MISS MARX

or the Involuntary Side Effect of Living

A World Premiere
by Philip Dawkins
directed by Megan Shuchman
Season 26
February 14—April 5, 2014
★★★★…an enchantingly elevated world …
— Time Out Chicago
RECOMMENDED…brainy, witty, passionate and ingenious…
— Chicago Sun-Times
JEFF AWARDS RECOMMENDED

Strawdog kicks off 2014 with a world premiere by one of Chicago's hottest playwrights, based on the true story of Karl Marx's youngest daughter. Known throughout Victorian England as an actress and political activist, Eleanor finds it far easier to fight for equality on the stage than in the bedroom. Falling into a tempestuous affair with a married man, can she follow her heart without betraying everything she symbolizes?

Philip Dawkins' critically-acclaimed play The Homosexuals received a Jeff Nomination for New Work after its premiere with About Face Theatre in 2011, and his play Failure: A Love Story premiered at Victory Gardens Theater in 2013. His play Ugly Baby ran in Strawdog's Hugen Hall in 2006, and we're thrilled to welcome his work back into our space.

This show marks the Strawdog debut of Megan Shuchman, who has worked as a freelance director and dramaturg for such companies as The Goodman, Northlight, TimeLine and American Theater Company. She's also the Education Manager at Steppenwolf Theatre.

cast
Sam Bailey
Annie/Young Woman
Dana Black
Eleanor
Pamela Mae Davis
Nim/Theosophist
John Ferrick *
Aveling
Sarah Goeden *
Eva/Musician
Matt Holzfeind
Engles/Young Man
Benjamin Sprunger
Freddy
Justine C. Turner *
Laura/Harry
production
Author
Philip Dawkins
Director
Megan Shuchman
Assistant Director
Alex Lavelle
Set Design
Mike Mroch
Light Design
Aaron Weissman
Costume Design
Izumi Inaba
Props Design
Jamie Karas
Composer
Music Director
Sound Design
Chris Kriz
Dialects
Lindsay Bartlett
Eva Breneman
Technical Direction
Jarrod Bainter
Dramaturge
Lindsay Amer
Stage Manager
Sarah Hoeferlin
Ass't Stage Manager
Alex Avery
Master Electrician
Production Manager
Becky Mock
* = 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