"Pontypool" - Strawdog Theatre Co.

"Pontypool" - Strawdog Theatre Co.





Burgess Adapts His Cult-Classic Book To Be Set In Illinois with an All New Ending. 

CHICAGO – Strawdog Theatre Company’s Hugen Hall is proud to announce the Midwest premiere of Pontypool, directed by Hugen Hall Artistic Director Anderson Lawfer, October 13 – November 4 at the Strawdog Theatre Hugen Hall, 3829 North Broadway Street. The performance schedule is Fridays and Saturdays at 11 p.m. and Sundays at 8 p.m. with an added Halloween performance, Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 8 p.m. Opening/Press Night is Sunday, Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Tickets may be ordered online at strawdog.org or by calling OvationTix toll-free: 866-811-4111.

Grant Mazzy (Jamie Vann) has hit rock bottom. The one time popular morning zoo radio jock has wound up doing traffic and temperature at a small station in the even smaller town of Pontypool, Illinois. Until one day the calls start to pour in; people are talking about bizarre mob attacks, military quarantines and people eating other people. Is this a hoax? Is Mazzy a victim of a small town prank? And if it is not a prank, will anyone survive.

Based on the Tony Burgess novel, Pontypool Changes Everything, and the popular film, Pontypool, by Bruce McDonald, Pontypool is a new and refreshing take on the zombie genre. Adapted by Burgess for the stage including the story now being set in Illinois and an entirely new ending. Pontypool may not be appropriate for some audiences. It contains violence, adult language, blood, and zombies.

Anderson Lawfer, in his Strawdog debut as director says, “In our 24-hour news world, what excites me the most about this piece is the way we spread information in a disaster and the inherent speculation and misinformation that joins it. A War Of The Worlds for our generation.”

The cast features Strawdog ensemble members Jamie Vann (Grant Mazzy), Carmine Grisolia (Dr. Mendez) with guest artists Mierka Girten (Sydney Briar), Nikki Klix (Laurel Ann), with Michael Dailey (Ken Loney) and  Adam Schulmerich (Howard Ng).

The production team features Strawdog ensemble members Carmine Grisolia (set design), Aly Renee Amidei (blood and costumes), Jordan Kardasz (lights), Gregor Mortis (sound design) as well as John Moran (combat design), Josh Sobel (dramaturgy), Paige Reilly (props and blood) and Morgan Gire (production and stage manager).


Tony Burgess writes fiction and screenplays. Burgess was nominated for a Genie Award (the Canadian equivalent of an Oscar) for the adaptation of his novel Pontypool Changes Everything into a film by Bruce McDonald. He has written three features for Foresight Films to be released in 2013. He lives in Stayner, Ontario with his wife Rachel Jones and their two children Griffin and Camille.


Anderson Lawfer is a Strawdog Company Member since 2002, appearing recently in Conquest of the South Pole and The Master & Margarita. He is the host of Theatre Wars! at Strawdog and the late night hit The Game Show Show...and Stuff! Lawfer is also the curator of the Chicago theatre insider blog “Eric and Andy's Reviews You Can Iews.”


Since its founding in 1988, Strawdog Theatre Company has offered Chicagoland the premiere storefront theatre experience and garnered numerous Non-Equity Jeff Awards with its commitment to ensemble acting and an immersive design approach. The celebrated Company develops new work, re-imagines the classics, melds music with theatre, asks provocative questions and delivers their audience the unexpected.  The current Strawdog ensemble includes Jennifer Avery, Hank Boland, Michael Dailey, Anita Deely, Paul Fagen, John Ferrick, Mikhail Fiksel, Kyle Gibson, Sarah Goeden, Aly Greaves Amidei, Carmine Grisolia, Christopher Hainsworth, Kyle Hamman, Erik Hellman, Tom Hickey, Shannon Hoag, Jordan Kardasz, Anderson Lawfer, Sean Mallary, Kat McDonnell, Joanna Melville, Gregor Mortis, Mike Mroch, Michaela Petro, Mike Przygoda, John Henry Roberts, Justine C. Turner, and Jamie Vann.  Strawdog’s Artistic Director is Brandon Bruce, Managing Director is Patrick Rybarczyk and General Manager is Cortney Hurley. Notable Strawdog alums include Elizabeth Auman (TimeLine), Alexandra Billings (actress, cabaret star), Nancy Bishop (casting director), Chrisanne Blankenship (director), Becca Cardo (voice-over artist), Kristin Caskey (Fox Theatricals), Scott Cummins (actor, director) and James Denton (Desperate Housewives).

All productions, plus ongoing late night offerings, are presented at Strawdog’s space in the heart of Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, 3829 N. Broadway Street. Tickets are available at .773.528.9696 or www.strawdog.org

The neighborhood has limited paid parking and is easily accessible by public transportation (via the Red Line Sheridan stop, plus 36-Broadway, 80-Irving Park, and 151-Sheridan buses).

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