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ABOUT THIS SHOW

Pharus Young is now a senior at the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys, an institution committed to building “strong, ethical Black men,” where he endeavors to be the best leader of the school’s prestigious choir in its 50-year history. But in a world built on rites and rituals, should he conform to the expectations of his peers in order to gain the respect he desperately seeks?

Written by Oscar-winning ensemble member Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight), this Tony-nominated play—threaded throughout with soul-stirring a cappella gospel hymns—is the story of a young gay Black man and his battle between identity and community. Choir Boy is an elegy to quiet rebellion, filled with the sound of longing and aspiration. It is a love song in pianissimo to the unseen heart that beats inside us all.

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Watch & Listen

Running Time

1 hour and 40 minutes, presented without intermission

Content Advisory

If you want to see a list of content advisories for Choir Boy, please click below. If you have specific questions about content, age-appropriateness or effects that might have a bearing on patron comfort, please contact the box office at 312-335-1650.

Effect Advisory

If you want to see a list of effect advisories for Choir Boy, please click below.

Discounts

$20 tickets, Pay-What-You-Can performances, Artists & Essential Workers discounts and more. Find the right ticket for you.

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Accessible Performances

Open captioned:
Thursday, July 7 at 8pm and Saturday, July 16 at 3pm

ASL interpreted:
Sunday, July 10 at 8pm

Audio-described and touch tour:
Sunday, July 17 at 3pm (1:30pm touch tour, 3pm curtain)

Cast & Artists

The Artists

Reviews

   ★ (out of 4) "Brilliantly cast, excitingly staged and filled with the heart that comes from age.” – Chicago Tribune

A beautiful homage to adolescence, identity, aspiration, and the human longing to be seen and understood.”  Broadway World

“A 100-minute emotional rollercoaster, every devastating dip and giddy rise delivered through a filter of a cappella music that takes the audience from glory to despair and back.”  Chicago Sun-Times

“The audience response made the performance electric…it provided energy and enthusiasm the fictional characters on stage crave.”  New City

Sponsors

grand Production sponsors

Ameriprise Financial Logo

Dennis and Karen Chookaszian

 

individual production sponsors

Michael Bender and Sheridan Prior

Douglas R. Brown and Rachel Kraft

Andrew Keyt

Kenneth J. Porrello and Sherry L. McFall

 

Choir Boy is supported by the Richard and Mary L. Gray Production Endowment Fund and the Avy and Marcie Stein Sustaining Fund for the Ensemble.

Accessibility Services sponsored by John Hart and Carol Prins

Welcome to our ensemble

Steppenwolf prides itself on being one of the premiere ensemble theaters in America. Being in an ensemble means being open to perspectives that differ from our own, being willing to allow multiple truths to exist and, perhaps most importantly, being open to change.

We are committed to becoming a racially, culturally and socially just organization rooted in anti-oppressive values, and we invite you to commit with us to maintaining a safe and accessible environment wherein our patrons, staff, artists, students, donors, trustees and volunteers are all part of our ensemble.

We invite you to join our ensemble by:

• Treating everyone with respect, dignity and equity.
• Centering those whose experiences you may not identify with or understand.
• Celebrating various forms of expression and trusting that there is enough space for us all.

If we witness harm being caused, we commit to:
• Having the courage to interrupt and lead with compassion.
• Centering the needs of the harmed party(ies) if physical or emotional harm is caused.
• Working together to rectify a situation when harm is caused, intentionally or accidentally.

Ensemble ethos is what this company is built on. It’s not always easy, but we believe prioritizing community is how we achieve a better tomorrow.

While we pride ourselves on staging provocative work that elicits strong emotions, reactions and connections, it is essential that we reduce the harm that has occurred too often in our physical and virtual spaces. Therefore, we reserve the right to refuse service, relocate and/or remove any person from our theater who disregards this Code of Conduct.

If you would like to share your thoughts with Steppenwolf leadership, please reach out to the company’s department heads at igotthoughts@steppenwolf.org.

Running Time

1 hour and 40 minutes, presented without intermission

Content Advisory

If you want to see a list of content advisories for Choir Boy, please click below. If you have specific questions about content, age-appropriateness or effects that might have a bearing on patron comfort, please contact the box office at 312-335-1650.

Effect Advisory

If you want to see a list of effect advisories for Choir Boy, please click below.

Discounts

$20 tickets, Pay-What-You-Can performances, Artists & Essential Workers discounts and more. Find the right ticket for you.

LEARN MORE

Become a member

Experience the full season with added benefits, such as unlimited ticket exchanges, seating assignments before the general public and invitations to exclusive events. 

JOIN NOW

Accessible Performances

Open captioned:
Thursday, July 7 at 8pm and Saturday, July 16 at 3pm

ASL interpreted:
Sunday, July 10 at 8pm

Audio-described and touch tour:
Sunday, July 17 at 3pm (1:30pm touch tour, 3pm curtain)