MARATHON '33

by June Havoc
directed by Shade Murray
Season 19
September 15—October 28, 2006
… in the inventive hands of director Shade Murray … the hellish world of Depression-era marathon dances comes to sizzling life.
— Chicago Tribune
… richly atmospheric production …
— Chicago Sun-Times
… vivid … visceral …
— Windy City Times
JEFF AWARDS RECOMMENDED

Gripped by The Great Depression, America gives birth to a brutal new form of entertainment: the dance marathon. Prize money (and free meals for the duration of the contest) keeps desperate people dancing … for days, weeks, months. Vaudevillians, suddenly unable to find a paying audience, flock to this vicious new sport, hoping their talents will induce people to throw spare change at the stage; and June, a child star who made the mistake of growing up, finds herself dancing on the edge of physical and mental collapse.

This rarely seen semi-autobiographical work by June Havoc (the sister of famed burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee once known as "Baby June"), is directed by Shade Murray, returning to Strawdog for the first time since his production of Detective Story, which won Jeff Citations for Best Production, Best Ensemble and Best Direction.

Packing our intimate space with more than forty actors, dancers and musicians, Marathon '33 will be Strawdog's biggest undertaking to date, a huge theatrical event you can't miss.

cast
Carmen Aiello
Al
Brian Amidei
Mr. Forbes
Janet Ulrich Brooks
Rae
Amanda Christensen
The Mick
Anita Deely
Flo
Amy Dunlap
Melba Marvel
Amanda Eaton
Ida
Matt Engle
Abe
Mierka Girten
Rita
Kevin Grubb
Beefy
Chris Hainsworth
Ruddy
Tom Hickey *
Schnozz
Shannon Hoag *
Sugar Hips
Melanie Keller
Pearl
Laurie Larson
Mrs. Beckett-Jones
Nick Lewis
Hinky
John Luzar
Mittens
Laura McKenzie
Pinky
John Moran
Beezer
Molly Reynolds
Eve
Helen Sadler
Specta
Sara Sevigny
Helen
Justin Shueman
Mike Pete
Noah Simon
Mr. Dankle
Scott Westerman
Mr. James
production
Author
June Havoc
Director
Shade Murray
Assistant Director
Russell Berns
Set Design
Robert Moore
Light Design
Costume Design
Elea Crowther
Props Design
Daniel Pellant
Music Director
Donald Cardiff
Musician
Dan Apodaca
Paul Foster
Paul Gilvary
Kevin Richey
Neva Whipple
Shaun Whitley
Sound Design
Choreography
Eilleen Mallary
Technical Direction
Mike Smallwood
Stage Manager
Erin Carlson
Producer
Kyle D. Hillman
Production Manager
Cortney Hurley
Master Electrician
Maggie Fullilove-Nugent
* = 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