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The Hypocrites to Present THREE SISTERS, 4/17-6/6 at The Den Theatre

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The Hypocrites are pleased to conclude their 2014-15 season with Anton Chekhov's heartbreaking comedy THREE SISTERS, adapted and directed by Geoff Button, playing April 17 - June 6, 2015 at their new home, The Den Theatre Mainstage, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are available at www.the-hypocrites.com. The press performance is Wednesday, April 22 at 8 pm.

THREE SISTERS will feature Ned Baker, Erin Barlow, Joel Ewing, Max Fabian, Lindsey Gavel, John Kahara, Bill McGough, Toby Nicholson, Mary Poole, Noah Simon, Vance Smith, D'Wayne Taylor, Hilary Williams and Mary Williamson.

The Hypocrites explore the absurd, existential comedy of Chekhov's Prozorov sisters, whose daily lives in a drab provincial town pale in comparison to their imagined futures in the big city. Director Geoff Button follows the gradually building devastation that results from the sisters' comic missteps.

"I'm particularly drawn to Three Sisters because I think it's about the ways in which we're all culpable for our failed hopes," comments adapter/director Geoff Button. "I don't see three women lazily pining for Moscow, I see them constantly taking action, just in pursuit of all the wrong goals. Life in Three Sisters is determined not by the characters' big picture dreams, but by all the petty decisions and daily frustrations that steer them off course," adds Button.

The production team includes for THREE SISTERS includes William Boles (scenic design), Jeremy Floyd (costume design), Will Kirkham (lighting design), Stephen Gawrit (sound design), Danielle Case (props design) and J.C. Widman (stage manager).

Performances will run at The Den Theatre, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. Previews: Friday, April 17 at 8 pm, Sunday, April 19 at 3 pm and Tuesday, April 21 at 8 pm. Press Performance: Wednesday, April 22 at 8 pm
Regular Run: Friday, April 24 - Saturday, June 6, 2015. Curtain Times: Mondays, Friday and Saturdays at 8 pm; Sundays at 3 pm. Tickets Prices: $28. Tickets are currently available at www.the-hypocrites.com.

About the Adapter/Director - Geoff Button is a member of The Hypocrites' Artistic Council, and directed their productions of Into the Woods, Coriolanus, Desire Under the Elms and True West (Non-Equity Jeff Nominations - Best Play, Best Director). He received his MFA in Theater Directing from Northwestern University, where he directed Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, The Who's Tommy and Spring Awakening. Around Chicago he's directed at Mary Arrchie (Harold Pinter's The Homecoming), Strawdog (State of the Union), Depaul University (I Am Bradley Manning by Sarah Gubbins), North Park University (Urinetown) and the Side Project (Sean Graney's Sugarward). Also an actor, he has performed in several Hypocrites' productions, including All Our Tragic, Sophocles: Seven Sicknesses, Woyzeck, Mud, Balm in Gilead and Equus (Non-Equity Jeff - Best Actor).

About The Hypocrites - Artistic Director Sean Graney created The Hypocrites in 1997. The Hypocrites, one of Chicago's premier off-Loop theater companies, specializes in startling and thoroughly entertaining adaptations of classic plays and stories, mounting bold productions that challenge preconceptions and redefining the role of the audience through unusual staging (such as promenade and in-the-round) and direct engagement. The mission is to explore recognizable stories-mixing the familiar and the strange-to make theater that thrills and provokes, defying expectations with humor, staging, and surprise. The company has a reputation in Chicago for creating exciting, surprising, and deeply engaging theater as it re-interprets well-known works for contemporary audiences, reveling in the absurd while revealing the core of what makes classics classic. The company has grown significantly in the past few years, receiving acclaim for productions at the Steppenwolf Garage, Goodman Theatre, Museum of Contemporary Art, DCASE Storefront and Chopin Theater. The company's smash-hit production of Our Town, directed by David Cromer, transferred in 2009 to Off-Broadway, Los Angeles and Boston. The Pirates of Penzance has appeared at Actors Theater of Louisville and American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.). A.R.T. has also brought Romeo Juliet, 12 Nights and The Mikado (forthcoming). The American Theatre Wing, best known as the creator of the Tony Awards, presented The Hypocrites with one of the 2013 National Theatre Company awards in 2013. The critically acclaimed fall 2013 production of All Our Tragic is being brought back by popular demand in June 2015. For more information, visit www.the-hypocrites.com.


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