The Hypocrites to Present JOHANNA FAUSTUS, 5/20-29

The Hypocrites will conclude its 2015-16 Season with the world premiere of JOHANNA FAUSTUS, co-adapted by Emily Casey and Artistic Director Sean Graney from Christopher Marlowe's The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus and directed by Graney. JOHANNA FAUSTUS will play a limited engagement May 20 - 29, 2016 at The Den Theatre's Heath Main Stage, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. Tickets are currently available at www.the-hypocrites.com. The press opening is Friday, May 20 at 8 pm.

JOHANNA FAUSTUS features Breon Arzell, Kate Carson-Groner, Whitney Dottery, Dana Omar, Sasha Smith and Lauren Vogel.

In the spirit of Sean Graney's previous hits including 12 Nights and Romeo Juliet, six actors tell a modern Faust story. The performers are also the design team, with purposeful limited resources they will enact the tale using the barest elements. In this new adaptation, Faust is a woman questioning her choices that brought her to success but also isolation. What would you trade for happiness?

Comments adapter/director Sean Graney, "I have long been attracted to the myth of Faustus, the character that would sacrifice his mortal soul to achieve success. I think it acts as a great morality against ambition generating self-obsessed so much that it destroys any hope for compassionate human connection. I knew that I wanted to approach the tale from the perspective of a woman. I turned to my long time artistic collaborator, Emily Casey, knowing that her intelligence and sense of humor would add much to this oft-told tale."

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