LookOut is Steppenwolf’s performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. Emerging artists and performance legends, quintessential Chicago companies and young aspiring ensembles, familiar Steppenwolf faces and new friends.

Unless specified otherwise, all performances take place in Steppenwolf's 1700 Theatre, an intimate and flexible 80 seat venue nestled behind Front Bar: Coffee and Drinks.


80 Minutes Around the World
Tuesday January 8 & Wednesday January 9 at 8pm

Multi-time winner of The Moth, Nestor Gomez is the creator, curator, producer and host of 80 Minutes Around the World, a storytelling show which features the stories of immigrants and allies from around the world. The show has featured storytellers from China, Nigeria, Ukraine, Poland, Mexico, USA, and more.

First Days
Thursday January 10 & Friday January 11 at 8pm

Gina DeLuca's First Days is a comedic solo show comprised of original essays and stories about her bizarre and often chaotic first experiences in places like Las Vegas, Hungary, Argentina, and Chicago.

Diana & the Dishes: 10th Anniversary and Release Party
Monday January 14 at 8pm

Garnering comparisons to Regina Spektor, Ben Folds, Carole King, and Cole Porter, Chicago band Diana & the Dishes presents a unique, high-energy recipe of pop, soul, wit, tight musicianship and contagious fun. 

Hot Kitchen Collective Presents: BIG SCIENCE
Directed by Jiana Estes & Audrey Polinski 
Co-devised with Collaborators of Hot Kitchen
Thursdays January 17 through February 7 at 8pm
$20 General Admission, $15 Industry 

Hot Kitchen is a theatre and performance group made up of eight artists hailing from Florida. The collective’s newest performance, BIG SCIENCE, will re-purpose text, imagery, and movement from the scientific field as a mode of communication with their spectator; juxtaposed with their own essays and writings on life. It is an adventure through the cosmos; a blast-off into the unknown, and a journey to find out if dark matter really does exist.

Las Locas Comedy Presents:
¡LookOut for Locas!

Saturday, January 19 at 8pm

Las Locas Comedy is a Chicago based comedy showcase that highlights Latina/LatinX artists, hosted and curated by Janice V. Rodriguez. A Chicago Reader-recommended and Red Eye "Must See Comedy Show.”

La Ruta Engagement Series: a staged reading of The Way She Spoke
by Isaac Gomez
featuring ensemble member Karen Rodriguez
Sunday, January 20 at 6pm

When an actress enters an empty warehouse to read a new play about the missing and murdered women of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, she embarks on an expedition through the broken roads of a city offering far more questions than answers. The work pulls from hundreds of interviews collected down a rabbit hole of drug cartels, ex-convicts, unsavory reporters and others.

Blackie: a story by Roy Kinsey
Saturday January 26 at 8pm

A live performance of rapper-musician Roy Kinsey’s album, Blackie.According to the LA Times, “It’s deeply autobiographical, but it’s also thick with Kinsey’s observations as a queer black man in America trying to connect the past of the generations before him with today.”

La Ruta Engagement Series: ALTA presents Noche Victoria: Revival
Sunday, January 27 at 6pm

An evening of performances, poetry, music, and more honoring Mexicana lives capturing our mujeres' resilience and survival. Curated by Nancy Garcia Loza and La Ruta playwright Isaac Gomez.

Monday January 28 at 7pm

An exploration of the conversation that can exist between music and improv. The trio of improvisers consists of TJ Jagodowski (TJ and Dave), Emma Pope (Second City Mainstage cast, She the People), and Billy Bungeroth (director of Second City’s South Side of Heaven, Dead River Revival), while Julie Nichols (Second City, Dead River Revival) helms a trio of musicians.


You’re Being Ridiculous: OBSESSED
Friday, February 1 at 8pm
Saturday, February 2 at 8pm
Sunday, February 3 at 3:30pm

At You're Being Ridiculous, real people tell true stories about their lives. Each performer is linked by our rotating themes, and by the desire to make you laugh-and, once in a while, cry. Our motto: Good stories are better than good times. We laugh at ourselves and laugh with each other. Everyone has a story to tell. What's yours? This time around we're going to tell you all about our obsessions!

Tommy Carroll: Building Community Through Sound
Tuesday, February 5 at 8pm

Blind drummer, composer and bandleader Tommy Carroll presents a suite of his compositions that fuse the emotional freedom of jazz with the earthiness of roots music and the adventurousness of contemporary sound art.

The Epic Sound Presents: A Voice in the Dark
Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9 at 8pm

A Voice In The Dark is a musical in development from the artists behind the popular soul collective Soul Spectacular. With story help from writer/director Samantha Bailey (Brown Girls), A Voice In The Dark uses soul & gospel music to help tell the story of a group of Chicagoans attempting to overcome the divisions of love, race, and gender in the 1960's.

The Gift Theatre presents:
Doubt: A Parable
by John Patrick Shanley
Directed by John Gawlik
February 27 through March 31
Thursdays-Saturdays at 8pm
Saturdays at 4pm
Sundays at 3:30pm

In this brilliant and powerful drama, Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students. Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play. Featuring Gift Ensemble Members Cyd Blakewell, Jennifer Glasse, MaryAnn Thebus and Michael Patrick Thornton.

LookOut Inquiries

The LookOut team is always interested in seeing new work and meeting artists; inquiries and invitations to see work are welcome and can be directed to lookout@steppenwolf.org. As a multidisciplinary performance series, we are primarily interested in connecting with Chicago-based artists who have an existing body of presentable work. We are particularly interested in offering a platform to artists representing historically marginalized communities and programming work that incorporates diversity across genre, form, and perspective. Please note that we do not accept unsolicited full-length scripts.