Jim and Laurel Parker are about to become new parents. They are broke. They are loud. They are "proud white trash." When Laurel gives birth to their long overdue child, she and Jim are faced with the biggest challenge of their lives. Byhalia, Mississippi explores a couple in the midst of turmoil and a town with a racially-charged past that finds its way into the present. Winner of Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, Tennessee, 2014 NewWorks@TheWorks playwriting competition.

Running Time

Running Time: 2 hours, including 1 Intermission

Cast & Artists

The Artists

  • Costume Design: Kristy Hall
  • Lighting Design: Slick Jorgensen
  • Stage Manager: Clarissa Jugo
  • Author: Evan Linder
  • Directed by: Tyrone Phillips
  • Sound Design: Gary Tiedemann
  • Scenic Design: John Wilson
  • Dramaturg: Kat Zukaitis
  • Props Design: Kira Lyon
  • Technical Director Bobby Huggins
  • Production Manager Claire Haupt
  • Sound Engineer: Matt Test
  • Lighting Director: Alon Stotter
  • Master Electrician: Eric Van Tassell
  • Associate Costume Designer: Kotryna Hilko
  • Assistant Stage Manager Breana Young
  • Assistant Stage Manager Maddie Martin


"We need this story...truly great performance -Chicago Tribune

"A tour-de-force cast adds life, warts and all, to this sharply written script with each emotional interaction”-Chicago Reader

"finely-directed, exquisitely-performed"- Chicago Theatre Review

Running Time

Running Time: 2 hours, including 1 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.