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HOW TO DISAPPEAR COMPLETELY AND NEVER BE FOUND & More Set For Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co. 24th Season

We are pleased to announce our 24th Season of edgy, exciting, and risk-taking theatre. Our 2009-2010 season is teeming with new works, we are proud to bring you THREE Midwest Premieres, each uniquely compelling pieces of theater that reflect the decisions we face and the pursuit of what it means to live fully in the 21st Century! So without further ado, meet the plays!

Opening November 2009:
Directed by Richard Cotovsky (MA Artistic Director)
Featuring ensemble members: Carlo Lorenzo Garcia (Buried Child, MOJO) and Shannon Clausen (Beggars in the House of Plenty)

With guest artists: Scott Danielson, James Eldrenkamp, Kasia Januszewski, KrisTina Johnson, Kevin Stark, Britni Tozzi.

Designers include: Bill Anderson (set), Joe Court (sound), Matt Gawryk (lights), and Stefin Steberl (costumes). Assistant Direction by Brad Bukauskas.

If you had to disappear from your life, would you be able to delete yourself from Facebook? In this thrilling new play, a young advertising executive reaches the breaking point and decides to buck the system. He turns to an expert who can give him a detailed lesson in the art of escape. The mission? To dispose of everything that defined his former self. It's an adrenaline-charged, apocalyptic journey to The Edge of existence. HOW TO DISAPPEAR will have you questioning everything that makes us who we are in the 21st Century.

How To Disappear won the 38th Arts Council John Whiting Award for New Theatre Writing and a 2007 Peter Brook Award. It enjoyed a sell-out world premiere at Sheffield Crucible in 2007. Its US premiere took place at PCS in Portland, Oregon in Jan 2009.

Opening February 2010:
THE RANT by Andrew Case

THE RANT is a gripping drama exploring racial bias and the perilous path to justice. When an young African-American autistic boy is gunned down by police in the Bronx, an investigator sets out to expose the officer's crime only to learn that the truth itself is a sort of bias. She must wade through prejudice, deceit, and a volley of anonymous threats to find where culpability and truth really lie.

THE RANT is based on Andrew Case's eight years of experience working on police misconduct issues for the City of New York. He served as the chief spokesman and policy officer for the Civilian Complaint Review Board, which investigates over 5,000 complaints every year against NYPD officers.

The Rant was originally developed at PlayPenn and has been produced at the New Theatre in Miami (Carbonell nomination, best new play), InterAct Theatre in Philadelphia (Barrymore nomination, best new play), and New Jersey Repertory Theatre in Long Branch, New Jersey.

NY Times: "The author's passion is undeniable, giving 'The Rant' its dramatic power."

Opening June 2010:
CHERRYWOOD: the modern comparable by Kirk Lynn
Directed by David Cromer

Finally, we are proud to welcome back David Cromer to direct the fascinatingly feral ensemble piece that is CHERRYWOOD. CHERRYWOOD was written as a series of simple lines, a play without characters, allowing the actors to assemble their roles from the lines they chose to speak, originally devised and created by the Rude Mechanicals and Kirk Lynn (Austin, TX) in 2004.

"Welcome to the neighborhood. CHERRYWOOD is probably unlike any place you've lived before. Or maybe it actually is all the neighborhoods you've ever lived in." What starts off as a simple housewarming party, careens into a recruitment mission where werewolves cut frustrated party-goers from the herd, one-by-one, offering personal transformation in the form of a glass of milk. But someone brought a gun to the party and hiding it will only randomize the victim. The solution to the mystery is not who is responsible for the trauma, but what trauma we would inflict if we were responsible for making the world in the image of our desires. This is a high-larious and intriguing bender loaded with great music, social commentary, and cutting edge structure. Sure, to be one wild ride!

We hope you will find this season to be thought-provoking and entertaining as we strive to continue to bring you challenging theater and new works that stimulates conversation and your senses. We hope to see you very soon and we thank you for you continued support! It would be very difficult to maintain our operations for the past 23 years without the financial and moral support and care of our friends, family, and fans! So, thank you!

Wishing you all the best!
Richard Cotovsky, Artistic Director
Carlo Garcia, Company Manager
Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co.
Get Your Flex Passes for 2009-2010!

We are proud to introduce the Mary-Arrchie FLEX PASS to offer you savings on our exciting 2009-2010 Season. Get a 3 Ticket Pass for $45 or get a 6 Ticket Pass for $85. Save up to $50 off the price at the door! You can use your tickets in any combination you like and on any date you choose with advance reservations (call 773-871-0442). Use them all on one production or split the tickets for any of the productions during the 2009 - 2010 Season. Hurry, the new FLEX PASSES will only be available online through October 31, 2009.

Flex Passes are valid from November 1, 2009 through August 1, 2010 at Mary-Arrchie Theatre, 735 W. Sheridan Rd.


Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co.
Angel Island
735 W. Sheridan Road
(1 block South of Irving Park at Broadway)
Chicago, IL 60613

Public Transit:
Take the Red Line to the Sheridan stop. Walk south a half block until you get to W. Sheridan Rd. Turn left (east) on Sheridan, walk to the intersection of Broadway & Sheridan Rd. We are just east of the Starbucks.

CTA Buses #36, 80, and 151 all stop within walking distance of Mary-Arrchie. For more information on these and other routes, call the RTA Travel Center Hotline at (312) 836-7000, or visit the CTA web site.

Parking can be a little tough. There is limited parking at the Mobil Gas Station across the street. The price is determined by the attendant inside Mobil. There is Meter street parking on Irving Park and Broadway.


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