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Tracie Taylor, Saniyah As-Salaam, and Laura Resinger in Thirst.


Photo credit: Jon Cole Media

By C.A. Johnson

Directed by Andrea J. Dymond

Season 32

Jan 9, 2020–Feb 15, 2020

After a devastating water shortage and war, Samira and Greta have made a life for themselves and their son Kalil in a clearing in the woods. When Kalil returns home one day without their water rations, Samira and Greta find themselves in conflict with the local political leader. Set in a tense segregated society, Thirst is a complex look at family and love in wartime. C.A. Johnson explores the politics of race and redefines community in this fierce post-apocalyptic story.

Director Andrea J. Dymond’s cast is strong top to bottom.

Chicago Reader

The world of C. A. Johnson’s Thirst, where scarcity, civil war, bombs, looting, gangs, and starvation result in a deeply imperfect peace willed’ by the man who controls the supply of water, is not unimaginable, it is practically here.”


Creative Team

C.A. Johnson

Andrea J. Dymond

Paul Cook*
Production Manager

Evan Frank
Set Designer

Adrienne Miikelle
Lighting Designer

Jos N. Banks
Costume Designer

Heath Hays*
Sound Designer

Amanda Barth
Props Designer

Sam Hubbard*
Fight Director

Jason A. Fleece
Dialect Coach

Angela Forshee
Assistant Director

Will Pettway
Assistant Director

Jean E. Compton
Stage Manager

Collin Sparks
Assistant Stage Manager

Evan Sposato
Technical Director

Benjamin Carne
Master Electrician

Kayla V. White

Tara Bouldrey

Arthur Lockhard

Bobby C. Owens Jr.

Larry D. Trice III

* Strawdog Theatre ensemble member