stacked with ensemble members, this extraordinarily funny adaptation signals a new era of theatre-making at Steppenwolf
ABOUT THIS SHOW
On a long summer weekend in the Russian countryside at an estate bursting at the seams with guests, three generations collide in ensemble member Yasen Peyankov’s extraordinarily funny and lyrical adaption of Anton Chekhov’s Seagull, the play that will open Steppenwolf's new in-the-round Ensemble Theater in Honor of Helen Zell. In classic Chekhovian style, a sparkling cast featuring many Steppenwolf ensemble members will wrestle with the eternal questions that haunt the intellectual artist class: What is Love? What is Art? When is Lunch? Join us for this historical moment in Steppenwolf’s journey as we explore the work that inspired us, laugh at the battles that consume us and celebrate, together, all that makes us grateful for each other.
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Thursday, May 19 at 7:30pm and Saturday, June 11 at 2:30pm
Sunday, May 22 at 7:30pm
Audio-described and touch tour:
Sunday, June 5 at 2:30pm (1pm touch tour, 2:30pm curtain)
Cast & Artists
- Playwright Anton Chekhov
- Translator and Adapter Yasen Peyankov
- Director Yasen Peyankov
- Scenic Designer Todd Rosenthal
- Costume Designer Ana Kuzmanic
- Lighting Designer Marcus Doshi
- Sound Designer and Composer Pornchanok Kanchanabanca
- Production and New Translation Dramaturg Dassia N. Posner
- Company Voice & Text Coach Gigi Buffington
- Intimacy Choreographer Jyreika Guest
- Director of Production Tom Pearl
- Casting Director JC Clementz
- Production Stage Manager Christine D. Freeburg
- Assistant Stage Manager Kathleen Barrett
Featured Ensemble Members
The New Ensemble Theater
Steppenwolf was founded more than 45 years ago by a group of students who craved a space to call their own. The Ensemble Theater in Honor of Helen Zell is located at the heart of the new Liz and Eric Lefkofsky Arts and Education Center and continues that vision, becoming a place for students, educators and aspiring artists to call home.
The state of the art 400-seat theater-in-the-round is one of its kind in Chicago. Only six rows deep with audience members never more than 20 feet from the stage, this space a provides a truly unique theatergoing experience. It is fitting that Seagull, the first live production in the new Ensemble Theater, will feature several ensemble members in the cast!
★ ★ ★ ★ “If you’ve ever loved and lost, dreamed of an alternate life or simply longed to get out of the house, this Chekhovian masterpiece will speak to you.” – Chicago Sun-Times
“Contemporary and sharp… opens a lovely new space” – Chicago Reader
“A showcase for the masterly acting that has distinguished the company for more than four decades” – Daily Herald
“Both the production itself and the theatre are remarkable.” – Chicago on Stage
“Showcases Steppenwolf's excellent ensemble” – Broadway World
Premier Production sponsors
Grand Production sponsors
Julie and Roger Baskes
Amy and Cameron Findlay
Shmaila Tahir and Asheesh Goel
Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Shapiro
individual production sponsors
Douglas R. Brown Playwright/Director Endowment Fund
Jeffrey Maling and Rebecca Johnston
Christopher and Eileen Murphy
Jennifer Zobair and Chuck Smith
Colette Cachey Smithburg and Tom Smithburg
Steppenwolf's New Plays Initiative is supported by the Zell Family Foundation.
Accessibility Services sponsored by John Hart and Carol Prins
Welcome to our ensemble
Steppenwolf prides itself on being one of the premiere ensemble theaters in America. Being in an ensemble means being open to perspectives that differ from our own, being willing to allow multiple truths to exist and, perhaps most importantly, being open to change.
We are committed to becoming a racially, culturally and socially just organization rooted in anti-oppressive values, and we invite you to commit with us to maintaining a safe and accessible environment wherein our patrons, staff, artists, students, donors, trustees and volunteers are all part of our ensemble.
We invite you to join our ensemble by:
• Treating everyone with respect, dignity and equity.
• Centering those whose experiences you may not identify with or understand.
• Celebrating various forms of expression and trusting that there is enough space for us all.
If we witness harm being caused, we commit to:
• Having the courage to interrupt and lead with compassion.
• Centering the needs of the harmed party(ies) if physical or emotional harm is caused.
• Working together to rectify a situation when harm is caused, intentionally or accidentally.
Ensemble ethos is what this company is built on. It’s not always easy, but we believe prioritizing community is how we achieve a better tomorrow.
While we pride ourselves on staging provocative work that elicits strong emotions, reactions and connections, it is essential that we reduce the harm that has occurred too often in our physical and virtual spaces. Therefore, we reserve the right to refuse service, relocate and/or remove any person from our theater who disregards this Code of Conduct.
If you would like to share your thoughts with Steppenwolf leadership, please reach out to the company’s department heads at firstname.lastname@example.org.