The Vandal

A Midwest Premiere
By Hamish Linklater, directed by Shade Murray

In The Vandal, a pair of lost souls come to find solace and companionship at a bus stop on a freezing night in Kingston, NY.  Mr. Linklater's play is a startling and funny new work about how we carry on when we've lost the people we love.  

October 2 - November 8, 2014


Kendra Thulin*
Alex Gillmor*
Jack Miggins

Director – Shade Murray
Production Manager – Julia Siple*
Stage Manager – Katy Bressman
Set Design – Dan Stratton**  
Lighting Design – Heather Gilbert
Costume Design  – Melissa Torchia
Sound Design – Rick Sims
Prop Design – Eleanor Kahn
Technical Director – Alan Wuestoff
Assistant Director – Jacob Alexander


*Denotes Steep Company Member
**Denotes Steep Artistic Associate

In the press

Four out of Five Stars!
"elegantly structured...Shade Murray's clean, spare staging gives his three excellent actors an expansive slate on which to leave their emotional mark." 
-Kris Vire, Timeout Chicago
Three out of Four Stars!
"a piquant and poignant portrait of life on the downslope...[a] carefully crafted production"
  "in director Shade Murray's pinpoint-precise staging....the three actors find the bruised hearts at the center" 
- Chicago Tribune
Highly Recommended
"In his playwright debut, Hamish Linklater nails it! The Vandal is a riveting enigma... Linklater's story of stories also has unexpected charm, humor and twists." 
- Katy Walsh, The Fourth Walsh
"a debut any writer would envy...See this exceptional piece of work." 
- Kelly Kleiman, Dueling Critics

About The Vandal

Steep Theatre Company will launch its Fourteenth Season with the Midwest Premiere of Hamish Linklater’s The Vandal, directed by Shade Murray.  Steep’s production marks not only the Chicago debut of the play, but also of the playwright.  While audiences across the nation may be familiar with his extensive credits as an actor on film, television, and stage, The Vandal is Mr. Linklater’s playwriting debut.