Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins XX | Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins XX 

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 24 2008
Phone: 773-871-0442
Price: $10 for one-day pass (come and go at will); $25 for weekend pass
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"The myth we believed in was becoming reality," radical activist/prankster Abbie Hoffman wrote in his 1980 autobiography, looking back on the 1969 Woodstock festival. "We were not alone. Acres of freaks." Since 1989 the Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company has sought to foster a similar sense of bonding among Chicago's fringe theater community with this annual weekend-long marathon of experimental performance. Likely highlights include Mary-Arrchie's production of Arlene Cook's Gas Mask 101, a wistful, well-observed portrait of Vietnam-era college guys fretting over the draft in an atmosphere of guilt-free dope and sexually segregated dorms. Other participants include Strawdog Theatre Company, the Side Project, Bruised Orange Theater Company, and Factory Theater. Festivities begin 2 PM Friday at Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington, where actor-director Richard Cotovsky adopts the persona of Hoffman to lead a march from the Loop to Mary-Arrchie's Uptown venue. (AW)

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