“Someone else could have written my diary.”


From the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Killer Joe, Superior Donuts and August: Osage County. Extended by popular demand through June 5.

Mary Page Marlowe is an accountant from Ohio. She’s led an ordinary life, making the difficult decisions we all face as we try to figure out who we really are and what we really want. As Tracy Letts brings us moments—both pivotal and mundane—from Mary’s life, a portrait of a surprisingly complicated woman emerges. Intimate and moving, Mary Page Marlowe shows us how circumstance, impulse and time can combine to make us mysteries… even to ourselves.

$30 Pit Seats for Mary Page Marlowe

Get up close: see the actors and experience the drama in the most intimate and exciting way possible. Steppenwolf’s newly added Pit Seats will bring you as close as you can get to the stage—at only $30/seat. More info.

Plan ahead for the best seats! Performances during our extension week of performances 5/31-6/4 have the most availability.


Friday June 3rd, 7:30pm
Saturday June 4th, 3pm
Saturday June 4th, 7:30pm
Sunday June 5th, 3pm

Watch & Listen

  1. <i>MARY PAGE MARLOWE</i> - Audience Response

    MARY PAGE MARLOWE - Audience Response

  2. <i>MARY PAGE MARLOWE</i> - Trailer


  3. Tracy Letts on <i>MARY PAGE MARLOWE</i>

    Tracy Letts on MARY PAGE MARLOWE

  4. <i>MARY PAGE MARLOWE</i> in Production

    MARY PAGE MARLOWE in Production

  5. <i>MARY PAGE MARLOWE</i> in Rehearsal

    MARY PAGE MARLOWE in Rehearsal

Cast & Artists

The Artists

Featured Ensemble Members


"Deeply moving…intoxicatingly thrilling. Four Stars (out of four)"
Chicago Tribune

“Exquisite new play… beautiful and affecting…about the evolutions, reversals and resurrections in a woman’s life”
The New York Times

"Intensely thoughtful…the work has depth and an elegant potency"

"A captivating portrait of an ordinary life"
TimeOut Chicago

"Artfully crafted…luminous performances"
Daily Herald

“It’s the most purely beautiful play that Mr. Letts has given us, and its subtleties will linger in your mind long after you leave the theater”
Wall Street Journal


"Tracy Letts and Anna Shapiro Discuss Mary Page Marlowe" – Chicago Magazine

“Letts traces the stages of a woman’s life in Mary Page Marlowe” – Chicago Sun-Times

"Carrie Coon on her ‘brave’ new play, her husband and her sort-of Hollywood life" - Chicago Tribune

Program Articles

Welcome to Mary Page Marlowe

Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro's letter about Mary Page Marlowe

We Are Mysteries To Ourselves:

In the weeks leading up to rehearsals, it is customary for Steppenwolf’s Marketing team to gather for a discussion with the artists about their vision for the play. On a cold winter day, we connected by phone with playwright and ensemble member Tracy Letts, calling from sunny California. Here is an excerpt of the conversation, moderated by artistic producer Jonathan Berry.

“Someone else could have written my diary.” - Mary Page Marlowe

In Mary Page Marlowe we become acquainted with the title character at different points in her life. We asked a few of the actresses playing Mary Page to re ect on their own lives, asking “is there a version of yourself that feels unrecognizable to the person you are today?”

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Running Time

Content Advisory

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Additional Information

Major support for Steppenwolf’s New Play Development Initiative is provided by The Davee Foundation and the Zell Family Foundation. Pit Seat Tickets Discount Tickets Mary Page Marlowe Program Downstairs Theatre Info & Seat Map Map / Directions to the theatre

Special Performances

Preview Performances:
March 31 - April 9, 2016

ASL interpretation:
Sunday, May 8 at 7:30pm

Saturday, May 7 at 3pm

Sunday, May 22 at 3pm

Audio-described and touch tour:
Sunday, May 29 at 1:30 touch tour, audio-described performance at 3pm


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    Lead Production Support