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.

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

Reserve Tickets

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.