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Two children, played by adult actors, sit by a basket of flower petals.

Spring Awakening

Photo credit: Chris Ocken



Season 15

May 15, 2003–Jun 28, 2003

3829 N. Broadway

First published in 1891, Frühlings Erwachen created an instant scandal in Germany and took 14 years to receive a successful staging. Over its hundred year history it has often been performed in expurgated form but it remains, at its heart, a story that is tender, funny, sad, surreal and deeply poetic.

Three fourteen year-olds (Melchior, Wendla, and Moritz) feel their lives quickly changing as puberty overtakes them. The adult world, which hangs distantly over their own, fails to give them the knowledge and guidance they need, leaving them to philosophize, rage, and plunge headlong into tragic decisions.

Strawdog welcomes director Stuart Carden to the Dog House for the third and final show of our 15th Season.

Carden and his cast confront the play on its own terms, conjuring the fear, the anguish, the appetite, the sensuality and even, at times, the crazy humor in it all.”

— Chicago Sun-Times

Performances…that combine headlong exuberance with measured despair.”

— Chicago Reader


Anita Deely

Anita Deely

as Mrs Bergmann

Chris Hainsworth

as Mr. Gabor/Prof. Stickytongue/Pastor Skinnytum

Kyle Hamman.

Kyle Hamman*

as Melchoir

Tom Hickey*

as Moritz

Shannon Hoag.

Shannon Hoag*

as Wendla

Carolyn Klein

as Mrs. Gabor

Anderson Lawfer*

as Otto

Creative Team

Frank Wedekind

Stuart Carden

Sean T. Mallary
Light Design

Aly Renee Amidei*
Costume Design

John Ferrick*

* Strawdog Theatre ensemble member