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Scott Danielson in The Arsonists.

The Arsonists

Photo credit: Jon Cole Media

by Max Frisch

translated by Alistair Beaton

directed by Matt Hawkins

Season 27

Aug 15, 2014–Sep 27, 2014

3829 N. Broadway

Fires are breaking out all over the city, and to make matters worse for Biedermann, one of the town’s leading businessmen, two needy strangers have talked their way into his home. The evidence is piling up that these are the very arsonists that have brought the city to its knees. Can Biedermann use logic and philanthropy to dissuade these invaders from following through on their fiery intentions? Artistic Associate Matt Hawkins (Red Noses, Big Love) returns to helm this wickedly funny satire on our capacity to accommodate the very thing that destroys us.

Jeff Awards

Sound Design, Sarah Espinoza

Highly Recommended…lights a blazing, provocative fire”

— Chicago Sun-Times

“★★★…many pungent moments of physical comedy…”

— Chicago Tribune

“…by turns funny and frightening…not to be missed.”

— Stage & Cinema

“…expertly, rewardingly brought to the Strawdog stage.”

— New City


Ira Amyx

as Eisenring

Scottie Caldwell

as Chorus, Mrs. K.

Scott Danielson.

Scott Danielson*

as Schmitz

Jared Fernley

as Chorus

Sarah Goeden.

Sarah Goeden*

as Babette

Robert Kauzlaric

as Biedermann

Mike Ooi

as Chorus, Dr. Philosophy

Lea Pascal

as Chorus Leader

Blair Robertson

as Chorus

Neal Starbird

as Chorus, Cop

Rob Vignisson

as Chorus

Rebecca Wolfe

as Anna

Creative Team

Max Frisch

Alistair Beaton

Matt Hawkins

Sarah Espinoza
Assistant Director

Kenton Gott
Assistant Director

Mike Mroch
Set Design

Sean T. Mallary
Light Design

Brittany Dee Bodley*
Costume Design

Jamie Karas
Props Design

Sarah Espinoza
Sound Design

Ian Olsen
Technical Direction

Katie Adams
Stage Manager

Cypress Staelin
Master Electrician

Laura Barati
Production Manager

* Strawdog Theatre ensemble member