Chicago’s Steppenwolf for Young Adults has announced its 2016-17 season; the slate will feature two new plays that explore America’s culture of gun violence. The season will open with the world premiere of The Burials by Caitlin Parrish, followed by the world-premiere adaptation of Walter Dean Myers’ novel Monster.
“Through these two stories, we will investigate the aftermath of tragedy – through a community’s response to a mass shooting and one teen’s journey to understand himself in the face of a culture of violence,” state YSA press notes.
The Burials will be directed by Erica Weiss and will play October 5-22 in the Upstairs Theatre. The new play tells the story of a young woman whose life is shattered when her brother goes on a high school shooting rampage. Inspired by Antigone, the show is billed by Steppenwolf as a “modern tale of civic responsibility and the gun epidemic in America.”
Monster, adapted for the stage from Myers’ novel by Steppenwolf artistic producer Aaron Carter, will be directed by Hallie Gordon. Myers’ book tells the story of an adolescent boy in juvenile detention who has allegedly been involved in an armed robbery gone wrong. Performances are scheduled to run February 15-March 9, 2017, in the Downstairs Theatre.
YSA’s slate is focused on educating and entertaining teachers, young adults and families. For more information click here.