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Actors Justine C. Turner and Dana Black in Miss Marx.

Miss Marx, or The Involuntary Side Effect of Living

Photo credit: Chris Ocken




Season 26

Feb 14, 2014–Apr 5, 2014

3829 N. Broadway

Strawdog kicks off 2014 with a world premiere by one of Chicago’s hottest playwrights, based on the true story of Karl Marx’s youngest daughter. Known throughout Victorian England as an actress and political activist, Eleanor finds it far easier to fight for equality on the stage than in the bedroom. Falling into a tempestuous affair with a married man, can she follow her heart without betraying everything she symbolizes?

Philip Dawkins’ critically-acclaimed play The Homosexuals received a Jeff Nomination for New Work after its premiere with About Face Theatre in 2011, and his play Failure: A Love Story premiered at Victory Gardens Theater in 2013. His play Ugly Baby ran in Strawdog’s Hugen Hall in 2006, and we’re thrilled to welcome his work back into our space.

This show marks the Strawdog debut of Megan Shuchman, who has worked as a freelance director and dramaturg for such companies as The Goodman, Northlight, TimeLine and American Theater Company. She’s also the Education Manager at Steppenwolf Theatre.

“★★★★…an enchantingly elevated world …”

— Time Out Chicago

RECOMMENDED…brainy, witty, passionate and ingenious…”

— Chicago Sun-Times


Sam Bailey

as Annie/Young Woman

Dana Black

as Eleanor

Pamela Mae Davis

as Nim/Theosophist

John Ferrick.

John Ferrick*

as Aveling

Sarah Goeden.

Sarah Goeden*

as Eva/Musician

Matt Holzfeind

as Engles/Young Man

Benjamin Sprunger

as Freddy

Justine C. Turner.

Justine C. Turner*

as Laura/Harry

Creative Team

Philip Dawkins

Megan Shuchman

Alex Lavelle
Assistant Director

Mike Mroch
Set Design

Jordan Kardasz*
Light Design

Aaron Weissman
Light Design

Izumi Inaba
Costume Design

Jamie Karas
Props Design

Mike Przygoda
Composer/Music Director

Chris Kriz
Sound Design

Lindsay Bartlett

Eva Breneman

Jarrod Bainter
Technical Direction

Lindsay Amer

Sarah Hoeferlin
Stage Manager

Alex Avery
Ass't Stage Manager

John Kelly*
Master Electrician

Becky Mock
Production Manager

* Strawdog Theatre ensemble member