Chicago, Tuesday, February 14, 2012. Steppenwolf for Young Adults concludes its 2011/12 season with "fml: how Carson McCullers saved my life", a world premiere by Sarah Gubbins, coming to Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre February 28 through March 18, 2012.
The story, inspired by Steppenwolf's fall production of Carson McCullers’ The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter", takes on the themes of isolation, fitting in and finding oneself through the mind of a 16-year-old.
It's Jo's junior year of high school in suburban LaGrange, Illinois. According to Jo, "the year started off pretty well considering that it's not easy being queer at 16." Thankfully, a new English teacher arrives to save the day. When the teacher assigns Carson McCullers’ famed novel "The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter" Jo discovers an unshakable kinship to McCullers’ central character John Singer. Like Singer, Jo is forever the listener, definitively the outsider, perpetually misunderstood and filled with unrequited love. Yet when she is a victim of a gay-bashing incident, her world is turned upside down and she must decide whether to seek revenge or redemption.
The production features Zoe Levin, Ian Daniel McLaren, Lily Mojekwu, Fiona Robert and Bradley Grant Smith.
Tickets are $20 on Saturdays; 2-for-1 on Sundays with $15 student tickets available via phone/box office only. Single tickets and tickets for school groups are currently on sale. 312 335 1650 or online. PLEASE NOTE: Weekday matinees (Tuesdays through Fridays) are reserved for school groups only, with weekend (Saturday and Sunday) performances available to the public. 1650 N. Halsted.