“YOU FORGOT SOMETHING? THIS WILL MAKE YOU REMEMBER. THE LEECHES ARE DEAD. LET’S EAT.”

ABOUT THIS SHOW

Truth is lie; lie is truth. Russia, 1920: Jewish writer Isaac Babel begins a journal while serving in war. Ninety years later, this same journal is found in the wreckage of a suspicious plane crash. What did Babel write, and why does it matter? Ensemble member Rajiv Joseph’s sweeping and arresting epic follows the unlikely lives of seven Russians—soldiers and poets, KGB agents and babushkas—as they unearth mysteries buried by decades of history, fiction and blood.

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Cast & Artists

The Artists

Sponsors

Accessibility Services sponsored by John Hart and Carol Prins

Vaccination and mask policy

Steppenwolf is part of the growing coalition of Chicagoland performing arts venues and producers that have agreed upon COVID-19 vaccination and mask requirements for all audiences, artists and staff. Learn more about Steppenwolf’s policies at steppenwolf.org/welcomeback.

Content Advisory

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.

Membership has its perks

Get insider access, great savings and the ultimate flexibility when you become a member!

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Discounts

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

LEARN MORE

Accessible Performances

Open captioned:
Thursday, March 23 at 7:30pm and Saturday, April 8 at 2:30pm

ASL interpreted:
Friday, March 24 at 7:30pm

Audio-described and touch tour:
Sunday, April 2 at 2:30pm (1pm touch tour, 2:30pm curtain)