By Calamity West, directed by Brad DeFabo Akin

Whispers and rumors had been swirling around the Gruber family farm long before the bodies were discovered on that cold April day. It's 1922, and a remote community in Bavaria is reeling in the aftermath of World War I: gender roles are shifting, a generation gap is emerging, and farmers are battling poverty in the shadow of a growing urban intelligentsia. Inspired by a chilling and true unsolved crime, Hinter is a darkly comic thriller by one of Chicago’s most exciting new playwrights.

Performance Schedule

Previews: January 19 - 24, 2018
Press Opening: Thursday, January 25, 2018
Performances: January 25 - March 3, 2018
Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8pm
Sunday afternoons at 3pm (excluding 1/28)
Full Performance Calendar

Audio Description and a Touch Tour will be available on Sunday, February 18.
Open Captioning will be available on Sunday, February 25.
Contact us at access@steeptheatre.com or 773-649-3186 for more information or to reserve tickets.

Running Time: Two hours with one intermission

Production Sponsors: Jessica & Chrirstoph Schrey, Timothy Sherck

Content Advisory: This production is intended for adult audiences. For more information about the content of this show, please click here.

Aurora Adachi-Winter
Alex Gillmor*
Peter Moore*
Jim Poole*
Melissa Riemer*
Lauren Sivak
Sasha Smith
Sigrid Sutter
Nate Whelden
Eunice Woods

Director – Brad DeFabo Akin* 
Stage Manager – Lauren Lassus**
Set Designer – Lauren Nigri
Lighting Designer – Pete Dully*
Sound Designer & Composer – Thomas Dixon**
Costume Designer  – Mieka van der Ploeg
Props Designer  – Kathryn Johnson
Violence & Intimacy Choreographer – Sasha Smith
Dramaturg – Neena Arndt
Assistant Director – Almanya Narula
Production Manager – Catherine Allen

*Denotes Steep Company Member
**Denotes Steep Artistic Associate

The Hinterkaifeck Murders

One of the most mysterious murders of the last century took place on March 31, 1922 in a remove farm in Bavaria. The Hinterkaifeck farm, and what became of its inhabitants on that cold day 95 years ago has been the subject of much intrigue, and it is the inspiration behind Calamity West's new play, Hinter.

These long, dark winter evenings are the perfect time to bolt your door, grab your favorite blanket, and dive in to the mysterious Hinterkaifeck Murders...


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Mental Floss - The Chilling Story of the Hinterkaifeck Killings, Germany's Most Famous Unsolved Crime by Sonya Vatomsky

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About Hinter

In January, Steep Ensemble Member Brad DeFabo Akin returns to Steep to direct the world premiere of Calamity West’s Hinter, which was commissioned by Steep Theatre. West has quickly emerged as an important Chicago playwright, with recent acclaimed productions of her works Rolling (Jackalope Theatre) and Give It All Back (Sideshow Theatre). Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune dubbed West “the real deal“ and “one of this city‘s most exciting new voices.“ DeFabo Akin has delivered notable Steep productions strangers, babies, Book of Days, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, and 2016‘s The Few.

Calamity West

Calamity West is a Chicago-based, Kilroys-cited, award-winning playwright. Her play Hinter, is scheduled for its world premiere at Steep Theatre Company in the winter of 2018. Her newest play In the Canyon is currently in development at Jackalope Theater Company, and she recently joined TimeLine Theatre Company’s Playwrights Collective where she will be in residency for the next two years. Other full-length plays by Ms. West include: Tony Kushner Considers Writing A Gay Fantasia Based On National Themes (2017), Rolling (2016); Give It All Back (Kilroy-cited 2015); Ibsen is Dead (2014); The Peacock (2013, Kilroys honorable mention); The Gacy Play (2012); and Common Hatred (2012). Calamity is a company member of Jackalope Theatre Company and an artistic associate of Sideshow Theatre Company. She teaches playwriting at the University of Chicago and is represented by The Gersh Agency.

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