stacked with ensemble members, this extraordinarily funny adaptation signals a new era of theatre-making at Steppenwolf

ABOUT THIS SHOW

On a long summer weekend in the Russian countryside at an estate bursting at the seams with guests, three generations collide in ensemble member Yasen Peyankov’s extraordinarily funny and lyrical adaption of Anton Chekhov’s Seagull, the play that will open Steppenwolf's new in-the-round Ensemble Theater in Honor of Helen Zell. In classic Chekhovian style, a sparkling cast featuring many Steppenwolf ensemble members will wrestle with the eternal questions that haunt the intellectual artist class: What is Love? What is Art? When is Lunch? Join us for this historical moment in Steppenwolf’s journey as we explore the work that inspired us, laugh at the battles that consume us and celebrate, together, all that makes us grateful for each other.

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Watch & Listen

Running Time

2 hours and 30 minutes, which includes one intermission

Content Advisory

Steppenwolf does not offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have any questions about content, age-appropriateness or stage effects (such as strobe lights or theatrical fog) that might have a bearing on patron comfort, please contact the box office at 312-335-1650.

Discounts

$20 tickets, Pay-What-You-Can performances, Artists & Essential Workers discounts and more. Find the right ticket for you.

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Accessible Performances

Open captioned:
Thursday, May 19 at 7:30pm and Saturday, June 11 at 2:30pm

ASL interpreted:
Sunday, May 22 at 7:30pm

Audio-described and touch tour:
Sunday, June 5 at 2:30pm (1pm touch tour, 2:30pm curtain)

Cast & Artists

The Artists

The New Ensemble Theater

Steppenwolf was founded more than 45 years ago by a group 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 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, this space a provides a truly unique theatergoing experience. It is fitting that Seagull, the first live production in the new Ensemble Theater, will feature several ensemble members in the cast!

Reviews

   ★ “If you’ve ever loved and lost, dreamed of an alternate life or simply longed to get out of the house, this Chekhovian masterpiece will speak to you.” – Chicago Sun-Times

“Contemporary and sharp… opens a lovely new space”  Chicago Reader

A showcase for the masterly acting that has distinguished the company for more than four decades” – Daily Herald

Both the production itself and the theatre are remarkable.”  Chicago on Stage

Showcases Steppenwolf's excellent ensemble– Broadway World

Sponsors

Premier Production sponsors

Northern Trust Logo

Grand Production sponsors

Julie and Roger Baskes

Amy and Cameron Findlay

Shmaila Tahir and Asheesh Goel

Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Shapiro

individual production sponsors

Douglas R. Brown Playwright/Director Endowment Fund

Jeffrey Maling and Rebecca Johnston

Christopher and Eileen Murphy

Jennifer Zobair and Chuck Smith

Colette Cachey Smithburg and Tom Smithburg

Steppenwolf's New Plays Initiative is supported by the Zell Family Foundation.

Accessibility Services sponsored by John Hart and Carol Prins

Vaccination and mask policy

Steppenwolf is part of the growing coalition of Chicagoland performing arts venues and producers that have agreed upon COVID-19 vaccination and mask requirements for all audiences, artists and staff. Learn more about Steppenwolf’s policies at steppenwolf.org/welcomeback.

Running Time

2 hours and 30 minutes, which includes one intermission

Content Advisory

Steppenwolf does not offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have any questions about content, age-appropriateness or stage effects (such as strobe lights or theatrical fog) that might have a bearing on patron comfort, please contact the box office at 312-335-1650.

Discounts

$20 tickets, Pay-What-You-Can performances, Artists & Essential Workers discounts and more. Find the right ticket for you.

LEARN MORE

Become a member

Experience the full season with added benefits, such as unlimited ticket exchanges, seating assignments before the general public and invitations to exclusive events. 

JOIN NOW

Accessible Performances

Open captioned:
Thursday, May 19 at 7:30pm and Saturday, June 11 at 2:30pm

ASL interpreted:
Sunday, May 22 at 7:30pm

Audio-described and touch tour:
Sunday, June 5 at 2:30pm (1pm touch tour, 2:30pm curtain)