An invitation,
a provocation,
a celebration…
it’s time Chicago had a queen

ABOUT THIS SHOW

Meet America’s first drag queen presidential candidate—Ms. Joan Jett Blakk—as she announces her bid to run for President of the United States. It’s Chicago, 1992, and with the AIDS crisis at its height, Joan and the newly formed Queer Nation Chicago have an urgent agenda. Joan sets off on an exhilarating and dangerous journey to drag queer politics out of the closet and into a future where ALL are visible and ALL have a place at the table. Inspired—but not bound by true events, MS. BLAKK FOR PRESIDENT takes us into the heart and mind of one of Chicago’s most singular and radical citizens. Infused with music and hilarity, MS. BLAKK is part campaign rally, part nightclub performance, part confessional—and all party! 

Casting note: The role of Joan Jett Blakk will be played by Jos N. Banks—in place of Tarell Alvin McCraney—on Sunday, June 9.

FROM TINA LANDAU, CO-WRITER AND CREATOR

“I didn’t want to start the piece at all until I had contacted Terence (Joan Jett Blakk) and had his blessing and support. We connected, and he told me his story, in his words, over hours and hours, and that formed the basis for our starting the work. It’s a Chicago story, it’s a true story, it’s an untold story. It’s a queer story. It’s a political story. As someone who was alive at the height of the AIDS epidemic, I wanted to do this piece both to honor Terence and the “army of lovers” at ACT UP and QUEER NATION, as well as in memory of dear friends lost at the time. It’s for them.”

PARTY ZONE SEATING

  • An interactive, runway-side seating experience
  • Wheelchair accessible seating
  • Classic Members: Complimentary exchanges are available for party zone seating. Additional tickets are available at the member price. Bring a friend!
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Watch & Listen

Cast & Artists

The Artists

Running Time

1 hour and 40 minutes, presented without intermission

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.

Engagement Series

Keep the party going! Join us for conversations and events designed to enrich your experience around MS. BLAKK FOR PRESIDENT.

Reserve Tickets

Running Time

1 hour and 40 minutes, presented without intermission

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.

Engagement Series

Keep the party going! Join us for conversations and events designed to enrich your experience around MS. BLAKK FOR PRESIDENT.

Special Performances

Preview performances:
May 23 - June 2

ASL interpretation:
Thursday, June 13 at 7:30pm

Open-captioned:
Thursday, June 13 at 7:30 and Saturday, June 29 at 3pm

Audio-described and touch tour:
Sunday, June 23 touch tour at 1:30, performance at 3pm

Sponsors

Major Production Sponsor