ABOUT THIS SHOW
WHAT IF: IF I COULD TELL YOU explores the questions posed by the directing team of the Steppenwolf for Young Adults’ We Are Proud To Present a Presentation...: What if things were different? What if things were better? Through a series of scenes and monologues, the Lane Tech Ensemble’s original play connects the themes of the Steppenwolf production around cultural erasure, appropriation, and colonization to the pressing topics of racism, stereotypes and body image as relevant to the students’ day-to-day. This talented group of teen actors takes the audience through a journey asking, “What if we could know who people truly were?”
The WHAT IF? PROJECT is an extended residency program through Steppenwolf Education in which a classroom teacher partner of Steppenwolf’s In-School Residency Program creates an artistic project with their class in response to a Steppenwolf for Young Adults (SYA) production. This teacher collaborates with Steppenwolf teaching artists to provide students a unique chance to advance their skills by exploring the creative inquiry question of, “WHAT IF?” Throughout the course of their 20 residency sessions, students utilize skills of Steppenwolf's teaching pedagogy, aesthetic education, to generate an original work in conversation with productions they viewed.