STRAWDOG THEATRE COMPANY

3829 N Broadway       Chicago, IL 60613       tel: 773.528.9696

SEASON 27

Strawdog Theatre Company + Old Town
THE CLOWNS ARE BACK.
WE’RE NOT JOKING.
 
RED NOSES
RED NOSES
RED NOSES
RED NOSES
RED NOSES
by Peter Barnes
directed by
Matt Hawkins
Theatre on the Lake JUL 14-18, 2010
Wednesday-Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 6:30pm
Tickets $17.50 - CALL 312.742.7994

Strawdog Theatre JUL 22 - AUG 15, 2010
Friday & Saturday 8pm, Sunday 3pm
Tickets $20 ($15 student/senior)
Director Matt Hawkins is working at the top of his game with a show that easily melds top 40 tunes, real emotion and laughter at the lip's edge of a grave.
  Chicago Tribune  
starstarstarstarstar ... Barnes's work feels utterly, surprisingly relevant in this inventive and kinetic staging ... Red Noses is a major achievement ...
  Time Out Chicago  
RECOMMENDED. ... an exhilarating, hilariously unsettling meditation on the orgiastic response to mass human die-off.
  Chicago Reader  
What a treat to watch this tight 23-person cast at complete ease with their challenging material, riffing off each other even as the tone constantly shifts from silly to dark to inspirational ... It’s rare indeed to find a show packed with gallows humor that doesn’t trivialize death, yet leaves everyone smiling.
  Chicago Free Press  
Think the world's got problems now? In the mid-1300's, the Black Plague wiped out half the population of Europe. HALF. More conservative estimates say one quarter. But we find HALF gets the point across better. People were dropping like flies, and the living had trouble deciding what to do with themselves. Uncontrollable weeping? Self-flagellation?
For one priest, the answer is clear: make 'em laugh. Turning a band of desperate misfits into a troupe of deeply untalented circus performers, he sets out to prove that the best defense against a cruel world is a bad joke beautifully told.
Matt Hawkins, director of The House Theatre's hit show "Hatfield and McCoy," brings Peter Barnes' epic extravaganza and its cast of 23 to Strawdog's intimate space. It's a delirious, hilarious, but entirely serious kick to the pants of death, despair, Puritanism and everything else that has it coming.

players
Will Allan
   as Frapper
Mikala Bierma
   as Flagellant
Michael Dailey *
   as Grez
Paul Fagen *
   as Toulon
John Ferrick *
   as Flote
Jessie Fisher
   as Flagellant
Kyle Gibson *
   as Player
Sarah Goeden *
   as Bells
Kyle Hamman *
   as Brodin
Shannon Hoag *
   as Margarite
Nikki Klix *
   as Player
Anderson Lawfer *
   as Le Grue
Chelsea Paice
   as Clown
Michael Peters
   as Rochfort
Michaela Petro *
   as Raven
Eric Pogrelis
   as Boutros Brother
Edgar Miguel Sanchez
   as Monselet
Matthew Sherbach
   as Boutros Brother
Michael E. Smith
   as Pope
Niccole Thurman
   as Player
Jeff Trainor
   as Player
Andrew Trygstad
   as Bembo
Rebekah Ward-Hays
   as Raven

production
Author
    Peter Barnes
Director
    Matt Hawkins
Set Design
    Nic Dimond *
Ass't Set Design
    Mike Mroch *
Light Design
    Heather Gilbert
Costume Design
    Aly Renee Amidei *
Music Director
    Mike Przygoda *
Sound Design
    Mikhail Fiksel *
Stage Manager
    Clare Roche
Production Manager
    Cortney Hurley

* = Strawdog company member