April/May: The Doppelganger: Special Events

04.02.2018 12:00:00
Steppenwolf Theater presents engagement series for The Doppelganger

On select Sundays, join Steppenwolf staff and special guests for fun, casual and free pre/post show events to engage further with Matthew-Lee Erlbach's The Doppelganger running from April 5 to May 27.



Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 6-7pm after the 3:00pm performance and before the 7:30pm performance
1700 Theatre at Steppenwolf | 1700 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614

A Conversation with Matthew-Lee Erlbach

What began as an idea for a play about workers' rights is now a sprawling comedy having its world premiere under the direction of ensemble member Tina Landau. Meet playwright Matthew-Lee Erlbach, and hear him talk candidly about the development of the play, its political message, and his own fascinating career. Moderated by dramaturg, Polly Hubbard

Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 6-7pm after the 3:00pm performance and before the 7:30pm performance
1700 Theatre at Steppenwolf | 1700 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614

How to Make a Farce in 2018 

Farce has for centuries been a theatrical genre which skewered reality and entertained audiences by presenting crude characterizations of characters in improbable and absurd situations. What does farce uniquely offer audiences and artists wishing to examine our world today? And for the artists tasked with remounting classic farce (or staging a world premiere), how does one remain true to form that may challenge our current standards for representing lives, realities, and identities on stage?

Panelists include Bobby Kennedy (Director of New Work & Dramaturgy, Writers Theatre), Tania Richard (Actress, Writer, and Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Consultant) and Nick Sandys (Producing Artistic Director, Remy Bumppo Theatre Company). Moderated by Lavina Jadhwani

Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 6-7pm after the 3:00pm performance and before the 7:30pm performance
1700 Theatre at Steppenwolf | 1700 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614

The History & Politics of Farce in Cinema

If you're watching a live piece of live theater with broad comedic characters, lots of opening and closing doors, probably a case of mistaken identities, and maybe a body double or two, you're probably a farce. But what does farce typically look like on film? In this conversation, watch clips from notable international film farces and learn about how farce made the jump from stage to screen, its key characteristics, and its political impact. With special guest Charles Coleman, programmer at Facets Cinematheque. Moderated by Lavina Jadhwani

Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 6-7pm after the 3:00pm performance
Downstairs Theatre at Steppenwolf | 1650 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614

How Did They Do That? Behind the Scenes of The Doppelganger 

A core tenet of theatrical farce is improbability, so hopefully at once while watching The Doppelganger (an international farce) you will find yourself asking in wonder, "How did they do that?" This is your opportunity to learn how, in a presentation led by members of the Steppenwolf production team. 

These events are FREE and open to the public. Space is limited. RSVP through the links above or by phone at (312)-335-1650.



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