from the novel by MIKHAIL BULGAKOV
adapted by Edward Kemp
directed by Louis Contey
Season 23
February 27—April 2, 2011
★★★ … [Bulgakov] would have loved this $20 production.
— Chicago Tribune
Recommended … so many beautiful moments …
— New City

Failed romance. Censorship. Prison. Black magic. Giant talking cat. It'll be one hell of a party.

1930's Moscow. Stalinism reigns and the playwright known as The Master is desperately fighting theatre critics and government censors to get his script about Jesus and Pontius Pilate produced. Into this picture steps Professor Woland, a "specialist in black magic" with an entourage of demons and a talking cat, to set Moscow on its ear with a party of the damned. Strawdog is excited as (ahem) hell to have Timeline Theatre associate artist Louis Contey (Awake and Sing!, Copenhagen) bringing this wild masterpiece of Russian Literature to our stage.

Christy Arington
Rimsky/ Lucrezia Borgia
Alejandro Cordoba
Andrei/ Kaifa
Anita Deely
Sarah Goeden *
Natasha/ Messalina
Dan Granata
Trepan/ Caligula
Dennis Grimes
Tom Hickey
Ian Maxwell
Loretta Rezos
Hella/Signora Tofana
Jude Roche
Ratslayer/ Glumov/ Jack the Ripper
John Stovkis
Varuka/ Maitre Jacques
Danny Taylor
Ron Thomas
Berlioz/ Archibaldovich/ Marquis de Sade
John Wilson
Pogoda/ Dubley
Lou Contey
Set Design
Joe Schermoly
Light Design
Sean T. Mallary
Ass't Light Design
Costume Design
Props Design
D.J. Reed
Sound Design
Mikhail Fiksel
Eileen Mallary
Technical Direction
Joe Schermoly
Maren Robinson
Stage Manager
Ellen Willett
Master Electrician
Jon Nook
Production Manager
Cortney Hurley
* = 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