2016/17 Season

Read a letter from Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro about a new era at Steppenwolf and season highlights

Visiting Edna

A world premiere by David Rabe

Directed by Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro
Featuring ensemble members Ian Barford, Tim Hopper and Sally Murphy with Debra Monk and Michael Rabe
September 15 – November 6, 2016

As she faces the stealthy advance of cancer, Edna and her son Andrew search for the love muted by the polite but baffling relationship they’ve settled into.

The Fundamentals

A world premiere by Erika Sheffer

Directed by ensemble member Yasen Peyankov
Featuring ensemble members Alana Arenas, Caroline Neff and Alan Wilder with Audrey Francis and Armando Riesco
November 10 – December 23, 2016

A resourceful hotel housekeeper negotiates the thorny path into management in this funny and scathing look at America’s corporate culture.

The Christians

By Lucas Hnath

Directed by ensemble member K. Todd Freeman
Featuring ensemble members Robert Breuler and Tom Irwin with Shannon Cochran, Glenn Davis, Faith Howard, Yando Lopez, Jazelle Morriss, Mary-Margaret Roberts, Charlie Strater and Jacqueline Williams
December 1, 2016 – January 29, 2017

A megachurch pastor shares his revelation about the nature of salvation in this unbiased take on faith in modern America.

Straight White Men

Written and directed by Young Jean Lee

Featuring ensemble member Alan Wilder with Madison Dirks, Ryan Hallahan, Elliott Jenetopulos, Syd Germaine, and Brian Slaten.
February 2 – March 19, 2017

A widower and his sons gather for a holiday celebration that is upended by a poignant and boisterous exploration of identity and privilege.

Linda Vista

A world premiere by ensemble member Tracy Letts

Directed by Dexter Bullard
Featuring ensemble members Ian BarfordTim Hopper, Sally Murphy, and Caroline Neff with Kahyun Kim, Cora Vander Broek and Troy West.
March 30 – May 21, 2017

Wheeler—middle-aged and underemployed—moves from his ex-wife’s garage to his own apartment, opening complicated and hilarious new possibilities for love and sex.


By Taylor Mac

Directed by Hallie Gordon
Featuring ensemble members Francis Guinan and Amy Morton
June 29 – August 20, 2017

A newly liberated mother, her transgender son and hir PTSD-addled brother shake up the patriarchy in this absurd and surprising look at a reimagined American family.

Pass Over


Featuring ensemble member Jon Michael Hill

June 1 – July 9, 2017

A provocative riff on Waiting for Godot, Pass Over is a rare piece of politically charged theater by a bold new American voice.

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