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By Penelope Skinner, directed by Robin Witt

Linda Wilde is a titan – an award-winning executive at Swan Beauty Corporation with another brilliant new ad campaign up her sleeve. In the wake of her success, Linda’s husband, daughter, and a new generation of emerging leaders are following their dreams, but her immaculately curated work-life balance hasn’t prepared her for the battle for visibility in a world focused on everlasting youth. Olivier Award nominee Penelope Skinner’s Linda is a searingly funny portrait of a woman on the front lines of the fight for relevance.

Production Sponsors: 
Lisa & Randy White
Martha Anne & Stephen Yandle

This work was supported, in part, by funds provided by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

3.5 STARS - “[a] rich and moving drama...under the superb direction of Robin Witt”
- Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

Extended Through September 15

Performance Schedule

Previews: July 7 - 11, 2018
Press Opening: Thursday, July 12, 2018
Performances: July 12 - September 1, 2018
Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8pm
Sunday afternoons at 3pm (excluding 7/15)
Full Performance Calendar

Audio Description and a Touch Tour will be available on Sunday, August 5.
Open Captioning will be available on Sunday, August 12.
Contact us at or 773-649-3186 for more information or to reserve tickets.

Running Time: Two hours, thirty minutes with one intermission

Late Seating: Please note that late seating is not possible and that all tickets not claimed by the scheduled performance time may be released to the wait list. For questions about this, please contact our box office.

Content Advisory: This production is intended for adult audiences. For more information about the content of this show, please click here.

Before & After the Show: Enjoy refreshments and conversation in The Boxcar.

Lucy Carapetyan*
Destini Huston
Cindy Marker* (after 8/12/18)
Peter Moore*
Caroline Phillips
Jim Poole*
Rochelle Therrien
Kendra Thulin* (through 8/12/18)
Omer Abbas Salem

Director – Robin Witt*
Stage Manager – Lauren Lassus*
Set Designer – Joe Schermoly
Lighting Designer – Brandon Wardell**
Sound Designer – Thomas Dixon*
Costume Designer – Izumi Inaba
Props Designers – Emma Cullimore & Derik Marcussen
Dialect Coach – Adam Goldstein
Production Manager – Emily Kefferstan
Assistant Director – Arianna Soloway
Assistant Stage Manager – Maxwell Han

*Denotes Steep Company Member
**Denotes Steep Artistic Associate

In the Press

"A great strength of the intricately and unpredictably plotted “Linda “is the complexity afforded to the central character, an intensely sympathetic creation who, at times, might just be her own worst enemy."
-Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

"a sleek and vibrant production ... with wonderfully insightful direction from Robin Witt"
-Elizabeth Ellis, PerformInk

"Skinner’s take on the invisibility of women of a certain age is deftly delivered by director Robin Witt."
-Terence Boyle, Irish American News

"Robin Witt and a uniformly strong ensemble, led by a poised yet emotionally raw Kendra Thulin, tackle the layered text with intelligence and wry humor, capturing the unmet potential and alienation of our ultra-exposed, ultra-networked modern lives."
-Kerstin Broockmann, Buzz Center Stage

"Ms Marker, stepping into a highly acclaimed role is superb and I found myself entranced by her character."
-Alan Bresloff, Around the Town Chicago

"I know Linda Wilde, whose portrayal by Steep Ensemble member Kendra Thulin is riveting, sometimes haunting. She is every modern woman who wants to believe that she can have it all..."
-WC Turck, Helter Skelter

"Expect the superior Steep acting that you have enjoyed so many times before."
-Amy Munice, Picture This Post

"It is a multi-faceted piece that offers powerful insights about, and for, women -- and men -- of all ages, with perceptivity that goes far beyond skin deep."
-Seth Arkin

"With its fine performances, particularly in the leading female roles, this Midwest premiere is an excellent entertainment for a summer evening."
-Colin Douglas, Chicago Theatre Review


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Penelope Skinner's plays include The Village Bike (Royal Court Upstairs; 2011); The Sound of Heavy Rain (Paines Plough/Crucible Theatre Sheffield); Greenland (co-writer, National; 2011); The Literary Ball (co-writer, International Rough Cut, Royal Court; 2010); Eigengrau (Bush Theatre; 2010); Midnight at the Hotel Beauregard (Paines Plough / Rose Bruford College; 2010); Fucked (Old Red Lion; 2008 / Assembly Rooms Edinburgh; 2009). Television credits include: Fresh Meat - episode 3 (Objective Productions / Channel 4; 2011). She was a member of the Royal Court Young Writers Programme and was subsequently invited to join their Supergroup in 2009. She was also part of the Paines Plough Future Perfect Scheme in 2009/10 and on attachment to the National Theatre in 2010. She was the recipient of the 2011 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright for The Village Bike.


Season 17