“ ★★★★…an enchantingly elevated world … ”— Time Out Chicago
“ RECOMMENDED…brainy, witty, passionate and ingenious… ”— Chicago Sun-Times
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.