2022/23 Season Announce Video

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On the stage

The best productions in Steppenwolf’s history are the ones that have left our artists and audiences alike changed. The ones that leave us breathless, awed, scarred, inspired.

The stories on stage during the 2022/23 season embody the Steppenwolf we love, put through the kaleidoscope of our present day. These plays are bursting at the seams with questions for our times: How do we weather impossible circumstances? Who, how and why do we love? What is the line between truth and lie?

Political and provocative. Joyful and heartfelt. Hilarious and challenging. Vital. Simply put: this season is badass. Join us to engage with and celebrate our ever-changing world. Our artists are ready; the stage is set.

The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington

By James Ijames
Directed by Whitney White
Featuring ensemble member Celeste M. Cooper

September 1 – October 9, 2022
in the Downstairs Theater 

The recently widowed “Mother of America” lies alone in her Mount Vernon bed, ravaged by illness and attended to by the very same enslaved people who will be free the moment she dies. The form-shifting fever dream that follows takes us deep into the uncomfortable and horrific ramifications of this country’s original sin. Dizzying and fantastical, this skewering Chicago premiere from James Ijames’s daring voice puts the American myth on trial.

Bald Sisters

By Vichet Chum
Directed by Patricia McGregor

December 1, 2022 – January 15, 2023
in the Ensemble Theater in Honor of Helen Zell

Ma is dead; now what happens? Vichet Chum’s world premiere follows two sisters—at odds since birth—as they settle the affairs of their strong-willed, wise-cracking mother while reconciling their family’s Cambodian heritage with its ever-so-complicated American present. Where’s the will? A burial or cremation? And what do we do with Ma’s teeth? Bald Sisters is an irreverent, comic and ultimately poignant examination of the ties that bind multigenerational families of immigrants together: history, spirituality and humor.

Describe the Night

By ensemble member Rajiv Joseph

March 2 – April 9, 2023
in the Ensemble Theater in Honor of Helen Zell

Truth is lie; lie is truth. Russia, 1920: Jewish writer Isaac Babel begins a journal while serving in war. Ninety years later, this same journal is found in the wreckage of a suspicious plane crash. What did Babel write, and why does it matter? Ensemble member Rajiv Joseph’s sweeping and arresting epic follows the unlikely lives of seven Russians—soldiers and poets, KGB agents and babushkas—as they unearth mysteries buried by decades of history, fiction and blood.

Last Night and the Night Before

By Donnetta Lavinia Grays
Directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton
Featuring
 ensemble member Namir Smallwood

April 6 – May 14, 2023
in the Downstairs Theater

Monique is on the run. From what, she will not say. Showing up on the doorstep of her sister’s Brooklyn brownstone with her timid daughter Sam—and without her husband—their arrival raises more questions than it answers. As the specter of their abandoned life in Georgia creeps back into focus, the family is forced to consider what must be sacrificed to break a cycle of despair. Poetic and heartbreaking, Donnetta Lavinia Grays’s stunning portrait of Black Love explores what it takes to nurture family in an often-cruel world.

Another Marriage

By ensemble member Kate Arrington
Directed by ensemble member Terry Kinney

June 15 – July 23, 2023
in the Ensemble Theater in Honor of Helen Zell

You meet. You marry. You have kids. That’s the way it always goes. Or is it? What if your story changes? What would it cost? Another Marriage is an intimate and beautifully rendered portrait of an ever-evolving relationship that may never be quite finished. Ensemble member Kate Arrington’s playwriting debut upends the typical romantic comedy to explore the liabilities of falling in and out of love—and time.

No Man’s Land

By Harold Pinter
Directed by Les Waters
Featuring
 ensemble members Austin Pendleton and Jeff Perry

July 13 – August 20, 2023
in the Downstairs Theater

In the drawing room of his stately Hampstead mansion, the wealthy, aging Hirst hosts his newfound acquaintance, the enigmatic Spooner, for an evening of endless beer, scotch and vodka. The night winds on, the drinks keep pouring and the ground keeps shifting—until two sinister younger men arrive and interrupt the bacchanal. Steppenwolf returns to Harold Pinter’s modern masterpiece: a generational power struggle, a tug of war between expert wordsmiths, a maze of murky meaning. Or perhaps it's just two old English sots waxing nostalgic and waiting for the sun to rise. In No Man’s Land, you can never be certain, and nothing is at is seems.

Steppenwolf for Young Adults

Finding the words to speak your truth

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is proud to produce shows each season for their nationally recognized Young Adults series, which focuses on creating professional plays specifically for a teen and family audience. SYA features weekday matinées for school groups, as well as weekend public performances. We bring the same professional caliber of work to these plays that we bring to all Steppenwolf productions.

1919

By Eve L. Ewing
Adapted by J. Nicole Brooks
Directed by Gabrielle Randle-Bent and Tasia A. Jones

October 4 – 29, 2022
in the Ensemble Theater in Honor of Helen Zell

On July 27, 1919, Chicago erupted following the killing of 17-year-old Eugene Williams in treacherous waters off the segregated Lake Michigan shoreline. The days that followed made an indelible mark on the city—its sense of boundaries, of relationships between neighbors and of the underlying systems of inequity and racism that persist today. Adapted by J. Nicole Brooks from Eve L. Ewing’s collection of searing and luminous poems, this world premiere is a hopeful, lyrical exploration of Black Chicagoan’s resistance, fortitude and endurance: past, present and future.

Recommended for grades 8+

Chlorine Sky

By Mahogany L. Browne based on her book
Directed by Ericka Ratcliff 

February 14 – March 11, 2023
in the Downstairs Theater

"Ok, so boom. / We ain't friends anymore." Sky and Lay Li were always in sync. But now their rhythms are changing; Sky likes swimming, and Lay Li is all about beauty. Sky, basketball; Lay Li, boys. Things just make more sense underwater and on the court. A world premiere adaptation of Mahogany L. Browne’s popular young adult novel, Chlorine Sky is an intimate coming-of-age story told in verse about two girls who are best friends—until they aren’t. Sometimes, growing up means growing apart.

Recommended for grades 8+