THE PETRIFIED FOREST

by Robert E. Sherwood
directed by Shade Murray
Season 24
February 26—March 31, 2012
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
— Chicago Sun-Times
RECOMMENDED … slick, darkly comic noir
— Chicago Reader
CRITIC'S PICK ... everyone should go see this play
— Kelly Kleiman, WBEZ

In a sand-swept diner on the edge of 200 miles of untamed desert, in a country past the edge of financial collapse, a young waitress yearns for an artist's life in France whilst stuck amidst men who prefer to remember what life used to be. But this night, her world is upended by two desperate men: one a penniless English drifter who had and lost the life she dreams of, the other a cold-blooded gangster with a trail of bodies behind him. Strawdog Artistic Associate Shade Murray, whose work on our production of Detective Story won him the Jeff Award for Director (not to mention Production and Ensemble), breathes new life into another American classic, a violent, funny, romantic play that was the basis of the film that launched Humphrey Bogart to stardom.

cast
Ashley Alvarez
Paula
Jerry Bloom
Legion Commander
Walter Brody
Gramp
David Daniels
Deputy
Paul Fagen *
Squier
Ted Hoerl
Jason
Shane Kenyon
Boze
John Moran
Jackie
Caroline Neff
Gabby
Janice O'Neill *
Mrs. Chisholm
Jim Poole
Mr. Chisholm
Travis Porchia
Pyles
Mark Pracht
Sheriff
Adam Shalzi
Ruby
production
Director
Shade Murray
Set Design
Nic Dimond
Light Design
Heather Gilbert
Costume Design
Props Design
Sarah Burnham
Sound Design
Fight Choreographer
Brandon Bruce
Dialects
Eva Breneman
Technical Direction
Matt Buettner
Stage Manager
Jordan Muller
Production Manager
Tyler Wilsey
Master Electrician
Aaron Cannon
* = 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
Production photo by TCMcG Photography