Steep Theatre’s U.S. Premiere of German Drama ‘Martyr’ Features Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department Faculty, Student, and Alumni Talent

Kendra Thulin

Kendra Thulin

Joanie Schultz

Joanie Schultz

Travis Coe

Travis Coe

Chelsea Warren

Chelsea Warren

Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department faculty and students are joining forces for Martyr, the new show at Chicago’s acclaimed storefront Steep Theatre. This important new production marks the U.S. premiere of a controversial drama by German playwright¬†Marius von Mayenburg about a young man’s journey towards religious radicalism. The play premiered in Berlin in 2012 and has received subsequent productions in Russia and France, but in a time when the United States is coping with religious fanaticism both at home and abroad, Steep’s American premiere promises to carry particular resonance.

Martyr features Theatre Department Acting program faculty member and Joseph Jefferson Award-winning actress Kendra Thulin (a Steep ensemble member) and student Travis Coe, a senior Acting major. The production is directed by Joanie Schultz, a Columbia College graduate and now a faculty member in the Theatre Department’s BFA program in Theatre Direction. Schultz’s assistant director is Columbia student Carina Abbaticchio. Theatre Design program faculty member Chelsea M. Warren designed the set. Martyr runs April 16-May 23 at Steep Theatre, 1115 W. Berwyn, in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood. For tickets call 866-811-4111 or click here.

Samuel Munoz and Aaron Munoz in "53:1"