If you have a tween or teen in your life, you know that it's a tad more difficult finding theater that fits their interests (and attention spans). Enter the critically acclaimed Steppenwolf for Young Adults, which creates two full-scale, engaging professional productions, designed with older tweens and teens in mind, each season. Each year, the SYA poses a timely new question, examines the question through theater and then asks the youth-filled audience to come to their own answers and conclusions. This year's question is “When does a lie become the truth?"
Examining that very question, the 2017–18 Steppenwolf for Young Adults season kicks off with Arthur Miller’s The Crucible: When a group of teenage girls is accused of dancing devilishly in the woods, the people of Salem are whipped into a bloodthirsty frenzy by a series of escalating misinterpretations.
Retribution, finger-pointing and fabrications vs. facts made Arthur Miller’s 1953 classic an allegory for the rise of McCarthyism in the late 1940's, but this masterful and chilling portrayal of the historic Salem Witch Trials still resonates with our world today. Teens will be able to share their thoughts during the lively, post-show discussion.
Director Jonathan Berry shares, “I am so incredibly excited to be bringing Miller’s The Crucible to the Steppenwolf for Young Adults program. I can’t think of a better time to be asking the hard questions about our relationship between truth and lies, reflecting on how that relationship changes when, due to extreme societal circumstances, groups of people feel paralyzed by fear and are bereft of any kind of personal agency. I cannot wait to have this vital, eerily prescient classic in conversation with the SYA audience.”
Public performances for The Crucible are Saturday, October 7, at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, October 8, at 3 p.m.; Friday, October 13, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, October 14, at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, October 21, at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Downstairs Theatre.
Tip: Plan on popping into the Steppenwolf's sun-filled Front Bar, connected to the main lobby, for pre and post show bites, including artisanal coffee and espresso is provided by La Colombe as well as grab-and-go salads, sandwiches, shareable small plates and desserts prepared by Goddess and Grocer. Open daily from 8 a.m. to midnight.