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Steppenwolf Theatre Company opens world premiere adaptation of ‘Chlorine Sky’

Photo caption: MEMBERS OF THE performance team for “Chlorine Sky” act out various scenes in this play about two friends who find themselves at a crossroads. (Photos by Michael Brosilow)

Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the nation’s premier ensemble theater company, is pleased to present the Steppenwolf for Young Adults’ (SYA) world premiere adaptation of “Chlorine Sky,” by Mahogany L. Browne, based on her book, and directed by Ericka Ratcliff. This intimate coming-of-age story based on Browne’s popular young adult novel will play through March 11 in Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Theater, 1650 N. Halsted St. Recommended for grades eight and up.

“Ok, so boom. / We ain’t friends anymore.” Sky and Lay Li were always in sync. But now their rhythms are changing; Sky likes swimming, and Lay Li is all about beauty. Sky, basketball; Lay Li, boys. Things just make more sense underwater and on the court.

“Chlorine Sky” is told in verse about two girls who are best friends – until they aren’t. Sometimes, growing up means growing apart.

Steppenwolf Education celebrates the learner, maker and appreciator in all and commits to breaking down barriers to ensure access and equity for all.

This world premiere production is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of its Grants for Arts Projects. This production is also supported by the Poetry Foundation.

10 a.m. weekday shows for student groups:

Field trip reservations are available, and teachers can RSVP to bring students to the show! Get the full experience that includes an interactive study guide full of classroom activities and resources for students and educators alike.

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