A Midwest Premiere
By David Eldridge, Thomas Vinterberg, Morgan Rukov, and Bo hr. Hansen
Directed by Jonathan Berry
Helge's family and friends have gathered to celebrate his 60th birthday. When the course of toasts, songs, and stories is interrupted by a stunning accusation, the celebration quickly devolves into a painfully raucous evening of revelations and reckonings.
In the press
Four out of Four Stars!
"riveting...the acting is simply extraordinary...must-see"
- Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
"absolutely riveting...gorgeously orchestrated"
- Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times
"Four Stars...seething performances...a fine ensemble"
- Timeout Chicago
"Four stars...sure to be a highlight of the season"
"Highly Recommend...endlessly watchable"
- New City Chicago
"Highly Recommended. The story is raw, and with the excellent ensemble Steep produces, "Festen" is handled extremely well."
- Chicago Stage Style
"Highly Recommended...a riveting ensemble work that builds into riveting ensemble drama...
it will hit you hard"
Director: Jonathan Berry
Production Manager: Julia Siple
Stage Manager: Ellen Willett
Scenic Design: Dan Stratton
Lighting Design: Sarah Hughey
Costume Design: Janice Pytel
Sound Design: Christopher Kriz
Props Design: Sarah Burnham
Dialect Coach: Kendra Thulin
Fight Choreographer: Ryan Borque
Technical Director: Julie Allen
Assistant Costume Design: Ricky Lurie
Casting Director: Lev Kalmens