His breakout play, Hit the Wall, was produced by The Inconvenience as part of Steppenwolf Theater Company's Garage Rep in 2012. It made the Chicago Tribune's "Top Ten Plays of 2012" list, and is still the most popular and well received show to ever be produced in the Steppenwolf's garage space. It went on to be produced off-broadway at Barrow Street and in many cities around the country, including a sold out and three times extended 2015-2016 production in L.A at the LGBT Center that was nominated for countless "Best of the Year" awards in LA.
In 2014, he wrote Exit Strategy for Jackalope Theater, which became the theater's most successful show in it's history. Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune called it "at once poetic, political, sad, funny, timely, complex and compassionate, Ike Holter's thrilling, beautiful new play Exit Strategy is the story of the desperate final days of a condemned, crumbling Chicago public school dreading its upcoming prom date with the cruel bulldozers from City Hall." The play went on to be produced at Philadelphia Theater Company and Off Broadway at Primary Stages Theater, and has been seen all over the country, with renowned productions in Boston, L.A, Madison, Houston and many other cities.
His later plays have included B-Side Studio (2013), Exit Strategy (2014), Sender (2016) The Light Fantastic (2018) and The Wolf at the End of the Block (2017). The Goodman premiered Lottery Day in the spring of 2019, the conclusion of his 7 play saga about a fictional Chicago neighborhood called Rightlynd. The production received rave reviews from all Chicago publications and was received as a gripping capstone to the 5 year, 7 play saga.
He served as a staff writer for the FX series "Fosse/Verdon", writing "All I Care About is Love", the series 6th episode. He is a resident playwright of Victory Gardens Theater.
- "Why Ike Holter Has No Choice But To Tell Chicago Stories". Playbill, April 30, 2016.
- "Chicago playwright Ike Holter wins $165,000 literary prize". Chicago Tribune, March 1, 2017.
- "Photo Flash: First Look at The Inconvenience and The New Colony's B-SIDE STUDIO World Premiere". Broadway World, September 20, 2013.
- "Ike Holter's astonishing Sender brings a hipster back from the dead". Chicago Reader, April 8, 2016.
- "'Wolf at the End of the Block': Ike Holter's crime story is about Chicago's mistrust". Chicago Tribune, February 14, 2017.
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