Into The Woods

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Mercury Theater Chicago presents
The Hypocrites production
Into the Woods - February 5-March 30th
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim,
Book by James Lapine
Directed by Geoff Button

The Hypocrites are thrilled to be in partnership with the Mercury Theater in 2014 to produce this unexpected musical. Director Geoff Button says “One of the things I consider a hallmark of The Hypocrites style has always been the heightened and playful sense of theatricality we bring to the designs of our show, set in contrast to a profound sense of emotional realism and elevated dramatic stakes. I feel like Into the Woods is a perfect opportunity to interrogate and deconstruct that aesthetic.  In the same way that David Cromer managed to get people to look at Our Town in a fresh way by simply attacking the unvarnished, unsentimental human truth at the core of the piece, I want to use the sheer silliness of The Hypocrites aesthetic to heighten and then to reveal the plain fact that ultimately there is no narrator to come in and tell our stories for us. At the end of the day we are set adrift to try to make a life. We find people, we lose people, we find new people, and every time we make a connection, we are faced with the potential for loss.”

Director Geoff Button is a longtime company member of The Hypocrites and recently finished the MFA Directing program at Northwestern University. He directed the Hypocrites' productions of Desire Under the Elms and True West (Non-Equity Jeff Nominations - Best Play, Best Director), Mary Arrchie Theater's production of Pinter's The Homecoming and Strawdog Theater's State of the Union. He has also assistant directed for Chicago Shakespeare, The Marriott Theater Lincolnshire, The American Musical Theater Project, Famous Door, The Hypocrites and Steppenwolf. Also an actor, he has performed in several Hypocrites' productions, including WoyzeckSophocles: Seven SicknessesMudBalm in Gilead and Equus (Non-Equity Jeff - Best Actor). Most recently he directed Coriolanus for The Hypocrites and Northwestern's production of the musical Spring Awakening, where he is currently teaching in the Music Theater Certificate Program.

Founding Artistic Director Sean Graney created the company in 1997 and is currently run by Artistic Director Halena Kays and Managing Director Megan Wildebour.  The Hypocrites are recognized as groundbreakers that defy the audience’s expectations in the world's premiere theater city of Chicago. The company has grown significantly in the past few years, receiving acclaim for productions at Steppenwolf, Goodman Theatre, DCA Storefront and current residency at the 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.  Pirates of Penzance has appeared at A.R.T. twice and will enjoy another run at Actors Theatre of Louisville in 2014.