“ … 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
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.