Why do good people sometimes do bad thing? Steppenwolf for Young Adults' 2013/14 season poses this age old question with Nigel Williams's adaptation of William Golding's classic, Lord of the Flies. When a plane wreck strands a group of English boys on a deserted island during wartime, their innocence is quickly lost to violent choices. You know the story - now share it with your teens.
Tweens and teens tend to have a more difficult time finding plays that fit their interests and age groups, but Steppenwolf for Young Adults creates two full-scale professional productions each season specifically for teens.
"This season we investigate one new and one classic play in which young people navigate tricky moral landscapes in games both virtual and real," comments Artistic and Educational Director of Steppenwolf for Young Adults Hallie Gordon. "Building on the themes of last year's Now Is The Time initiative, aimed at empowering youth to take action against violence and intolerance in their communities, we ask the question: when the game turns deadly, how will you play?"
My son and his friend, both age 12, thouroughly enjoyed this engaging play and the three of us spent a lot of time engaged in an active discussion on how we would handle being stranded on a wild island with our family in friends. Who would or should take charge? Who would be the food gatherer and hunter in chief? Who could we count on to keep our group united without violence and why? Parents of teens and tweens know that any play or performance that encourages thoughtful discussion is a good opportunity. Free post-show discussions are offered after every performance, encouraging kids to voice their opinions and share their thoughts.
Lord of the Flies runs October 16 - November 15, 2013, with public performances scheduled Friday at 7:30pm (except October 18), Saturday at 3 and 7:30pm, and Sunday at 3pm. Single tickets ($20) are on sale now through Audience Services (1650 N Halsted St), 312-335-1650 and steppenwolf.org. School group tickets are available through Education Assistant Lauren Sivak at 312-654-5643. The 2013/14 Steppenwolf for Young Adults season also includes Leveling Up by Deborah Zoe Laufer, directed by Hallie Gordon (February 26 - March 15, 2014) in the Downstairs Theatre.