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 new 1700 Theatre, an intimate 80 seat cabaret-style venue nestled behind Front Bar: Coffee and Drinks.

Barbecue by Robert O’Hara
Presented by the Strawdog Theatre Company
A LookOut Visiting Company
Directed by Damon Kiely 
Starting August 17

A modern American family uses a summer barbecue as a pretext to ambush sister Barbara with an intervention. An afternoon in the park with these raucous siblings and you'll be challenging your own assumptions about family, race, and reality. The Chicago premiere of Barbecue will have you laughing out loud and questioning how it’s true that in America, you sometimes taze the ones you love.

In the Round: Labor Day BBQ with Kevin O'Donnell
Tuesday, September 5

Kevin O'Donnell brings together a diverse group of musicians from Chicago and beyond, to talk, share, and generally show off.  

Pride Films & Plays Presents The Pulse Project: A Reading
Wednesday, September 13

June 16, 2016. Latin Night at Pulse Nightclub was a gathering for people who wanted an escape to be safe and be themselves. That night became one of the most devastating attacks on the queer community in history. Four writers gathered in response to the tragedy. The Pulse Project is a 1-hour play comprised of monologues inspired by people who died, survived, and shared their accounts of that horrific night.

Edge / Sharp Mined
by Matthew Bodett
Tuesday, September 19

Relying on personal experiences Matt Bodett offers this performance as a way of considering aspects of mental illness and more specifically schizophrenia. Although an abstract illness, Bodett humanizes schizophrenia and some of its associated symptoms.

Erik & Jessie and Everyone You Know Variety Show
Monday, September 25

Local actor/musicians Erik Hellman and Jessie Fisher return to LookOut to present their updated variant of the classic variety hour. Original music, special guests, comedy, magic, improv, and ephemera along with the tightest country, soul band in the land. Fast-paced, fun, funky and fresh.

Lucky Plush Productions presents
Rooming House, a world premiere dance theater work
Co-Created by Julia Rhoads and Leslie Buxbaum Danzig

Saturday, November 4 – Saturday, November 18

In Lucky Plush’s newest dance-theater work, Rooming House, a disagreement about the classic story of Orpheus and Eurydice propels a group of friends into a physically and psychologically complex game of whodunit, solved through contemporary interpretations and personal storytelling. Rooming House offers a playful and lively blueprint for pursuing the question: what makes a person do something that could have shattering and irreparable consequences?

Kelly Anderson Dance Theatre: Skits and Pieces
Wednesday, November 8
Join Kelly Anderson Dance Theatre for an evening of dance, theater and comedy. Highlighting works from some of her favorite productions, Anderson weaves together an evening of terrible dates, broken hearts and the common struggle of an artist “waiting” for their big break.

Proa: Delfos Danza Contemporánea and Ensemble Dal Niente
Saturday, December 2 at 8pm
Sunday, December 3 at 4pm

Chicago-based contemporary classical collective Ensemble Dal Niente teams up with the Mazatlán-based Delfos Danza Contemporánea for this two-night engagement. The program includes the world premiere of Chicago-based composer Tomás Gueglio’s "Proa" (“prow”) for four dancers and harp, in which harpist and dancers use sound, clothing, and bodies to explore themes of migration, immigration, alienation, and identity.

Chicago International Latino Theater Festival: DESTINOS

Steppenwolf is proud to be a venue for DESTINOS, the inaugural Chicago International Latino Theater Festival. DESTINOS is an ambitious month-long festival of ‘First voice’ plays and panels presented by Chicago Latino Theater Alliance (CLATA). For each weekend in October, Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theatre will feature the work of daring Latino companies from across the globe.

DESTINOS, Weekend One

ArteBoricua presents Madea (Medea) by Euripides
Thursday October 5 – Sunday, October 8

What cause or excuse could any person give to try and justify what is considered to be the worst of all crimes – killing your own children? Based on Euripedes’ and Seneca's Greek tragedies, this play from Puerto Rico’s Arte Boricua is designed to humanize, and perhaps understand, a woman that has been scorned through the ages: Medea.

DESTINOS, Weekend Two

Teatro Aguijón presents La Muerte y la Doncella (Death and the Maiden) by Ariel Dorfman
Thursday October 12 – Sunday, October 15

A show fit for our turbulent times, La Muerte y la Doncella is the first production of Chicago-based Aguijón Theater’s 28th season, dedicated to the exploration of the psychological toll of the politics of fear. Set after the fall of a dictatorship, the play follows a woman who must overcome her past and confront her deepest fears in search of long sought justice.

DESTINOS, Weekend Three

Teatro Ludi presents El Espejo (The Mirror) by Abelardo Estorino
Thursday October 19 – Sunday, October 22

This production from Cuba’s Ludi Teatreo features the sounds and dances of indigenous musical genres such as chachacha, bolero and rumba. While the text that inspired this work, El Peine y el Espejo, was penned in 1956, the central topics of machismo, gender violence, family and religion, all still resonate today.

DESTINOS, Weekend Four

Vueltas Bravas Producciones & Mitchell Productions Inc. presents Miss Julia (Miss Julie) by August Strindberg
Thursday October 26 – Saturday, October 28

The action of this 19th-Century European play is shifted to Colombiato explore the power relationship between the United States and Latin America. Audiences are invited to witness a slice of Colombia, complete with live traditional folk music, salsa and rum. This bi-lingual production, performed in English and Spanish, is a clash of cultures, a dance of death combining heightened physicality and rich naturalistic text.

LookOut Inquiries

LookOut inquiries are welcome and can be directed to lookout@steppenwolf.org