Purpose (Regional, Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre, 2024) | Playbill




For decades, the influential Jasper family has been a pillar of Black American Politics: civil rights leaders, pastors and congressmen. But like all families, there are cracks and secrets just under the surface. When the youngest son Nazareth returns home to Illinois with an uninvited friend in tow, the family is forced into a reckoning with itself, its faith and the legacies of Black radicalism. Rowdy, hilarious and filled with intrigue, Purpose is an epic family drama–a long-awaited world premiere from one of the country’s most celebrated voices.

Directed by Phylicia Rashad

Featuring Alana Arenas, Glenn Davis, Jon Michael Hill, Ayanna Bria Bakari, Harry Lennix, Tamara Tunie, Cedric Young, Kayla Forde, Jabari J. Khaliq, Shadana Patterson, Penelope Walker, Johnard Washington


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