About thIS Show

The highly anticipated world premiere. A hilarious farce that exposes the personal greed behind first-world exploitation. 

In the dangerous back channels of international resource politics, a wealthy British businessman suffers an untimely accident just before a critical African copper deal is signed. So when his unwitting (and witless) American doppelgänger is thrust into negotiations to avert intercontinental disaster, chaos erupts, leaving us wondering: whose side are we supposed to be on... and who will save Africa?? This new American farce is a hilarious, irreverent and timely look at the back-room deals that shape our world and the unlikely cast of characters who make them. 

The Doppelgänger is a bold comedy that blends slapstick with political bite, and bawdy wordplay with incisive commentary on America's loaded position on the global stage. Directed by ensemble member Tina Landau, an ensemble member since 1997, Landau's work includes directing Broadway's The Spongebob Musical , Tracy Letts's Superior Donuts and Tarell Alvin McCraney's The Brother/Sister Plays.  

Matthew-Lee Erlbach is an actor and playwright from Chicago and NYC whose plays include the acclaimed solo play, Handbook for an American Revolutionary, Eager to Lose, and a Burlesque Farce in Rhyming Verse. A recipient of the 2017 Humanitas Prize New Voices Award and member of Ars Nova’s 2014/15 Play Group, he has written for Showtime's Masters of Sex as well as for Nickelodeon, MTV, WWE and The Huffington Post.

Cast & Artists

The Artists

  • Author Matthew-Lee Erlbach
  • Directed by ensemble member Tina Landau

Running Time

We're still rehearsing. Runtime will be announced on our website soon

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.

Doppelgänger Special Performances

Preview Performances:
April 5 - 14

ASL interpretation:
Sunday, April 29 at 7:30pm

Open-captioned:
Saturday, May 19 at 3pm

Audio-described and touch tour:
Sunday, May 20 at 1:30 touch tour, audio-described performance at 3pm

Reserve Tickets

Running Time

We're still rehearsing. Runtime will be announced on our website soon

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.

Doppelgänger Special Performances

Preview Performances:
April 5 - 14

ASL interpretation:
Sunday, April 29 at 7:30pm

Open-captioned:
Saturday, May 19 at 3pm

Audio-described and touch tour:
Sunday, May 20 at 1:30 touch tour, audio-described performance at 3pm