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Photos: Undercore Theatre & The Den Theatre Present HAYMARKET

Underscore Theatre and The Den Theatre are pleased to present an all-new staging of the Jeff Award-nominated Best New Musical HAYMARKET (formerly Haymarket: The Anarchist's Songbook) the true story of Chicago's infamous Haymarket massacre. With book, music and lyrics by Alex Higgin-Houser and David Kornfeld, the actors accompany themselves to the stirring folk-infused score. Having spent the last two years workshopping the show, the authors alongside director Nick Thornton and musical director Robert Ollis have crafted an all-new theatrical experience - creating new songs, overhauling the book, and like the union workers from the show, building on a strong foundation.

Concluding Underscore's 2017-18 season, HAYMARKET will play June 13 - July 22, 2018 at The Den Theatre's Heath Main Stage, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at underscoretheatre.org or by calling (773) 697-3830. The press opening is Monday, June 18 at 7:30 pm.

HAYMARKET features Bridget Adams-King (Lucy Parsons), Erik Pearson (Albert Parsons), T.J. Anderson (August Spies), Joey Harbert (Louis Lingg), Josiah Robinson (Adolph Fischer), Mike Mazzocca (George Engel), Sarah Beth Tanner (Jane Engel), Amanda Giles (Nina Van Zandt), Melanie VItaterna (Joanna Fischer) and Kelan M. Smith, Eric Loughlin and Elleon Dobias (Pick Chorus).

Based on historical events, HAYMARKET tells the dramatic story of labor unrest in Chicago, 1886, where striking workers clashed with a brutal police force, resulting in an act of terror, a corrupt trial and the death of five innocent men. Told by a cast of twelve actor-instrumentalists, HAYMARKET is a folk, bluegrass and Americana adventure.

"Underscore's mission is to develop new musicals, and Haymarket is a perfect example of how a show can develop immensely after its initial run, building on the feedback from critics, audiences and artists" notes Co-Artistic Director Laura Stratford. "This is not a remount of our 2016 production. This is a brand-new experience, with a new team, a new cast and a new show. We're thrilled to partner with the Den to bring this timely, enthralling story to Chicago."

The production team for HAYMARKET includes: Eric Luchen (scenic designer), Christina Leinicke (costume designer), Erik Barry (lighting designer), Brandon Reed (sound designer), Kate Cuellar (dramaturg), Jena Sugay (assistant director), Andy Lynn and Ellen Domonkos White (co-production managers) Josh Prishing (technical director) and Kristin Mazzocca (stage manager).

Founded in 2011, Underscore Theatre Company is a team of Producing Artists dedicated to exploring stories of power and resonance through a musical lens; fostering the development of new musicals; and bolstering Chicago's role as a national leader in musical theatre. Since its creation, Underscore has produced or co-produced 65 new mainstage and workshop musicals in Chicago. Underscore is proud to be Chicago's home for new musicals.

Artistic Director Ryan Martin opened The Den in 2010 with a single theatre space. Eight years later, The Den boasts five intimate and unique theaters on two floors ranging from 50 - 200 seats, as well as two additional spaces primarily used for classes and rehearsals. The Den is also equipped with two bars enveloped by a never-ending field of lounge space for audiences and like-minded culture hounds to drink, talk, read, watch, think, listen and live. The Den is home to five resident theatre companies including Firebrand Theatre, First Floor Theater, Haven Theatre Company, Griffin Theatre, The New Colony, Broken Nose Theatre and WildClaw Theatre. Hundreds of other companies from Chicago and beyond have also called The Den home, utilizing its theaters, studio space and easily convertible cabaret space to accommodate a stream of programming, including plays, musicals, film screenings, classical and jazz performances, dance, improv and stand-up, seminars and speaking engagements. For additional information, visit www.thedentheatre.com.

Photo Credit: Michael Brosilow

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Photos: Undercore Theatre & The Den Theatre Present HAYMARKET
Erik Pearson and Bridget Adams-King with (l to r) Sarah Beth Tanner, T.J. Anderson, Mike Mazzocca, Kelan M. Smith, Josiah Robinson, Amanda Giles, Joey Harbert and Melanie VItaterna

Photos: Undercore Theatre & The Den Theatre Present HAYMARKET
Elleon Dobias, Joey Harbert, Mike Mazzocca, Sarah Beth Tanner, Eric Loughlin, T.J. Anderson, Erik Pearson, Bridget Adams-King, Melanie VItaterna, Josiah Robinson, Kelan M. Smith and Amanda Giles

Photos: Undercore Theatre & The Den Theatre Present HAYMARKET
Bridget Adams-King with (left to right) T.J. Anderson, Sarah Beth Tanner, Joey Harbert, Amanda Giles, Melanie VItaterna and Mike Mazzocca

Photos: Undercore Theatre & The Den Theatre Present HAYMARKET
Mike Mazzocca, Elleon Dobias, Joey Harbert, Erik Pearson, Melanie VItaterna, Amanda Giles, Josiah Robinson and Kelan M. Smith

Photos: Undercore Theatre & The Den Theatre Present HAYMARKET
Bridget Adams-King with (l to r) Josiah Robinson, Mike Mazzocca, T.J. Anderson, Sarah Beth Tanner, Kelan M. Smith, Amanda Giles, Eric Loughlin, Melanie VItaterna and Erik Pearson

Photos: Undercore Theatre & The Den Theatre Present HAYMARKET
Sarah Beth Tanner, Mike Mazzocca, T.J. Anderson, Elleon Dobias, Amanda Giles, Bridget Adams-King, Erik Pearson, Joey Harbert, Melanie VItaterna, Kelan M. Smith, Josiah Robinson and Eric Loughlin

Photos: Undercore Theatre & The Den Theatre Present HAYMARKET
Melanie VItaterna, T.J. Anderson, Mike Mazzocca, Kelan M. Smith, Bridget Adams-King, Eric Loughlin, Josiah Robinson, Sarah Beth Tanner and Joey Harbert

Photos: Undercore Theatre & The Den Theatre Present HAYMARKET
Amanda Giles, Joey Harbert, Erik Pearson, Eric Loughlin, Elleon Dobias, Mike Mazzocca, T.J. Anderson, Sarah Beth Tanner, Kelan M. Smith, Melanie VItaterna, Josiah Robinson and Bridget Adams-King

Photos: Undercore Theatre & The Den Theatre Present HAYMARKET
Bridget Adams-King


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