Out in Tech Chicago | Steppenwolf Social & Ms. Blakk For President

July 11, 2019 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Ever wonder who was the first drag queen presidential candidate?! Out in Tech Chicago is excited to partner with Steppenwolf Theatre Company to celebrate Stonewall 50 with the show MS. BLAKK FOR PRESIDENT*** starring Tarell Alvin McCraney, Academy Award winner for best writing adapted screenplay for the film Moonlight

***Performance of MS. BLAKK on 7/11 is sold out. Steppenwolf has kindly provided an additional 60-70% off discount code for any weeknight performance until July 21st. Apply the code, OUTANDBRAVE when purchasing weeknight tickets, $30: https://www.steppenwolf.org/tickets–events/seasons/2018-19/ms-blakk/

The evening will begin at 5:30PM with an open social for Out in Tech members (Eventbrite RSVP required) at the Merle Reskin Rehearsal Space next to Steppenwolf Theatre. There will be light food provided and an option of a cash bar. Steppenwolf representatives will also join us and we’ll learn more about the technical aspects of the show and the cultural significance it has for Chicago’s LGBTQ+ community and queer history across generations.

Steppenwolf Theatre Speakers will be sharing insight into the production and process of creating a show of LGBTQ+ historical significance in Chicago and how Steppenwolf has connected to the LGBTQ+ community and technology that has helped with that effort:

  • Jos N. Banks, Actor, recently starred in international tours of Kinky Boots, HAIR, and The Color Purple 

  • John Rooney, Coordinator of Education & Leadership Programs

  • Corinne Neal, Director of Audience Services

7:00pm, we’ll migrate next door – those who have purchased a ticket*** (sold out, attendees can purchase tickets for additional shows from 7/12-7/21 for $30 with code OUTANDBRAVE) will go to the Upstairs Theatre to see the preshow and performance* of MS. BLAKK or migrate to Steppenwolf’s Front Bar: Coffee & Drinks (21+) at 1700 N. Halsted. 

*Attendees are responsible for purchasing their own tickets prior to the show. Performance will run 1hr 40 mins without intermission and no late seating.

Daniel Kyri (Mark and others), Molly Brennan (Lenny and others), Sawyer Smith (Q) and ensemble member Tarell Alvin McCraney (Joan Jett Blakk)


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?


Does Steppenwolf Theatre provide gender-neutral restrooms?

The genderneutral bathrooms are located in out 1700/Front Bar space – but, are also within the building once the lobby is open. The restrooms in the Merle Reskin Rehearsal Space are also labeled as genderneutral.

What about accessibility options and accommodations at Steppenwolf Theatre?


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

The Out in Tech Chicago team can be contacted at: chicago@outintech.com 
Steppenwolf’s Audience Services and Box Office contact information: https://www.steppenwolf.org/about-us/contact-us/

What’s the refund policy?

Only a RSVP via Eventbrite is required to attend the 5:30PM-7:00PM Open social portion of the event. As the event has limited space, please update your RSVP status if you are no longer able to attend to make room for more community members to attend. 

Tickets bought by members for the performance of MS BLAKK FOR PRESIDENT are managed by and are under the Steppenwolf Performance policies: https://www.steppenwolf.org/plan-your-visit/performance-policies/



1624 N. Halsted, Chicago, IL 60614


Ever wonder who was the first drag queen presidential candidate?! Out in Tech Chicago is excited to partner with Steppenwolf Theatre Company


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