by Sidney Kingsley
directed by Shade Murray
Season 16
November 9—December 20, 2003
… this well-crafted, highly engaging piece of entertainment is powerfully executed …Strawdog's Detective Story is a triumph …
— Windy City Times

Strawdog begins the new season with one of the largest productions in its fifteen year history: Sidney Kingsley's classic cop drama, Detective Story, directed by Shade Murray, director of Strawdog's 2001 production of Our Country's Good.

Detective Story takes place over several hours of one hot August day in 1949 in the offices of the 21st precinct detective squad, New York City. A parade of cops, criminals, reporters and everyday citizens come through the gate, each with their own story and voice: a woman who suffers from paranoid delusions; a decorated World War II veteran who is arrested for stealing from his employer; the young woman who wants to help him; a back-alley abortionist and his high priced lawyer; two petty criminals caught in the middle of a robbery.

At the center of this flurry is Detective James McLeod a cynical cop who holds firm to only two things: his "principles" and the love of his wife, Mary. But as day turns into night in the 21st Precinct, McLeod's relentless pursuit of justice forces him to confront truths that threaten everything that he believes in.

Jennifer Avery
Michael Dailey *
Anita Deely
Mrs. Bagatelle
Chris Hainsworth
Tom Hickey
James McLeod
Shannon Hoag *
Miss Hatch
Anderson Lawfer *
Feeney Jr./Photographer
Loretta Rezos
Mary McLeod
Noah Simon
Jamie Vann *
Lt. Monaghan Mngyah
James Anthony Zoccoli
Detective O'Brien
Sidney Kingsley
Shade Murray
Assistant Director
Stephen F. Murray
Light Design
Sean T. Mallary
Costume Design
Chris Hainsworth
Tim Zingelman
Production (Other)
"Fight Captain"
Chris Hainsworth
* = Strawdog company member
Photography by Jon Cole Media
Production photo by Chris Ocken
Photo by KBH Media
Photo by Donald Cardiff
Photo by John Flak
Photo by Dave Brennan
Photo by Heath Hays
Production photo by TCMcG Photography