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John Ferrick and Mary Winn Heider in In a Word

In a Word

Photo credit: Tom McGrath

By Lauren Yee

Directed by Jess McLeod

Season 28

Feb 5, 2016–Mar 19, 2016

A gripping and poetic new work from the author of Victory Gardens’ acclaimed production Samsara. Fiona must sort through what’s left of her life and sanity when her son mysteriously vanishes. The director of The House Theatre’s hit Season on the Line makes her Strawdog debut.

RECOMMENDED Lauren Yee’s In A Word will leave you in a poetic state of mind. You’ll find yourself grasping for ways to describe this manic work that will ultimately fall short of the breathless experience of witnessing it. Despite that, here is my best shot: In A Word is like a flourless chocolate cake. From the outside it may not look like much, but as a sensory experience it is rich to the point of being almost too much to bear.”—New City

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED “… a stunningly powerful, emotionally gripping production, directed with an energetic fervor … The cast is magnificent … this current Chicago presentation follows Lauren Yee𔃏s recent productions and script revisions of her play in San Francisco, San Diego, and Cleveland. It’s hard to imagine this piece being in better shape than it is in this devastating Windy City production. It’s a theatrical punch to the gut that will leave audiences breathless.”—Chicago Theatre Review


John Ferrick.

John Ferrick

as Guy

Gabe Franken

Gabe Franken

as Man

Mary Winn Heider

Mary Winn Heider

as Fiona

Creative Team

Lauren Yee

Jess McLeod

Abhi Shrestha
Assistant Director

Sarah JHP Watkins
Set Design

John Kelly*
Light Design

Izumi Inaba
Costume Design

Jamie Karas
Props Design

Heath Hays*
Sound Design

Melanie Kulas
Stage Manager

Emmaline Keddy-Hector
Production Managerf

* Strawdog Theatre ensemble member