Three Oaks Theater Festival continues 2014 season with Chicago’s hit productions Exit Strategy and Hughie
Co-founders John Stoops, Tim Evans, and Marc Grapey proudly present the final productions of the 2014 Three Oaks Theater Festival, a summer theater festival that brings limited-engagement runs of highly-acclaimed, professional productions to audiences in Harbor Country, Michigan. This expanded season is being performed in creative venues throughout Harbor Country, including the Acorn Theater, Vickers Theatre, and the historic Lakeside Inn. Three Oaks Theater Festival is presented with major support by The Pokagon Fund.
The remaining productions are the acclaimed Jackalope Theatre’s Exit Strategy, which will play a month-long run in Chicago immediately following the performances in Michigan; and Seanachaí Theatre Company’s Hughie.
By Ike Holter
Directed by Gus Menary
Featuring the original Jackalope Theatre cast
Saturday July 26, 8:00pm ET (7:00pm CT)
Sunday, July 27, 1:00pm ET (12:00pm CT)
Performed at Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks, MI
Ticket prices: $30-$35
From the acclaimed writer of Hit the Wall and Loom, comes the story of a Chicago public high school slated for closure at the end of the year. The impending shut-down causes tensions in the school’s already volcanic neighborhood to rise to the breaking point, but a small group of teachers launch a last minute battle to save the school. Over the course of the year, they put their careers, their future and their safety in the hands of a fast talking administrator who comes on strong: but might actually have no clue what he’s doing.
Exit Strategy will return to Chicago, July 30-August 29, for a limited run at the Broadway Armory. For more information, http://jackalopetheatre.org/
Seanachaí Theatre Company’s
By Eugene O’Neill
Directed by Kevin Fox
Featuring Brad Armacost
Friday, August 1, 8:00pm ET (7:00pm CT)
Saturday, August 2, 8:00pm ET (7:00pm CT)
Performed at Lakeside Inn, 15251 Lakeshore Rd, Lakeside, MI
Ticket prices: $25
Eugene O’Neill’s classic two-character play is set in the lobby of a hotel early one morning in the late 1920s. Its characters are the hotel’s gray and withdrawn night clerk, and “Erie” Smith, a penny-ante gambler who has spent most of his last 15 years at the hotel between periods of drunkenness. His most recent bender was prompted by the death of the title character, who was the night clerk’s predecessor. Erie babbles through tales of his life’s imaginary successes, as well as his panicky optimism for the future. The night clerk can only listen to this study in fraudulent glibness, which is touching, revealing and a telling measure of what is behind this man’s delusions. O’Neill renders a palpable journey into Erie’s soul that both invites and compels us to join Erie in supportive community along his path of mourning to ultimate redemption.
About Three Oaks, Michigan
Three Oaks, Michigan, located about 70 miles from Chicago, has approximately 1,600 residents. Despite its size, the quaint Village is remarkably well-developed in the arts with a live performance venue, art house movie theater and galleries featuring the work of established and emerging artists. Chamberlain Path, located steps from the main street, has been turned into a sculpture garden featuring monumental sculptures by local and national artists. The town also hosts two annual art festivals; the Art Attack weekend and Art in the Park. Meanwhile, Dewey Cannon Park is home to Music in the Park, a free concert series held every Saturday during the summer. Perhaps most indicative of the town’s quirky, artistic spirit, Three Oaks is one of the few villages in the country with the official position of Village Poet Laureate.
For more information about Three Oaks Theater Festival visit www.threeoaksfestival.com