Tuesday, July 19, 2016

CANCELLED - Rough House Theater Company's Ubu the King

UPDATE of 8/1/16: Unfortunately tonight's show had to be CANCELLED! (they cannot get here due to being stranded in Pennsylvania with car trouble)
ARTS/West will be hosting a special one time only show of Ubu the King, presented by Chicago's Rough House Theater Company. The show will take place at 7:30 pm on Monday, August 1st, with tickets priced at only $10! Please note that this performance is for ages 16 and above. Athens is only one stop on Rough House Theater Company's tour, as they will be visiting 7 other cities across the Midwest and East Coast. Ubu the King is based on Alfred Jarry's 1896 masterpiece of absurdo-surrealism, elaborately retold with original music and over 60 stunning hand-crafted puppets. In this new adaption by artistic director Mike Oleon, Ubu the King bring Jarry's seminal satire to life in all its absurd, grotesque glory. In the hand of 5 power hungry puppeteer-performers, Pa Ubu murders, lies, and farts his way up to the Polish throne - and back down again. Beautifully designed and meticulously realized by designer Grace Needleman, Rough House's Ubu is ridiculous, heartbreaking, and spectacular. You won't want to miss it!

About Rough House Theater Company:

Rough house Theater Company is committed to connecting individuals and communities through art that celebrates the weird things that make us unique, and the weirder things that bring us together. Rough House creates theater that captures the heart through the eye. Rough House shows use puppetry, music and human performance to tell stories that are intimate, strange, and sincere. The company aims to invigorate audiences and inspire fellow artists through work that is rigorous, adventurous, and jubilantly weird.
Through educational programming, cultivation of work by emerging and established artists, and broadly accessible performances, Rough House seeks to bring new life to puppet theater in Chicago, and to invigorate a spirit of cross-disciplinary artistic experimentation within an ever growing, diverse community of artists.
Born in 2012 in a dilapidated storefront of Chicago's Congress Theater, Rough House has headlined the National Puppetry Festival, Open Eye Figure Theater's Toy Theater After Dark Festival, and Chicago's International Physical Festival. The company has been a proud contributor to such Chicago institutions as Brain Frame and the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival. Rough House has toured across the United States, performing in auditoriums, galleries, bars, lotion factories, funeral homes, punk houses, and the woods of Appalachia.
Rough House is a 501(c)3 organization.