Here is the press release from The Hypocrites
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE HYPOCRITES ANNOUNCES 2009-10 SEASON
CHICAGO, IL – The Hypocrites announces its 13th Season of presenting bold art to courageous audiences. The 2009-10 Season will include an original adaptation of a gothic classic, an existential masterpiece and one of the seediest musicals ever written. With each production, The Hypocrites’ will continue to challenge the audience, the artists and the theatrical form.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Adapted and directed by Artistic Director Sean Graney
This early 19th century novel has experienced numerous retellings over the last 200 years, each aggressively reflecting the concerns of its own era. Sean Graney’s world-premiere adaptation examines the crippling burden of creation in the name of human advancement. This four-actor, promenade production combines several historical versions of the gothic tale crafting a contemporary literary monster that captures the pure horror and chilling philosophy of Shelley’s original.
No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre
Directed by Artistic Director Sean Graney
“Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does,” once commented Jean-Paul Sartre. In his groundbreaking existential drama, No Exit, a trio of recently deceased strangers discover themselves locked in a windowless room, forced to cohabitate with each other – and only each other – for all eternity. Sartre masterfully employs this claustrophobic scenario to explore the oppressive side of individual freedom. The Hypocrites’ production infuses heightened physicality and stunning imagery to create a truly singular version of hell.
Book by Joe Masteroff
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Music by John Kander
Directed by Matt Hawkins (The House Theatre, 500 Clown, Stawdog)
Featuring sexy, witty and politically-charged musical numbers, Cabaret highlights the impact global conflicts bear on the lives of everyday people. Set in Weimar Berlin just prior to Nazi rule, the play follows the unlikely romance between two young people from very different worlds. Circumventing the indulgent tradition of musicals, Guest Director Matt Hawkins’ staging strongly favors a more intimate and immediate approach, powerfully depicting people in crisis struggling with the moments that define who they are to become.