Plays with audio description at Steppenwolf theater in Chicago for 2014

Hi all! for those here in Chicago I’d like to blog about the upcoming plays that I will be covering and reviewing for the 2013 2014 year. I’ll also be covering plays from Goodman Theater as well as Victory Gardens.

Just an FYI: all reviews that I do this year will be online. I have signed on with the blog the Chicago Stage Standard. I’m still trying to get my foot firmly planted in the Chicago Theater Beat blog but I know that will definitely come in due time.

My page for my audio description reviews for performing arts can be  found at

My audio description reviews for performing arts will now have a neat RSS feed! Please note that one article is up there so that way people will be able to subscribe.

The feed link is

Thank you all, and below will be the plays with audio description at Steppenwolf Theater Company!


In the 2013/2014 season, Steppenwolf will continue to feature audio description created and delivered by an in-house team. In doing so, we look forward to enhancing the experience of our blind and visually-impaired audience by closely integrating each play’s audio description and touch tour with the artists’ vision.


by Zinnie Harris

Directed by ensemble member Tina Landau

Featuring ensemble member Joan Allen, Tim Hopper, Ora Jones and Yasen Peyankov

Audio Description & Touch Tour — Sun, Nov 3


A spellbinding new play about what happens to hope and human nature in times of war. On a 19th century Spanish farm, Beatriz is happily preparing for her sister’s wedding when the house is overrun by soldiers. In the chaos, she becomes the unintentional guardian of a young girl. Her determination to reunite the child with her father sweeps Beatriz along on a journey across war zones and through time. But what began as a simple act of kindness takes on a strange twist when the girl acquires curious powers.







by Nina Raine

Directed by ensemble member Austin Pendleton

Featuring ensemble members Alana Arenas and Francis Guinan

Audio Description & Touch Tour – Sun, Jan 26

Touch Tour: 1:30 — Curtain: 3 pm


A sharp, witty story about finding the place where you can be heard and a family that feels like home. Billy’s intellectual and proudly eccentric English family is its own tiny empire: private languages, in jokes and fiery arguments. Billy, deaf since birth, is the only one who truly listens. When he meets his girlfriend Sylvia, he is introduced to a larger Deaf community, which sparks a struggle for self-identity and rebellion against his family.








by Erika Sheffer

Directed by ensemble member Yasen Peyankov

Featuring ensemble members Tim Hopper, Mariann Mayberry and Alan Wilder

Audio Description & Touch Tour – Sun, April 27

Touch Tour: 1:30 — Curtain: 3 pm


A comedy-turned-thriller that took Off-Broadway by storm. A rowdy Russian family in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn is on a daily hustle to achieve the American Dream. When Uncle Boris arrives from the old country, his mysterious business ventures force the family to decide just how far they are willing to go to come out on top. A funny, passionate family drama that slyly transforms into a heart-pounding thriller, Russian Transport is a fascinating look at the contemporary American immigrant experience.







by Mona Mansour

Directed by ensemble member Amy Morton

Audio Description & Touch Tour – Sun, May 25

Touch Tour: 1:30 – Curtain: 3 pm

A wryly funny play-with music-about the contemporary quirks of our American spirit. In a modern-day California town that’s seen better days, Mom shares death-defying tales of pioneer crossings with her two squabbling adult daughters as she waits for her bankruptcy to come through. Peppered with original prairie songs, this hilarious and heartbreaking play about today’s American family explores the mixed blessing of our great frontier spirit, which has fueled both self-delusion and survival.









by Bruce Norris

Directed by Pam MacKinnon

Audio Description & Touch Tour – Sun, August 24

Touch Tour: 1:30 – Curtain: 3 pm


A sexy world premiere by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Clybourne Park. At a beachside apartment complex, a group of friends gathers for their regular evening of food, drink, drugs and partner-swapping. When Chris and Kristy attempt to become the newest members, the evening does not go as planned. The artichoke dip grows cold as the party devolves into a territorial battle over mating privileges. Does sex ruin everything? And what is the purpose of monogamy? Bruce Norris’s comedy explores the eternal struggle for power, status and getting laid.







by William Golding

Adapted for the stage by Nigel Williams

Directed by Halena Kays

Audio Description & Touch Tour – Sat, Oct 26

Touch Tour: 1:30 – Curtain: 3 pm


A plane wreck strands a group of English boys on a deserted island during wartime. As they slowly explore their new-found freedom, what starts out as fun and games turns into a vicious battle for power when the boys split into two opposing tribes: one that strives for civility and another that delights in savage violence. The competition escalates into a dangerous, frightening climax, as this thrilling classic looks into the darker parts of human nature where it’s civilization vs. savagery and the mob vs. morality.





By Deborah Zoe Laufer

Directed by Hallie Gordon

Audio Description & Touch Tour – Sat, March 15

Touch Tour: 6pm — Curtain: 7:30


Three twenty-something roommates are glued to their video games. They are masters of the virtual worlds behind the computer screens in their Las Vegas basement. Unwilling to face the real world, one of them uses his gaming skills to land a job with the National Security Agency launching actual drones and missiles, and online battles begin to have real consequences. Leveling Up is a fresh, contemporary look at how we navigate the blurry line between worlds both virtual and real and what it means to grow up.



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Robert W Kingett

Robert Kingett is a gay blind journalist, and author, with many publications in magazines, anthologies, and blogs. He has judged many writing contests and has won many awards for his writings and advocacy.

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