Steppenwolf's SCOUT + LookOut Present BALD SISTERS Reading
Steppenwolf Theatre Company's current and highly successful world premiere of La Ruta by Isaac Gomez received a workshop and public reading at Steppenwolf as part of the theatre's new play development initiative, SCOUT, in conjunction with Steppenwolf's multi-genre series, LookOut.
Following the success of this development process, SCOUT and LookOut are pleased to present A Reading of Bald Sisters by Vichet Chum on Friday, January 25 at 7pm in the 1700 Theatre (1700 N Halsted). This free reading is open to the public and will be directed by Jenny Koons, featuring ensemble member Cliff Chamberlain with Lori Tan Chinn (Orange Is the New Black), Angel Desai, Martin Hanna, and Stephenie Sooyhun Park. Bald Sisters was included on Steppenwolf's new play resource The Mix, which highlights plays featuring casts of intersectional and intersecting identities.
*RSVPs recommended. To reserve your free tickets contact Audience Services at 312-335-1650 or steppenwolf.org. Please note that an RSVP allows you priority access to free tickets for this event when the box office opens at 6pm but does not guarantee seating. Early arrival is highly suggested.
Two estranged sisters must figure out how to put their recently deceased mother to rest. Sophea looks like her life is a mess, Him feels like her life is a mess, but they both just want what's right for their Ma. As they argue over how to say goodbye, their sibling rivalry sends tightly guarded secrets to the surface. The two bald sisters are forced to confront their Cambodian roots, their own personal tragedies, and preconceived notions of the other.
Vichet Chum is a writer, actor, director & theater maker, originally from Dallas, Texas and now living in New York City. His plays have been workshopped at the New Harmony Project, Second Generation Productions, Weston Playhouse, Florida State University, Cleveland Public Theatre, All For One Theater and Amios. His play Knyum had its world premiere at Merrimack Repertory Theatre in January 2018, where he also serves as an Associate Artist. Most recently, he was honored with the 2018 Princess Grace Award in Playwriting. He's a proud graduate of the University of Evansville (BFA) & Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company (MFA) and is represented by Beth Blickers at APA Agency. vichetchum.com
Steppenwolf's SCOUT is a reading series dedicated to developing new American plays by a diverse group of emerging and established playwrights in direct connection with our greatest resource, the ensemble. This new play initiative, which serves as an incubator for season programming, consists of an intense 3-5 day workshop and culminates in a public reading. La Ruta by Isaac Gomez, directed by ensemble member Sandra Marquez, was developed as part of SCOUT in the summer of 2017 and is currently running in the Upstairs Theatre through January 27.
LookOut is Steppenwolf's performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form, emerging artists and performance legends, quintessential Chicago companies and young aspiring ensembles, familiar Steppenwolf faces and new friends. Greta Honold and Patrick Zakem are the producers for LookOut, and Becca Brown is the 2018/2019 LookOut Producing Apprentice. For more information, visit steppenwolf.org/lookout.
Steppenwolf is located at 1650 N Halsted St near all forms of public transportation, bike racks and Divvy bike stands. The parking facility ($13 or $15, cash or card) is located just south of our theater at 1624 N Halsted. Valet parking service ($14 cash) is available directly in front of the main entrance starting at 5pm on weeknights, 1pm on weekends and at 12noon before Wednesday matinees. Limited street and lot parking are also available. For last minute questions and concerns, patrons can call the Steppenwolf Parking Hotline at 312-335-1774.
The 1700 Theatre features wheelchair-accessible seating, an Induction Hearing Loop and assistive listening devices. Front Bar features a push-button entrance, all-gender accessible restrooms and accessible counter and table spaces.