In Arabia We'd All Be Kings
A Chicago Premiere
By Stephen Adly Guirgis, directed by Joanie Schultz
This is a story about the little guys, living amidst this flux. Most of them are old school residents of Hell's Kitchen who are struggling with their day to day lives, addiction, regret, and survival. The rules are changing, whether they realize it or not. In these three days in the late '90s, a tipping point is reached, and in their own ways each must adjust, but how?
In the press
JEFF AWARD WINNER: "Best Ensemble"
Timeout's Critic's pick
"An evening with homeless junkies and rough trade probably shouldn't be this good."
"Schultz's blistering production is part of the storefront scene's decade's long tradition of excelling at, as it were, ghetto Chekhov...to single out one cast member would do an injustice to the other ten."
- Christopher Piatt, Timeout Chicago
"...astonishing and redemptive."
"Eleven actors seem to erase everything they've been to become 13 sad survivors drifting through three perfectly pointless days. Authenticity this precise thrills."
- Lawrence Bommer, Chicago Reader
"Excellent ensemble acting under Joanie Schultz's tight direction makes for a powerful drama that'll give you chills. Steep Theatre's production is first-class."
- Tom Willimas, chicagocritic.com
"hilarious, brilliantly agonizing play...an excellent ensemble effort"
- Richard Green, talkinbroadway.com
"Whatever you do, do not miss this play."
- Laurie Grauer, theurbancoaster.com
Director: Joanie Schultz
Stage Manager: Ellen Willett
Scenic Design: Brandon Wardell
Lighting Design: Aaron Weissman
Costume Design: Emily McConnell
Sound Design: Tamara Roberts
Fight Choreographer: Christopher Walsh
Production Managers: Julia Siple
Assistant Director: Michael Wise