Steppenwolf Announces Line Up for 3rd Annual “Next Up 2013”

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is proud to announce the line-up for Next Up 2013, the third annual collaboration with Northwestern University’s MFA programs in Direction and Design featuring the work of graduates of those programs with casts of professional Chicago actors. Next Up continues Steppenwolf’s commitment to Chicago’s next generation of theater artists and includes three productions presented in rotating repertory, May 28 – June 16, 2013 in The Steppenwolf Garage (1624 N Halsted St). The directors and designers make their Steppenwolf debut under the mentorship of Steppenwolf staff and artists, including ensemble member Anna D. Shapiro, associate artist Jessica Thebus and scenic designer Todd Rosenthal—all members of the Northwestern faculty—as well as Steppenwolf Associate Artistic Director Erica Daniels. Tickets to Next Up go on sale March 29, 2013.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s Next Up 2013 Line-up

(All plays, artists and dates are subject to change)

The Drunken City

By Adam Bock

Directed by Johnny Michael DiResta


The Internationalist

By Anne Washburn

Directed by Erin Murray

Fat Pig

By Neil LaBute

Directed by David Prete

Support for Next Up comes through the “Leading for the Future Initiative,” a program of the Nonprofit Finance Fund, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Additional funding for Next Up has been provided by the Northwestern University School of Communication, the Theatre and Interpretation Center at Northwestern University and the Northwestern University Department of Theatre. OptionsHouse is the Garage Series Sponsor.

The Steppenwolf Garage is dedicated to new plays, new artists and new audiences for the American theater. It offers artists the opportunity to present their work with the scale, space and resources it merits. For audiences, it provides opportunities to engage in multigenerational conversation about the new, provocative work emerging from Chicago’s diverse and vibrant theatre scene. Next Up is part of the Garage Series, which also includes Garage Rep, featuring the work of three of Chicago’s most innovative storefront theater companies, and First Look Repertory of New Work, which develops plays for future production at Steppenwolf and other theaters across the country.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is America’s longest standing, most distinguished ensemble theater, producing nearly 700 performances and events annually in its three Chicago theater spaces—the 515-seat Downstairs Theatre, the 299-seat Upstairs Theatre and the 80-seat Garage Theatre. Formed in 1976 by a collective of actors, Steppenwolf has grown into an ensemble of 43 actors, writers and directors. Artistic programming at Steppenwolf includes a five-play Subscription Season, a two-play Steppenwolf for Young Adults season and three repertory series: First Look Repertory of New Work, Garage Rep and Next Up. While firmly grounded in the Chicago community, nearly 40 original Steppenwolf productions have enjoyed success both nationally and internationally, including Off-Broadway, Broadway, London, Sydney and Dublin. Steppenwolf has the distinction of being the only theater to receive the National Medal of Arts, in addition to numerous other prestigious honors including an Illinois Arts Legend Award and nine Tony Awards. Martha Lavey is the Artistic Director and David Hawkanson is the Executive Director. Nora Daley is Chair of Steppenwolf’s Board of Trustees. For additional information, visit, and