In the aftermath of her husband's death, a Vietnam War widow tries to rebuild her life. Left to raise her young son under the watchful eye of her mother-in-law, everything changes with the arrival of a mysterious stranger. This world premiere play, commissioned by Steppenwolf, tackles the least exposed corners of the human heart with Bruce Norris' characteristic wit. Purple Heart went to Galway, Ireland in 2003. Find out more about our productions that traveled beyond Chicago.
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Cast & Artists
Martha Lavey explores the themes and potent relevancy of Bruce Norris' The Pain and the Itch.
Backstage asked artistic intern Patrick King to put together a list of some of the productions that could be grouped under the heading Steppenwolf Goes to War.
No one in the early days of the company could have foreseen that Steppenwolf would become a recognizable name not just in Chicago and around the United States, but internationally, as well.
Steppenwolf salutes The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for their uncompromising support of new play development.
In all of his plays, Bruce Norris feeds the audience just enough clues about his characters and their circumstances to leave us hungry for more.