Bee is a young woman who believes she has the uncanny ability to see the future, and maybe even alter it. With the click of a television remote, we loop through time in this dark, funny world premiere about a woman bent on reinventing her own destiny - and possibly the world.
Bruce Norris has on ongoing collaboration with Steppenwolf where his plays The Unmentionables, The Pain and the Itch, We All Went Down to Amsterdam, The Infidel and Purple Heart (also in Galway, Ireland) were commissioned and produced. Anna D. Shapiro won a 2008 Tony® Award for her direction of Steppenwolf’s critically-acclaimed production of August: Osage County. Other Steppenwolf directing credits include the 2008-2009 season production of Up as well as Three Days of Rain, Drawer Boy, I Never Sang for My Father and Man from Nebraska. She is also head of the Graduate Directing Program at Northwestern University.
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Cast & Artists
- Author:ensemble member Bruce Norris
- Directed by: ensemble member Anna D. Shapiro
- Scenic Design: Todd Rosenthal
- Costume Design: Mara Blumenfeld
- Lighting Design: James F. Ingalls
- Sound Design: Michael Bodeen
- Sound Design: Rob Milburn
- Stage Manager: Laura D. Glenn
- Assistant Stage Manager: Christine D. Freeburg
“Highly entertaining and exceptionally thought-provoking comedy.”- Variety
“Highly recommended!” - Chicago Sun-Times
“If you only see one play this year, see Steppenwolf Theatre’s A Parallelogram” – Chicago Theatre Blog
Playwright Bruce Norris discusses the making of A Parallelogram with Director Anna D. Shapiro and Artistic Director Martha Lavey.
Our beliefs about how we can or cannot control our own destiny are germane to the decisions we make about how to interact with the world.
Can we know the future in advance?
In the search for a scapegoat, Norris’s characters first try to condemn other people and finally come to painful self-knowledge.
Theater is a series of ongoing interpretations.