King Ubu

Alfred Jarry’s

King Ubu

adapted and directed by Alexander Gelman

PERFORMANCES:
  • June 6-July 16, 2017 in Chicago at the Greenhouse Theatre

THE STORY:

King Ubu by Alfred Jarry, is a parody of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, with bits of Hamlet and King Lear tossed in the mix.An outrageous farce, King Ubu examines the monstrous personality of Papa Ubu, a gluttonous and brutal creature who murders the royal family of an immaterial Poland in order to ascend to the throne.

Jarry modeled his evil character “Ubu” after one of his teachers in grade school. However, his adolescent joke as a fifteen-year-old was resurrected and evolved over the years into something much greater, as his re-work began to examine the absurdity of bloodlust and the thin line between tragedy and farce.

One hundred twenty years later, the text displays similarities between Jarry’s characters and some of the current political scene’s more famous personalities too difficult to ignore. As Jarry intended, no one is unscathed.

Join us for Artistic Director Alexander Gelman’s raucous staging of this frighteningly familiar work.

 


CAST

 

Alys Dickerson
Ma Ubu

Joel Moses
Pa Ubu

Sara Copeland
Ensemble

Colin Jackson
Ensemble

Kearstyn Keller
Ensemble

Matthew Romriell
Ensemble

Laura Sturm
Ensemble

Adam Zaininger
Ensemble

PRODUCTION TEAM

Alfred Jarry
Playwright

Alexander Gelman
Director

Anna Gelman
Assistant Director

Angela Kring
Stage Manager

Jeremy Floyd
Costume Designer

Tony Reimer
Sound Designer

Terrence McClellan
Scenic Designer

Theresa Kelly
Lighting Designer

Mazi Jurgenson
Properties Designer

Zach Weinberg
Dramaturg


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