Photos by Evan Hanover This winter, Hans Fleischmann re-imagines his groundbreaking conception of Tennessee Williams’ classic drama in a…
The Hypocrites Presents Tennessee Williams’ THE GLASS MENAGERIE Jan 22- March 6
This winter, Hans Fleischmann re-imagines his groundbreaking conception of Tennessee Williams’ classic drama in a new The Hypocrites production of THE GLASS MENAGERIE, playing January 22 – March 6, 2016 at The Den Theatre’s Heath Main Stage, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. Fleischmann’s original production and subsequent remount with Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co. enjoyed critical praise and sold-out houses. Now for The Hypocrites audiences, Fleischmann will push his own vision further and redefine his inventive and magical touch on this American classic. Tickets for THE GLASS MENAGERIE are available at www.the-hypocrites.com.
Directed by and featuring Hans Fleischmann himself as Tom, the cast of THE GLASS MENAGERIE also includes Joanne Dubach as Laura, Donna McGough as Amanda and Zack Wegner as The Gentleman Caller.
Beautiful and heart-wrenching, THE GLASS MENAGERIE focuses on a man obsessed with regrets from his past. Living on the streets, he navigates an audience through the gritty back-alleys of his imagination. Truth and delusion collide in director Hans Fleishmann’s newest re-imagining of Tennessee Williams’ classic memory play.
The production team for THE GLASS MENAGERIE includes: Grant Sabin (scenic design), Mieka Van Der Ploeg (costume design), Aaron James Stephenson (sound design), Daniel Knox (original score), Matt Gawryk (lighting design), Paul Deziel (projections), Andrew Donnelly (assistant director), John Kelly (master electrician), Pat Fries (production manager), Casey Peek (stage manager).
Title: THE GLASS MENAGERIE
Playwright: Tennessee Williams
Re-imagined and directed by Hans Fleischmann
Cast: Joanne Dubach (Laura), Hans Fleischmann (Tom) and Donna McGough (Amanda) and Zack Wegner (The Gentleman Caller).
Location: The Den Theatre’s Heath Main Stage, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago
Dates: Previews: Friday, January 22 at 8 pm, Saturday, January 23 at 8 pm, Sunday, January 24 at 3 pm, Wednesday, January 27 at 8 pm,Thursday, January 28 at 8 pm, Friday, January 29 at 8 pm and Saturday, January 30 at 8 pm.
Press Performance: Sunday, January 31 at 7 pm
Regular run – Friday, February 5 – Sunday, March 6, 2016
Curtain Times: Fridays at 8 pm; Saturdays at 3 pm & 8 pm; Sundays at 3 pm
Tickets Prices: Previews: $28 ($10 industry). Regular run: $36. Students: $15. Groups of 8 or more: $18 per person. Tickets are currently on sale at www.the-hypocrites.com.
+This production is based on an original re-imagining of The Glass Menagerie that was first staged for nine weeks with Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co. in Chicago at Angel Island under the direction of Hans Fleischmann. The Mary-Arrchie production later moved to Theater Wit facility in Chicago for an additional 16-weeks again, under the direction of Hans Fleishmann.
Hans Fleischmann makes his acting and directorial debut with The Hypocrites. His last performance was for Northwestern Theater in Brett Neveu’s American Dead. The original conception of The Glass Menagerie was staged for MaryArrchie Theatre Co., where Hans had previously served as their Producing Director, acting and directing in numerous productions. Hans has also had the pleasure of working with these fine Chicago theater companies: A Red Orchid Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, The Goodman Theatre, Griffin Theatre and Walkabout Theatre Company. He picked up a Joseph Jefferson award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Neil LaBute’s A Dark, Dark House at Profiles Theater. Hans’s Film resume includes Steppenwolf Film’s The Last Rites of Joe Mae. His television credits include guest starring roles on NBC’s Chicago PD, A&E’s The Beast, and FOX’s Chicago Code. Next April, Hans will direct The Realization of Emily Linder for Redtwist Theatre.
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, please visit www.the-hypocrites.com.