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Steppenwolf brings the White House to audiences with ‘POTUS’

CELESTE M. COOPER (from left), Chloe Baldwin, Karen Aldridge, Sandra Marquez, Karen Rodriguez, Caroline Neff and Meighan Gerachis star in Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s Chicago premiere of “POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive.” (Photo by Michael Brosilow.)

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Steppenwolf Theatre Company

In this chaotic political climate, even as some general elections for local choices around the country were chosen November 7, registered voters were eyeing governors, mayors, legal marijuana use and beginning of life issues—with the big national decision slowly approaching just under a year away.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the nation’s premier ensemble theater company, is pleased to continue its 48th season with the Chicago premiere of Selina Fillinger’s outrageous farce “POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive,” a satirical, laugh-out-loud look at the women in charge of the man in charge of the free world, directed by Artistic Director Audrey Francis.

“POTUS” has been extended through December 17, in Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Theater, 1650 N. Halsted St. Single tickets for “POTUS” starting at $20 are now on sale at or the Box Office at (312) 335-1650.

It’s just another (omg, wtf, lmfao) day at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. When a White House PR nightmare spins into a legit sh*tshow, seven brilliant and beleaguered women must risk life, liberty and the pursuit of sanity to keep the commander-in-chief out of trouble.

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“POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive” is a bawdy and irreverent look at sex and politics in one exciting romp of a play. Who knew that a global crisis is always just a four-letter word away?

Make way for the fierce, fab and funny as frick world of “POTUS!” Come for the laughs, stay for the gut punch.

“POTUS” features ensemble members Celeste M. Cooper, Sandra Marquez, Caroline Neff and Karen Rodriguez with Karen Aldridge, Chloe Baldwin and Meighan Gerachis.

Steppenwolf does not typically offer advisories about subject matter; however, they acknowledge that sensitivities vary from person to person.

This production contains strobe lighting effects and simulated cigarette smoking, as well as strong language, sexual references and drug use. If you have additional questions about content, age-appropriateness or stage effects that might have a bearing on patron comfort, please contact the box office at 312-335-1650.


Gertie presents – POWER OF THE FEMME – Friday, November 17 | 6:00 p.m.*

Before the performance of “POTUS,” there is an exciting pre-show conversation with Audrey Francis (“POTUS” Director and Steppenwolf ensemble member), April S. Williams-Luster (Director of Government Affairs, City of Chicago Treasurer’s Office) and Frankye Payne (architect, community developer and urban planner).

*This is a FREE conversation; Admission to the performance of “POTUS” requires a ticket.

Location: Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Theater, 1650 N. Halsted St.

Curtain Times: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursdays and Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays at 3 p.m. Please note: there will be a 2 p.m. performance on Wednesday, November 22; there will not be a 7:30 p.m. performance on Wednesday, November 22, Thursday, November 23 (Thanksgiving) or Tuesday, November 28.

Steppenwolf Flex Memberships are also on sale: Black Card Memberships with six tickets for use any time for any production and RED Card Memberships for theatergoers under the age of 30.

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