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Steppenwolf Theatre (Chicago, IL)
1650 N Halsted Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

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Some days feel like they will never end. After a morning that includes a cancer scare and kicking her girlfriend out of the house, Octavia decides to have a last turn up with her best friends. In poet Aziza Barnes's ingenious portrait of a day in the life of four young women of color in New York City, BLKS explores the joy and anguish of growing up and out. Riotously funny and magically rendered, Aziza Barnes's playwriting debut marks the arrival of a truly original contemporary American voice.


Redtwist Theatre's OUR TOWN Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2017

A Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece of the 20th century is brought lovingly into the 21st century. Redtwist Associate Artistic Director James Fleming directs an intimate production of this American classic as a love letter to Chicago's many communities and a reminder that life's most ordinary moments are often the most profound. (more...)

Redtwist Theatre Announces OUR TOWN Extension to 10/29
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2017

Due to numerous SOLD OUT performances, Redtwist Theatre announces the extension of the Jeff Recommended play OUR TOWN by Thornton Wilder, directed by Redtwist's Associate Artistic Director, James Fleming. (more...)

Cast Complete for Tracy Letts's World Premiere THE MINUTES at Steppenwolf; Stars Also Set for BLKS and More!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2017

Steppenwolf Theatre Company announces full casting for its upcoming productions of BLKS by poet Aziza Barnes (December 7, 2017 - January 28, 2018); You Got Older by Clare Barron (January 25 - March 11, 2018); and Steppenwolf for Young Adults' production of The Burn by Philip Dawkins (February 14 - March 3, 2018). (more...)

David Cromer to Direct NEXT TO NORMAL in Chicago, Full Cast Announced
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2018

Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, announces casting for its upcoming production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal, with music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, directed by Tony Award winner David Cromer (The Band's Visit) and music directed by Andra Velis Simon. Next to Normal runs May 8 - June 16, 2019 in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. The Press Opening is Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

Redtwist's SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION Extends
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2018

What happens when a total stranger enters your life and changes it forever? Based on a true story, this Olivier Award winner for Best Play examines the impact of a charming young con man on a mature wealthy woman when she suddenly begins to care for his well-being. (Note: The play includes a brief scene with nudity) (more...)

Aziza Barnes' BLKS to Premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2017

Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the world premiere production of BLKS by award-winning poet and playwright Aziza Barnes and directed by Nataki Garrett. (more...)

'I SAW MY NEIGHBOR ON THE TRAIN' to Make Chicago Premiere at Redtwist Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2017

Redtwist Theatre presents the Chicago Premiere I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I Didn't Even Smile by Suzanne Heathcote. (more...)

The Fire This Time Festival Welcomes Four Playwrights to New Works Lab
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2017

The Obie Award winning The Fire This Time Festival welcomes four new playwrights to the third cycle of their New Works Lab, which was created to help playwrights of African and African American descent develop new full-length projects over an eight month period, which will culminate in public readings in Spring 2018. (more...)

MCC, Steppenwolf Among SDC's Top Ten 'Standout Moments'
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2018

Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), the national theatrical union representing stage directors and choreographers across the United States, announced its annual selection of Top Ten 'Standout Moments.' The recognition covered the period from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. (more...)

Redtwist Theatre Presents GHOSTS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2018

Redtwist Theatre presents the World Premiere Adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's GHOSTS. Adapted and Directed by new Redtwist Company Member, Erin Murray. (more...)

Sandra A. Daley-Sharif and More Set for Ninth THE FIRE THIS TIME Festival
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2017

Now in its ninth season, the Obie Award winning The Fire This Time Festival has commissioned six playwrights to write new 10-minute plays for the 2018 festival, which will run January 15-28, 2018 at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery). (more...)

Fire This Time Festival Announces The Eight Emerging Playwrights For 10-Minute Plays
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2018

OBIE award winning The Fire This Time Festival  (TFTT) announces today its 10th anniversary festival dates and the lineup of featured playwrights who comprise the centerpiece of the annual 10-minute play program. (more...)

Obie-Winning YOU GOT OLDER to Make Chicago Debut at Steppenwolf This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2017

Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the Chicago premiere production of the Obie Award-winning play You Got Older, written by Clare Barron and directed by Jonathan Berry. (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside Rehearsal for BLKS at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2017

Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the world premiere production of BLKS by award-winning poet and playwright Aziza Barnes and directed by Nataki Garrett. An uproarious and frank play, the acclaimed Chicago-based cast features ensemble member Namir Smallwood (Justin /Sosa/Dominican Dude) with Leea Ayers (June), Nora Carroll (Octavia), Celeste Cooper (Imani), Danielle Davis (Ry) and Kelly O'Sullivan (That Bitch on the Couch/White Woman). BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the company in rehearsal below! (more...)

VIDEO: Behind the Scenes with BLKS Playwright Aziza Barnes
by Stage Tube - Nov 22, 2017

Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the world premiere production of BLKS by award-winning poet and playwright Aziza Barnes and directed by Nataki Garrett. An uproarious and frank play, the acclaimed Chicago-based cast features ensemble member Namir Smallwood (Justin /Sosa/Dominican Dude) with Leea Ayers (June), Nora Carroll (Octavia), Celeste Cooper (Imani), Danielle Davis (Ry) and Kelly O'Sullivan (That Bitch on the Couch/White Woman). Below, check out an interview with playwright Aziza Barnes as she talks about BLKS! (more...)

BATCO Presents ONE GOOGOL AND ONE by Aidaa Peerzada this December
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2018

The Bay Area Theatre Company opens One Googol and One by Aidaa Peerzada on Friday  December 7 (preview Dec. 6th) running through December 22 2018 at Brava Theater Center. One Googol and One is a play about historical injustices and how each of our stories from the past shape our modern identities. Set in different times and places the production takes on various mediums of dialogue through contemporary verse (spoken word), classical verse, and naturalistic dialogue. (more...)

Video: Steppenwolf Announces BLKS SALON SERIES
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2017

In conjunction with the world premiere of BLKS by acclaimed poet/playwright Aziza Barnes this December, Steppenwolf Theatre Company has collaborated with Barnes to bring a beautiful lineup of Black artists, queer artists, women-identified artists, artists of color and their communities to Steppenwolf's LookOut Series. The BLKS Salon Series celebrates the themes and conversations sparked by Barnes's play an ingenious portrait of a day in the life of four young black women in New York City. (more...)

'I SAW MY NEIGHBOR ON THE TRAIN' to Make Chicago Premiere at Redtwist Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2017

Redtwist Theatre presents the Chicago Premiere I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I Didn't Even Smile by Suzanne Heathcote. (more...)

Give the Gift of a Steppenwolf Show for the Holidays
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2017

Steppenwolf Theatre Company announces an exciting new promotional deal in time for the 2017 holiday season. Perfect for both personal and business gifting, it's easy to warm hearts with the gift of theatre. (more...)

Steppenwolf's THE DOPPELGANGER Starring Rainn Wilson Begins Rehearsals Today
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2018

Rehearsals kicked off today for Steppenwolf Theatre Company's highly anticipated world premiere comedy, The Doppelganger (an international farce) written by Chicagoland native Matthew-Lee Erlbach (Showtime's Masters of Sex, Off-Broadway's Handbook for an American Revolutionary). (more...)

Commission Theatre Announces Cast For CLEARING By Beth Hyland
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2018

Commission Theatre (CT) presents CLEARING, a social drama by Beth Hyland. CLEARING will be directed by Claire Reinhart. The opening night and press performance will take place on Friday June 8th at 8pm with Thursday - Saturday performances through June 23rd. This is the first production of Commission Theatre's 2018 season. (more...)

MCC Theater Announces New Duncan Sheik Musical, MOSCOW MOSCOW..., and More
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2018

MCC Theater is thrilled to announce four new productions for its 32nd Season in the Theater's new, permanent home. The season includes an exciting mix of world and New York premieres from artists both familiar and new to MCC audiences-each fulfilling MCC's longtime commitment to bold, risk-taking works from the most vital voices working in theater today. (more...)

Commission Theatre Announces Cast For CLEARING By Beth Hyland
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2018

Commission Theatre (CT) presents CLEARING, a social drama by Beth Hyland. CLEARING will be directed by Claire Reinhart. The opening night and press performance will take place today June 8th at 8pm with Thursday - Saturday performances through June 23rd. This is the first production of Commission Theatre's 2018 season. (more...)

MCC to Open New Home The Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space Nov. 2018
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2018

MCC Theater announced today the naming of its new home, The Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space, in recognition of the cultural, environmental, and preservation philanthropist, and the public opening of the space in November 2018.  (more...)

Commission Theatre Announces Cast For CLEARING By Beth Hyland
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2018

Commission Theatre (CT) presents CLEARING, a social drama by Beth Hyland. CLEARING will be directed by Claire Reinhart. The opening night and press performance will take place on Friday June 8th at 8pm with Today - Saturday performances through June 23rd. This is the first production of Commission Theatre's 2018 season. (more...)

Redtwist Theatre's SAGITTARIUS PONDEROSA Opens 6/30
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2018

Redtwist Theatre presents A Chicago Premiere, Sagittarius Ponderosa, by MJ Kaufman. Directed by James Fleming (more...)

Redtwist Theatre's SAGITTARIUS PONDEROSA Opens Today
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2018

Redtwist Theatre presents A Chicago Premiere, Sagittarius Ponderosa, by MJ Kaufman. Directed by James Fleming (more...)

Commission Theatre Announces Cast For CLEARING By Beth Hyland
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2018

Commission Theatre (CT) presents CLEARING, a social drama by Beth Hyland. CLEARING will be directed by Claire Reinhart. The opening night and press performance will take place on Friday June 8th at 8pm with Thursday - Today performances through June 23rd. This is the first production of Commission Theatre's 2018 season. (more...)

Cal Shakes Presents the West Coast Premiere of EVERYBODY
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2018

California Shakespeare Theater continues its 44th Season with the West Coast Premiere of Everybody, a sparkling new riff on the 15th-century morality play The Summoning of Everyman by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, whom the New York Times calls "one of this country's most original and illuminating writers.' A finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, Everybody is Cal Shakes' second official offering under the New Classics Initiative (NCI), exploring what it means to be a classical theater in the 21st century, and to allow living writers to expand our classical canon. Directed by Nataki Garrett making her Cal Shakes debut, Everybody plays July 18 - August 5 at the Bruns Amphitheater in Orinda. Low-priced previews take place July 18-20; Opening Night is July 21. Tickets (ranging from $20?$92) are available through the Cal Shakes Box Office at 510.548.9666 or by visiting www.calshakes.org. Ticket prices are subject to change without notice. (more...)

YOU GOT OLDER, A Quirky Dark Comedy By Clare Barron Begins 1/25
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2018

Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the Chicago premiere production of the Obie Award-winning play You Got Older, written by Clare Barron and directed by Jonathan Berry. This bawdy, irreverent and touching play features four ensemble members Glenn Davis (Mac), Audrey Francis (Hannah), Francis Guinan (Dad) and Caroline Neff (Mae), along with Emjoy Gavino (Jenny), David Lind (Matthew) and Gabriel Ruiz (Cowboy). (more...)

Redtwist Theatre Presents SURELY GOODNESS AND MERCY
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2018

Redtwist Theatre presents the National New Play Network rolling world premiere Surely Goodness and Mercy by Chisa Hutchinson, Directed by Wardell Julius Clark. The show opens Saturday, February 17, 2018, at 3pm and runs Thu, Fri, Sat at 7:30pm; Sun at 3pm, through Sun, March 18 (more...)

Greenhouse Theater Center Announces 2018 SOLO PERFORMANCE LAB Line-Up - Four World Premiere Works!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2018

The Greenhouse Theater Center is pleased to announce the line-up for its 2018 SOLO PERFORMANCE LAB, featuring four world premiere solo works presented in two free programs: February 17 and March 3, 2018 in the Greenhouse Theatre Center's Downstairs Mainstage, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. (more...)

Redtwist Theatre Presents World Premiere of SURELY GOODNESS AND MERCY
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2018

Redtwist Theatre presents the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere** Surely Goodness and Mercy by Chisa Hutchinson, directed by Wardell Julius Clark. The show opens Saturday, February 17, 2018, at 3pm and runs Thu, Fri, Sat at 7:30pm; Sun at 3pm, through Sun, March 18. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 1/20/2018
by BWW - Jan 20, 2018

Upcoming Shows - Week of 1/20/2018 for Chicago (more...)

Steppenwolf Announces New Ensemble Members
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2018

Steppenwolf Theatre Company Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro announced today the addition of Celeste M. Cooper and Cliff Chamberlain to the world-renowned Steppenwolf ensemble. Cooper, an in-demand Chicago-based actor, recently performed in Steppenwolf's production of BLKS and Chamberlain, a regular on the Steppenwolf stage, was recently featured in The Minutes by ensemble member Tracy Letts. (more...)

Cast Announced For SMALL JOKES ABOUT MONSTERS
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2018

16th Street Theater announces the Midwest premiere of SMALL JOKES ABOUT MONSTERS by Steven Strafford directed by Kristina Valada-Viars January 10 - February 16, 2018 at North Berwyn Park District's 16th Street Theater, 6420 16th Street in Berwyn with a press opening of Thursday, January 17 at 7:30 PM. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - December 7, 2018
by - Dec 7, 2018

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on December 7 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Aziza Barnes' BLKS to Premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2017

Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the world premiere production of BLKS by award-winning poet and playwright Aziza Barnes and directed by Nataki Garrett. (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside Rehearsal for BLKS at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2017

Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the world premiere production of BLKS by award-winning poet and playwright Aziza Barnes and directed by Nataki Garrett. An uproarious and frank play, the acclaimed Chicago-based cast features ensemble member Namir Smallwood (Justin /Sosa/Dominican Dude) with Leea Ayers (June), Nora Carroll (Octavia), Celeste Cooper (Imani), Danielle Davis (Ry) and Kelly O'Sullivan (That Bitch on the Couch/White Woman). BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the company in rehearsal below! (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 12/29 - FIDDLER, LES MIS, LOVE NEVER DIES, and More!
by BWW Special - Dec 29, 2017

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature FIDDLER, LES MIS, and LOVE NEVER DIES. (more...)

BWW Review: BLKS at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
by Rachel Weinberg - Dec 22, 2017

Aziza Barnes's BLKS is often funny, often vulgar, and sometimes heartbreaking. Now in a world premiere staging at Steppenwolf, BLKS chronicles 24 hours in the lives of three young black women in their early 20s living in New York City. Barnes's playwriting is achingly real and naturalistic, while also showcasing the playwright's poetic chops. In Octavia (Nora Carroll), Imani (Celeste Cooper), and June (Leea Ayers), Barnes has given us three unique and beautifully written characters navigating a tumultuous moment in their young lives. (more...)

Christopher Dinolfo and Felicia Curry to Star in Ford's Theatre Society's JEFFERSON'S GARDEN
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2017

Ford's Theatre Society announced casting for playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker's sweeping new drama, Jefferson's Garden, playing from January 19 to February 11, 2018. The production features Christopher Dinolfo as Christian and Felicia Curry as Susannah, with Christopher Bloch, Michael Kevin Darnall, Kimberly Gilbert, Michael Halling, Thomas Keegan, Kathryn Tkel and Maggie Wilder. The play is directed by Nataki Garrett (Woolly Mammoth's An Octoroon), associate artistic director of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at BLKS by Aziza Barnes at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2017

Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the world premiere production of BLKS by award-winning poet and playwright Aziza Barnes and directed by Nataki Garrett. BLKS began previews December 7, 2017, opening night is Monday, December 18 and the production runs through January 28, 2018 in the Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N Halsted St. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY Comes to Redtwist Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2018

In this stunning 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winner, we meet Pops, an ex-cop and widower clinging to one of the last rent-controlled apartments in NYC, dealing with a never-ending swirl of demands from family, friends, former colleagues, and a shady church lady...until he resolves to draw the line and make some demands of his own. (more...)

SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION Comes to Redtwist Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2018

What happens when a total stranger enters your life and changes it forever? Based on a true story, this Olivier Award winner for Best Play examines the impact of a charming young con man on a mature wealthy woman when she suddenly begins to care for his well-being. (Note: The play includes a brief scene with nudity) (more...)

Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, Aug. 12
by Audition Roundup - Aug 12, 2018

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Equity Auditions from Sunday, August 12, 2018 for both productions in your area and around the country including what/when/where and how to audition! (more...)

Robert O'Hara Signs on the Direct MCC's New York Premiere of BLKS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2018

MCC Theater has just announced that Obie-winning director Robert O'Hara (In the Continuum) has just signed on to direct the New York premiere of BLKS by Aziza Barnes. The play will run April 18 - May 26, 2019 at The Newman Mills Theater. (more...)

Redtwist Theatre's FROST/NIXON Opens April 21
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2018

Redtwist Theatre presents Frost/Nixon by Peter Morgan, and directed by Scott Weinstein, featuring Redtwist company member & Jeff Award-winner Brian Parry as Richard Nixon. The show opens Saturday, April 21, 2018, at 3pm (this is also the press opening) and runs Thu, Fri, Sat at 7:30pm; Sun at 3pm, through Sun, May 20. (more...)

THE DOPPELGANGER Extends Through June 2
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2018

Due to popular demand, Steppenwolf Theatre Company has extended the world premiere comedy, The Doppelganger (an international farce) written by Matthew-Lee Erlbach (Showtime's Masters of Sex, Off-Broadway's Handbook for an American Revolutionary), through June 2 with the original cast. (more...)

Fire This Time Festival In Association With Frigid New York Presents New Works Lab
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2018

The Obie-award winning The Fire This Time Festival (http://www.firethistimefestival.com/), in association with Frigid New York @ Horse Trade, is presenting readings of three plays and a screenplay that were developed in its New Works Lab, and they will be held over two days: Thursday May 3, and May 4, 2018, at the Sheen Center in Studio B, located at 18 Bleecker St (between Mott St. and Elizabeth St.) in New York City.   (more...)

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