I am angry. I am heartbroken. But the heart of a woman beats furiously in a million directions at once, even when it’s shattered into a million pieces.

About This Show

To the U.S.-owned factories in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, La Ruta is just a bus. But to the women who live, work and often disappear along the route, it's so much more than that. Inspired by real testimonies, and using live music to evoke factory work and protest marches, La Ruta is a visceral unearthing of secrets buried in the desert and a celebration of the Mexican women who stand resiliently in the wake of loss.

Isaac Gomez is an award-winning Chicago-based playwright, originally from El Paso, Texas/Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. An important work from a powerful young voice, we are proud to feature the world premiere of Isaac Gomez’s La Ruta with Sandra Marquez in her Steppenwolf directing debut and an all-female cast of Chicago’s most dynamic Latinx artists.

From the playwright

“Every single woman in this play is based on a real person. And although some names have been changed for their protection, the violence they face and their resilience have not. I made a promise to these women that their stories would be heard by as many people as humanly possible, and through this world premiere at Steppenwolf, we are one step closer to keeping that promise -- to bear witness and carry their stories forward. As a queer Mexicano from the border, I owe my entire existence to Mexican women. This play is for them. Para todas. Para siempre.”

Watch & Listen

Running Time

1 hour and 40 minutes, presented without an intermission

Content Advisory

  • Graphic descriptions of sexual violence
  • Strong Language
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. 

Events and Offers

Wednesdays – $25 Cultural Industry days (matinees and evening shows, use code CULTURAL)
Thursdays – pay your age and 2-for-1 credit nights for RED Card members
Fridays – pre-show live DJ at Front Bar Dec 21, 28, Jan 4, 11, 18, 25
Saturdays – 2-for-1 credit matinees for Black Card members
Sundays – post-show events following matinees in January

Engagement Series

6 or more $10 discount

Get a group together and save.

For a limited time, groups of 6+ can get a discount on tickets to Familiar and LaRuta.

Enter code 44393, get $10 off each ticket—the more the merrier.

Cast & Artists

The Artists

Quotes

“Chicago has come to know [Gomez] for the incredible young playwright he is…leaving his mark by cultivating thoughtful conversations and art everywhere he goes”
Newcity

Reserve Tickets

Running Time

1 hour and 40 minutes, presented without an intermission

Content Advisory

  • Graphic descriptions of sexual violence
  • Strong Language
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. 

Events and Offers

Wednesdays – $25 Cultural Industry days (matinees and evening shows, use code CULTURAL)
Thursdays – pay your age and 2-for-1 credit nights for RED Card members
Fridays – pre-show live DJ at Front Bar Dec 21, 28, Jan 4, 11, 18, 25
Saturdays – 2-for-1 credit matinees for Black Card members
Sundays – post-show events following matinees in January

Engagement Series

6 or more $10 discount

Get a group together and save.

For a limited time, groups of 6+ can get a discount on tickets to Familiar and LaRuta.

Enter code 44393, get $10 off each ticket—the more the merrier.

I am angry. I am heartbroken. But the heart of a woman beats furiously in a million directions at once, even when it’s shattered into a million pieces.

Special Performances

Preview performances:
December 13 - December 19

ASL interpretation:
Sunday, January 6 at 7:30pm

Open-captioned:
Thursday, January 10 at 7:30 and Saturday, January 26 at 3pm

Audio-described and touch tour:
Sunday, January 13 touch tour at 1:30, performance at 3pm

Sponsors

Major Production Sponsors