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NIC DIMOND Artistic Director

HANK BOLAND Managing Director

By Manfred Karge Translated by Calvin McLean, Caron Cadle & Ralf Remshardt Directed by Kimberly Senior* Scenic Design Jack Magaw, USA

Costume Design Joanna Melville

Lighting Design Jordan Kardasz

Sound Design Chris Kriz, USA

Properties Design Toni Kendrick

Fight Director David Woolley

Production Manager Cortney Hurley*

Stage Manager Lindsey Miller

Casting Director Michael Caloia*

*Denotes Strawdog Company Member This production is presented without intermission. Strawdog is supported in part by The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the Alphawood Foundation, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, the Illinois Arts Council (a state agency), Chase Community Giving Grant and the annual support of businesses and individuals. Strawdog Theatre Company is a member of The NortHalsted Area Merchants Association, Theatre Communications Group and the League of Chicago Theatres.

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CAST Braukmann...................................................................................................................Tom Hickey* Braukmann’s Wife................................................................................................. Jennifer Avery* Buscher.........................................................................................................................John Ferrick* Frankieboy....................................................................................................................... Joel Ewing Rosi........................................................................................................................ Justine C. Turner* Rudi......................................................................................................................Anderson Lawfer* Seiffert..................................................................................................................... Michael Dailey* Slupianek.......................................................................................................................Jamie Vann* * Denotes Strawdog Company Member A D D I T I O N A L P R O D U C T I O N S TA F F Technical Director.......................................................................................... Matthew Buettner Master Electricians........................................................................Christine Ferriter, Jon Nook Dramaturgy.......................................................................................................Jackson Haywood Assistant Director................................................................................................ Michael Osinski Assistant Production Manager............................................................................... Tyler Wilsey Assistant Set Design/ Scenic Painter..............................................................Michael Mroch Assistant Fight Director......................................................................................Alex Farrington Assistant Stage Manager....................................................................................... David Seeber Media Relations..................................................................................................... Shout! Chicago SPECIAL THANKS Strawdog Theatre Company would like to thank Marika Mashburn and The Saints for their time and talent.

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D I R E C TO R ’ S N O T E S In the spirit of our 23rd season, The Conquest of the South Pole asks us: How can we become extraordinary when everything is so absurdly ordinary? Conquest makes us ask the tough questions about what makes us who we are and what would we do if that certainty was taken away. In this play, four unemployed miners are attempting to define themselves in a world hostile to the jobless. Fueled by hope and imagination, they embark on a journey of psychological and spiritual survival by reenacting the first successful expedition to the South Pole. In their attic. It might sound crazy but when we are robbed of our identity the world becomes such an uncertain and frightening place that the possibility of uncharted polar territory actually feels safer than facing the unemployment office again.  Desperate times call for desperate measures. As I contemplate the ideas that nourish this play, I can’t help but think of the words of Samuel Beckett from his novel The Unnamable: “Perhaps it’s done already, perhaps they have said me already, perhaps they have carried me to the threshold of my story, before the door that opens on my story, that would surprise me, if it opens, it will be I, it will be the silence, where I am, I don’t know, I’ll never know, in the silence you don’t know, you must go on, I can’t go on, I’ll go on.” Kimberly Senior Director BIOGR APHIES Jennifer Avery* (Braukmann’s Wife) has been a Strawdog ensemble member since 1999 after appearing in the Company’s production of Hurly Burly. She has been seen in many Strawdog productions, including Measure for Measure, Our Country’s Good, Knives in Hens (for which she received a Jeff nomination for Best Actress), Detective Story, Fuddy Meers, Three Sisters, and The Cherry Orchard. She has worked for a number of other theaters around town including Writers’ Theater (Dutchess of Malfi and Puppetmaster of Lodz), Victory Gardens (Four Places, Class Dismissed), American Theater Co. (American Dead, Living Out), About Face (Cloud 9, Undone), Collaboraction (Life and Times of Tulsa Lovechild), Chicago Dramatists (Feast), The Next (Lovesong of J. Robert Oppenheimer, Long Christmas Ride Home, War with the Newts) and Roadworks (PhyroGiants, Some Explicit Polaroids). She spent two seasons at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland and trained with Mike Nichols and Paul Sills

at The New Actors Workshop. Jenny currently serves as the Artistic Director at Next Theatre Co. Michael Dailey* (Sieffert) was last seen on the Strawdog stage in last Fall’s State Of The Union. Other Strawdog productions include Aristocrats, Marathon ‘33, Detective Story, Julius Caesar, and Measure For Measure, among many many others. Like Hurlyburly. Around town he has been privileged to work with About Face, Writer’s Theatre, Shattered Globe, Steppenwolf, Eclipse, Noble Fool, The Black Ensemble, and Defiant Theatre. He’s written some radio plays with Strawdog’s ‘Hit Factory’ writing program and is an official ‘Wordjammer.’ He is a graduate of Illinois State and a native of St. Louis.

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B I O G R A P H I E S ( c o n t .) Joel Ewing (Frankieboy) is very excited to be making his Strawdog debut! He currently serves as Managing Director for LiveWire Chicago Theatre and recently played Vincent in their Chicago premiere of The 13th of Paris. Additional LiveWire shows include their Jeff Recommended productions of Red Angel and Wonder of the World. Other Chicago credits include Redeemers and The Man Who Was Thursday (New Leaf ), War With the Newts (Next Theatre), The Private Lives of Eskimos (The Mill), Suitcase (Appetite Theatre), Multi-Purpose Doom (Sandbox Theatre Project), Parade (Bailiwick), Phyro-Giants and How To Act Around Cops (Open Cage Ensemble).

Tom Hickey* (Braukmann) is thrilled to finally get the opportunity to work with Kimberly Senior. A Strawdog Company member since 2000, he appeared here most recently in The Master and Margarita as well as Uncle Vanya, St. Crispin’s Day, Cherry Orchard, Old Town, and Aristocrats, among others. Tom has also appeared in The North Plan (Steppenwolf First Look), The Pillowman (RedTwist), Thieves Like Us and Valentine Victorious (The House), The Mark of Zorro (Lifeline), Scenes from the Big Picture (Seanachai), The Great God Pan (Wildclaw) as well as three seasons performing with Lakeside Shakespeare in Michigan.

John Ferrick* (Buscher) has been a proud Strawdog ensemble member since 2001, and could not be more pleased to be working on this production with these amazing artists. Other shows you may have seen him in at Strawdog include Red Noses, Old Town, Three Sisters, Marathon ‘33, Tooth of Crime, Julius Caesar, Fuddy Meers, Knives in Hens, The Green Bird, and Our Country’s Good. He is also a company member of A Crew of Patches where he performs in rep, Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, and Julius Caesar. Some other theatres John has performed with include: Goodman, Court, Lifeline, The Hypocrites, The Side Project, Eclipse, Famous Door, About Face, National Jewish, and Roadworks. Finally John would like to thank Chelsea for making life so much better than he ever thought it could be.

Anderson Lawfer* (Rudi) is excited to perform at Strawdog where he is an ensemble member and was recently seen as Behemoth in The Master & Margarita. Favorite Chicago credits include Factory Theatre, The House Theatre of Chicago, Open Eye, Steep, Bailiwick, and Mary Arrchie. You can also see him at The Chopin as the host and creator of the late night smash hit The Game Show Show and Stuff!

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Justine C. Turner* (Rosi) is happy to be performing in this magical play at the theatre company she calls home. She was last seen in the Jeff Award winning production of The Farnsworth Invention at TimeLine Theatre. Justine is a proud company member of Strawdog and a proud founding memeber of The Plagiairists. She is thankful to have worked in the past at the Goodman, Writers’Theatre, Factory Theatre,


B I O G R A P H I E S ( c o n t .) Famous Door, Defiant theatre, Rivendell, Noble Fool Theatricals, A Crew of Patches, and Journeymen Theatre Company. She would like to thank her family, friends, and Mike for all their support and love. Jamie Vann* (Slupianek) has been a Strawdog ensemble member for several years, appearing in Detective Story, Cherry Orchard, A Lie Of The Mind, Three Sisters, and The True Ballad Of Fall’s Blessings. Recently, he was in The Farnsworth Invention at TimeLine Theatre and The Overwhelming at Next Theatre. Jamie has performed in Bus Stop at Writer’s Theatre, Lettice And Lovage at Court Theatre, Revenge Of The Space Pandas at the Goodman Theatre, and other shows at Collaboraction, Live Bait, Raven, Vitalist, Chicago Childrens’ Theatre, and many other now-defunct

Thanks to all the teams who joined us for our MASTER & MARGARITA

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theatres throughout Chicago. Many thanks to Kate, Delia and Molly. Hank Boland* (Managing Director) collaborated with the ensemble as a playwright in the creation of The True Ballad of Fall’s Blessings (2005), contributed to WirelessFour (2005), and wrote Radio Theater Six (2007). In 2006 he was asked to create a writing initiative for the Strawdog Ensemble, now known as THE HIT FACTORY! Hank was asked to join the ensemble in 2008, and is proud to be a member of this artistic family. Hank began his relationship with Strawdog in 2000 as an audience member. (Just like you!) Want to get more involved with Strawdog? Let’s talk! Get in touch at hankboland@strawdog.org. Nic Dimond* (Artistic Director) has been a company member since 1995. He has directed almost 20 productions at Strawdog during that

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A Little Bit Louder Now 5 Dollars 3 Bands And visit their website to learn more about their monthly play reading series next season and all sorts of fantastic things that they are up to More Theatre Wars Fun on April 30th at 11 pm in Strawdog’s Hugen Hall

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B I O G R A P H I E S ( c o n t .) time. Other directing diversions include various projects with the Bohemian Theatre Company, the Vittum Theater, the Next Theatre, Victory Gardens, Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre, Collaboraction, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Titan Productions, question?mark productions, the Shawnee Playhouse, and Chicago Dramatists Workshop. Nic is a native Chicagoan (he grew up in Park Forest, for you sticklers for geographic detail) and a proud graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University and Rich East High School. Alex Farrington (Assistant Fight Choreographer) is a Freelance Fight choreographer in Chicago. He is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater/Acting. His work has been seen in Return to Haifa at Next Theater, and Sex Marks the Spot at Stage 773. He is certified with the SAFD in the eight weapons offered, and with the BASSC in Unarmed, Broadsword, and Rapier and Dagger. Jackson C. Haywood (Dramaturg) is excited to be working with Strawdog Theatre Company for the first time. Jackson is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago with his B.A. in Directing where his credits include The Water Engine and Naomi In the Living Room. Most recently he worked as the dramaturg for Madagascar at Next Theatre Company, where he also serves as the casting intern. He has stage managed for Echoes of the War at Rendition Theatre and Shows You’d Never See Unless You Knew Someone In the Cast at Gorilla Tango Theatre. Cortney Hurley* (Production Manager/ General Manager) is delighted to be in the midst of her fifth season at Strawdog Theatre, where last year she thought it might also be fun to become the General Manager as well. Previous and current 6 Strawdog Theatre

production management positions include Ellen Under Glass with the House Theatre of Chicago and One False Note with Plasticene, as well as serving as the production manager at Lifeline Theatre since the fall of 2006 on such productions as The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Mark of Zorro and Neverwhere. She has also served as the Assistant Production Manager at Theater on the Lake since 2004. Jordan Kardasz (Lighting Designer) has been plotting to oust Sean Mallary since she assisted him on The Cherry Orchard here at Strawdog. But even more exciting is the opportunity to light a show that Kimberly Senior has directed. Some design credits include Bento (Winifred Haun Dance), Sonnets for an Old Century (Urban Theatre Company), The Three Faces of Dr. Crippen (Strange Tree Group), Heddatron, Theories of the Sun (Sideshow), Jenny and Jenni (Factory), Step into the Ring, Revolving Doors (Matter Dance), Prodigies (Chicago Dance Crash). Jordan has also been the assistant lighting designer for Madagascar (Next), Neverwhere (Lifeline), Master and Margarita, Uncle Vanya, Cherry Orchard, St. Crispins Day (Strawdog Theater Co.), Macbeth (City Lit), The Pirates of Penzance, Oedipus, Frankenstein (The Hypocrites). So many thanks to Sean or else I wouldn’t know what the heck I was doing here. And love always to Matt. Toni Kendrick (Props Designer) is a BFA set design student at DePaul University’s Theatre School. She has designed Much Ado About Nothing and Loose Knit at DePaul; and assisted on Haroun, The Sea of Stories and A Raisin in the Sun. Toni has worked as a theatre carpenter for three years. Christopher Kriz (Original Music and Sound Design) is pleased to be working with Strawdog for the first time. Most recent Chicago credits include Eclipsed (Northlight Theatre), The Woman


B I O G R A P H I E S ( c o n t .) In Black (First Folio), Precious Little (Rivendell Theatre), This (Theatre Wit), Madagascar (Next Theatre), Dead Pile (XIII Pocket), Shining City (Redtwist) and Dental Society Midwinter Meeting (16th Street Theatre). Other recent credits include the national tour of America Amerique (Jena Company), Open Systems (Goodman Theatre/WBEZ), Aiming For Sainthood (Victory Gardens), Thieves Like Us (House Theatre), The Invasion Of Skokie (Chicago Dramatists), Baal (TUTA), The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe Master (First Folio), Harold and The Boys and All My Sons (TimeLine). Upcoming productions include Festen (Steep Theatre), Bug (Redtwist Theatre) and Around The World In 80 Days (Fox Valley Repertory). To hear more of his work, please visit www.christopherkriz.com Jack Magaw (Scenic Design) lives in Chicago and teaches design at both DePaul and Northwestern Universities. Chicago and regional theatre credits include Gee’s Bend (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Samuel J & K (Steppenwolf Theatre Co.), Eclipsed and A Life (Northlight Theatre), Heroes (Peninsula Players Theatre), Sizwe Banzi Is Dead, Home and The Mystery Of Irma Vep (Court Theatre), Funny Girl (Drury Lane Oakbrook), Mauritius (TheatreSquared), She Loves Me, The Old Settler and Picnic (Writers Theatre), All My Sons (TimeLine Theatre), Evie’s Waltz (Geva Theatre), This Wonderful Life (Indiana Repertory Theatre), Radio Golf (Pittsburgh Public Theatre), Cabaret, Winesburg, Ohio, and A Flea In Her Ear (Kansas City Repertory), Four Places (Victory Gardens Theater) and Love’s Labor’s Lost (Clarence Brown Theatre). He received Joseph Jefferson Award nominations for Picnic and Bus Stop (Writers’ Theatre), Fences (Court Theatre) and Seven Guitars (Congo Square). Upcoming projects include A Few Good Men (Peninsula Players Theatre) directed by Kimberly Senior. www.jackmagaw.com.

Joanna Melville (Costume Designer) is back for her 5th costume design at Strawdog. Previous credits include The Master & Margarita, State of the Union, St. Crispin’s Day (Jeff Award) and Good Soul of Szechuan (co-design with ensemble member Aly Greaves Amidei). Other Chicago design credits include work at Lifeline, Quest, Backstage Theatre, Lakeside Shakespeare, and Shattered Globe. She is an alumna of Illinois State University (BA), and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she earned her M.F.A. in Theatre, specializing in Costume Design. Joanna also works as a freelance seamstress and costumer joanna.melville@gmail.com Lindsey Miller (Stage Manager) is excited to be working with Strawdog and Kimberly for the first time. She is proud to be an ensemble member with BackStage Theatre Company, where she has stage managed several shows including the Jeff Nominated productions Waiting for Lefty, The Memory of Water, and On An Average Day. Lindsey has also worked with Lifeline Theater (Wuthering Heights), The Building Stage (The Ring Cycle), Circle Theatre (Stone Cold Dead Serious), CLIMB Theatre (Minneapolis, MN), and The Road Company (The Color Purple). Michael Mroch (Assistant Scenic Design/ Paint Charge) is graduating Columbia College with a BFA in Directing and Scenic Design. Recent design credits include: Dead Pile (XIII Pocket), Church/ Pullman,WA (Red Tape), Dental Society Midwinter Meeting (16th Street Theatre), Bernarda Alba, Floyd Collins (Columbia). Columbia Directing credits: What Didn’t Happen, Miracle Worker, and Rope. Other credits with Strawdog: Red Noses, The Good Soul of Szechuan, Uncle Vanya (Paint Charge/Assistant), Uncle Vanya, The Cherry Orchard (Dramaturge). Michael Osinski (Assistant Director) first worked with Kimberly Senior over 10 years ago, when she got him Strawdog Theatre 7


B I O G R A P H I E S ( c o n t .) an internship at Steppenwolf. He recently returned to Chicago, after having spent time in Philadelphia as the founder and Artistic Director of Flashpoint Theatre Company, where he directed six Philadelphia premieres by Caryl Churchill, Sheila Callaghan, and Neil LaBute among others. Michael is thrilled to be returning to the Chicago theatre community once again. Kimberly Senior*(Director) is pleased to return to Strawdog where she has directed Uncle Vanya, Cherry Orchard, Three Sisters, Fuddy Meers, and Knives in Hens as well as serving as a Strawdog Artistic Associate. She has worked professionally in Chicago in a variety of positions for the past sixteen years. Most recently, Kimberly directed Madagascar at Next Theatre, where she is also an Artistic Associate and previously directed The Overwhelming and The Busy World is Hushed. In addition, Kimberly recently directed The North Plan for Steppenwolf Theatre, All My Sons for TimeLine Theatre, Thieves Like Us for the House Theatre, Mauritius for TheatreSquared (Fayetteville, AR) and The Pillowman for RedTwist. She is the founder and company member emeritus of Collaboraction Theatre Company, where she directed and/ or produced over thirty plays and theatrical experiences, most notably the company’s lauded Sketchbook festival for seven years. Kimberly also serves as an Artistic Associate with Chicago Dramatists (Feast, world premiere.) In addition, she has directed for Pegasus Players, University of Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University, Adventure Stage Chicago, Estrogen Fest, Maxwell Street Historic Preservation Coalition, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, Shakespeare’s Motley Crew, Northlight Theatre, Roadworks Productions, Northwestern University, College of DuPage, Oakton Community College, National Louis University, and WFMT Radio, among others. As an educator, Kimberly spent ten years as both an 8 Strawdog Theatre

administrator and Resident Artist with Steppenwolf for Young Adults. Kimberly has served as Program Director and as a dramaturge for Steppenwolf’s First Look Repertory of New Work. In addition, Kimberly either ran programs or taught for Court Theater, Northlight Theater, Redmoon Theater, Roadworks Productions, Victory Gardens, Metropolis, Act One Studios, and Acting Studio Chicago. Currently she is an adjunct faculty member at DePaul University where she teaches Theatrical Collaboration, University of Chicago where she teaches Advanced Scene Study and Columbia College where she teaches Chekhov, Dramaturgy and Text Analysis. She is the recipient of Columbia College’s 2010 Excellence in Teaching Award. David Woolley, S.A.F.D (Fight Master) is pleased to be back at Strawdog. He is a Fight Master with the Society of American Fight Directors, Senior Lecturer at Columbia College Chicago, and Guido Crescendo in Dirk and Guido the Swordsmen! David has staged fights for over 500 productions since 1982. Most recent work includes: As You Like It (Chicago Shakespeare), Billy Elliott (Oriental Theater), David Cromer’s Streetcar Named Desire (Writers’ Theatre) and Cherrywood (Mary Arrchie), and The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Victory Gardens/ Teatro Vista), and Second Stage, NYC, (playwright Kristoffer Diaz was nominated for a Pulitzer) and earned Woolley a 2010 Jeff Award for Fight Direction; He will be performing in his 22nd season as Guido at the Bristol and Ohio Renaissance Faires starting this summer. At Columbia College Chicago he oversees the violence needs of a burgeoning department (23 shows this semester!) and teaches three classes of combative arts.


P R O D U C T I O N H I S TO R Y 1988-1990 Five of Us + The House of Correction + Temptation + A Family Affair + Dearest Father ~ Back Bog Beast Bait 1991 Muzeeka Play with Repeats # Titanic Icarus’ Mother Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down # The House of Yes + 1992 Etta Jenks + A Circle of People: Four by Chekov ~ Gertrude Stein and a Companion + Lux in Tenbris + Sure Thing + Hot Fudge + Speed-the-Play Ancient History + Light Up the Sky 1993 Absent Friends Gertrude Stein and a Companion The Revenger Relationship Hell The Big Funk + Lunch Search and Destroy + Crossing Boundaries: Women’s Roles and Realities 1994 Race ~ New Anatomies Wilhelm Reich in Hell Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)

1995 Burn This A Mother, a Daughter, and a Gun + Crossing Boundaries II: The Tower of Babel Project ~ Mariposa ~ Cat’s-Paw 1996 Criminal Hearts Crossing Boundaries III: The Life of the Mind ~ Interrogating the Nude 1996–1997 It’s a Mediocre Life ~ Skeletons Crossing Boundaries IV: Leap of Faith ~ 1997–1998 Dark Rapture +, Imagine Drowning Waltz Invention

2003-2004 Detective Story Merchant of Venice Fuddy Meers 2004-2005 Puntila, and His Man Matti Impossible Marriage The True Ballad of Fall’s Blessings~ 2005-2006 Three Sisters The Tooth of Crime (Second Dance) 2006-2007 Marathon ‘33 A Lie of The Mind 2007-2008 Aristocrats Richard III Old Town

1998–1999 HurlyBurly Owners

2008-2009 R.U.R. Cherry Orchard Red Noses

1999–2000 Manufracture + Measure for Measure Return to the Howard Bowl ~

2009- 2010 St. Crispin’s Day + Uncle Vanya Good Soul of Szechuan

2000–2001 Disco Pigs # Our Country’s Good The Ball of Justice ~

2010-2011 Red Noses (Remount) State of The Union The Master & Margarita Conquest of the South Pole

2001–2002 Ivona, Princess of Burgundia Toasting George ~ The Green Bird

+ Midwest Premiere # U.S. Premiere ~ World Premiere

2002-2003 Julius Caeser Knives in Hens Spring Awakening

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DONORS Strawdog Theatre Company gratefully acknowledges the generous contributions of individuals, organizations, and businesses made between January 1, 2010, and March 15, 2011, these gifts allow us to continue to champion our core values of Genuine Connections, Ensemble, Community, and Challenge. CHALLENGE: $2500 and above

Alphawood Foundation Charles Bullock David G. Herro Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Foundation COMMUNITY: $1000 to $2499 Betty Moorehead

Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation Gregory Altman Illinois Arts Council James Hobart James White Jack Rubin JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Mark David Warner Nora Stapleton Patricia Yuzawa-Rubin The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Seth Rickard Stephen Bennett Tim and Ada Zingelman

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs

ENSEMBLE: $500 to $999 Jennifer Nelson HP Company Foundation

Lorraine & Brian Arbetter Pazcolt Financial Group Sheila Deely

Susan Toonen Trudene Giesel

GENUINE CONNECTION: $250 to $499 Erik & Phyllis E. Zingelman

Garrett & Carrie Todd George Darveris Kirkland & Ellis Foundation

Raymond & Esther Paice Rebecca Piper

And the generous contributions of all our donors: Abbie Johnson Abigail H. Boucher Alisha Bannister Alla Roytman Allan & Mary Fenske Allison Cain Allison Renee Greaves Anne Deely Anonymous AT&T B F Helman Barbara Lanctot Becky Hoag Boland Insurance Agency, Inc. Bruce & Nancy Woodruff Carmine & Linda Grisolia Cathy Berni Christina Calvit Christopher Hainsworth David & Kristen Conroy David Feiner Dorothy L. Milne Dwight & Laurie Luetscher Elizabeth L. Dowling Elizabeth Laidlaw Ellen Deely Enid Myers Ernest & Harriet Hirschfeld Geoffrey Goldberg

Gloria NardiniHarriet Heather Guillen Hobart Hirschfeld Irina Koshelev James Huttenhower and Phillip Tommey Janet Sayre Jann V. Dragovich Jean B. Galan Jennifer Avery Jerome Dinell John Llewellyn John M. Moran Joyce S. Greenberg Judith Paice Julie & Noah Fleischmann June Eubanks Karen A. Callaway Kate Grossman Kenneth & Sandra Fagen Krista Bryski Richard Lawrence & Marlene Kosova Leroy Blommaert Lillian Frances Linda Caloia Linda R. Gillum Linda Sperer Lisa Grisolia Lucie MacDonald Lukasz Krygier Lyudmila Muchnik

Madeline Dreifus Marilyn Turner Mark R. Boland Marsha & Jon Baker Mary A. Hickey Matthew & Leah Haran Megan Wildebour Melinda Russo Melvin Hirsch Merle Levine Michael J. Petro Mike & Julie Nussbaum Monica Reida Nancy & Joseph Crowther Patrick Brennan Patti Petro Rae & Chris Serafini Renzi & Associates, Inc. Richard Clark Robert Alpaugh & Robert Roy & Linda Dunlap Ruth Ott Sarah Goeden Sarah Zematis Stacy Joyce Stanley D. Price Susan Stahl Theatermania.com, Inc. Timothy M. Bambara Timothy Maloney Vicki Mallary W. Waters

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Dear Friend of Strawdog, This season’s motto was EXTRAORDINARY MATTERS and what an extraordinary season it has been, and I am truly grateful our friends and patrons have had the opportunity to enjoy this season along with us. Season 23 has brought to us ‘State of the Union’, our Annual Phonebook Fundraising Performance, ‘The Master & Margarita’, now ‘Conquest of the South Pole’. This extraordinary list of work has been developed, nurtured, and made successful under the direction of our beloved Artistic Director, Nic Dimond. Please join me in thanking Nic for his extraordinary work this season and over the past seven Strawdog seasons. Season 24 is shaping up to be extraordinary as well, with contributions from Strawdog Artistic Associates Kimberly Senior and Shade Murray, another Phonebook in the works, and the naming of a new Artistic Director. As you know, our ability to continue to provide Chicago with the premiere storefront theatre experience is only possible because of your support. Patrons such as you encourage and underwrite our family of artists to continue producing the kind of work that has made Strawdog unique in the Chicago Theatre Community. On behalf of the Strawdog Theatre Company’s Board of Directors, I would like to extend our gratitude to you for your support and invite you to continue with us on our journey in Season 24. Sincerely,

Seth Rickard Board President Strawdog Theatre 11


S T R AW D O G T H E AT R E C O M PA N Y Strawdog Theatre Company 3829 North Broadway Chicago, IL 60613 Box Office 773.528.9696 Administration 773.528.9889 Fax 773.528.7238 www.strawdog.org

ensemble

Jennifer Avery Hank Boland Abigail Boucher Mike Dailey Anita Deely Amy Dunlap

Paul Fagen John Ferrick Misha Fiksel Allison Greaves Carmine Grisolia Chris Hainsworth

Kyle Hamman Tom Hickey Shannon Hoag Anderson Lawfer Sean Mallary Gregor Mortis

Michaela Petro Mike Przygoda John Henry Roberts Justine Turner Jamie Vann

board of directors Gregory Altman Stephen Bennett Jim Hobart Romain Ichbiah

Thomas V. Linguanti Joyce McGreevy Jennifer Nelson Seth Rickard

Jack Rubin Nora Stapleton Mark D. Warner Pat Yuzawa-Rubin

artistic associates Matt Hawkins Shade Murray

Kimberly Senior Scott Zematis

membership emeritus Nancy Bishop Michelle Caplan Donald Cardiff Erin Carlson Debbie Caruso Kristen Caskey Elea Crowther Scott Cummins Tim Curtis Jaime Denton Michael Dobbs Paul Engelhardt

Lynne Hall Chuck Harper Carrie Hegdahl Erik Hellman Jess Hill Karen Hough Lindsay Jones Kristen Kelly Oona Kersey Lynn Koscielniak Elizabeth Laidlaw Katherine Laidlaw

Stephanie Manglaras Kat McDonnell David Meihaus Larry Novikoff Jo Ann Oliver Wooley Stacy Parker Bart Petty Loretta Rezos Steve Savage Richard Shavzin

Sean Sheridan Noah Simon Julie Stanton Sarah Stray Garrett Todd David Warren Kenny Williams Tim Zingleman James Anthony Zoccoli

staff General Manager........................................................................................................................Cortney Hurley Box Office and Bar Staff......................Timothy Bambara, Adam Gilgour, Kaity Licina, Glenn Potter Production Manager................................................................................................................. Cortney Hurley Internship Coordinators........................................................................Hank Boland and Cortney Hurley Rental Coordinator....................................................................................................................Cortney Hurley Casting Director........................................................................................................................... Michael Caloia Board Development............................................................................................... Hank Boland, Paul Fagen Finance............................................................................... Hank Boland, Cortney Hurley, Nora Stapleton Fundraising and Development................................................................... Jenny Avery, Michaela Petro, Michael Dailey, Amy Dunlap Special Events.......................................................................Hank Boland, Kyle Hamman, Gregor Mortis, Anderson Lawfer, Jamie Vann, Seth Rickard Facilities.......................................................................... Nic Dimond, Gregory Altman, Carmine Grisolia, Courtney Hurley, Justine Turner Marketing and Communications....................................................... Tom Hickey, John Henry Roberts, Shannon Hoag, Anita Deely PR.............................................................................................................. Shannon Hoag and Shout Chicago Production.......................................................................................................... Nic Dimond, Cortney Hurley, Sean Mallary, Aly Greaves, Mikhail Fiksel, Mike Przygoda Webmaster...........................................................................................................................John Henry Roberts Literary Committee...................................................................Nic Dimond, Jenny Avery, Gregor Mortis, Tom Hickey, Amy Dunlap, Anita Deely, Jamie Vann Hit Factory...................................................................... Hank Boland, Nic Dimond, John Henry Roberts, Carmine Grisolia, Sean Mallary Ensemble Fortification.............................................................Nic Dimond, Micheala Petro, Paul Fagen Late Night...............................................................................Hank Boland, Kyle Hamman, Gregor Mortis, Anderson Lawfer, Justine Turner, Mike Przygoda 12 Strawdog Theatre


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