Onstage in THE ROUND THEATER - February 2022
About this show
Steppenwolf for Young Adults (SYA) proudly presents the 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, J. Nicole Brooks's play is a bold, lyrical exploration of Black Chicagoans' resistance, fortitude, and endurance: past, present, and future.
Steppenwolf was founded more than 45 years ago by a circle of students who craved a space to call their own. The Arts and Education Center continues that vision and amplifies its reach, becoming a place for students, educators, and aspiring artists to call home. It is fitting then, that in February 2022 the first live production in the new Round Theater will be for teens!
Weekday matinee performances, Feb 1 – March 5, are for students. Student registration info on the right sidebar of this page.
There are limited performances to 1919 for the general public on the weekends; single tickets on sale at a later date. Note: In April 2022, ensemble member Yasen Peyankov's magical adaptation of Seagull will open the Round Theater to the general public—secure your seat now with a 2021/22 Classic Membership.
Part of Steppenwolf Education's robust department, Steppenwolf for Young Adults brings high-quality theatre to artistically curious young adults across Chicago with two full-scale professional productions each season. Learn more about Steppenwolf Education's dedicated space in the new building called The Loft—and the multifaceted offerings available to Chicagoland teens, young artists, educators at steppenwolf.org/education.
Want to bring your students?
Please note that Steppenwolf is among more than 70 Chicago-area performing arts organizations in a unified vaccination and mask requirement for audiences for indoor performances. This unified effort across the dance, improv, music, opera and theater community is a strong step in keeping our artists, backstage crews and audience members safe as we stage our collective comeback in the months ahead.
We do NOT YET KNOW how this will impact minors (under the age of 18) in our theater but all staff, artists and those over the age of 18 will be required to be vaccinated. We are working closely with other performing arts partners to determine how to host safe field trips for every one of our students.
For more information on our ongoing safety procedures around COVID-19, please visit our FAQ page for welcoming you safely back into our theater.
Parents and guardians, please be advised, the play speaks about the following:
- Racial trauma
This play also contains profane language. We recommend this content for grades 8 and up.
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.
This production is available for all educators to share with their students in grades 9 and above, including classroom teachers, youth mentors, leaders of after-school programs for youth, leaders of unschoolers or homeschoolers groups, etc. College groups are welcome!
We offer accessible services to ensure all audience members have access to our work, including American Sign Language interpretation (available for student matinees as scheduled with education staff or per public performances below), Spanish Language captions, wheelchair accessible seating and more. Please let us know how we can help serve your needs!
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)
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.
Casts and Artists
Steppenwolf’s New Plays Initiative is supported by the Zell Family Foundation.