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 1700 Theatre, an intimate and flexible 80 seat venue nestled behind Front Bar: Coffee and Drinks.

Walkabout Theatre Presents
The Brink! Or Nobody's Ever Kissed Me Like That...
Directed by Thom Pasculli
Co-created by the Walkabout Ensemble in Collaboration with Fides Krucker
Preview: Thursday August 23
Regular Run: Friday, August 24 & Saturday, August 25
$15 Preview, $25 General Admission Regular Run, $15 Student/Industry
In a cafe at the edge of the world, a group of wayward performers present The Brink! an avant garde cabaret about longing and music, growing up and falling apart; about the ground beneath us shifting too quickly, and the world becoming unrecognizable. Drawing from American pop songs and jazz standards, the poetry of Gertrude Stein, and Ann Carson's "The Gender of Sound," the ensemble slides past the edge of reason in the unfettered encounter with the stranger inside. 

Steppenwolf’s LookOut Series is proud to be a venue partner for Destinos, the Chicago International Latino Theater Festival. Produced by the Chicago Latino Theater Alliance (CLATA), Destinos brings together top Latino theater artists and companies from Chicago, the U.S. and around Latin America for seven weeks of shows, panels and student performances held throughout the city. From September 20 - October 14, Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theatre will feature the work of four daring Latino theater companies. 
Water People Theater presents 
By Néstor Caballero, Directed by Iraida Tapias 
In a co-presentation with The Poetry Foundation and American Writers’ Museum  
Thursday, September 20 – Sunday, September 23 
Produced by Chicago’s own Water People Theater, Musas imagines an extraordinary encounter between two icons of contemporary art, Mexican painter Frida Kahlo and American poet Sylvia Plath, in which they share the most intimate and passionate moments of their lives. 
Teatro Abya Yala presents 
By Oscar González, David Korish and Janko Navarro 
Thursday, September 27 - Sunday, September 29 
This play, from Costa Rica's Abya Yala Theater, offers glimpses of masculinity in different situations, exploring the impossibility of fulfilling the societal idea of what it means to be a man today. 
Grupo Humo Negro presents 
By Mariano Tenconi Blanco, Directed by Juan Parodi 
Thursday, October 4 - Sunday, October 7 
In this play, presented by Argentina's Grupo Humo Negro, a young woman falls in love with a man whom she sees by chance in a car accident. She begins to write love letters that the man's wife captures--a source of inspiration for her intimate diary. 
Cuarzo Blanco presents 
Written and Directed by Adriana Pantoja 
Thursday, October 11 - Sunday, October 14 
There are always reasons and excuses to avoid the truth, to not assume responsibility, and to shift blame. Luna de Cristal, from Puerto Rico's Cuarzo Blanco, tells the story of a family of three confronting the realities of their lives and the unexpected event that unites them. 
Curated by Mia Park 
Monday, October 22
The Asian Pacific American (APA) population is seriously under represented on stage. “Our Perspective: Asian American Play Readings” is a staged play reading series curated by Mia Park and produced by Asian Improv Arts Midwest’s AA Arts Incubator that intends to provide inspiration, space, and audiences for Midwest APA playwrights, directors, and actors.
Lucky Plush Productions present 
Co-created and Co-directed by Julia Rhoads and Leslie Danzig 
Devised in collaboration with the ensemble 
Friday, November 2 – Saturday, November 17 
 This lively spin on the noir classic Gaslight playfully captures the claustrophobia, escapist tendencies and resilience in domestic relationships, in a dance theater language full of surprising turns and contemporary resonance. 
Lucky Plush Productions present 
Saturday, November 10 and Saturday, November 17
$60 The Better Half and Rink Life double feature 
$25 Rink Life only
Join Lucky Plush for a double feature at a discounted price to see both The Better Half and a special work-in-progress showing of their upcoming world premiere Rink Life. 

In Rink Life, the sound score builds upon disparate fragments of information—partially overheard conversations, whispered exchanges, pop-song earworms—and is generated by the performers in real-time. 
Every house has a door presents 
Directed by Lin Hixson 
Co-devised and performed by Matthew Goulish and Essi Kausalainen 
Friday, November 30 at 8pm; Saturday, December 1 at 8pm; and Sunday, December 2 at 3:30pm 
Chicago-based performance group Every house has a door (USA) and Essi Kausalainen (Finland) along with local child performers weave a circuit of language, gesture, video, and elaborate costumes around inter-species communication and the slow progress of the snail.


LookOut Inquiries

The LookOut team is always interested in seeing new work and meeting artists; inquiries and invitations to see work are welcome and can be directed to lookout@steppenwolf.org. As a multidisciplinary performance series, we are primarily interested in connecting with Chicago-based artists who have an existing body of presentable work. We are particularly interested in offering a platform to artists representing historically marginalized communities and programming work that incorporates diversity across genre, form, and perspective. Please note that we do not accept unsolicited full-length scripts.