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A man in a suit picking up a red phone in Fail/Safe.

Fail/Safe

Photo credit: Jon Cole Media

BASED ON THE NOVEL BY EUGENE BURDICK & HARVEY WHEELER

ADAPTED BY ANDERSON LAWFER & NIKKI KLIX

DIRECTED BY ANDERSON LAWFER

Season 27

Sep 14, 2014–Oct 14, 2014

Hugen Hall
3829 N. Broadway

A systems failure threatens to trigger World War III in this Cold War thriller, adapted from the book that inspired the acclaimed 1964 film. As time runs out, The President of the United States and his advisors scramble to find a strategy that will save the planet from total annihilation.

Fail/Safe will grab you—whatever your age or background—and pull you to the edge of your seat…”

— Splash Magazine

It’s a brainy affair, and a seat-gripping one … Tom Hickey does some particularly fantastic work as the President forced to weigh American lives against nuclear holocaust, as does Conor Burke as a young Russian translator … The production also represents a step forward for Hugen Hall, which has become a noteworthy hub of entertaining and community-driven late night shows and alternative works. With Fail/Safe, Lawfer reminds us how versatile it can be—the intimate space amplifies impactful, white-hot drama.”

— Time Out Chicago

Cast

Brian Amidei

as Groeteschele

Conor Burke

as Buck

Carmine Grisolia.

Carmine Grisolia*

as Black

Jim Heatherly

as Swenson

Tom Hickey

as President

Joe Mack

Joe Mack

as Raskob

Mark Pracht

as Bogan

Stuart Ritter

as Cascio

Lee Russell

Lee Russell

as Knapp

Dave Skvarla

as Stark

Creative Team

Nicole Bloomsmith*
Adaptor

Anderson Lawfer*
Director/Adaptor

Mike Mroch
Set Design

Jordan Kardasz*
Light Design

Kyle Hamman*
Video Design

Delia Ridenour
Costume Design

Heath Hays*
Sound Design

Elizabeth Lovelady
Dramaturge

Hilary Surface
Stage Manager

Rebecca Grossman
Production Manager

* Strawdog Theatre ensemble member