Young Adult Novel Monster, About Teen in Juvenile Detention, Will Take the Stage

News   Young Adult Novel Monster, About Teen in Juvenile Detention, Will Take the Stage
Casting has been announced for the world-premiere stage adaptation.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company will present the world premiere of Monster, based on the New York Times best-selling young adult novel of the same name, beginning February 15, 2017, as part of the company’s Steppenwolf for Young Adults series.

Directed by Hallie Gordon, Walter Dean Myers’ 1999 book has been adapted for the stage by Aaron Carter.

The cast will include Cheryl Graeff, Chris Rickett, Daniel Kyri, Ginneh Thomas, Kenn E. Head, Namir Smallwood, Tevion Devin Lanier, and Alana Arenas.

Performances will continue through March 9 in Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre.

According to Steppenwolf, Monster “tells the story of Steve Harmon, a 16-year-old aspiring film-maker in juvenile detention. His life has been turned upside down by his alleged participation in a robbery gone awry and now he might spend the rest of his life behind bars. As the prosecution makes its case, Steve writes his story as a screenplay, trying to understand if he’s really the monster they say he is.”

Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre is located at 1650 N. Halsted Street in Chicago, IL. For more information and tickets, visit

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