It's just a friend request, it doesn't mean I want to be friends.

About this show

Mercedes is an outsider. Tara makes sure she knows it. When a high school production of The Crucible forces them together, tensions escalate into acts of bullying–both online and IRL. This world premiere play explores what happens to a teacher and his students when a classroom conflict turns into an online witch-hunt.

The Burn was commissioned by Steppenwolf for Young Adults.

One last chance to see the show!

Everyone is welcome to attend our Relaxed/Sensory-Friendly performance this Saturday, March 10. For more information and to buy tickets, please visit the event page.

Watch & Listen

Cast & Artists

The Artists

Running Time

90 minutes, presented without an intermission

Content Advisory

The Burn contains coarse language and intense vocal bullying including references to self-harm. If you have any additional 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.

Relaxed/Sensory-Friendly performance

Saturday, March 10
1pm lobby + 3pm curtain
More information and tickets

School Performances

School performance tickets are available by visiting our Steppenwolf for Young Adults page. Performances Tuesday – Friday at 10am are reserved for school groups only.

Special Performances

ASL interpretation (student):
TBD

ASL interpretation (public):
Friday, March 2 at 7:30pm

Open-captioned:
Saturday, March 3 at 3pm

Audio-described and touch tour:
Saturday, February 24 1:30pm touch tour, audio-described performance at 3pm

Reviews

“A concentrated 90-minute depiction of web-wicked bullying and the human wreckage that results…The Burn powers past clichés to expose the limits of privacy, free speech and even honesty itself”
Stage and Cinema

Running Time

90 minutes, presented without an intermission

Content Advisory

The Burn contains coarse language and intense vocal bullying including references to self-harm. If you have any additional 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.

Relaxed/Sensory-Friendly performance

Saturday, March 10
1pm lobby + 3pm curtain
More information and tickets

School Performances

School performance tickets are available by visiting our Steppenwolf for Young Adults page. Performances Tuesday – Friday at 10am are reserved for school groups only.

Special Performances

ASL interpretation (student):
TBD

ASL interpretation (public):
Friday, March 2 at 7:30pm

Open-captioned:
Saturday, March 3 at 3pm

Audio-described and touch tour:
Saturday, February 24 1:30pm touch tour, audio-described performance at 3pm

It's just a friend request, it doesn't mean I want to be friends.