POSTPONED TO FALL 2022

ABOUT THIS SHOW

Steppenwolf for Young Adults (SYA) proudly presents the world premiere adaptation of Eve L. Ewing's 1919, which tells the story of the killing of 17-year-old Eugene Williams in treacherous waters off the segregated 1919 Lake Michigan shoreline. The next eight days and their aftermath constitute an under-told episode of the city's history. Adapted from Ewing's poems, J. Nicole Brooks's play is a bold, lyrical exploration of Black Chicagoans' resistance, fortitude, and endurance: past, present, and future.

TICKETS AND INFORMATION

UPDATE: Due to the Covid-19 surge as a result of the Omicron variant, and following conversations with the creative team of 1919, we have determined that postponing the production to the Fall of 2022 is in the best interests of the play, artists and audiences. More details will be announced soon.

At this time, Steppenwolf’s upcoming productions of King James, Choir Boy, Old Man and the Pool and Seagull are proceeding as planned.

1919 ticketholders will be automatically issued a refund to their original form of payment. Please call the box office at 312-335-1650 to have your refund processed or discuss alternate accommodations.

Teachers who were registered for a field trip will be contacted directly by our Steppenwolf Education teami and can sign up for updates about this production here

Part of Steppenwolf Education's robust department, Steppenwolf for Young Adults brings high-quality theatre to artistically curious young adults across Chicago. Learn more about Steppenwolf Education's multifaceted offerings available to Chicagoland teens, young artists and educators here.

More content information will be available once the production dates have been rescheduled. 

Steppenwolf for Young Adults

Steppenwolf is proud to produce the nationally recognized Young Adults series, which focuses on creating world-class theatre specifically for a teen and family audience. Learn more about this season's SYA offerings.

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Casts and Artists

The Artists

  • Author Eve L. Ewing
  • Playwright J. Nicole Brooks
  • Co-director Gabrielle Randle-Bent
  • Co-director Tasia A. Jones
  • Scenic Designer Yu Shibagaki
  • Costume Designer Gregory Graham
  • Lighting Designer Jason Lynch
  • Sound Designer Mikhail Fiksel
  • Movement Direction Meida McNeal & Abra Johnson
  • Dramaturg Abhishek Shrestha
  • Production Stage Manager Michelle Medvin
  • Assistant Stage Manager JuJu Laurie

The New Ensemble Theater

Steppenwolf was founded more than 45 years ago by a circle of students who craved a space to call their own. The Ensemble Theater in Honor of Helen Zell is located at the heart of the new The Liz and Eric Lefkofsky Arts and Education Center and continues that vision, becoming a place for students, educators and aspiring artists to call home.

The state-of-the-art 400-seat theater in the round is one of its kind in Chicago. Only six rows deep with audience members never more than 20 feet from the stage provides a truly unique theatergoing experience.

Steppenwolf for Young Adults Sponsors


GRAND BENEFACTORS

Paul M. Angell Family Foundation
Ralla Klepak Foundation for Education in the Performing Arts
United Airlines 

BENEFACTORS

Anonymous
Allstate Insurance Company
Andrew and Amy Bluhm
Ann and Richard Carr
Crown Family Philanthropies
Liz and Eric Lefkofsky
Polk Bros. Foundation
Robert and Louise Sanborn
Steppenwolf Associates 

PRODUCERS

Amazon
American Express
Archer Daniels Midland Company
ComEd, An Exelon Company
Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
Grosvenor Capital Management
Walter E. Heller Foundation
JPMorgan Chase
Lynn Lockwood Murphy and Barrett B. Murphy
Northern Trust
Anne and Don Phillips
Cari and Michael J. Sacks
Zell Family Foundation

Accessibility Services sponsored by John Hart and Carol Prins

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Content Advisory

More content information will be available once the production dates have been rescheduled. 

Steppenwolf for Young Adults

Steppenwolf is proud to produce the nationally recognized Young Adults series, which focuses on creating world-class theatre specifically for a teen and family audience. Learn more about this season's SYA offerings.

LEARN MORE