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Two world premieres set for Steppenwolf’s Young Adults season

Caitlin Parrish (left) and Erica Weiss. | PHOTO BY JOE MAZZA

“When we stick to our guns, who pays the price?”

That’s the question Steppenwolf for Young Adults (SYA) is exploring in the two world-premiere works slated for its 2016-2017 season.

The two works are: “Burials,” by Caitlin Parrish (directed by Erica Weiss), a new play inspired in part on the Greek tragedy “Antigone,” and running Oct. 5-22, 2016; and the world-premiere adaptation by Aaron Carter of Walter Dean Myers’s “Monster” (directed by Hallie Gordon), based on his New York Times best-selling novel, and running Feb. 15-March 9, 2017.

“Recognizing the culture of violence we live in, how do we participate through our beliefs and convictions? 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 that culture,” said SYA Artistic Director Hallie Gordon, in the official announcement.

In addition, the production of “Monster” (the story of a 16-year-old aspiring filmmaker in juvenile detention) will be presented at local juvenile detention centers through a collaboration with Storycatchers Theatre.

Tickets, $15-$20, are now on sale at steppenwolf.org or by phone at (312) 335-1650 and steppenwolf.org. The productions will be staged at the theater, 1650 N. Halsted.