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Steep Theatre 2014 - 2015 Season
Season Fourteen 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 2014-15.
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October 2nd – November 8th, 2014
The Vandal
"Fascinatingly quirky drama…Linklater demonstrates a Conor McPherson–esque way with spinning stories and a remarkable, all-too-rare willingness to take risks."
- Entertainment Weekly
On a freezing night at a bus stop in Kingston, NY, a pair of lost souls come to find solace and companionship in one another. Linklater's debut play is a startling and funny new work about how we carry on without the people we've loved.
SHADE MURRAY is an ensemble member at A Red Orchid Theater, where his directing credits include Mud Blue Sky, Trevor, The Aliens (Top Ten Shows of 2013 – Timeout Chicago), The Butcher of Baraboo, Abigail's Party and Kimberly Akimbo. Other credits include directing productions at Steppenwolf, Writers' Theatre, Second City, Next Theater, Wildclaw Theater, Strawdog Theatre, Roadworks Productions, and others. Shade's upcoming projects include Ecstasy with Cole Theater and Accidentally Like A Martyr at A Red Orchid. Shade teaches acting and directing at the University of Chicago.

January 22nd EXTENDED to March14th, 2015
"an ingenious experience! Only those with a heart of stone could fail to be moved by a story that suggests no life is completely wasted."
- The Guardian
Eric Argyle is having a bad Sunday. It's late, he's still in his pajamas, people are staring at him, and he died two days ago. Steep is thrilled to be the first U.S. company to present this heartwarming and magical play about lives lived without regret.
JONATHAN BERRY is a Steep Theatre Artistic Associate who has delivered some of the biggest hits in the company's history, including If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet, The Knowledge (Top Ten Shows of 2013 – Chicago Tribune), Moment, Festen (Top shows of 2011 – Chicago Sun Times, Timeout Chicago, Chicago Theatre Beat,, and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Top Ten Shows of 2007 – Timeout Chicago; Top Ten Shows of the Decade, Kelly Kleiman, WBEZ). Jonathan won the Jeff Award for Best Director for Griffin Theatre's Punk Rock in 2012, and he was nominated the past two years for Best Director for Steep's Moment and The Knowledge. His other credits include work with Steppenwolf, Goodman Theatre, The Gift, Chicago Dramatists, Lifeline Theatre, Remy Bumppo, Theatre Mir, and Red Twist.
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April 16th - May 23rd, 2015
MartyrIf There is I Haven't Found It Yet
"A powerful drama which raises fundamental questions."
- Un Fauteuil Pour L'orchestre
Benjamin's mother and teachers are alarmed when he begins espousing Fundamentalist Christian beliefs. Is it a ploy to ditch swimming class, or is it something more? Steep brings one of Germany's most widely produced playwrights to its audiences.
JOANIE SCHULTZ is a Steep Theatre Artistic Associate whose work with the company has earned much critical acclaim and a host of Jeff nominations and awards. Her Steep credits include the Midwest Premieres of A Small Fire and Luther, as well the Jeff Award nominated/winning productions The Receptionist, A Brief History of Helen of Troy, and In Arabia We'd All Be Kings. Joanie recently directed the Goodman Theatre's critically acclaimed Midwest Premiere of Venus in Fur and Victory Gardens' Midwest Premiere of The Whale, which was named the top show of the 2013 by Timeout Chicago. Her other recent credits include work with Steppenwolf, Next Theatre, About Face, Chicago Dramatists, Remy Bumppo, and Strawdog Theatre.
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July 9th – August 15th, 2015
Brilliant Adventures
"sizzling exuberance and imagination"
- The Guardian
Tucked away in his dingy apartment, Luke has invented a device that could change the world - if only he thought the world was ready for it. When an opportunistic outsider arrives with designs on his invention and apartment, Luke's family and the universe itself are at risk of being torn apart.
ROBIN WITT has teamed with her artistic home Steep Theatre to deliver some of the more memorable shows in recent Chicago theatre history. Her credits with the company include Harper Regan (Top Ten Shows of 2010 – Chicago Tribune, Timeout Chicago), Motortown, Pornography, Love and Money, Parlour Song, and Breathing Corpses (Top Ten Shows of 2008). Robin recently directed Griffin Theatre's Men Should Weep, which is currently one of the best-reviewed shows in Chicago. She has worked in a variety of Chicago theaters including the Goodman Theatre, A Red Orchid, and Steppenwolf.
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2013 - 2014 Season

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.

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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