As far as the brothers of the newly widowed duchess are concerned, she has no business marrying again. They have their own ideas about what should be done with her wealth and body. When they learn that she has not only secretly married a decent man with no title to his name, but intends to run off with him and as many valuables as she can carry, her brothers' greed and incestuous jealousy set off a grisly cycle of vengeance upon vengeance. Based on actual events in the Italian court of the sixteenth century, Webster's classic tale of love and savagery will mark the Strawdog debut of our new Artistic Director Brandon Bruce, the acclaimed director of BackStage Theatre Company's award-winning The Skin of Our Teeth and Shattered Globe's critically lauded The Little Foxes.
A bunch of unemployed miners transform crushing boredom and desperation into a triumph of the human spirit ... namely Roald Amundsen’s victorious journey to the South Pole. Equipping themselves with all the gear they can beg and steal, they turn a laundry-filled attic into an Antarctic adventure. But can they keep real life out long enough to reach the pole? Strawdog artistic associate Kimberly Senior, director of our hit productions of Uncle Vanya and Cherry Orchard, Timeline’s All My Sons and Redtwist’s The Pillowman, brings us this brilliant riff on the way that losing what we do can make us forget who we are.
In a secluded country home, Kate and Anna reunite for the first time in more than a decade to reminisce about their bohemian youth in the streets of London. But if they were as close as their stories suggest, why has Kate's husband, Deeley, never heard of Anna before tonight? After-dinner drinks turn dangerous as history is written and rewritten, and each new revelation or fabrication might eliminate one of them entirely. Strawdog Artistic Associate Kimberly Senior earned her place among Chicago's top directors by putting vibrant new spins on classic texts (like our sold-out run of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard) or bringing dangerous intimacy to taut thrillers (like Redtwist's award-winning The Pillowman), and we’re thrilled to let her use both talents on what Clive Barnes (The New York Times) called “the finest play of a master dramatist.”
In a sand-swept diner on the edge of 200 miles of untamed desert, in a country past the edge of financial collapse, a young waitress yearns for an artist’s life in France whilst stuck amidst men who prefer to remember what life used to be. But this night, her world is upended by two desperate men: one a penniless English drifter who had and lost the life she dreams of, the other a cold-blooded gangster with a trail of bodies behind him. Strawdog Artistic Associate Shade Murray, whose work on our production of Detective Story won him the Jeff Award for Director (not to mention Production and Ensemble), breathes new life into another American classic, a violent, funny, romantic play that was the basis of the film that launched Humphrey Bogart to stardom.