“You weren't a highly decorated cop. You were an okay cop. No shame in that. Be smart. Take the money.”

Synopsis

Ex-cop “Pops” Washington and his ex-con son Junior are barely holding on to one of the last great rent stabilized apartments in Manhattan. Pops has his hands (not to mention his apartment) full as he navigates a steady stream of sketchy houseguests and sweats out the impending verdict on his law suit against the police department. A celebration of the glorious contradictions that make up human nature, this rowdy dark comedy looks at the slippery nature of justice, and the grit it takes to finally move on.

Running Time

2 hours, which includes one 15-minute 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.

Special Performances

Preview Performances:
Jun 23 - July 2, 2016

ASL interpretation:
Sunday, July 31 at 7:30pm

Open-captioned:
Saturday, August 6 at 3pm

Audio-described and touch tour:
Sunday, August 14 at 1:30 touch tour, audio-described performance at 3pm

Watch & Listen

Cast & Artists

The Artists

Reviews

“A warm, rich dialect that comes right off the city streets. Everyone’s bound to be captivated by Guirgis’s loudmouthed locals.”
Variety

“A rich new play… Mr. Guirgis has a splendid ear in blurring lines between the sacred and profane and it is a dizzying and exciting place to be.”
The New York Times

“Riverside explores, with both street-smart, sometimes-profane wit and disarming tenderness, the different ways in which we cling to, reject and exploit faith. Never one to settle for simple answers or snarky observations, Guirgis portrays his characters, and their twisting journeys, with humor and compassion."
USA Today

“A wonderful, generous, altogether unpredictable urban tragicomedy.”
Newsday

“Quite possibly Guirgis’ most accomplished work to date.”
Entertainment Weekly

Articles


“Growing Up With the Hat” – The Wall Street Journal

Running Time

2 hours, which includes one 15-minute 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.

Special Performances

Preview Performances:
Jun 23 - July 2, 2016

ASL interpretation:
Sunday, July 31 at 7:30pm

Open-captioned:
Saturday, August 6 at 3pm

Audio-described and touch tour:
Sunday, August 14 at 1:30 touch tour, audio-described performance at 3pm

“You weren't a highly decorated cop. You were an okay cop. No shame in that. Be smart. Take the money.”

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