A season filled with the return of an imperfect daughter, a Brooklyn stoop, a boys choir and an iconic play to open our new theater-in-the-round.
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
Based on the novel by Erika L. Sánchez
Audio & original stage adaptation by Isaac Gómez
Co-directed by ensemble members Sandra Marquez and Audrey Francis
Featuring ensemble member Karen Rodriguez with Charín Álvarez, Eddie Martinez, Peter Moore, Leslie Sophia Perez, Bianca Phipps, Robert Quintanilla and Harrison Weger
Streaming April 26 – August 31
Run time: 90 minutes
A groundbreaking audio adaptation of the New York Times best-selling novel, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter is a Chicago story about family, community and coming together even when that feels impossible. Julia, a Chicago high school student, navigates the trials and tribulations of following her dreams of becoming a writer alongside the death of her sister, Olga—who might not have been quite as perfect as she seemed. This story is a timeless reminder that no matter one’s country of origin, no matter what language one speaks or what status one occupies, we all have dreams.
Recommended for grades 8+
Pharus Young, now a senior at the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys, an institution committed to building “strong, ethical Black men,” endeavors to be the best leader of the school’s prestigious choir in its 50-year history. But in a world built on rites and rituals, should he conform to the expectations of his peers in order to gain the respect he desperately seeks? Written by Oscar-winning ensemble member Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight), this Tony-nominated play—threaded throughout with soul-stirring a cappella gospel hymns—is the story of a young gay Black man and his battle between identity and community.
By Anton Chekhov
Translated and adapted by ensemble member Yasen Peyankov
Directed by ensemble member Yasen Peyankov
Featuring ensemble members Ian Barford, Cliff Chamberlain, Francis Guinan, Tim Hopper, Sandra Marquez, James Vincent Meredith, Caroline Neff, Karen Rodrgiuez and Namir Smallwood
In the NEW theater-in-the-round
In a giant country house filled to overflow on a long summer weekend in the Russian countryside, three generations collide in Yasen Peyankov’s extraordinarily funny and magical adaption of Anton Chekhov’s Seagull, the play that will open our new theatre-in-the-round. In classic Chekhovian style, an all Ensemble cast will wrestle with the eternal questions that haunt the intellectual artist class: What is Love? What is Art? When is Lunch? Please 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.
MADE IN CHICAGO. STREAMING EVERYWHERE.
Steppenwolf NOW is a new virtual programming stream featuring breakthrough stories written by America’s most talented voices, spotlighting the nation’s premier ensemble theatre and available anywhere in the world. The Steppenwolf NOW virtual stage offers a dynamic and innovative slate of immersive and visual experiences, radio plays, bite-sized programming and episodic work crafted and produced for the virtual platform. Our virtual stage is stacked with so much talent, you won’t want to miss it!
Become a virtual member for just $75 and stream content wherever you are, whenever you want.