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Shannon Hoag as a news reporter in Old Town.

Old Town

Photo credit: Donald Cardiff

A WORLD PREMIERE

BOOK & LYRICS BY BRETT NEVEU

MUSIC BY MIKHAIL FIKSEL

DIRECTED BY KYLE HAMMAN

Season 20

Apr 26, 2008–May 31, 2008

3829 N. Broadway

A world premiere musical from Chicago playwright Brett Neveu concludes Strawdog’s 20th Season exploration of the theme of dynasty, with original music by ensemble member Mikhail Fiskel and direction by ensemble member Kyle Hamman.

After contributing several brilliant audio pieces to Strawdog Radio Theatre, Brett marks his first full-length work on the Strawdog mainstage with this accurate, funny, and poignant” take on Chicago politics. Strawdog ensemble members John Ferrick, Chris Hainsworth, Tom Hickey, Shannon Hoag and Kat McDonnell lead a cast of 20, backed by live music performed by The Denizens. The scene is election night in Cook County and the back-room dealings of the Chicago political machine collide with the messy personal politics of one candidate’s troubled family.

Director Kyle Hamman infuses the proceedings with a sweeping elegance … the entire cast is first-rate.”

— Chicago Free Press

“★★★½”

— Gay Chicago

“… the entire Strawdog ensemble acts the hell out of it …”

— Windy City Times

“… by turns accurate, funny, and poignant …”

— EDGE Chicago

Cast

Brian Amidei

Nicole Bloomsmith.

Nicole Bloomsmith*

Jacob Carlson

Ryan Patrick Dolan

C. Jared Fernley

John Ferrick.

John Ferrick*

Daniel Deering

Sara Gorsky

Chris Hainsworth

Scotty Weltz

Tom Hickey

Andy Ringer

Shannon Hoag.

Shannon Hoag*

Karen Mosher

Kat McDonnell.

Kat McDonnell*

Cindy Weltz

Dylan McGorty

John Moran

Mike Michaels

Mike Ooi

Mel Dank

Jennifer Rhoads

Angela Maria Rojas

Anne Sheridan Smith

Anne Sheridan Smith

Liz Weltz

Danny Taylor

Ted Minor

Damian Vanore

Joseph Hild

Rebekah Ward-Hays

Creative Team

Brett Neveu
Author

Kyle Hamman*
Director

Mike Smallwood
Set Design

Sean T. Mallary
Light Design

Aly Renee Amidei*
Costume Design

Kat Powers
Props Design

Mikhail Fiksel
Music Director

Andra Velis Simon
Vocal Director

Brandon Campbell
The Denizens

Donald Cardiff
The Denizens

Randy Carpenter
The Denizens

Jeff Ebbler
The Denizens

Eric Engleson
The Denizens

Mikhail Fiksel
The Denizens

Paul Foster
The Denizens

Chris Gagnon
The Denizens

Paul Gilvary
The Denizens

Hilary Holbrook
The Denizens

Krystle Kirchner
The Denizens

Geoff Lewis
The Denizens

Mike Przygoda
The Denizens

John Tweedie
The Denizens

Michaela Petro*
The Denizens "Wrangler"

Eilleen Mallary
Choreography

Erin Carlson
Stage Manager

Cortney Hurley
Production Manager

* Strawdog Theatre ensemble member