Made in Chicago. Streaming Everywhere.
Steppenwolf NOW is a new virtual programming stream featuring breakthrough stories written by America’s most talented voices, spotlighting the nation’s premier ensemble theatre and available anywhere in the world. The Steppenwolf NOW virtual stage offers a dynamic and innovative slate of immersive and visual experiences, radio plays, bite-sized programming and episodic work crafted and produced for the virtual platform. Our virtual stage is stacked with so much talent, you won’t want to miss it!
Become a virtual member for just $75 and stream content wherever you are, whenever you want. Starting in November, you’ll be notified as new content is available for a one-time viewing session from any computer or mobile device at any time, day or night! Enjoy this streaming service with your entire household or refer friends to become virtual members and join in on the fun.
With a virtual membership purchase, you can stream all Steppenwolf NOW content through August 31, 2021! But hurry—the sooner you become a virtual member, the quicker you’ll get access to the new content once it's released.
What's On Our Virtual Stage
What is Left, Burns
A FILMED PLAY
By James Ijames
Directed by Whitney White
Featuring ensemble members K. Todd Freeman and Jon Michael Hill
Run time: 20 minutes
Two poets separated by age and distance engage in a video call rendezvous after 15 years. Keith, a distinguished poet and professor of literature is moving towards retirement after a recent divorce from his wife. Ronnie, his younger former lover and mentee, has a New York Times bestselling book and a burgeoning career ahead of him. The two men wade through the connection they once had as they struggle with the desires that still bind them.
A TWO-ACT RADIO PLAY
By Isaac Gómez
Co-directed by Isaac Gómez and Lili-Anne Brown
Featuring ensemble members Cliff Chamberlain, Audrey Francis, Sandra Marquez and Karen Rodriguez with Danny Bernardo, Sydney Charles, Kevin Curtis, Leslie Sophia Perez, Marvin Quijada and Jacqueline Williams
Run time: 2 hours and 20 minutes
It's Christmas Eve and a group of Wally World employees are about to lose it. On the one day of the year the mega-department superstore is supposed to close its doors, secrets come to life that may destroy more than their holiday cheer. Their manager Andy is doing everything in her power to keep her store in line and her employees in check. But can hard truths from her past ruin everything she's ever worked for? Wally World is a festive, poignant examination of finding magic in the mundane as 10 employees do everything they can to find purpose in a place that has never seen purpose in them.
AN ILLUSTRATED SHORT PLAY
Written, directed and illustrated by ensemble member Rajiv Joseph
Featuring ensemble member Carrie Coon
Run time: 10 minutes
The red folder belongs to a first grader. It is the source of all his woes. Years later, he seeks vengeance.
Duchess! Duchess! Duchess!
A FILMED PLAY
By Vivian J.O. Barnes
Directed by Weyni Mengesha
Featuring ensemble member Celeste M. Cooper with Sydney Charles
Streaming March 2021
Run time: 35 minutes
A Royal Wedding is looming. The Duchess and The Soon-to-be-Duchess are meeting face-to-face for the first time to go over everything you ever needed to know to become a duchess. There are rules. There’s a way of doing things. Remember, everybody is watching. And you don’t want to know what happens if you step out of line. Duchess! Duchess! Duchess! looks at the hidden costs of being the “luckiest girl in the world.”
Where We Stand
A FILMED PLAY
By Donnetta Lavinia Grays
Directed by Tamilla Woodard
Featuring Donnetta Lavinia Grays
Streaming April 2021
Run time: 70 minutes
What does community mean? And what do we owe to one another? When a man who has been shunned by his town makes a deal on behalf of it with a mysterious stranger, he must stand before his community to ask for forgiveness in the hopes that they might answer these enduring questions as they determine his fate. Through poetic verse and music, this work challenges our capacity to forgive and our ideas of mercy and who might deserve it.
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
AN AUDIO ADAPTATION
Based on the novel by Erika L. Sánchez
Audio & original stage adaptation by Isaac Gómez
Co-directed by ensemble members Sandra Marquez and Audrey Francis
Featuring ensemble member Karen Rodriguez with Charín Álvarez, Eddie Martinez, Peter Moore, Leslie Sophia Perez, Bianca Phipps, Robert Quintanilla and Harrison Weger
Streaming summer 2021
Run time: 110 minutes
A groundbreaking audio adaptation of the New York Times best-selling novel, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter is a Chicago story about family, community and coming together even when that feels impossible. Julia, a Chicago high school student, navigates the trials and tribulations of following her dreams of becoming a writer alongside the death of her sister, Olga—who might not have been quite as perfect as she seemed. This story is a timeless reminder that no matter one’s country of origin, no matter what language one speaks or what status one occupies, we all have dreams.
Are you a teacher? Register your students for FREE access to the Steppenwolf for Young Adults' production of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter. Learn more.
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Students, teachers, essential workers (including arts workers): Call Audience Services at 312-335-1650 to get $25 off your Steppenwolf NOW virtual membership. All you need is an official school ID or work ID. Discount is valid for one-time use per person.
We are going global
Steppenwolf NOW is available anywhere in the world. Explore this virtual map to see where members will be tuning in from around the globe, and spread the word to help us get members in all 50 states!
Get a sneak peek
We hosted a season preview event to provide an insider's look into our groundbreaking virtual streaming series. During these behind-the-scenes conversations, hear from Steppenwolf NOW playwrights and artists on what it's been like to create and work together on the virtual platform.