STRAWDOG THEATRE COMPANY

3829 N Broadway       Chicago, IL 60613       tel: 773.528.9696

SEASON 27

Strawdog Theatre Company - The Duchess of Malfi

 NEIGHBORHOOD 3: Requisition of Doom

by Charles L. Mee
directed by Matt Hawkins
April 21, 2013
through May 25
Thursday, Friday & Saturday 8pm · Sunday 4pm
Tickets $28 ($18 student | $20 senior)
RECOMMENDED … a comic, tragic, utterly terrific battle that makes The Taming of the Shrew look like the kid's stuff it essentially is. Matt Hawkins's staging is also terrific. The precisely choreographed cast of 30 (yes, 30) play for keeps—especially those in featured roles, such as the fierce Michaela Petro, the convincingly dangerous Shane Kenyon, the girly-girlish Sarah Goeden, and Stacy Stoltz and John Ferrick as gender warriors who find themselves caught behind enemy lines. Paul Fagen and Cheryl Roy float through in delightful character roles, and Mike Mroch's apparently simple set discloses its value as the show goes along. All in all, this Big Love is a marvel of big ensemble work in a tiny space.
 — Chicago Reader
★★★ Hawkins, whose staging of Peter Barnes' Red Noses for Strawdog a few seasons ago was a sheer delight, again demonstrates his zesty ability to animate a large cast in a small space without losing focus on the small telling moments ... Pianist Dane Halvorson provides cunning accompaniment to a gaggle of pop love songs ... the performances are terrific from top to bottom, including John Henry Roberts' Piero, the owner of the Italian villa who finds his attempts to help the women thwarted by realpolitik, and Cheryl Roy as Bella, the Italian matriarch …
 — Chicago Tribune
People who would like this show are people who like being free, being in love, and flip-up sunglasses. People should go and see this show because it is funny but also very serious. It has a great set (by Mike Mroch) that is pretty and deadly. The costumes (by Brittany Dee Bodley) are amazing. The wedding dresses are pretty when you first see them and then they start to get creepy; they reminded me of ghosts. The acting is fantastic. It made me think that I am not going to let anyone make me marry anyone. Period.
 — Ada Grey Reviews For You
The term “battle of the sexes” gets a whole new meaning when a group of brides-to-be on the run from the altar face down their jilted grooms at an Italian villa. Strawdog Artistic Associate Matt Hawkins, director of The House Theatre’s Cyrano and Strawdog’s award-winning smash hit Red Noses returns (triumphantly) to our mainstage with Mee’s poetic, madcap riff on love, violence and gender roles.
Want to prep for the show? Download the Big Love Study Guide to learn up on Charles Mee's ideas on "original" work, Aeschylus and other Greeks, inspiration for our set, and more.
Photo courtesy of
Sarah-Ji Photography

players
Christopher Acevedo
   as Groom
Jonathan Beal
   as Groom
Sami Cravens
   as Bride
Luke Daigle
   as Groom
Matthew Dealy
   as Groom
Anita Deely *
   as Eleanor
Paul Fagen *
   as Giuliano
John Ferrick *
   as Nikos
Kyle Gibson *
   as Oed
Sarah Goeden *
   as Olympia
Carmine Grisolia *
   as Leo
Dane Halvorson
   as Pianist
Shane Kenyon
   as Constantine
Michael Medford
   as Groom
Emilie Modaff
   as Bride
John Moran
   as Groom
Shane Michael Murphy
   as Groom
Michaela Petro *
   as Thyona
Rasika Ranganthan
   as Bride
John Henry Roberts *
   as Piero
Cheryl Roy
   as Bella
Brandon Saunders *
   as Groom
Eleni Sauvageau
   as Bride
Kevin Sheehan
   as Groom
Elise Spoerlein
   as Bride
Stacy Stoltz
   as Lydia
Britni Tozzi
   as Bride
Walls Trimble
   as Bride
Casey Wortmann
   as Bride
Kelly Yacono
   as Bride

production
Author
    Charles L. Mee
Director
    Matt Hawkins
Assistant Director
    Charlie McGrath
Set Design
    Mike Mroch *
Light Design
    Heather Gilbert
Costume Design
    Brittany Dee Bodley *
Props Design
    Jeff Shields
Sound Design
    Heath Hays *
Choreography
    Marrissa Moritz
Dialects
    Kathy Logelin
Stage Manager
    Clare Roche
Ass't Stage Manager
    Sarah Espinoza
Master Electrician
    Aaron Cannon
Production Manager
    Sarah Burnham

* = Strawdog company member