Logo from Revolution Theatre Company website.
Here’s the Sunday, August 21st schedule for Abbie Hoffman Died For Our Sins XXIII, which is being held at the Mary-Arrchie Theatre this weekend. I added information I found through Internet research, or based on shows that I’ve seen in the past.
9:00 a.m. Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson adapted by Fred Husar -Theatre O Th Absurd Company Formerly with Dreadful Engines, Husar is another Abbie Fest regular who can be counted on for an interesting show. Here he’s adapted the infamous Rolling Stone scribe’s book for a funny, character-driven play.
9:15 a.m. TBA
10:00 a.m. Tai Chi with Daniel Guidara Guidara is a patient and knowledgeable instructor. An interesting way to kick off Day 3 of The Abbie Fest.
11:00 a.m. Sea Change by Leana Savoie and Paul Scudder - The Continuation Project
11:30 a.m. Wild Dogs by Matt Borczon - Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co. This comedy/drama is a showcase for Rich Cotovsky’s in-your-face acting style. A deranged loner and an uptight businessman who was recently thrown out by his wife become uneasy allies after a bout of heavy drinking and fighting.
12:00 p.m. Readings from Run Run Run by Jack Hoffman In the past, audience members have been asked to come onstage and take part in the readings.
12:30 p.m. Flagellating The Boss by Crystal Jackson and Nathalie Magri - Revolution Theatre Co. A trio of employees plot revenge against their abusive boss.
1:00 p.m. Little Ivory Fingers by Sid Branca - Red Room Intimate solo performance from Branca, who’s also involved with The Chicago Fringe Festival.
1:25 p.m. TBA
2:00 p.m. Sea Change by Leana Savoie and Paul Scudder - The Continuation Project
2:30 p.m. TBA
2:45 p.m. Death Party by Max Lapine - Death Party
3:05 p.m. TBA
3:15 p.m. Some Air, A Sneak Peek - Nothing Without a Company A preview of Anya Clingman’s musical based on an average people who fear they’re going nowhere in life.
4:00 p.m. L’il Howlin Wolf Veteran blues singer takes a down and dirty approach to performing. Not for kids or the easily offended.
4:35 p.m. The Billing King by Mark Young - The Side Project
5:05 p.m. Parrot Love by Jessica Wright - Tempting Fates
6:00 p.m. Lack of Dis-illusion by Mitch Straeffer and Pepper Giese - Pepperkorn Productions
6:24 p.m. L’il Howlin Wolf Another quick shot of blues.
6:45 p.m. My Life With The Shawnee by Steve Evans - Trained Monkey Productions
7:17 p.m. American Agency byAlexandra Bassett - American Agency
8:00 p.m. TBA
9:00 p.m. Lucky At Cards? by Brooke Johnson and Dina Klahn - Dandelion Arts
9:50 p.m. Rover From Dover by Joe Janes - Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co. Part of Janes’s (The Best Of) 50 Plays series of 10-minute plays which The Reader described as “by turns they are silly, bizarre, violent and provocative.”
10:10 p.m. Birdlace by Birdlace - Birdlace
10:30 p.m. Peter Pain and The Power by Joe Janes and The Power - The Power More from Janes's (The Best Of) 50 Plays series.
10:55 p.m. Dorkumentary by Tarleton/Dawn Production - Tarleton/Dawn Productions David Tarleton and Adria Dawn are the creators of this Internet comedy series. Not sure if they’re doing a live performance or presentation.
11:10 p.m. Gas Mask 101 by Arlene Cook-Mary - Arrchie Theatre Co. Cook’s comedic look at SUI students back in the Viet Nam era is traditionally the last play of each year’s Abbie Fest.
12:00 a.m. Closing Ceremonies featuring Richard Cotovsky as Abbie Hoffman In character as Hoffman, Cotovsky bids farewell to the audience for another year. The solemn but funny ritual often involves cast members from Mary-Arrchie and other groups as Hoffman is entombed to the strains of The Doors’ “The End.” Festival regulars view attending this finale as a badge of honor.