Onstage in February 2022

About this show

After nearly two years in quarantine, we will feature our first live production for teens with an incredible world premiere adaptation of Eve L. Ewing’s 1919, which tells the story of the killing of 17-year-old Eugene Williams in treacherous waters off the segregated 1919 Lake Michigan shoreline. The next eight days and their aftermath constitute an under-told episode of the city’s history. Adapted from Ewing’s poems, Brooks’s play is a bold, lyrical exploration of Black Chicagoans’ resistance, fortitude and endurance: past, present and future.

Want to bring your students? Teacher registration will open in early September 2021. If you are not yet on our email list, please contact Manager of Education Partnerships Rae Taylor at rtaylor@steppenwolf.org to receive updates about the play and registration. We look forward to having you at the theater again!

Content Advisory

Parents and guardians, please be advised, the play speaks about the following:

  • Racial trauma
  • Violence

This play also contains profane language. We recommend this content for grades 8 and up.

Effects Advisory

Steppenwolf does not proactively offer advisories about stage effects, as sensitivities vary from person to person.

If you have further questions, contact the box office at 312-335-1650.

Steppenwolf for Young Adults

Steppenwolf is proud to produce the nationally recognized Young Adults series, which focuses on creating world-class theatre specifically for a teen and family audience. Learn more about this season's SYA offerings.

LEARN MORE

Accessible Performances

Open captioned and ASL interpreted:
Saturday, February 12 at 2:30pm

Audio-described and touch tour:
Saturday, February 19 at 2:30pm (1pm touch tour, 2:30pm curtain)

Relaxed/sensory-friendly performance:
Saturday, February 26 at 2:30pm

Casts and Artists

The Artists

Program Sponsor


Ralla Klepak Foundation


Steppenwolf’s New Plays Initiative is supported by the Zell Family Foundation.

Content Advisory

Parents and guardians, please be advised, the play speaks about the following:

  • Racial trauma
  • Violence

This play also contains profane language. We recommend this content for grades 8 and up.

Effects Advisory

Steppenwolf does not proactively offer advisories about stage effects, as sensitivities vary from person to person.

If you have further questions, contact the box office at 312-335-1650.

Steppenwolf for Young Adults

Steppenwolf is proud to produce the nationally recognized Young Adults series, which focuses on creating world-class theatre specifically for a teen and family audience. Learn more about this season's SYA offerings.

LEARN MORE

Accessible Performances

Open captioned and ASL interpreted:
Saturday, February 12 at 2:30pm

Audio-described and touch tour:
Saturday, February 19 at 2:30pm (1pm touch tour, 2:30pm curtain)

Relaxed/sensory-friendly performance:
Saturday, February 26 at 2:30pm