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.

Lucky Plush Productions present 
Co-created and Co-directed by Julia Rhoads and Leslie Danzig 
Devised in collaboration with the ensemble 
Friday, November 2 – Sunday, November 18 
$40 
 This lively spin on the noir classic Gaslight playfully captures the claustrophobia, escapist tendencies and resilience in domestic relationships, in a dance theater language full of surprising turns and contemporary resonance. 
Lucky Plush Productions present 
Saturday, November 10 and Saturday, November 17
5pm 
$60 The Better Half and Rink Life double feature 
$25 Rink Life only
Join Lucky Plush for a double feature at a discounted price to see both The Better Half and a special work-in-progress showing of their upcoming world premiere Rink Life. 

In Rink Life, the sound score builds upon disparate fragments of information—partially overheard conversations, whispered exchanges, pop-song earworms—and is generated by the performers in real-time. 
Every house has a door presents 
Directed by Lin Hixson 
Co-devised and performed by Matthew Goulish and Essi Kausalainen 
Friday, November 30 at 8pm; Saturday, December 1 at 8pm; and Sunday, December 2 at 3:30pm 
$15 
Chicago-based performance group Every house has a door (USA) and Essi Kausalainen (Finland) along with local child performers weave a circuit of language, gesture, video, and elaborate costumes around inter-species communication and the slow progress of the snail.

 

December

Unexpected Outcomes presents: 
Diversions
featuring Ex Why + arx duo
Thursday December 13 at 8pm
$25

This evening of creative virtuosity features two project-driven pairs of players. Four-time GRAMMY Award winners Matthew Duvall and Lisa Kaplan unveil their alter-ego Ex Why. A double-bill with the extraordinary traveling project omnivores Arx Duo, featuring Mari Yoshinaga and Garrett Arney.

The Alchemy of Bliss: The Sonal Aggarwal One-Woman Show
directed by Jonald Reyes
Friday December 14 & Saturday December 15 at 8pm
$17

Overcoming family pressure and societal constructs, stand-up comedian Sonal Aggarwal takes us on a journey from fire to water, alchemizing challenges into bliss with stories, music, comedy and movement in her one-woman show.

Erik and Jessie and Everyone You Know: Annual Holiday Party
Monday December 17 at 8pm
$20

Local actor/musicians Erik Hellman and Jessie Fisher present an updated variant of the classic variety hour: Original music, special guests, comedy, magic, improv, and ephemera along with the tightest country, soul band in the land. Fast-paced, fun, funky and fresh.

January

80 Minutes Around the World
Tuesday January 8 & Wednesday January 9 at 8pm
$20

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
$20

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
$15

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
$12

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.”

Blackie: a story by Roy Kinsey
Saturday January 26 at 8pm
$15

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.”

TRIOS
Monday January 28 at 7pm
$15

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.

February

You’re Being Ridiculous: OBSESSED
Friday, February 1 at 8pm
Saturday, February 2 at 8pm
Sunday, February 3 at 3:30pm
$20

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
$15

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
$18

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
$15-$55

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.