Streaming October 2021
About this show
In Rajiv Joseph’s Red Folder, a first grader’s elementary school folder is just a folder, until it isn’t. In this short virtual play, a child’s world is turned upside down when he starts to believe his self-worth should be measured by which side of his school folder, left or right, his work belongs in. Inspired by this exceptional piece of storytelling, Joseph’s play will be packaged for teachers to stream for free in classrooms around the world in addition to a suite of virtual fodder encouraging students to consider their own red folders by asking, “How can art act as a tool for reflection, helping us to see something from our past in a new light?”
Parents and guardians, please be advised, the play speaks about the following:
- Feelings of anger
This play also contains profane language. We recommend this content for grades 8 and up.
Ready to register?
This virtual project will be available to stream for FREE for all educators to explore with their students (recommended for grades 8 and above), including classroom teachers, youth mentors, leaders of after-school programs for youth, leaders of unschoolers or homeschoolers groups, etc. College groups also welcome!
Registration for educators will be available starting May 19, 2021.
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.
Red Folder Cast & Artists
Playwright Rajiv Joseph†
Director Rajiv Joseph†
Illustrator Rajiv Joseph†
Original Music Chris P. Thompson
Filmed and Edited by Joel Moorman
Lead Animation Artist Christopher Huizar
Animation Artists Joel Moorman and Rudy Schultz
Artistic Producer JC Clementz
Teen Curators: Miles C., Kristen D., Naysa S., Joelle R.
Education Producers: Jared Bellot, Abhi Shrestha
Production Manager Elise Hausken
Casting Director JC Clementz, CSA
Production Stage Manager Laura D. Glenn*
Assistant Production Stage Manager Christine D. Freeburg*
Narrator Carrie Coon†*
Additional Staff: Martha Wegener (Sound Engineer), Patrick Zakem (Captioning)
Special Thanks to Dinesh Joseph.
Steppenwolf Theatre Company is a constituent of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for nonprofit professional theater.
† denotes a member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company ensemble.
* denotes a member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers.