LookOut, Steppenwolf's new multi-genre performance series, presents a wide variety of work coming from a diverse array of voices, emerging and established alike. All performances take place in Steppenwolf''s new 1700 Theatre, an intimate 80 seat cabaret-style venue nestled behind Front Bar: Coffee and Drinks.
Tumbao: The Misadventures of la Familia Pilón
By Jo Cattell, Lorena Diaz and Wendy Mateo
Monday, February 13 at 8pm
Monday, February 27 at 8pm
For two nights this winter, Steppenwolf’s 1700 theatre is transformed into Tumbao, a family bar and the best place for a salsa night, baptism, séance or wedding reception.
Voices from the Dust Bowl
Featuring Fifth House Ensemble and Henhouse Prowlers
Sunday, March 5
$20, $15 Student
Voices from the Dust Bowl, a concert collaboration between Fifth House Ensemble and the Chicago-based bluegrass band Henhouse Prowlers, features original arrangements of classic folk songs and Voices from the Dust Bowl, a new work for Fifth House Ensemble by composer Steven Snowden.
Erik and Jessie and Everyone You Know Variety Show
Monday, March 6 at 8pm
Local actor/musicians Erik Hellman and Jessie Fisher present an updated variant of the classic variety hour.
The Martin Luther Kings of Comedy present: The Revolution House!
Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11 at 8pm
$10 in advance, $15 at the door
After performing for sold-out crowds throughout the city, the Chicago comedy collective, The Martin Luther Kings of Comedy, are proud to film their first television pilot, The Revolution House, a cross between Def Comedy Jam, In Living Color, and Mr. Rogers.
Good Evening with Pat Whalen
Friday, March 17
Good Evening with Pat Whalen is a monthly late-night series that examines Chicago's politics, arts, and culture through a satirical lens. Investigating the city's socio-political climate while celebrating its cultural vibrancy, Whalen and his team strive to entertain, educate and give viewers their #besteveningever.
Communion: An Evening of Magic by Brett Schneider
Saturday, March 18 at 8pm
Sunday, March 19 at 7pm
Have you ever wished you could know what someone else is thinking? What if you could? Communion is a 70 minute show that explores magic as a proxy for empathy and human connection, blending world-class magic, sleight of hand, and psychological suggestion with live participation from the audience.
24Words—An Equal Rights Cabaret
by Charles Kouri
Music by Gary Bragg
Additional songs by Dean Schlabowske
Wednesday, March 22
Vibrant, funny and inspirational – 24WORDS is a non-stop, 100-minute odyssey for equality, starting with the Revolutionary War and the Declaration of Independence (when men declared “all men are created equal”) to the historic events of March 22, 1972, when women were almost equal, pot was almost legal and contraception could be sold to “unmarried people.”
WRITE CLUB: Siege at 1700
Thursday, March 23 - Saturday, March 25
WRITE CLUB is literature as blood sport - 3 bouts, 2 opposing writers, 2 opposing topics assigned in advance. Audience picks a winner. Combatants battle for the coveted Loving Cup of Deathless Fucking Glory, and a cut of door proceeds.
The Jabez Country Opry
by Mark Roberts
Music by Robbie Fulks
Thursday, March 30 and Friday, March 31
The Jabez Country Opry tells the story of the last night of a small Kentucky honky-tonk and the performers, who gather for one final show before the building is torn to the ground. This new work by playwright Mark Roberts, features original music by Grammy nominee Robbie Fulks. In this special concert presentation, the piece is performed with a live country band led by Mr. Fulks.
Matthew Santos and Chihsuan Yang With Special Guest ESCP
Saturday, April 1
An intimate premier of two-time Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Matthew Santos, and 3Arts awardee Chihsuan Yang's new collaborative material, along with special debut of ESCP, a brand new duo consisting of Chihsuan Yang and longtime collaborator Bob Garrett.
Babe-alon 5's Martini Hour
Monday, April 3
Babe-alon 5 is a comedic vocal trio, bringing back the tunes of the baby and silent boomer generations. They also bring you shtick, sass, and much laughter. Babe-alon 5's Martini Hour will include special musical guests, as well as a delicious recipe for your crockpot.