Steppenwolf Announces New Developments in First Look Summer Series | Playbill

News Steppenwolf Announces New Developments in First Look Summer Series Steppenwolf Theatre has announced the line-up of playwrights slated for its 10th annual First Look program, a series of readings that develop new plays for future production at Steppenwolf and other theatres. Included is a new work titled Stupid Kid, commissioned by the company and written by Sharr White (The Other Place and The Snow Geese on Broadway).

The series will run Aug. 11-16 at Steppenwolf's upstairs theatre. The schedule also features a professionals weekend intensive and "First Look 101," offering behind-the-scenes access to the new play development process.

White's newest work, Stupid Kid, is a dark comedy that follows Chick's return home following a 14-year stint in prison for a crime he supposedly didn't commit. He comes back to find his family broke and under the thumb of his unpredictable Uncle Mike. The reading will be directed by ensemble member and Geffen Playhouse artistic director Randall Arney.

The line-up will also feature I'll Get You Back Again by Sarah Gancher, which received earlier New York City development and is slated to be directed by Off-Broadway favorite Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812).

The series also includes The Imaginary Music Critic Who Doesn't Exist by David Mitchell Robinson; The Fundamentals by Erika Sheffer, a Steppenwolf-commissioned play to be directed by Joanie Schultz; The Engine of Our Ruin by Jason Wells and directed by ensemble member and Tony nominee Amy Morton; and The Burn by Philip Dawkins, a Steppenwolf commission for young adults to be directed by Devon de Mayo.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Steppenwolf.

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