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Ensemble member Jamie Vann as Duke in The Petrified Forest

The Petrified Forest

Photo credit: Chris Ocken



Season 24

Feb 26, 2012–Mar 31, 2012

3829 N. Broadway

In a sand-swept diner on the edge of 200 miles of untamed desert, in a country past the edge of financial collapse, a young waitress yearns for an artist’s life in France whilst stuck amidst men who prefer to remember what life used to be. But this night, her world is upended by two desperate men: one a penniless English drifter who had and lost the life she dreams of, the other a cold-blooded gangster with a trail of bodies behind him. Strawdog Artistic Associate Shade Murray, whose work on our production of Detective Story won him the Jeff Award for Director (not to mention Production and Ensemble), breathes new life into another American classic, a violent, funny, romantic play that was the basis of the film that launched Humphrey Bogart to stardom.

— Chicago Sun-Times

RECOMMENDED … slick, darkly comic noir”
— Chicago Reader

CRITIC’S PICK … everyone should go see this play”
— Kelly Kleiman, WBEZ


Ashley Alvarez

as Paula

Jerry Bloom

as Legion Commander

Walter Brody

as Gramp

David Daniels

as Deputy

Paul Fagen.

Paul Fagen*

as Squier

Ted Hoerl

as Jason

Shane Kenyon

as Boze

John Moran

as Jackie

Caroline Neff

as Gabby

Janice O'Neill.

Janice O’Neill*

as Mrs. Chisholm

Jim Poole

as Mr. Chisholm

Travis Porchia

as Pyles

Mark Pracht

as Sheriff

Brandon Saunders

Brandon Saunders

as Joseph

Adam Shalzi

as Ruby

Jamie Vann.

Jamie Vann*

as Duke

Creative Team

Shade Murray

Nic Dimond
Set Design

Heather Gilbert
Light Design

Aly Renee Amidei*
Costume Design

Sarah Burnham
Props Design

Mikhail Fiksel
Sound Design

Brandon Bruce
Fight Choreographer

Eva Breneman

Matt Buettner
Technical Direction

Jordan Muller
Stage Manager

Tyler Wilsey
Production Manager

Aaron Cannon
Master Electrician

* Strawdog Theatre ensemble member