For the Second Time in Four Years, Strawdog Loses Space to Development

For the Second Time in Four Years, Strawdog Loses Space to Development

By Abigail Trabue

For the second time in four years, Strawdog Theatre Company, a long time staple of the Chicago Theatre scene, will lose its theater home at 1802 W. Berenice Ave. in Chicago due to development.

The company has been leasing the space since 2017, after losing its home of 25 years at 3829 N. Broadway.

“Our building and the lot on Berenice are being sold and we must be out by March 31,” comments Board President Jennifer Nelson. “While we have loved being a center for the arts in Chicago, after losing our long-term home and now this short-term home, the Strawdog Board of Directors has decided to take a break from managing and maintaining our own space. Our plan is to find a black box performance space where we can contract a residency for a minimum of three years, beginning in Fall 2020 for our 33rd season.”

Strawdog’s current production THE EFFECT, along with upcoming productions of HERSHEL AND THE HANUKKAH GOBLINS and THIRST will be staged at 1802 W. Berenice. The spring production of WELCOME TO KEENE, NEW HAMPSHIRE will move to Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee.

The final production in the Bernioce space will be TUTA Theatre’s HEDDA GABLER which runs February 25 – March 29.

About author

Abigail Trabue

Abigail has worked as an actor/director in Chicago for over ten years, and along with husband Jason Epperson founded Lotus Theatricals in 2015, and PerformInk Chicago and Kansas City in 2016 (where she serves as Managing Editor of both publications). When not talking shop, Abigail is raising three padawans with Jason, drinking lots of coffee, converting school buses into RV's, and eating all the foods at Disney World. You can find her on Twitter @AbigailTrabue

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