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Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins XI

The Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company's annual marathon showcase of emerging talent, which features a slew of local fringe theater and performance companies and solo artists, was founded in 1989 to honor the spirit of the late anarchist author of Woodstock Nation and to commemorate the anniversary of the 1969 Woodstock music festival; one hopes this year's event, which marks Woodstock's 30th anniversary, won't end up in a spree of looting and vandalism the way New York state's "Woodstock '99" did last month. Seeking to stimulate an atmosphere of euphoric creativity, "Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins XI" offers an almost constant flow of entertainment while seeking to foster a communal spirit among performers and audience (which may be enhanced by sleep deprivation). A sliding admission scale allows audiences to attend a specific show or to come and go throughout the weekend; there are convenience stores nearby for those in need of a middle-of-the-night snack, the theater is air-conditioned, and there's indoor plumbing--so you don't need to use a porta pottie. Participants include A Red Orchid Theatre, the Hypocrites, Drew Richardson, Chris Metzger, and Theatre Wyrzuc as well as Mary-Arrchie, whose own entries include Gas Mask 101, a nostalgic look at Vietnam War-era college life, and a revival of its 1992 production of Imagining Brad. At press time, several slots in the schedule (provided at the beginning of the week and subject to change) were assigned to that ever-popular item "To be announced"; check with the theater for updated information. Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company, Angel Island, 731 W. Sheridan, 773-871-0442. August 20 through 22: Friday-Sunday, according to the schedule below. Tickets: $5 for a single admission (allows you to come in once and stay as long as you can take it ("no leaving for cigarette breaks or beer," a press release warns); $10 for a one-day pass (allows you to come and go at will on a single day); $25 for a weekend pass (with in-out privileges) to the full festival.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 20

Opening Procession

Celebrants will gather at 2 PM at Richard J. Daley Civic Center Plaza, 50 W. Washington, for a 3 PM march to Mary-Arrchie's home base at Angel Island.

Opening Ceremonies

Actor and festival organizer Richard Cotovsky adopts the persona of Abbie Hoffman to welcome the audience. 7 PM.

A Life With No Joy in It

David Mamet's portrait of a man and woman trying "to talk their way around the false lives they fear they live" is performed by the Dramatist Revolutionary Army. 7:15 PM.

Hard Boiled Egg

The Hypocrites perform Eugene Ionesco's short satire of "the wholesomeness portrayed in the media." 7:30 PM.

Star Y2K Bug

In previous years' Abbie Hoffman festivals, Chris Metzger has presented his sci-fi serial Starbug, about an interstellar insect and his fight against evil. He's revamped it for the millennium, but, as before, each performance will feature a different episode. 7:55 PM.

The Fantod Four

The Fantod Theatre performs a program of monologues and performance art by Guy Jackson and Ron Kelly. 8 PM.

Willie Laszlo's New Shit

My Shins presents a series of comic videos. 9 PM.

Milk Milk Lemonade

Iguana Productions presents Karen Keenan's comedy, about two women who form a bond through television. 9:10 PM.

To be announced

9:35 PM.

Sometimes I Hear My Voice

Actor Maura Manning and dancer Jutta Spanke draw on the music of Tori Amos in this performance piece about overcoming abuse. It's presented by the Phoenix Rising theater. 9:45 PM.

Gas Mask 101

Arlene Cook's weirdly wistful portrait of college guys fretting over the draft in 1970--the era of campus protests, guilt-free dope, and sexually segregated dorms--is presented by the Mary-Arrchie Theatre. 10 PM.

To be announced

10:50 PM.

The Great Egress

G. Riley Mills's drama, performed by the Theatre of the Invisible Guests, concerns two clowns in a seedy hotel who are approached by a stranger offering them a mysterious job. 11 PM.

Slant

Theatre Wyrzuc presents Brian Gary Kirst's poetic performance piece, which deals with "scream queens, HOMO-sexuality and bathhouse revelations." 11:45 PM.

Galphmin

Chongo's Bongo Village examines a blind man's consciousness in the face of a degenerative eye disease. Midnight.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 21

Adapting to It

Sense of Urgency Productions presents a showcase of original short plays and adaptations by Robert Dorjath. 1 AM.

Star Y2K Bug

See listing for 7:55 PM Friday. 1:40 AM.

Wild Dogs

Matt Borczon's play concerns "two males [who] turn their hostility toward women on each other," said Reader critic Tom Valeo when he reviewed this Mary-Arrchie Theatre production in 1991; the play is still trotted out for this yearly festival. 1:50 AM.

Lost in Motherworld

Errattica presents Sean Ewert and Charles Hall's play about a man coming to terms with his mother's involvement with a New Age cult when he was a child. 2:20 AM.

Your Minute of Fame

Throughout the weekend, Ow Myeye will operate a booth in which festival patrons may record their own personal one-minute videos. But be warned: at various times during the festival, the tapes will be shown. This is one of those times. 3:20 AM.

Hard Boiled Egg

See listing for 7:30 PM Friday. 3:40 AM.

To be announced

4 AM.

Health Talk

A Red Orchid Theatre presents a talk show featuring pointers on health and fitness. 5 AM.

To be announced

6 AM.

Lost in Motherworld

See listing for 2:20 AM Saturday. 10 AM.

The Interview

Theatre of the Invisible Guests presents G. Riley Mills's play about a man forced to face his past in order to save his future. 11 AM.

To be announced

11:30 AM.

Sandy & the Circus

Cathleen Schandelmeier's puppet show for kids puts a feminist and multiracial twist on the story of Cinderella. Noon.

The Great Egress

See listing for 11 PM Friday. 1 PM.

Sometimes I Hear My Voice

See listing for 9:45 PM Friday. 1:45 PM.

Woyzeck

Theatre Volution performs its original adaptation of Georg Büchner's unfinished 1837 tragedy, about a poor soldier who murders his lover after discovering she's having an affair with a drum major. 2 PM.

Click

The Iron Muse Theater Company performs Paul Moulton's drama about a psychiatric resident at Cook County Jail who faces his own psychosexual dilemma. 3 PM.

Beached

Cathleen and Peter Bartels (she's also known as Cathleen Schandelmeier) penned this "lighthearted love story . . . with original calypso music." 3:30 PM.

Your Minute of Fame

See listing for 3:20 AM Saturday. 3:50 PM.

The Misanthropy Club

Jeff Mash convenes this grouchy group, whose agenda includes old business ("why we hate people") and new business ("why we hate people"). 4:10 PM.

Twelve Angry Corn

Famous in the Future performs a program of comic sketches and songs. 4:40 PM.

Group Therapy With Dr. Myra Kopin

Claire Kaplan plays the tortured therapist with a special secret topic for discussion. 5:15 PM.

Blind-man's Bluff

The Keyhole Players present Matthew David's drama about a couple whose relationship threatens to crumble under the weight of unfolding secrets. "David's cautionary tale about the dangers of secrets in a relationship lands plenty of short jabs and the occasional uppercut but fails to deliver a true knockout punch. . . . Still, Blind-man's Bluff gets to the heart of sexual tension as well as any John Cassavetes film or Don DeLillo novel. . . . Ultimately there's a lot to admire about this production, especially the cast's raw, off-kilter energy and the script's beautifully frayed edges," says Reader critic Nick Green. 5:45 PM.

Star Y2K Bug

See listing for 7:55 PM Friday. 6:45 PM.

Help! Help! I Know This Title Is Long But Somebody's Trying to Kill Me!!

A stagehand tries to perform a variety show while eluding an invisible killer, in this clown show by "dramatic fool" Drew Richardson. 6:55 PM.

Imagining Brad

Mary-Arrchie previews its upcoming revival of Peter Hedges's dark comedy, about two women sharing their very different notions of the "perfect marriage." 7:55 PM.

Letters From a Nut

The Wax Lips Theatre Company performs excerpts from Ted Nancy's crazed correspondence with corporations. 8:45 PM.

Trophy Wife

Camille Larrea performs excerpts from her one-woman show, in which she portrays multiple characters. 9:30 PM.

Your Minute of Fame

See listing for 3:20 AM Saturday. 9:50 PM.

The Interview

See listing for 11 AM Saturday. 10 PM.

Milk Milk Lemonade

See listing for 9:10 PM Friday. 10:30 PM.

Star Y2K Bug

See listing for 7:55 PM Friday. 10:55 PM.

Visit to a Small Planet

The Aardvark theater company presents Gore Vidal's cold-war-era satire, about a mad and mischievous alien who threatens to destroy our world before we do it ourselves. 11 PM.

The Investigation: An Improvisation

The Conspiracy Theatre Company's improvised show is based on audience suggestions. Midnight.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 22

Russian Roulette

The all-female comedy group Sirens performs sketches and long-form improv. 12:45 AM.

Your Minute of Fame

See listing for 3:20 AM Saturday. 1:30 AM.

The Mamet Women

The Aardvark theater company performs Frederick Stroppel's satire on the works of David Mamet. 1:50 AM.

A Life With No Joy in It

See listing for 7:15 PM Friday. 2 AM.

To be announced

2:15 AM.

Bitch With Rich

This late-night kvetch session is hosted by talk-show terrorist "Skid Mark" (aka Richard Cotovsky); a regular ensemble, guest artists, and video segments are featured, and audience participation is de rigueur in this Mary-Arrchie effort. 3 AM.

The Fantod Four

See listing for 8 PM Friday. 4 AM.

Health Talk

See listing for 5 AM Saturday. 5 AM.

To be announced

6 AM.

Lost in Motherworld

See listing for 2:20 AM Saturday. 7 AM.

To be announced

8 AM.

Wormwood

Lid Productions presents a set of short plays by Walter Rhodes. 11 AM.

Wild Dogs

See listing for 1:50 AM Saturday. 11:30 AM.

Readings From Revolution for the Hell of It

Don't steal this book, just listen to it: actors perform passages from Abbie Hoffman's manifesto. Noon.

Slant

See listing for 11:45 PM Friday. 12:30 PM.

Sometimes I Hear My Voice

See listing for 9:45 PM Friday. 1 PM.

To be announced

1:15 PM.

Galphmin

See listing for midnight Friday. 2 PM.

Imagining Brad

See listing for 7:55 PM Saturday. 3 PM.

Your Minute of Fame

See listing for 3:20 AM Saturday. 4 PM.

Trophy Wife

See listing for 9:30 PM Saturday. 4:20 PM.

To be announced

4:40 PM.

Visit to a Small Planet

See listing for 11 PM Saturday. 5 PM.

Star Y2K Bug

See listing for 7:55 PM Friday. 5:50 PM.

Group Therapy With Dr. Myra Kopin

See listing for 5:15 PM Saturday. 6 PM.

Wild Dogs

See listing for 1:50 AM Saturday. 6:30 PM.

The Mamet Women

See listing for 1:50 AM Sunday. 7 PM.

The Misanthropy Club

See listing for 4:10 PM Saturday. 7:10 PM.

Click

See listing for 3 PM Saturday. 7:40 PM.

Woyzeck

See listing for 2 PM Saturday. 8:10 PM.

Wormwood

See listing for 11 AM Sunday. 9:10 PM.

Blizzard

Zeljko Djkic directs this "exploration through movement and sound [of] a young woman sorting out her life." It's presented by the T.U.T.A. Theatre Company. 9:45 PM.

Twelve Angry Corn

See listing for 4:40 PM Saturday. 10:15 PM.

Hard Boiled Egg

See listing for 7:30 PM Friday. 11 PM.

Star Y2K Bug

See listing for 7:55 PM Friday. 11:25 PM.

Gas Mask 101

See listing for 10 PM Friday. 11:35 PM.

Closing Ceremonies

Richard Cotovsky as Abbie Hoffman pronounces a farewell benediction. Survivors of the weekend may find themselves echoing the words of the real-life Hoffman: "I emerged exhausted, broke and bleeding from the Woodstock Nation." 12:25 AM.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Danile Guidara.

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