Rich Cotovsky Photo from The Mary-Arrchie Facebook page.
Mary-Arrchie Theatre recently announced that it will hold its Abbie Hoffman Died For Our Sins festival on the weekend of August 15th - 17th. The annual event returns to Mary-Arrchie’s home base at 735 W. Sheridan Road this year, after being moved to the more spacious Den Theatre on Milwaukee Avenue for the 25th Annual bash in 2013. Abbie Fest has almost been around as long as the Mary-Arrchie itself; having sprung to life just two years after the theatre was founded.
Mary-Arrchie Artistic Director Rich Cotovsky will once again do his dead-on impersonation of Yippie leader Abbie Hoffman. For over two decades, he’s overseen a chaotic celebration of the performing arts that would challenge the strategic skills of a four-star general. I performed at the Abbie Fest for 20 years with the Famous In The Future comedy group, and I’ve continued to go every year since. I can attest to the sense of community that develops among the participants, as well as the audience members who have become Abbie Fest regulars.
Cotovsky has jokingly noted on at least a few occasions that cramming 70 participants into a single weekend with no time allotted for set changes shouldn’t work, but somehow it always does.
Performers interested in being part of the madness of Abbie Hoffman Died For Our Sins this year can request a form via the theatre’s website.