strangers, babies

A Midwest Premiere
By Linda McLean, directed by Brad Akin

Twenty years ago, three young children walked into a park and nothing would ever be the same. Today, May lives next to a different park and finds herself looking forward to a life she never thought was possible. But first she needs to figure out what happened to the monster that emerged from that park twenty years ago - could it still be here?

January - March 2014


Peter Moore*
Sasha Gioppo
John Byrnes
Sandy Elias
Andrew Burden Swanson
Ian Paul Custer

Director – Brad Akin*
Production Manager – Julia Siple*
Stage Manager – Lauren Lassus** 
Scenic Design – Jessica Kuehnau Wardell & Brandon Wardell**
Lighting Design – Rebecca Barrett
Costume Design – Emily Tarleton
Sound Design – Rick Simms
Props Design – Maria DeFabo**
Dialect Coach – Adam Goldstein
Asst. Director – Rebecca Willingham
Technical Director – Julie Allen

*Denotes Steep Company Member
**Denotes Steep Artistic Associate

In the press

Jeff Recommended
Three and a half stars!
...rendered with quiet but white-knuckle intensity...compelling"
- Kris Vire, TimeOut Chicago
"a fascinating exploration of what happens when some creatures grow up wrong."
- Lisa Buscani, NewCity Stage
"terrific acting...[Sasha Gioppo]'s really wonderful."
- Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times
"stranger, babies is utterly absorbing for its 90-minute length" 
- Kelly Kleiman, Dueling Critics
"a very potent piece of writing" 
- Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune