FAIL/SAFE

A WORLD PREMIERE ADAPTATION
based on the novel by Eugene Burdick & Harvey Wheeler
adapted by Anderson Lawfer & Nikki Klix
directed by Anderson Lawfer
Season 27
September 14—October 14, 2014
IN hugen hall
Fail/Safe will grab you—whatever your age or background—and pull you to the edge of your seat…
— Splash Magazine
It's a brainy affair, and a seat-gripping one … Tom Hickey does some particularly fantastic work as the President forced to weigh American lives against nuclear holocaust, as does Conor Burke as a young Russian translator … The production also represents a step forward for Hugen Hall, which has become a noteworthy hub of entertaining and community-driven late night shows and alternative works. With Fail/Safe, Lawfer reminds us how versatile it can be—the intimate space amplifies impactful, white-hot drama.
— Time Out Chicago

A systems failure threatens to trigger World War III in this Cold War thriller, adapted from the book that inspired the acclaimed 1964 film. As time runs out, The President of the United States and his advisors scramble to find a strategy that will save the planet from total annihilation.

cast
Brian Amidei
Groeteschele
Conor Burke
Buck
Jim Heatherly
Swenson
Tom Hickey *
President
Joe Mack
Raskob
Mark Pracht
Bogan
Stuart Ritter
Cascio
Lee Russell
Knapp
Dave Skvarla
Stark
production
Set Design
Mike Mroch
Light Design
Video Design
Costume Design
Delia Ridenour
Sound Design
Dramaturge
Elizabeth Lovelady
Stage Manager
Hilary Surface
Production Manager
Rebecca Grossman
* = Strawdog company member
Photography by Jon Cole Media
Production photo by Chris Ocken
Photo by KBH Media
Photo by Donald Cardiff
Photo by John Flak
Photo by Dave Brennan
Photo by Heath Hays
Production photo by TCMcG Photography