Our 2013 Season: All is Classic in Sex and War

In the winter of 2008, Tom Foran and I decided to embark on this journey together, to create the sort of art that we wanted to see more of.  That is to say, accessible, affordable theatre; shows that had the heart and rawness of a punk rock show, while maintaining the integrity that good and lasting art requires.  This is the heart of what we do.  When we say simply in our Mission Statement, “To create theatre that is relevant to its time and place,” that is what we mean.  We wish to create art that is neither trivial nor pretentious, art that is financially accessible to a wide audience yet still financially viable for the producers.  The last four years have been a time of experimentation for us, of learning, of both joy and disappointment as we persist with a loose collective of artists to tell stories that we love and want to share.  Now, in our 5th year as a theatre company, we are proud to continue our expansion and celebrate our growth in what we are capable of producing.

So it is with great excitement that I announce these two spectacular shows for our Chicago 2013 season:

First, at Space Club HQ, we are producing William Shakespeare’s infamous Taming of the Shrew, and utilizing the concept explored in our Copyright-Free Play Archive.  Yes, that’s right, kids: It’s 50 Shades of Shakespeare.  Over the past few centuries, as civilization makes its deliberately slow crawl away from chauvinist hegemony like Paul Rudd cleaning after himself in the summer camp cafeteria, this play has become increasingly difficult to produce.  It certainly is no less popular, though, with the popular choice being to simply gloss over the sexual dynamic of Kate and Petruchio’s relationship, which of course puts an uncomfortably abusive spin on it.  However, if the relationship is abusive, the play is worthless, especially as a comedy.  Instead, we are pushing kink to the forefront of what that relationship is about, portraying a relationship that is truly capable of love and respect.  Additionally, our cut of the script retains Shakespeare’s original Induction which further complicates the relationship by revealing it to be a play within the play.  Performed with a cast of 10 in our signature minimalist style, this show will not be one to miss!

In the Fall comes our most ambitious project yet: The Trojan War, an original piece that is edited together from Iphigenia at Aulis by Euripedes, Troilus and Cressida by Shakespeare, and Trojan Women by Seneca, as well as other poets including Statius, Virgil, and Homer.  The name of Achilles, greatest soldier of all time, is used and misused by the armies of Greece to fight their war in Troy.  This brilliant new text, hewn together from the lyrical language of classical masters, tells the story of the Trojan War from beginning to end, with Achilles at the center.  We are excited to use the downstairs space of Underground Wonder Bar, which Chicago theatregoers may recognize from Wayward Production‘s celebrated run of Richard III.

 

Cheers,

Bohrs Hoff
Managing Director
Blunt Objects Theatre

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