Strawdog Theatre announces 2008/09 Season

Strawdog Theatre Company of Chicago announces their 21st anniversary season of presenting “the whole wide world in a little black box,” with the three mainstage plays. These productions, plus on-going late night offerings, will be held at Strawdog’s space in the heart of Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood at 3829 N. Broadway Street (for more info, go to www.strawdog.org)

 

Strawdog Theatre 2008-09 Season

“Coping With Disaster”

 

Strawdog Artistic Director Nic Dimond elaborates:

“These Season 21 selections all center on a catastrophic event.  There is the robot rebellion and inevitable obsolescence of humanity in ‘R.U.R.;’ a wartime suicide which heralds the total destruction of an important family in ‘All My Sons;’ and the horrors of the Black Plague in ‘Red Noses.’  Other than providing instant dramatic appeal, this concentration reflects the growing idea that the numbers of natural and man-made disasters we are exposed to every day are becoming numbing, and these explorations are meant to rip the scab off our coping skills.  With our signature blend of brains and brawn, Strawdog continues to emphasize a true ensemble-based acting attack, as well as a design approach that immerses our audiences into the worlds where each of these stories live.”

 

R.U.R – Rossum’s Universal Robots
by Karel Capek
directed by Shade Murray
Originally debuted in 1921, Czech playwright Capek dramatizes the rise of robots over the human race. Strawdog welcomes back company member Shade Murray, director of Strawdog’s “Detective Story” (Jeff Award-winning Best Production, Director and Ensemble in 2003) and “Marathon ’33” (Best Ensemble 2006). Murray was recently assistant director for Steppenwolf’s smash production “August: Osage County.” He also won a 2006 Jeff Award for “The Chosen” at Writer’s Theatre.
September 18 – October 25, 2008

 

All My Sons
by Arthur Miller
directed by Kimberly Senior
The second production of Strawdog’s 2008-2009 season is Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons,” directed by Strawdog company member Kimberly Senior. One of the most celebrated classics of American drama, this play tells the story of the Keller family, reunited after the war only to uncover the secrets that will tear them apart. Senior returns to Strawdog after directing their critically acclaimed “Three Sistersin 2005 (remounted at Theatre on the Lake in 2006), who has also directed “The Busy World is Hushed” for Next , and TimeLine’s “Dolly West’s Kitchen.”
February 19 – March 28, 2009

 

Red Noses
by Peter Barnes
directed by Matthew Hawkins
The season will close with British playwright Peter Barnes’ “Red Noses,” directed by House Theatre’s Matthew Hawkins in his Strawdog directing debut. It’s the 1300s, and a quarter of Europe is dead from the plague, pestilence is everywhere, and humanity is convinced this is Armageddon.  A priest receives a command from God to gather a group of believers, teach them and send them off into the world to be clowns among men. A frequent Strawdog collaborator, Hawkins’ directing credits include House’s “Hatfield and McCoy,” and “On My Parent’s One Hundredth Wedding Anniversary” for The Side Project.
April 16 – May 23, 2009

 

Strawdog Late Night
Stawdog Late Night features a variety of programming (“The Game Show Show and Stuff,” live music, comedy, improv, roasts) in the newly-renovated Hugen Hall Cabaret space within the theatre, following each Friday and Saturday night mainstage performance at 11 p.m. Admission for Late Night is free with paid mainstage ticket (or $5 for just the Late Night), and there is a cash bar available. Visit the Web site at www.strawdog.org for performance schedule.