Steppenwolf for Young Adults’ 2012/13 season continues with How Long Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence by Miles Harvey, directed by Edward Torres, with artistic consulting by Kelli Simpkins in Steppenwolf’s Upstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted St). Presented as part of the citywide Now Is The Timeinitiative, How Long Will I Cry? features Charles GardnerTara MallenJ. Salomé Martinez, Jr.Shannon MateskyJesse David PerezGabriel RuizMark SmithMark Ulrich and Celeste WilliamsHow Long Will I Cry? runs February 26 – March 9, 2013;  Performances Tuesday through Friday are reserved for school groups only; public performances are scheduled on March 2, 4 and 9.Single tickets and tickets for school groups are currently on sale. Following the run at Steppenwolf, How Long Will I Cry? will tour to seven Chicago Public Library branches with free workshops for the public to follow each performance; visit for the schedule and locations.


Woven together from interviews gathered by journalist Miles Harvey and his students at DePaul University, How Long Will I Cry? provides raw, truthful insight into the problem of youth violence. By giving voice to those who know the tragic consequences of violence first-hand—families of the victims, residents of crime-ridden neighborhoods and especially young people—How Long Will I Cry? inspires all of us to join together in search of a solution.


Now Is The Time is a year-long citywide conversation about how young people can make positive change in their communities and stop the trend of youth violence and intolerance. Through major projects taking place throughout 2012/13, Chicago Public Library, Facing History and Ourselves, and Steppenwolf Theatre Company join forces to activate this conversation in our city’s many neighborhoods. They are joined by dozens of other organizations and institutions around the city, including a coalition of Chicago’s finest theater companies, Now is the Time to ACT. Learn more at


The production team for How Long Will I Cry? includes: William Boles (scenic design),Sally Dolembo (costume design), J. R. Lederle (lighting design), Gregor Mortis (sound design) and Michael Fernandez (projection design). Additional credits include: Erica Daniels (casting), Terrence Mosley (assistant director), Megan Shuchman (dramaturgy) and Tess Lauchaire (stage manager).


Title                                         How Long Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence

Author                                      Miles Harvey

Director                                    Edward Torres

Artistic Consultant                   Kelli Simpkins

Featuring                                 Charles GardnerTara MallenJ. Salomé Martinez, Jr.,Shannon MateskyJesse David PerezGabriel RuizMark SmithMark Ulrich and Celeste Williams


Location                                   Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N Halsted St

Dates                                        February 26 – March 9, 2013

Public Performances                March 2 and 9 at 11am

March 4 at 7:30pm


School Performances               Tuesday – Friday at 10am

Press Performance                   March 4 at 7:30pm

Library Performances               How Long Will I Cry? will tour to the following Chicago Public Library branches and partner locations, March 11 – 16: Austin, Gary Comer Youth Center, Harold Washington, Humboldt Park, Little Village, West Englewood and Woodson Regional. Performance schedule: TBA.


Public Ticket Price                   $20, 2-for-1 on Saturdays

$15 student tickets available via Audience Services/phone only

Audience Services                   1650 N Halsted St, 312-335-1650

Online ticketing available at

For information about Steppenwolf for Young Adult school performances,

contact SYA Education Assistant Lauren Sivak at 312-654-5643.


Accessible Performances         Sign language-interpreted performance: March 4 at 7:30pm

Open-captioned performance: March 4 at 7:30pm

Audio-described performance and touch tour:March 9 at 9:30am (11am performance)


Steppenwolf is located near all forms of public transportation and is wheelchair accessible. Street and lot parking are available. Assistive listening devices and large-print programs are available for every performance.


JPMorgan Chase & Co. is the Corporate Sponsor of Steppenwolf for Young Adults. Target is the sponsor of the Target 2-for-1 Saturday Matinees.



Steppenwolf for Young Adults’ unique approach combines play production with educational components to enhance arts education for young audiences, as well as their teachers and families.  SYA creates two full-scale professional productions each season specifically for teens. Working closely with the Chicago Public and metropolitan area schools and other community partners, SYA annually ensures access to the theater for more than 12,000 participants from Chicago’s diverse communities. The initiative also includes post-show discussions with artists; classroom residencies led by Steppenwolf-trained teaching artists in more than 30 classrooms in 12 public high schools; professional development workshops for educators; and the Young Adult Council, an innovative year-round after school initiative that uniquely engages high school students in all areas of the theater’s operations.


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