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Steep Theatre 2013 - 2014 Season
Season Thirteen is set and it is classic Steep. We're offering a slate of bold new work delivered in our trademark brand of fearless storytelling.
Take a look below for a peak at what our acclaimed ensemble of actors, directors, and designers has in store for 2013-14.
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October 3rd - November 9th, 2013
Motortown Four Stars... "recklessly brave...searingly honest. Motortown is like being run over by a 10-tonne truck that doesn't bother to stop to check that you are still breathing."
- The Guardian
Danny returns to the U.K. from a tour in Basra, determined to win back the love of his girlfriend. But what greets him on his homecoming batters Danny's already fragile psyche and sends him on a downward spiral towards violence and despair. Is there no hope for his redemption?
The playwright-director tandem that produced Steep hits Harper Regan and Pornography is back. Robin Witt, whose other critically-acclaimed Steep productions include Love and Money and Breathing Corpses, directs Olivier Award-winner Simon Stephens' bracing story of a soldier's return home.

January 23rd - March 1st, 2014
Strangers, Babies "riveting...a remarkable achievement"
- The Los Angeles Times
Twenty years ago, three young children walked into a park and nothing would ever be the same. Today, May lives next to a different park and finds herself looking forward to a life she never thought was possible. But first she needs to figure out what happened to the monster that emerged from that park twenty years ago - could it still be here?
Steep is thrilled to introduce Chicago audiences to the work of one Scotland's most exciting young writers. Director Brad Akin, whose credits include Steep favorites Under the Blue Sky, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, and Book of Days, takes the helm.

April 18th - May 24th, 2014
If There is I Haven't Found It Yet "Nick Payne's beautifully observed play is an engaging mix of wild hilarity and sober sadness...bruising and entertaining."
- The Stage
Anna's world has gone to hell. She's neglected at home and bullied at school. Dad's too obsessed with saving the planet and mom's part of the problem, which leaves her affably aimless uncle, Terry, to save her.
Jonathan Berry, director of Steep smash-hit productions The Knowledge, Moment, and Festen takes on this endearing and deeply affecting story of a family in crisis. This Midwest premiere marks the Chicago debut of playwright Nick Payne one of theater's thrilling new talents.
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July 10th - August 16th, 2014
A Small Fire It starts with a small fire in the kitchen. It's nothing, Emily says. It's something, John says. This whiff of smoke is just the first glimmer of a condition that will upend their marriage and transform their lives.
Steep closes the season with this moving portrait of a marriage in flux from Adam Bock, playwright of the Steep hit The Receptionist. Joanie Schultz, director of The Receptionist and other Steep hits In Arabia We'd All Be Kings, A Brief History of Helen of Troy, and Luther, and Victory Garden's 2013 hit The Whale, returns home to direct.
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2012 - 2013 Season

October 4th - November 10th, 2012
Making Noise Quietly "When I read one of Robert Holman's plays, especially Making Noise Quietly, it's just a nice little reminder of how good it's possible to be at this job."
- Simon Stephens, playwright - Harper Regan, Pornography
"Four Stars...this haunting trilogy lodges itself in the
mind and heart."

- Charles Spencer, The Telegraph
This powerful, poetic triptych of plays portrays the subtle and far - reaching consequences of war, and the comfort we can find in the least expected places.
Erica Weiss, Associate Artistic Director of Route 66 Theatre Company and director of their 2011 smash hit Twist of Water, makes her Steep directing debut.

January 24th - March 2nd, 2013
Luther "wine dark satire will stick to your bones and your conscience long after you've left the theater."
- Catherine Rampell, The New York Times
"[a] ferocious new satire...brilliant, unsettling"
- Jacob Gallegher-Ross, The Village Voice
The world is a hard place for a returning war-vet. Lucky for Luther, he's been adopted by a couple of caring urbanites like Walter and Marjorie.
Joanie Schultz, director of Steep hits In Arabia We'd All Be Kings, A Brief History of Helen of Troy, and The Receptionist, returns to Steep for this devastatingly funny and equally unnerving examination of America's uneasy relationship with our veterans.

April 18th - EXTENDED TO June 23rd, 2013
The Knowledge "The History Boys this ain't...crackingly paced, hilarious, shocking...The Knowledge sets the bar high for new writing"
- Karen Fricker, Variety
"grips our attention from start to finish...a wincingly plausible picture of life at the bottom of the educational heap."
- Michael Billington, The Guardian
What qualifies as functioning in an utterly dysfunctional school?
Director Jonathan Berry follows back-to-back, runaway Steep hits Moment and Festen with this darkly funny and bracing story of a teacher's fight for survival in a broken school system.

July 11th - August 17th, 2013
Fallow "a beautiful, complex, profound production... rich and engaging."
- Debra Miller, STAGE Magazine
"a play you must find time to see."
- Carrie Compton, The Montgomery News
In the wake of the murder of her only son, a mother retraces his steps in search of answers. Visiting artist and Jeff Nominated Director Keira Fromm makes her Steep directorial debut.
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