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

The Artists

Running Time

This play runs 2 hours and 45 with an intermission.

Content Advisory

Steppenwolf does not offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have any questions about content, age-appropriateness or stage effects (such as strobe lights or theatrical fog) that might have a bearing on patron comfort, please contact the box office at 312-335-1650.

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Reviews

“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

 

Sponsors

Lead Production Sponsor

Zell Family Foundation

 

Grand Production Sponsors

PNC Logo

James Kochalka

Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Shapiro

 

Individual Production Sponsors

Amy and Cameron Findlay

Aimee Graham and Nigel Caine

Michele Kenner

Maridee Quanbeck

 

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 igotthoughts@steppenwolf.org.

Running Time

This play runs 2 hours and 45 with an intermission.

Content Advisory

Steppenwolf does not offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have any questions about content, age-appropriateness or stage effects (such as strobe lights or theatrical fog) that might have a bearing on patron comfort, please contact the box office at 312-335-1650.

Digital Program

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Discounts

$20 tickets, Pay-What-You-Can performances, discounts and more. Find the right ticket for you.

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YOU FORGOT SOMETHING? THIS WILL MAKE YOU REMEMBER. THE LEECHES ARE DEAD. LET’S EAT.