The Hunchback Variations | Theater & Performance, Streaming | Chicago Reader

The Hunchback Variations Free

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Mickle Maher, a cofounder of Chicago's highly influential Theater Oobleck, created two versions of his heartbreakingly hilarious story involving Beethoven and Quasimodo at an academic conference, discussing their fruitless collaborative attempt to capture an impossible sound cue in Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard: "A distant sound, as if from the sky: the sound of a breaking string—dying away, sad." First done as a straight play in 2001, Maher and composer Mark Messing reconfigured it as a chamber opera in 2012. This streaming YouTube version is of a production of the nonmusical original at Houston's Catastrophic Theatre, which has produced several of Maher's plays over the years. On Wednesday, April 1 at 6 PM, Maher will participate in an online Q&A along with director and actor Greg Dean, actor Jeff Miller and more, moderated by University of Houston theater professor Dr. Rob Shimko.

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