehearsal

    AIRLINE HIGHWAY in Rehearsal

  6. 2014/15 Season - <i>AIRLINE HIGHWAY</i>

    2014/15 Season - AIRLINE HIGHWAY

Cast & Artists

The Artists

Featured Ensemble Members


Fascinating…very few playwrights have the acute sense of American place you find in D’Amour’s beautiful writing
Chicago Tribune

“Deeply recognizable, empathetic performances…a road worth traveling
Time Out Chicago

“A hugely ambitious play, streaked with much humor and heartfelt talk
Chicago Sun-Times

Voraciously acted by some of the Chicago area's best…a bold, engaging work by a playwright on her way to becoming an American master”
Daily Herald

“Filled with wit and humanity and plenty of energy stemming nonstop from an ensemble that doesn’t have a weak link”

"D'Amour is…a great playwright, a timely playwright."
– Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune


With ‘Detroit,’ playwright Lisa D’Amour wins acclaim by ‘speaking to a real-life moment’
Read the Washington Post article about Airline Highway author Lisa D’amour

Program Articles

Welcome to Airline Highway

Artistic Director Martha Lavey introduces Airline Highway

The City of Ritual

A Conversation with Lisa D’Amour and Director of New Play Development, Aaron Carter

Authentic Dirty Sh*T

Director of New Play Development, Aaron Carter, on art, experiences and "authenticity"

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Running Time

Content Advisory

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Special Performances

American Sign Language Interpretation
Sunday, January 11 at 7:30pm

Open Captioning
Saturday, January 17 at 3:00pm

Audio Description and Touch Tour
Sunday, January 25
Touch Tour: 1:30pm
Curtain: 3pm

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