Strange Tree Group Presents re-imagining of FUNERAL WEDDING: THE ALVIN PLAY

The Strange Tree Group presents a theatrical re-imagining of Funeral Wedding: The Alvin Play, written by Emily Schwartz and directed by Jess McLeod – playing October 16 through November 18, 2012 at Signal Ensemble Theatre, 1802 W Berenice Avenue, Chicago.

An incredible tale of a most unusual character, Funeral Wedding: The Alvin Play, (Top 5 of the Fringe, 2006 Chicago Tribune) follows the story Alvin Fisher, a paper-flower-obsessed recluse haunted by the memory of a horrible crime he witnessed one year before. This macabre visual feast employs bright bursts of magical realism, thrusting the story of Alvin’s strange and unhappy childhood raucously between past and present while unraveling the secrets behind the Fisher family mystery through music, memories, and murder.

Join us as we celebrate the eight-year anniversary of The Strange Tree Group with

a special engagement of the script that brought our young company together all those years ago…


Title:                            Funeral Wedding: The Alvin Play

Playwright:                 Emily Schwartz

Director:                      Jess McLeod


Cast:                                  Alvin Fisher                               Daniel Behrendt

Anne Fisher                                Delia Baseman*

Myrna Fisher                              Jennifer Marschand*

Sylvester Fisher                          Ron Thomas

Robert Elliott                              Scott Cupper*

Lucy                                            Kate Nawrocki*

Mary                                           Amber Robinson

The Vaudevillian                         Zachary Sigelko



Location:                      Signal Ensemble Theatre, 1802 W Berenice Avenue, Chicago

Schedule:                    Run: October 16 – November 17, 2012

                                    Preview Performances: October 16th and 17th

      Opening Night Reception: October 18th

      NO performances: Sunday, October 21st or Wednesday, October 24th

      Special Halloween Performance: Wednesday, October 31st @ 8pm



Show Times:  Shows Wednesday – Saturday start at 8PM.  Sunday shows start at 7PM.  Patrons are encouraged to show up early.  Doors open 15 minutes prior to performances and ‘Pre-Show Activities’ start shortly thereafter where patrons will be allowed to “immersively explore” the haunted Fisher family home.

Ticket Prices:  Individual tickets are $25 and can be purchased in advance starting September 15th at  A limited number of RIP (Really Important Person) passes will be available online for $40. RIP passes include reserved front row seating, a limited edition screen print poster signed by the cast, and a glass of apple cider. Walk-up tickets will be available on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis at the door 30 minutes prior to show time. $15 Student and Industry tickets available at the door nightly, subject to availability.

Visit or call 773-598-8240 for ticket questions or availability.


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About The Strange Tree Group

A collective of multifaceted individuals dedicated to creating intricate, intimate theatrical experiences that extend beyond the boundaries of a traditional stage. We produce works that inspire creativity not only in our actors but also in our audience. We Trees embrace the theatricality inherent in live performance and are committed to producing pieces that celebrate the strange and the magical; the dangerous and the fantastical; and the surprisingly usual nature of unusual behavior. The world is full of adventure…let us embark on this one together! For more information, please visit