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Justin Peck, Jackie Sibblies Drury, Rob Weinert-Kendt, and Jerald Raymond Pierce.

Offscript: Justin Peck and Jackie Sibblies Drury Feel the ‘Illinoise’

On this episode, the playwright and director-choreographer team discuss their new ‘Illinoise’ musical, and New Yorker critic Helen Shaw surveys the theatre festival lineup.

Offscript, American Theatre’s flagship podcast for a number of years, is back as a Facebook Live chat with the magazine’s editors and special guests as well as an audio podcast.

This month we talk to Pulitzer-winning playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury and Tony-winning director-choreographer Justin Peck about crafting their new musical Illinoise, based on the 2005 Sufjan Stevens album Illinois, and we also chat with New Yorker critic Helen Shaw, who tells us how many upcoming performances she can fit on her calendar.

Illinoise plays at the Yard at Chicago Shakespeare, Jan. 28-Feb. 18, and comes to New York City’s Park Avenue Armory in March. The production was originally developed, produced, and premiered at the Fisher Center at Bard in July 2023. Shaw joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2022, after serving as theatre critic at New York magazine (don’t miss her writing for us as well).

You can download the episode here and watch the original Facebook chat here. If you have any feedback or suggestions for Offscript, please reach out to

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