Extended through September 14

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By Alistair McDowall, directed by Robin Witt

When Ollie’s sister goes missing her search leads her to Pomona - a bleak, concrete island in the middle of a scarred city. Part-thriller, part-fantastical puzzle, Alistair McDowall’s Pomona twists and turns its way into the dark heart of a world built on pain and suffering and asks the question - is it even possible to be good anymore?

Production Sponsors: Ann & Rich Carr, Timothy Sherck, Anna Wermuth & Alex Gillmor, Lisa & Randy White

Travel & Hospitality Sponsors: Ted Lowitz, Timothy Lyman

Additional Production Support: The Pauls Foundation

★★★★ “utterly riveting”
-Chicago Tribune

★★★★★ “stunning”
-TimeOut Chicago

Performance Schedule

Previews: July 13 - 17, 2019
Press Opening: Thursday, July 18, 2019
Performances: July 18 - September 14, 2019
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 8pm
Sunday afternoons at 3pm
Full Performance Calendar

Audio Description and a Touch Tour will be available on Saturday, August 10.
Open Captioning will be available on Sunday, August 4.
Contact us at access@steeptheatre.com or 773-649-3186 for more information or to reserve tickets.

Running Time: One hour, forty minutes without 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.

Amber Sallis*
Ashlyn Lozano
Jamila Tyler
Phoebe Moore
Peter Moore*
Nate Faust*
Brandon Rivera*

Director – Robin Witt*
Stage Manager – Lauren Lassus*
Set Designer – Joe Schermoly
Lighting Designer – Brandon Wardell**
Sound Designer – Thomas Dixon*
Costume Designer – Aly Amidei
Props Designer – Jenny Pinson
Fight Choreographer – Christina Gorman
Dialect Coach – Adam Goldstein
Assistant Director – Cody Spellman
Production Manager – Catherine Allen**

*Denotes Steep Company Member
**Denotes Steep Artistic Associate

In the Press

“The cast is spot-on, with especially effective work by Brandon Rivera as the disarmingly awkward security guard/dungeon master Charlie and Ashlyn Lozano as the gutsy sex worker Fay.”
-Irene Hsiao, Chicago Reader

”“Pomona” … is an exceptionally complex work with the kind of storytelling that will appeal to those who like escape rooms or role playing or thrillers.”
-Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

is also a wildly good time: a surreal puzzle box that is equal parts dream logic and classic gumshoe mystery.”
-Alex Huntsberger, TimeOut Chicago

Great writing, a strong director at the helm, and actors who remain firmly inside the mind-altering lives of their characters bring it all home.”
-Debra Davy, Splash Magazine

Pomona at Steep Theatre is among the most exhilarating productions I have seen this year.”
-Bill Esler, Buzz Center Stage

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Alistair McDowall

Alistair McDowall grew up in the North East of England. Plays include: Zero for the Young Dudes! (National Theatre Connections 2017); X (Royal Court Theatre 2016); Pomona (RWCMD/Gate 2014; Orange Tree Theatre/Royal Exchange/National Theatre 2014/5); Talk Show (Royal Court Theatre 2013); Brilliant Adventures (Royal Court Young Writers’ Festival 2012; Royal Exchange, Manchester and Live Theatre, Newcastle 2013); and Captain Amazing (Live Theatre, Newcastle and Edinburgh Fringe 2013; UK tour 2014). He was the recipient of the Harold Pinter Commission in 2018. His work has been translated and produced internationally.

Season 18