YOU FORGOT SOMETHING? THIS WILL MAKE YOU REMEMBER. THE LEECHES ARE DEAD. LET’S EAT.
ABOUT THIS SHOW
Truth is lie; lie is truth. 1920: Jewish writer Isaac Babel begins a journal while serving in war. Ninety years later, this same journal is found in the wreckage of a suspicious plane crash. What did Babel write, and why does it matter? Ensemble member Rajiv Joseph’s epic thriller ricochets through place and time following the unlikely lives of seven individuals – soldiers and poets, KGB agents and babushkas – as they unearth mysteries buried by decades of history, fiction and blood.
Cast & Artists
- Playwright Rajiv Joseph
- Director Austin Pendleton
- Scenic Designer Collette Pollard
- Costume Designer Raquel Adorno
- Lighting Designer Keith Parham
- Sound Designer Pornchanok Kanchanabanca
- Company Voice and Text Coach Gigi Buffington
- Producing Director Tom Pearl
- Casting Director JC Clementz
- Production Stage Manager Christine D. Freeburg
- Assistant Stage Manager Kathleen Barrett
Featured Ensemble Members
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Thursday, March 23 at 7:30pm
Saturday, April 8 at 2:30pm
Friday, March 24 at 7:30pm
Audio-described and touch tour:
Sunday, April 2 at 2:30pm
(1pm touch tour, 2:30pm curtain)
“Suburb performances” - Chicago Tribune
“Epic-sized work about… truth, art and power” - Chicago Sun-Times
“A sprawling exploration of… fact, censorship and the quest to preserve truth.” - Broadway World
"Fascinating, intriguing, gripping and often funny...Rajiv Joseph’s [Describe the Night is] a profound examination of how truth is a lie, but lies are truth." - Chicago Theatre Review
Lead Production Sponsor
Zell Family Foundation
Grand Production Sponsors
Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Shapiro
Individual Production Sponsors
Amy and Cameron Findlay
Aimee Graham and Nigel Caine
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.
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