ABOUT THIS SHOW
On July 27, 1919, Chicago erupted following the killing of 17-year-old Eugene Williams in treacherous waters off the segregated Lake Michigan shoreline. The days that followed made an indelible mark on the city—its sense of boundaries, of relationships between neighbors and of the underlying systems of inequity and racism that persist today. Adapted by J. Nicole Brooks from Eve L. Ewing’s collection of searing and luminous poems, this world premiere is a hopeful, lyrical exploration of Black Chicagoan’s resistance, fortitude and endurance: past, present and future.
TICKETS AND INFORMATION
Part of Steppenwolf Education's robust department, Steppenwolf for Young Adults brings high-quality theatre to artistically curious young adults across Chicago. Learn more about Steppenwolf Education's multifaceted offerings available to Chicagoland teens, young artists and educators here.
Teachers can register to bring students to our 10am weekday matinees. At this time, we anticipate that as of October 2022, we will not require student audience members to show proof of vaccination when attending Steppenwolf for Young Adults performances. Subject to change.
1919 On Tour: We are partnering with 826Chi and Facing History and Ourselves to bring 1919 to 500+ students and community members as part of Chicago Park Districts' Night Out in the Parks program. Each performance will culminate with a post-show discussion with the cast of 1919, allowing attendees to engage in questions and dialogue about the themes of the play. Learn more
Watch & Listen
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.
Recommended for grades 8+
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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
- Author Eve L. Ewing
- Playwright J. Nicole Brooks
- Co-director Gabrielle Randle-Bent
- Co-director Tasia A. Jones
- Scenic Designer Yu Shibagaki
- Costume Designer Gregory Graham
- Lighting Designer Jason Lynch
- Sound Designer Mikhail Fiksel
- Movement Direction Meida McNeal
- Movement Direction Abra Johnson
- Dramaturg Abhi Shrestha
- Vocal Coach Stan Brown Stan Brown
- Production Stage Manager Michelle Medvin
Robert and Isabelle Bass Foundation, Inc.
Jenny Friedes and Steven Florsheim
STEPPENWOLF FOR YOUNG ADULTS SPONSORS
Paul M. Angell Family Foundation
Ralla Klepak Foundation for Education in the Performing Arts
Allstate Insurance Company
Andrew and Amy Bluhm
Ann and Richard Carr
Crown Family Philanthropies
Liz and Eric Lefkofsky
Polk Bros. Foundation
Robert and Louise Sanborn
Archer Daniels Midland Company
ComEd, An Exelon Company
Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
Tarell Alvin McCraney
Lynn Lockwood Murphy and Barrett B. Murphy
Anne and Don Phillips
Pritzker Traubert Foundation
Cari and Michael J. Sacks
Ilan and Becky Shalit
Zell Family Foundation
Steppenwolf's New Plays Initiative is supported by the Zell Family Foundation.
Accessibility Services sponsored by John Hart and Carol Prins
*The Steppenwolf Associates is a community of more than 100 dynamic young professionals who work each season to raise funds for Steppenwolf for Young Adults.