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Steep Theatre 2015 - 2016 Season
Season Fifteen will celebrate many of the elements that have defined Steep Theatre since its inception and established it as one of the most vibrant companies in Chicago: bold scripts from today's most exciting writers; fearlessly honest ensemble work; and visionary directors
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October 1 November 7, 2015
The Cheats
It's the end of October, 2012: John and Anne have two children and a good marriage - they have sex, drive hybrids, and have cut out sugar. But John has been spying on the neighbors, frankly, for a while now, and at 9 a.m, Halloween morning, the neighbors have come for a visit. The Cheats: a play about your marriage, and how it can get f*cked when you forget to lock the front door.
The season begins in October with the world premiere of Hamish Linklater's The Cheats, directed by Steep Ensemble Member Joanie Schultz. Mr. Linklater, well known for his stage, film, and TV work, made a splash in 2013 with his critically acclaimed playwriting debut The Vandal, which made its Midwest Premiere at Steep in 2014. Steep's production earned two Jeff nominations and also forged a relationship between the playwright and the company, resulting in their partnership for this world premiere production.
Joanie Schultz directed Steep's Jeff Award nominated/winning productions The Receptionist, A Brief History of Helen of Troy, and In Arabia We'd All Be Kings, along with recent notable Chicago productions of Venus in Fur the at Goodman Theatre and The Whale at Victory Gardens.
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January 21 February 27, 2016
The Oxbridge dining club is filled with Britain's brightest, best and most moneyed young men. When their elitist position is threatened, they will stop at nothing to take it back. Posh puts you on the front lines of the war between the classes, the adolescent struggle for identity, and the battle of the status quo.
Director and Steep Ensemble Member Jonathan Berry returns to Steep to helm the U.S. Premiere of Laura Wade's Posh. Steep delivered one of their bigger hits in 2008 with the U.S. Premiere of Wade's Breathing Corpses, which was named by Timeout Chicago one of the best shows of the year. Mr. Berry, a Jeff Award winner and many time nominee, has directed some of Steep's most memorable productions including Festen, Moment, The Knowledge, and 2015's extended-hit The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle. Posh debuted to much acclaim at London's Royal Court Theatre in 2010 and was later remounted in 2012 in the West End.
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April 14 May 21, 2016
The Few
Four years ago, Bryan walked away from his life, his lover, and his labor of love a magazine for long distance truckers. Now, he's back, without explanation and without answers, looking to finish what he couldn't on the road. In an anonymous highway town, The Few pulls together the pieces of lives filled with loss.
Steep Ensemble Member Brad Akin will direct the Chicago premiere of Samuel D. Hunter's The Few. Mr. Hunter is a Victory Gardens Ensemble Playwright and his plays A Bright New Boise (2011 Obie), Rest, and The Whale (2013 Drama Desk Award) have received critically acclaimed Chicago productions. The Whale was named one of the top shows of the year by both the Chicago Tribune and Timeout Chicago. The Few received its world premiere at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego, CA in October 2013. Mr. Akin directed past Steep hits strangers, babies, Under the Blue Sky, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, and Book of Days. His productions have received multiple Jeff nominations and have been named to Timeout's Top Ten Shows of the Year list.
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July 7 August 13, 2016
Three couples sit on the precipice of a defining decision. Set in the shadow of an airport, Wastwater tells three interconnected stories examining the looming consequence of choice.
The season closes with the U.S. Premiere of Simon Stephens, Wastwater, directed by Steep Ensemble Member Robin Witt. Mr. Stephens recently won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Steep has a long, successful relationship with the playwright, having produced the midwest premiere of Pornography, and the US premieres of Harper Regan and Motortown. Stephens was named Steep's first Associate Playwright in 2013. Ms. Witt has directed all of Steep's productions of Stephens' plays and recently won the 2015 Jeff Award for Best Director for Griffin Theatre's Men Should Weep.
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