STATE OF THE UNION

by HOWARD LINDSAY & RUSSEL CROUSE
directed by Geoff Button
Season 23
October 10—November 13, 2010
Recommended … as timely now as it was when the play premiered … Button's cast handle the witty dialogue with flair …
— Chicago Reader
… go see Strawdog's snappy and relevant production of State of the Union.
— Chicago Theater Beat

In the wake of World War II, a group of Washington bigwigs convince an aviation tycoon with a deep well of idealism to make a run for The White House. But when politics force him to reunite with his estranged wife and to weather a barrage of backroom deals and threats of scandal, his idealism wears down fast. The Pulitzer- winning State of the Union became a Tracy & Hepburn vehicle directed by Frank Capra, and is still an incredibly potent exploration of the price we pay for politics as usual. The Hypocrites' Geoff Button (Desire Under the Elms, True West) directs.

cast
Sam Gleisten
Mrs. Draper
Kate Harris
Lulubelle
Jim Heatherly
Judge
BF Helman
Conover
Kristina Johnson
Kay
Annie Munch
Brant Russell
Hardy
Rob Skrocki
Senator
Kendra Thulin
Mary
Pat Whalen
John Zinn
Sam
production
Director
Geoff Button
Assistant Director
Diana Raiselis
Set Design
Marianna Czaszar
Light Design
Michael Stanfill
Costume Design
Props Design
Maria DeFabo
Composer
Sound Design
Andrew Wheatley
Dramaturge
Derek Todd Matson
Stage Manager
Stephanie Neilitz
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
Production photo by TCMcG Photography