“ … The True Ballad of Fall's Blessings is a testament to the creativity, dedication and staying power that is the driving force behind Chicago's Off-Loop theater scene. ”— Chicago Sun-Times
“ You really need only two things for a shot at a successful drama: interesting characters and a good story. The True Ballad of Fall's Blessings the new musical that opened at the Strawdog Theatre Ensemble last weekend, has both in abundance … the piece is an entertaining triumph. ”— Daily Herald
The watch, the compass and the coin. The death of Old Man Hennessey leaves his daughters Caroline and Elizabeth with nothing but three items of little apparent value to save their farm and boarding house from financial ruin. But after their meager legacy is given or sold to Joe Young, the farmhand who dreams of a life on the stage, Jacob Fairfield, who leads his pregnant wife Beatrice after visions sent by God, and the circus man Phineas Waterman who desperately needs an act no one has seen before, it becomes clear that these items exert a strange influence over the affairs of those who hold them. Where will these three artifacts lead our heroes? Why is Mr. Parker, a mysterious acquaintance of Old Man Hennessey, so keen to get a hold of them? And how are an aging cowboy, a gorgeous bearded lady, a card-playing cad, a one-armed Frenchman, a kid who can eat anything, and a band of otherworldly musicians going to fit into the story?
This world premiere musical, directed by Strawdog Artistic Director Nic Dimond, was built from the ground up by the Strawdog Ensemble and written by playwright Hank Boland to cap off our 17th Season.