New Play Development
Steep has a long history of bringing new stories and new theatrical voices to Chicago audiences and has produced almost exclusively U.S. and Midwest premieres since opening its Berwyn Avenue storefront in 2008. In recent years the ensemble has focused its energy on cultivating and supporting the development of new work. The 2015 world premiere of Hamish Linklater’s The Cheats was a landmark production for Steep in its journey to become a home for new play development. This journey is ongoing, and all at Steep are excited about upcoming work in new play development.
Calamity West Commission
Steep is commissioning a new play by Calamity West. This script will be written and workshopped between spring 2016 and spring 2017.
“We're committed to supporting this generation of new work, and we're thrilled to be making this big step forward with Calamity, who is not only one of the most exciting writers going, but a writer whose sensibility and energy align so well with Steep's aesthetic." - Artistic Director Peter Moore
About Calamity West
Calamity West is a Chicago-based, award-winning playwright, who is also a company member of Jackalope Theatre Company. Her Kilroys-cited play, Give It All Back, was developed at Sideshow Theatre Company and Victory Gardens in 2015. She is currently a member of The Goodman Playwrights Unit where she is developing her new play, Tony Kushner Decides to Write a Gay Fantasia Based on National Themes. Productions of her full-length play include: Rolling (Jackalope Theatre, 2016); Ibsen is Dead! (Interrobang Theatre Project 2014); The Peacock (Jackalope Theatre/Kilroys Honorable Mention, 2013); The Gacy Play (Sideshow, 2012); and Common Hatred (The Ruckus, 2012). Calamity’s short plays have been seen in Chicago at/with: Victory Gardens, The Inconvenience, Chicago Dramatists, Rhinofest, Abbie Fest, Chicago Home Theatre Festival, LiveWire, One-Minute Play Festival, Jackalope Theatre Company, The Anatomy Collective, Broken Nose Theatre, Fight Night, First Floor Theater, and The Good Night Ladies. She is represented by The Gersh Agency.
In addition to producing new plays, Steep has been working with university playwriting programs to provide students with professional development opportunities. To date the program has included workshops of Carnegie Mellon University MFA student Josh Ginsburg’s Stick Figures, Northwestern University MFA student Sofya Weitz’ The Gleaming and Northwestern University MFA student Roger Q. Mason's Blackjack.