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The True Ballad of Fall’s Blessings



Season 17

Jun 12, 2005–Jul 23, 2005

3829 N. Broadway

The watch, the compass and the coin. The death of Old Man Hennessey leaves his daughters Caroline and Elizabeth with nothing but three items of little apparent value to save their farm and boarding house from financial ruin. But after their meager legacy is given or sold to Joe Young, the farmhand who dreams of a life on the stage, Jacob Fairfield, who leads his pregnant wife Beatrice after visions sent by God, and the circus man Phineas Waterman who desperately needs an act no one has seen before, it becomes clear that these items exert a strange influence over the affairs of those who hold them. Where will these three artifacts lead our heroes? Why is Mr. Parker, a mysterious acquaintance of Old Man Hennessey, so keen to get a hold of them? And how are an aging cowboy, a gorgeous bearded lady, a card-playing cad, a one-armed Frenchman, a kid who can eat anything, and a band of otherworldly musicians going to fit into the story?

“… The True Ballad of Fall’s Blessings is a testament to the creativity, dedication and staying power that is the driving force behind Chicago’s Off-Loop theater scene.”

— Chicago Sun-Times

You really need only two things for a shot at a successful drama: interesting characters and a good story. The True Ballad of Fall’s Blessings the new musical that opened at the Strawdog Theatre Ensemble last weekend, has both in abundance … the piece is an entertaining triumph.”

— Daily Herald


Jennifer Avery

as Caroline

Carmine Grisolia.

Carmine Grisolia*

as Waterman

Chris Hainsworth

as Tyler Carter

Kyle Hamman.

Kyle Hamman*

as Joe Young

Shannon Hoag.

Shannon Hoag*

as Elizabeth

Anderson Lawfer*

as Bertrand

Kat McDonnell.

Kat McDonnell*

as Corvenus

Gregor Mortis

as Floquet

Loretta Rezos

Loretta Rezos

as Beatrice

Rob Skrocki

as The Kid

Jamie Vann.

Jamie Vann*

as Parker

JB Waterman

as Jacob

James Anthony Zoccoli

as Edmund Jenkinson

Creative Team

Hank Boland

Nic Dimond

Katie Hawkey
Assistant Director

Jackie Penrod, USAA
Set Design

Rick Penrod, USAA
Set Design

Sean T. Mallary
Light Design

Aly Renee Amidei*
Costume Design

Daniel Pellant
Props Design

Mikhail Fiksel
Composer/Music Director

Emily Albright
The Dust Band

Donald Cardiff
The Dust Band

Anita Deely
The Dust Band

Mikhail Fiksel
The Dust Band

Angela Maria Rojas
The Dust Band

Stephanie Smith
The Dust Band

Mark Winston
The Dust Band

Amanda Delheimer

Gregor Mortis
Fight Choreographer

Abigail Boucher
Vocal Coach

Erin Carlson
Stage Manager

Bill Burton

Laura Dieli

Stephen F. Murray
Production Manager

* Strawdog Theatre ensemble member