The Hypocrites' 2013–14 season to include Tennessee Williams, Stephen Sondheim
The Hypocrites will produce a new Sean Graney adaptation of Twelfth Night, a slate of Tennessee Williams one-acts and the Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods in the upcoming season, the theater company has announced.
The company's 17th season begins next month with Graney's 12 Nights, which he will also direct. As with last year's Romeo Juliet, Graney draws from multiple sources for his adaptation; in addition to Shakespeare's text, the company says, 12 Nights also uses Barnabe Riche’s Apolonius and Silla and an anonymous Italian work titled Gl'Ingannati. Also like Romeo Juliet, Graney's adaptation uses just four actors: Tien Doman, Christine Stulik, Zeke Sulkes and Jeff Trainor. 12 Nights will run August 14–October 6 at the Chopin Theatre.
Graney's adaptation of The Mikado will return for a holiday run, November 14–December 29. The Hypocrites' version of The Pirates of Penzance, which has been mounted the last three holiday seasons, won't be produced in Chicago this year, but is being staged at Actors Theatre of Louisville in January.
Matt Hawkins, who won the Jeff Award for direction of a musical for the Hypocrites' Cabaret in 2010, will stage what's tentatively being called The Tennessee Williams Project to run January 15–March 2; the exact slate of one-acts remains to be determined. Finally, company member Geoff Button will put the Hypocrites stamp on Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's 1987 musical Into the Woods in partnership with the Mercury Theater, where the production will be mounted February 5–March 30.