Strawdog Theatre Company to Stage World Premiere of ROBIN HOOD AND MAID MARIAN

Strawdog Theatre Company, Artistic Director Hank Boland and Hugen Hall Artistic Director Anderson Lawfer are proud to announce the second production in their 2015 - 2016 Hugen Hall season, the world premiere of Robin Hood and Maid Marian, adapted by Forks and Hope and based on Alfred Lord Tennyson's The Foresters, November 28 - December 29, directed by Matt Pierce at Hugen Hall in Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway Street. Previews are Saturday, Nov. 28 at 4 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 29 at 12 p.m. with the opening night performance Monday, Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. The performance schedule is Saturdays at 4 p.m., Sundays at 12 p.m., and Monday and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. Single tickets are $15 and are currently on sale. Performances are recommended for children aged 10 years and older. Subscriptions, group, senior and student discounts are also available. Tickets may be ordered online at strawdog.org or by calling OvationTix toll-free: 866.811.4111.

Legend's most heroic outlaw comes to Strawdog this holiday season in an all new production with Forks and Hope. The archer, his band of outlaws and his love, Marian, take the audience on a swashbuckling adventure in this family-friendly world premiere.

The cast includes Caleb Probst, Andrew Bailes, David Fink, Kaitlyn Majoy, Emilie Modaff, Austin D. Oie, Stuart Ritter, Amber Robinson, Lee Russell, Kelsey Shipley, Christian Stokes and Suzanna Ziko.

The production team includes ensemble members John Kelly, lighting designer; Sam Hubbard, fight director; with Jeremy Campbell, scenic designer; Raquel Adorno, costume designer; Jamie Karas, properties designer, Austin Oie, music director; Aileen McGroody, movement director; Becky Warner, stage manager and Cassandra Rose, dramaturg.

ABOUT ALFRED LORD TENNYSON, AUTHOR

Lord Tennyson (1809 - 1892) began to write poetry at an early age and eventually became the most popular poet of the Victorian age. More than any other Victorian writer, Tennyson seemed the embodiment of his age, both to his contemporaries and to modern readers. Through his poetic mastery, he conveyed to sympathetic readers a feeling of implicit reassurance, even serenity. Tennyson may be seen as the first great English poet to be fully aware of the new picture of man's place in the universe revealed by modern science. He succeeded William Wordsworth as Poet Laureate and is known for a variety of works including "Ulysses" and In Memoriam. In addition, he found success in other media including his play The Foresters, which had a number of successful runs in eight major American cities in the 1890s. Tennyson died October 6, 1892 and is buried in Westminster Abby.

ABOUT MATT PIERCE, DIRECTOR

Matt Pierce was raised in the greater Cleveland area, spending his early career working with Great Lakes Theater Festival. He moved to Chicago to train for his MFA in Acting at DePaul University's Theatre School. He then performed and taught for Milwaukee Shakespeare, First Folio and Montana Shakespeare in the Parks before relocating to London, England, where he directed productions at the University of Northampton. Since returning to Chicago, Pierce has acted for Stage Left and Two Pence and served as box office manager for Theatre on the Lake.

ABOUT FORKS & HOPES

Forks & Hope is a troupe of artists that engages the collective imagination of the audience by creating vibrant worlds and weaving tales from everyday items used in inventive and unexpected ways. Embracing the power of imagination that makes theatre boundless, they turn the mundane into the magical. Other Strawdog productions include The Hunting of the Snark, Best Beloved: The Just So Stories and The Pied Piper.

ABOUT HUGEN HALL

Under Hugen Hall's Artistic Director Anderson Lawfer, Hugen Hall has grown from a cabaret space and Chicago's "Best Theater Bar" (Chicago Reader) to a fully functional performance and gallery space. Over the past two seasons of presenting productions, Lawfer has overseen, and often directed, various premieres and new productions varying from superheroes in conflict to zombie world domination to family fare with many of Chicago's leading talents. In addition, Hugen Hall has also displayed artwork from David Csicsko and other Chicago artists that reflect the action onstage.

ABOUT STRAWDOG THEATRE COMPANY

Since its founding in 1988, Strawdog Theatre Company has offered Chicagoland the premiere storefront theatre experience and garnered numerous Non-Equity Jeff Awards with its commitment to ensemble acting and an immersive design approach. The celebrated Company develops new work, re-imagines the classics, melds music with theatre, asks provocative questions and delivers their audience the unexpected.

Strawdog Theatre Company, Artistic Director Hank Boland and Hugen Hall Artistic Director Anderson Lawfer are proud to announce the second production in their 2015 - 2016 Hugen Hall season, the world premiere of Robin Hood and Maid Marian, adapted by Forks and Hope and based on Alfred Lord Tennyson's The Foresters, November 28 - December 29, directed by Matt Pierce at Hugen Hall in Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway Street. Previews are Saturday, Nov. 28 at 4 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 29 at 12 p.m. with the opening night performance Monday, Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. The performance schedule is Saturdays at 4 p.m., Sundays at 12 p.m., and Monday and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. Single tickets are $15 and are currently on sale. Performances are recommended for children aged 10 years and older. Subscriptions, group, senior and student discounts are also available. Tickets may be ordered online at strawdog.org or by calling OvationTix toll-free: 866.811.4111.

RUSH TICKETS

Strawdog Theatre Company offers six tickets at a 50% discount one hour before every production. The rush ticket must be purchased in person, exclusively at the Strawdog Box Office. Limit of two tickets per person, not applicable with other discounts, offers or on previously purchased tickets, first come, first served.

The neighborhood has limited paid parking and is easily accessible by public transportation (via the Red Line Sheridan stop, plus 36-Broadway, 80-Irving Park, and 151-Sheridan buses).



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