STREAMING SEPT 29 – OCT 24

TRACY LETTS PLAYS LIKE YOU’VE NEVER SEEN THEM BEFORE

As we prepare for our return to the stage, we are excited to share three new virtual projects for the 2021/22 season written by ensemble member Tracy Letts. These gripping pieces create the opening landscape of this season and will mark a bridge between where we have been and where we are going. Our virtual stage is a celebration of the profound connection that theatre—in whatever form it finds itself—offers us all.

“These plays share at least one thread: a world off-kilter. But since I wrote these pieces, the actual world has undergone some hair-raising transformations, which have cast mysterious new light on these plays. They feel very much like stories for 2021.” – Ensemble member Tracy Letts

TICKET INFO

Single tickets grant access to all three virtual plays for $20.
Students, teachers, artists & essential workers get access for $10.
Access is FREE with a Steppenwolf 2021/22 Classic Membership.

Playwright Tracy Letts

Tony & Pulitzer Prize winning playwright & actor Tracy Letts is the author of plays August: Osage CountyKiller JoeSuperior DonutsMan from Nebraska and more. Steppenwolf will raise the curtain once again on our blistering and extraordinary revival of Tracy’s play BUG in November, welcoming audiences back with the previously sold-out award-winning production. The Steppenwolf production of his acclaimed play The Minutes begins performances on Broadway at Studio 54 in March 2022.

About the Plays

NIGHT SAFARI
A monologue filmed in a studio location
Written by ensemble member Tracy Letts
Directed by Patrick Zakem
Featuring Rainn Wilson
Run time: 13:40 minutes

The nocturnal habits of the Panamanian Night Monkey, the life cycle of the Paradoxical Frog, and the mating rituals of middle-aged male homo sapiens. This wry monologue poses the question: are we so distant from the whims of our biology? Enjoy your tour, and please remember—do not feed the animals.

 

THE OLD COUNTRY
A filmed vignette, inhabited by puppets
Written by ensemble member Tracy Letts
Directed by Patrick Zakem
Featuring ensemble members William Petersen and Karen Rodriguez with Mike Nussbaum
Run time: 9:21 minutes

Two men in a diner drain the last drops of their coffees and think about ordering dessert. In the denouement of their (physical, intellectual, and sexual) lives, they wax nostalgic and try to communicate across a wide divide.

 

THE STRETCH
A monologue filmed in a studio location
Written by ensemble member Tracy Letts
Directed by ensemble member Anna D. Shapiro
Featuring ensemble member Tracy Letts
Run time: 15:55 minutes

And they’re off, for the 108th running of the El Dorado Stakes! But this race is long-distance... and maybe not what it first seems…

Watch & Listen

Cast & Artists

NIGHT SAFARI

Artists

Playwright Tracy Letts†

Director Patrick Zakem

Director of Photography Robert Benavides

Editor Allen Cordell

Sound Design Sarah D. Espinoza

Artistic Producer Leelai Demoz

Production Manager Elise Hausken

Casting Director J.C. Clementz, CSA

Production Stage Manager Laura D. Glenn*

CAST

Gary Rainn Wilson*

Additional Staff: Kevin Yoshimitsu (First Assistant Camera), Lawrence Le (Gaffer), Marilyn Loud (Audio), Abigail Bradley (Hair & Makeup), Liberace Cruzuee (Production Assistant), Jean-Paul Claude (Teleprompter), Erin Cook (Infection Control Specialist), c2 (Captioning), Bridget Melton (Audio Describer)

Special thanks to Rainn Wilson, Carlton Norris, Erin Cook, Joel Moorman, Will Allan, Tom Irwin, Snorty and Amy

THE OLD COUNTRY

Artists

Playwright Tracy Letts†

Director Patrick Zakem

Puppet and Production Designer Grace Needlman

Director of Photography Christopher Rejano

Editor Allen Cordell

Sound Designer & Original Music Pornchanok Kanchanabanca

Artistic Producer Leelai Demoz

Production Manager Elise Hausken

Casting Director J.C. Clementz, CSA

Production Stage Manager Laura D. Glenn*

Puppeteer (Landy) Felix Mayes

Puppeteer (Ted) Mike Oleon

Assistant Puppeteers Grace Needlman & Sarah Hahm

CAST

Landy Mike Nussbaum*

Ted William Petersen†*

Waitress Karen Rodriguez†*

Additional Staff: JuJu Laurie (Production Assistant), Patrick Dowdle (First Assistant Camera), Nils Fritjofson & Karen Thompson (Lighting Technicians), Myles Wakefield J. (Props Assistant), Robert Needlman (Scenic Fabricator), c2 (Captioning), Bridget Melton (Audio Describer)

THE STRETCH

Artists

Playwright Tracy Letts

Director Anna D. Shapiro†‡

Director of Photography Camrin Petramale

Editor & Sound Designer Allen Cordell

Artistic Producer Leelai Demoz

Production Manager Elise Hausken

Casting Director J.C. Clementz, CSA

Production Stage Manager Laura D. Glenn*

CAST

Announcer Tracy Letts†*

Additional Staff: Patrick Dowdle (First Assistant Camera), Alan Chow (Audio), Karen Thompson (Lighting Technician), Matthew Chapman (LookOut Production Supervisor), Shannon Higgins (Hair & Makeup), Sarah Hahm (Teleprompter), Christine D. Freeburg (COVID Safety Manager), c2 (Captioning), Bridget Melton (Audio Describer)

Special thanks to Erin Cook and Patrick Zakem

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.

+ denotes a member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829 of the IATSE.

‡ denotes a member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union.

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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 visual effects that might impact your viewing experience, please contact the box office at 312-335-1650.

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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 visual effects that might impact your viewing experience, please contact the box office at 312-335-1650.

Log in now

All Classic Members and single ticket holders will receive an email with their unique login username and password, as well as instructions. This login information grants you access to one viewing session of each video for Three Short Plays by Tracy Letts. If you would like to see more detailed log in instructions, please watch this video or read the Virtual Content FAQ.

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Experience the full 2021/22 season with added benefits, including access to these Tracy Letts virtual productions.

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