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.

Dark Café Days: Foiled Again Sings Joni Mitchell
Allison Bazarko Kirk, Rob Lindley, and Anne Sheridan Smith with Doug Peck & Gavin Kirk
Saturday, July 14 & Sunday, July 15
Vocal trio Foiled Again brings their trademark close-knit harmonies to the music of Joni Mitchell, with classics like "A Case of You," "Woodstock," and "The Circle Game" as well as some deep cuts from Mitchell's extensive and eclectic catalogue. 

Race Bait: LIVE
With Tania Richard and Paul Traynor
Monday, July 16
A black woman. A white man. They talk about racism... so YOU can too! Raw, awkward, crucial conversations approached with humor and generosity of spirit. LookOut presents a special live recording of this podcast now in its second season. Special guests, music, audience interaction and more!

The Jump
Created and encouraged by Robyn Chamberlain and Steppenwolf ensemble member Cliff Chamberlain
Wednesday, July 18
The Jump is a theatrical event that encourages being brave and taking risks in an environment that promises a soft landing. Songs you've never sung, stories you've never told, things you've never done, with people you've never met. We jump, you jump; we all make The Jump together. 

Stir Friday Night Presents: We Are Asian. We Do Comedy. 
Thursday, July 19 & Friday, July 20
The 23-year old Asian American comedy troupe presents this show, an amalgamation of music, sketch, and improv, telling the theatrical tale of what it is to be a "model" minority. 

Broken Nose Theatre Presents:
Bechdel Fest 6: Revolution
Sunday, July 29 at 7pm
Monday, July 30 at 7pm
Tuesday, July 31 at 8pm
Pay What you Can, Suggested Price $25
Bechdel Fest is an evening of new, female-centric short plays featuring an all female-identifying cast talking about things other than men. 

Christine Ebersole in concert with Seth Rudetsky 
Monday, July 30
Two-time Tony Award winner Christine Ebersole performs at Steppenwolf for one night only alongside Sirius XM host and creator/star of Disaster! Seth Rudetsky as pianist and host. This unscripted evening will be a seamless mix of intimate, behind-the-scenes stories of her career through insightful, funny and revealing questions posed by Rudetsky. 

The Neo-Futurists present
A Physically Accessible Performance of The Infinite Wrench
Created, written, and performed by The Neo-Futurists
Saturday, August 4
The Infinite Wrench is a mechanism that unleashes a barrage of two-minute plays for a live audience. All of the plays are truthful and tackle the here-and-now, inspired by the lived experiences of the performers. This wheelchair accessible performance will include Open Captioning, a Touch Tour, Audio Description, American Sign Language Interpretation, and programs in Braille and large print formats.

A Reading of
With or Without Wings
Written and Performed by A Red Orchid Theatre ensemble member Mierka Girten
Adapted by Michael Thomas
Tuesday, August 7
A one-woman tour-de-force of a young performer's humbling first encounters and shocking diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. A hilarious and heartbreaking personal account that explores the myths of MS while providing a message of enduring hope. 

nature | human: Reflections
Matthew Duvall & beyond this point, with featured composer Matthew Burtner
Friday, August 10 & Saturday, August 11
An interaction (performance, if you insist) featuring six reflections on our relationship with the natural world. Water, wood, sand, air, metal and skin. Percussion as poetry. Exploring the environment we inhabit. For your consideration. 

Big Dipper: Live in Concert!
Thursday, August 16
Plus-size gay rapper Big Dipper defies homophobes and celebrates sexuality with his unapologetically graphic lyrics, infectious beats and a body-positive image. You'll find the hirsute emcee busting moves on stage in skin-tight outfits at this live show; a mix of original viral hits, stupid parodies, and tons of sweaty jiggling. Leave your inhibitions at home tonight. 

Dear Finch: CD Release Party
By Jess Godwin
Friday, August 17 & Saturday, August 18
1 piano. 9 voices. A billion stories. With original music by Jess Godwin and stories inspired by handwritten letters from all over the world, Dear Finch reminds us that we all have a story worth telling. 

Walkabout Theatre Presents
The Brink! Or Nobody's Ever Kissed Me Like That...
Directed by Thom Pasculli
Co-created by the Walkabout Ensemble in Collaboration with Fides Krucker
Preview: Thursday August 23
Regular Run: Friday, August 24 & Saturday, August 25
$15 Preview, $25 General Admission Regular Run, $15 Student/Industry
In a cafe at the edge of the world, a group of wayward performers present The Brink! an avant garde cabaret about longing and music, growing up and falling apart; about the ground beneath us shifting too quickly, and the world becoming unrecognizable. Drawing from American pop songs and jazz standards, the poetry of Gertrude Stein, and Ann Carson's "The Gender of Sound," the ensemble slides past the edge of reason in the unfettered encounter with the stranger inside. 

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 extant work. Please note that we do not accept unsolicited full-length scripts.