Head of Passes

Head of Passes in Chicago

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  • Head of Passes is a drama playing at the Steppenwolf Theatre.
  • The show has received rave reviews from the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Reader and more!
  • See one of the show before it ends on June 9, 2013


Show Dates:
April 4 - June 9, 2013

Steppenwolf Theatre
1650 N Halsted St
Chicago, Illinois 60614
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The Story: Shelah’s family and friends gather for her upcoming birthday at her home in the Head of Passes, the marshlands where the main stem of the Mississippi River branch into 2 direction in the Gulf of Mexico. With each guest comes a ghost from the past,  and Shelah’s convictions about her life begin to dissolve, along with her home in the Louisiana rain.

Why We Go: Head of Passes is a dramatic story that has everyone in Chicago talking.

  • Dramatic Plot: Told with plentiful humor, the show starts out as one filled with the typical dramatics of a family gathering, but quickly becomes a deeper story that involves Shelah questioning her faith and exports the concepts of sin, redemption and determination.
  • Different Story, Similar Theme: Head of Passes is a simple and realistic performance personifying the themes of faith, family and finding yourself. McCraney make the evolution of his characters interesting and entertaining with realistic expectations for their outcome.
  • Great Reviews: Head of Passes has gotten ecstatic reviews from all over.
    “Unbelievably powerful…beautiful…an extraordinary play”
    –The Dueling Critics, WBEZ
    “Deep currents of thought and feeling… the very essence of drama”
    Daily Herald
    “Inventive, devastating…Shelah’s faith gets tested in a profound way”
    Time Out Chicago
    “The show’s first act finale is a stunner”
    –Chicago Sun-Times
    “Shelah’s world has collapsed, a change that manifests in all its existential and eye-popping theatrical glory”
    –Chicago Tribune