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.

May 2011

In the press

Four out of Four Stars!
"riveting...the acting is simply extraordinary...must-see"
- Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
Highly Recommended!
"absolutely riveting...gorgeously orchestrated" 
- Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times
Four Stars!
"Four Stars...seething performances...a fine ensemble" 
- Timeout Chicago
Four Stars!
"Four stars...sure to be a highlight of the season"
- chicagotheaterblog.com
"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"
- chicagocritic.com

Artistic Team

James Allen
Alex Gillmor
Peter Moore
Melissa Riemer
Michael Salinas
Julia Siple
Julia Baker
Marika Engelhardt
Pete Esposito
Justin James Farley
Sasha Gioppo
Toby Nicholson
Kevin Stark
Leah Uteg
Norm Woodel

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