James Ijames shares why he focuses on Black culture in his work

James Ijames is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, director and educator. The North Carolina native pulls from his experiences growing up in his community. His productions are extremely intentional, they provide a voice to the disenfranchised and tell stories that are oftentimes ignored. Rolling out spoke with Ijames about his recent production, The Most Spectacularly Lamentable […]

Whitney White says representation means survival

Obie Award-winning director, actress and musician Whitney White has a keen understanding of what her presence means in the world of theater. She is passionate about Black stories and works to amplify the voices of Black women in spaces where they are not heard. The Chicago native is currently directing The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial […]

Award-winning playwright examines his responsibility as a creator

Award-winning playwright James Ijames is unapologetic about creating his work through a Black lens. His play, The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington, running now though Oct. 9 at the Steppenwolf Theatre, is an example of this. Rolling out spoke with Ijames about his work.

Lauren Yee’s ‘The Great Leap’ takes a jump shot on past to reach the future

Steppenwolf Theatre kicked off its 2019-2020 season with the theatrically acclaimed The Great Leap by playwright Lauren Yee. Born and raised in San Francisco, Yee wrote the play in honor of her father. Set against the backdrop of post-cultural revolution China, in a 1989 exhibition basketball game in Beijing, the protagonist, Manford Lum, is a […]

‘You Got Older’ brings to life the complexities of sex and family life

Now playing at Steppenwolf Theatre, You Got Older reminds us that we don’t stay in one place as we journey through life. Caroline Neff is the phenomenal actress playing Mae, a young, single woman who loses her job and her man, and she inherits the responsibility to care for her aging and ailing father. We […]