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Steppenwolf Theatre Company Unveils World Premiere of “a home what howls”

Chicago, January 26, 2024 – Steppenwolf Theatre Company, recognized as the nation’s premier ensemble theater, is set to present the world premiere of “a home what howls (or the house what was ravine)” by Matthew Paul Olmos. Directed by Laura Alcalá Baker, this powerful and poetic production is part of Steppenwolf for Young Adults’ (SYA) and promises a thought-provoking exploration of displacement and youth activism.

A Poetic Quest Unfolds on Stage

Running from February 7 to March 2, 2024, at Steppenwolf’s Ensemble Theater, “a home what howls” delves into the complexities of displacement and activism. The narrative follows Soledad Vargas, played by Leslie Sophia Pérez, as she fights for her family’s right to live on their land. Faced with dwindling hope, the play raises questions about the lengths one would go to and what might be left behind.

Talented Ensemble Cast

The production boasts an exceptional ensemble cast, featuring Tim Hopper, a Steppenwolf Theatre Company ensemble member, alongside Charín Álvarez, Isabel Quintero, and Eddie Torres. The talented performers bring to life Olmos’ vision, creating a modern myth inspired by the real-life struggles of displaced communities worldwide.

Performance Details and Accessibility

The press opening for “a home what howls” is scheduled for Saturday, February 10, 2024, at 7:30 pm. Regular tickets start at $20 for the general public, $15 for college students, and a special rate of $5 for high school students. The production offers various accessible performances, including Spanish Language-Captioned Student Matinee, Open-Captioned Public Performance, Relaxed Sensory Friendly Public Performance, and ASL-Interpreted sessions. These measures aim to make the theatrical experience inclusive for all.

Behind the Scenes

The creative team behind “a home what howls” includes Lauren Nichols (Scenic Design), Uriel Gómez (Costume Design), Lindsey Lyddan (Lighting Design), Peter Clare (Sound Design), and more. The play is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, emphasizing its cultural and artistic significance.

Ticket Information and Educational Outreach

The production will feature public performances as well as student matinees, providing an opportunity for both young and adult audiences to engage with this world premiere. Student matinees, recommended for grades eight and up, will take place at 10 am on weekdays from February 7 to March 1, 2024.

Single tickets to “a home what howls” are currently on sale at and can also be purchased by calling (312) 335-1650.

About Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Founded in the mid-1970s, Steppenwolf Theatre Company has evolved into the nation’s premier ensemble theater with 49 members known for their excellence in acting, playwriting, and directing. The company is deeply committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion, making its productions accessible to diverse audiences. Steppenwolf’s groundbreaking productions and numerous accolades, including the National Medal of Arts and 12 Tony Awards, have solidified its legendary status in American theater.

As Steppenwolf continues to explore complex themes through thought-provoking performances, “a home what howls” promises to be a significant addition to its repertoire. Audiences can expect an immersive and transformative experience that reflects the theater’s dedication to creating art that sparks curiosity, empathy, and joy.

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