About This Show

In downstate Illinois four sex offenders share a group home where they must negotiate their place in a world that doesn't want them. A man shows up to confront his childhood abuser–but does he want closure or retribution? This provocative new play by Pulitzer Prize-winning ensemble member Bruce Norris pushes moral boundaries as it questions what happens when society deems anyone unworthy of forgiveness. 

Downstate is a co-commission and co-production with the National Theatre of Great Britain. This exciting collaboration will premiere at Steppenwolf in fall 2018 and transfer to the National Theatre in spring 2019. Under the direction of Tony Award winner Pam MacKinnon, Downstate will feature an American and British cast and creative team. 

Content Advisory

  • Discussion and sometimes graphic, sometimes uncomfortably romantic descriptions of raping children and teens
  • Sympathetic depiction of people who have raped children
  • Drug use
  • Smoke effects
  • Graphic depictions of self-harm
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.

Cast & Artists

The Artists

Featured Ensemble Members

Content Advisory

  • Discussion and sometimes graphic, sometimes uncomfortably romantic descriptions of raping children and teens
  • Sympathetic depiction of people who have raped children
  • Drug use
  • Smoke effects
  • Graphic depictions of self-harm
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.