A Hypocritical shift at the top
Known for unconventional takes on theatrical classics from Our Town to the current Pirates of Penzance (pictured), The Hypocrites announced today that company founder and artistic director Sean Graney will step down next fall.
Taking over the reins of the 14-year-old Hypocrites will be company member Halena Kays, who memorably appeared as Creon in 2009's Oedipus. Kays, who co-founded the first-rate educational ensemble Barrel of Monkeys, is currently completing an M.F.A. in directing at the University of Texas.
Graney will remain with the group as Founding Director and has committed to directing two productions in each of the next two seasons. In recent years, he's freelanced at the Court and Chicago Children's Theatre, in addition to iconoclastic, visually arresting work with his own company; he's also increasingly in demand outside of Chicago at such theaters as Milwaukee Rep and Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. TOC Theater editor Kris Vire spoke to Graney last month in advance of The Pirates of Penzance opening; read about Graney's "respectfully subversive" approach to Gilbert and Sullivan here.