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"...deeply moving, authentic and beautifully acted evenings of
gritty Chicago theater."
"sure-footed direction from Jonathan Berry
and a group of beautifully realized performances."
- Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
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IF THERE IS I HAVEN'T FOUND IT YET
Ocean temperatures rise, polar ice caps melt, draughts and floods plaque our cities and Anna tries to survive the indignities of high school with a family that's falling apart. Nick Payne's insightful comedy explores how quickly the important things can slip away, and how hard it can be to get them back.
WITH Shane Kenyon, Caitlin Looney, Cynthia Marker* and Peter Moore*
PRODUCTION MANAGER Julia Siple* STAGE MANAGER Don Tucker COSTUME DESIGN Sally Dolembo SET DESIGN Chelsea M. Warren** LIGHTING DESIGN Brandon Wardell** SOUND DESIGN Matthew Chapman** PROP DESIGN Kitty Campbell DIALECT COACH Adam Goldstein ASST. DIRECTOR Benjamin Brownson TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Julie Allen
*denotes ensemble member
**denotes Steep artistic associate
Jeff Award-winning director Jonathan Berry returns to Steep Theatre this spring to helm their Midwest Premiere of Nick Payne's If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet. Over the past few seasons, Steep and Berry have developed an impressive track record of introducing the UK's hottest writers to Chicago. They most recently collaborated on the U.S. Premiere of John Donnelly's The Knowledge, which enjoyed an extended, sold-out run in 2013 and was named one of the Top Ten Shows of the year by Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune. Steep's premiere of If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet is yet another opportunity for Chicago audiences to become acquainted with one of Britain's exciting writing talents. The production will mark playwright Nick Payne's Chicago debut.
Steep and Berry's string of hit imports extends back to 2011, when they produced one of the most talked about shows of the year, the Midwest Premiere of Festen by David Eldridge. Festen was named one of the top shows of 2011 by Timeout Chicago, the Chicago Sun-Times, theatreinchicago.com, and Chicago Theatre Beat, and enjoyed an extended, 10-week sold-out run at the north side theater. Berry and Steep delivered again in 2012 with the critically acclaimed U.S. Premiere of Deirdre Kinahan's Moment, which transferred to Theater Wit after a sold-out, extended run at Steep and was nominated for Jeff Awards for Best Director and Best Ensemble.
If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet premiered in 2009 at the Bush Theatre, under the direction of then Artistic Director Josie Rourke. Payne's insightful comedy looks at a family who must find the fine line between saving the world and saving themselves. Nick Payne won the 2009 George Devine Award for new writing in theater for this play. In 2010, Mr. Payne made his Royal Court Theatre debut with his comedy Wanderlust and, in January 2012, his play Constellations opened at the Royal Court Upstairs and was transferred to the West End later that year. It received universally glowing reviews and won the Evening Standard Best Play Award and was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Play. Mr. Payne is currently under commission at Paines Plough, the Royal Court, and Manhattan Theatre Club/Alfred P Sloan Foundation.
Jonathan Berry is an Artistic Associate at Steep Theatre, where his productions include The Knowledge, Festen, Moment, Howard Korder's The Hollow Lands and Brecht's The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. He recently directed The Solid Sand Below at the Goodman Theatre, where he previously directed The World of Extreme Happiness. His Steppenwolf productions include the SYA production of A Separate Peace, and the world premiere of Melinda Lopez's Gary. Berry is also an Artistic Associate at Griffin Theatre, where his work includes Odets's Golden Boy, The Burnt Part Boys, Spring Awakening, and the North American premieres of Simon Stephens' Punk Rock (Jeff award–Director, Lead Actor, and Ensemble), Port, and On the Shore of the Wide World. He has also worked with Chicago Dramatists, Lifeline Theatre, Remy Bumppo, Theatre Mir, Red Twist, and The Gift Theatre, where his credits include the world premieres of Andrew Hinderaker's Dirty and Suicide, Incorporated, which he subsequently directed at New York's Roundabout Theatre.
If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet | April 18th through May 24th, 2014
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
Sunday matinee performances April 27th, May 4th, 11th, and18th at 3pm