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Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins XII

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The Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company's annual marathon showcase of emerging talent, which features a slew of local fringe theater and performance companies and solo artists, was founded in 1989 to honor the late anarchist author of Woodstock Nation and to commemorate the anniversary of the 1969 Woodstock music festival. "Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins XII" offers an almost constant flow of entertainment while seeking to foster a communal spirit among performers and audience (which may be enhanced by sleep deprivation). A sliding admission-price scale allows audiences to attend a specific show or to come and go throughout the weekend; there are convenience stores nearby for those in need of a snack, the theater is air-conditioned, and there's indoor plumbing-so you don't need to use port-a-potties. Participants include A Red Orchid Theatre, the Hypocrites, the Aardvark, the Factory Theater, Theatre Wyrzuc, the Fantod Theatre, solo artists Jennifer Biddle and Cleetus Friedman, and the jazz-rock band Milkbaby as well as Mary-Arrchie, whose own entries include the Abbiefest perennial Gas Mask 101, a nostalgic look at college life in the Vietnam war era, as well as its current production Breakdown and Out. At press time, several slots in the schedule (provided at the beginning of the week and subject to change) were assigned to that ever popular item "To be announced"; check with the theater for updated information. Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company, Angel Island, 731 W. Sheridan, 773-871-0442. August 18 through 20: Friday-Sunday, according to the schedule below. Tickets: $5 for a single admission (allows you to come in once and stay as long as you can take it ("no leaving for cigarette breaks or beer," a press release warns); $10 for a one-day pass (allows you to come and go at will on a single day); $25 for a weekend pass (with in-out privileges) to the full festival.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 18

Opening procession Celebrants will gather at 2 PM at Richard J. Daley Civic Center Plaza, 50 W. Washington, for a 3 PM march to MaryArrchie's home base at Angel Island.

Opening ceremonies Actor and festival organizer Richard Cotovsky adopts the persona of Abbie Hoffman to welcome the audience. 7 PM.

The Man With the Flower in His Mouth

TheatreVolution Outreach performs Luigi Pirandello's 1923 one-act about a man with inoperable cancer. 7:15 PM.

The General of Hot Desire

John Guare's short, seldom seen comedy finds a group of students attempting to make sense of Shakespeare's sonnets and the Christian creation story. It's presented by Jennifer Shook. 7:30 PM.

Cracker: An Experiment in HipHop Theatre

Cleetus Friedman's program of character sketches and songs is drawn from his past one-man shows Don't Burn My House and In Full Effect; the performance features a live DJ. "[When] it comes to hip-hop fandom, Friedman is about as hard-core as they get. [10 there's one thing he's entirely successful at, it's making his appreciation of the music and culture burn brightly throughout his shows," says Reader critic Nick Green. 8 PM.

Happy Birthday

Smash Theatre presents the world premiere of Monica Payne's absurdist comedy about a couple whose baby is stillborn. 9 PM.

The Progression of Moving Pictures

Iguana Productions presents a one-person play by John Weagly about a woman who dumps her boyfriend. 9:40 PM.

Gas Mask 101

Arlene Cook's weirdly wistful portrait of college guys fretting over the draft in 1970--the era of campus protests, guiltfree dope, and sexually segregated dorms--is presented by the Mary-Arrchie Theatre. 10 PM.

Star Y2K Bug

Chris Metzger's sci-fi serial, continued from last year's festival, tells of an interstellar insect and his fight against evil. Each performance will feature a different episode. 10:50 PM.

The Fantod Theatre Company Story Half Hour

Fantod's resident playwright Guy Jackson offers the tale of "an accidental arsonist." 11 PM.

Dental Damned

Amy Fulgham performs her dance-theater piece about a woman's experiences with HIV. 11:20 PM.

Suds

Willie Laszlo and the comedy troupe My Shins screen a comic video featuring Second Ci ty and Police Academy veteran Tim Kazurinsky. 11:40 PM.

To be announced

11:50 PM.

George Clooney in the Perfect Storm

The Weaseliscious comedy troupe presents a long-form improv show. Midnight.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19

Breakroom

Paul Moulton's study of tension in the workplace is performed by Iron Home. 12:45 AM.

Your Minute of Fame

Throughout the weekend, Ow Myeye will operate a booth in whi ch festival patrons may record their own personal one-minute videos. But be warned: at various times during the festival, the tapes will be shown. This is one of those times. 1 AM.

Wild Dogs

Matt Borczon's play concerns "two males [who] turn their hostility toward women on each other," said Reader critic Tom Valeo when he reviewed this Mary-Arrchie Theatre production in 1991; the play is trotted out annually for this festival. 1:30 AM.

The Pratts

The CollaborAction Theatre Company performs Tim Nordwind's comedy about dysfunctional family relationships. 2 AM.

Cracker: An Experiment in HipHop Theatre

See listing for 8 PM Friday. 2:15 AM.

Turned On

The Aardvark theater's young artists' collective presents Joanie Schultz's one-woman show. This "is a deliberately daffy monologue by a housewife in love with her kitchen appliances [that] goes nowhere quickly," sald Reader critic Lawrence Bommer when he reviewed the work in a previous production. 3:15 AM.

Selections From "All in Um Timing"

The Brick Theatre performs vignettes from David Ives's collection of short comedies. 3:30 AM.

To be announced

4:30 AM.

President Talk A Red Orchid Theatre taps into the election season with a radio-style talk show.

5 AM.

To be announced

6 AM.

Breakfast at the Track

Just Say It performs a rarely seen short play by Lanford Wilson, set in a hotel room at dawn.

6:30 AM.

To be announced

7 AM.

Cajun Talk

Two characters struggle to elude each other's snares in this Keyhole Players offering. 8 AM.

To be announced

8:20 AM.

To be announced

9 AM.

Cap'n Messimypants

The Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company presents "a children's indulgent jamboree." 10 AM.

The Difficult Hour (Act 1)

Swedish writer Par Lagerkvist, best remembered as the Nobel Prize-winning author of the novel Barabbas, wrote this one-act (part of a trilogy) about a man con fronting his own recent death. It's performed by Theatre Screw. 11 AM.

To be announced

11:15 AM.

The Vise

TheatreVolution Outreach performs Luigi Pirandello's first effort for the theater, written in 1898 (and originally titled The Epilogue) but not performed until 1910, about an adulterous relationship. Noon.

To be announced

12:30 PM.

Choking on Prime

Theatre Wyrzuc performs excerpts from company founder Brian Gary Kirst's forthcoming novel. 1:40 PM.

The Bride

James Moeller's comedy about two brides who want the same thiqg is presented by Black Forest Productions. 2 PM.

The Man With the Flower in His Mouth

See listing for 7:15 PM Friday. 2:15 PM.

The Maalox Intellect (or How Men and Women Make Each Other Sick)

Famous in the Future performs a revue of comic songs and sketches. 2:30 PM.

To be announced

3:10 PM.

I'm Dreaming, but Am I?

TheatreVolution Outreach performs Luigi Pirandello's one-act about a young dreamer battling greed and guilt. 3:30 PM.

Your Minute of Fame

See listing for 1 AM Saturday. 4 PM.

Wild Dogs

See listing for 1:30 AM Saturday. 4:30 PM.

Barbie: The Musical

Screaming Cow's comedy depicts the doll's disastrous wedding day. 5 PM.

Choking on Prime

See listing for 1:40 PM Saturday. 5:45 PM.

Cajun Talk

See listing for 8 AM Saturday. 6 PM.

Dark Pony

The RowHouse Theatre performs David Mamet's one-act about a shared dream between a fatherland daughter. "Director Frederick Husar keeps Dark Pony as unpretentious as a bedtime story," said Reader critic Lawrence Bommer when he reviewed the production's original run. 6:20 PM.

Breakfast at the Track

See listing for 6:30 AM Saturday. 6:30 PM.

Reunion

The RowHouse Theatre continues its double bill of Mamet one-acts with this play about a confrontation between a daughter and her alcoholic father after 20 years' separation. Michael Ludden's staging "sometimes loses the big issues amid the small talk," said Reader critic Lawrence Bommer when he reviewed the production's original run. 6:40 PM.

The Vise

See listing for noon Saturday. 7:30 PM.

Breakdown and Out

Agoraphobia and out-of-body experiences are the focus of David Hauptschein's

drama, which concerns a bizarre family's conflict over whether to sell a dead

woman's house. Richard Cotovsky directs the Mary-Arrchie Theatre. In this "mystifying We, [the) actors.. are at full throttle, Cotovsky's direction lively and assured, and the wordplay is marvelous, sort of sped-up sound track of this marginal world. And if the story doesn't quite add up-if the point gets lost in the virtuosity--that seems a mere quibble," says Reader critic Kelly Kleiman. 8 PM.

Run! Jen! Run!

Jennifer Biddle performs a solo show about love, sex, and shopping. 9:30 PM.

Star Y2K

Bug See listing for 10: 50 PM Friday. 10: 15 PM.

The Pratts

See listing for 2 AM Saturday. 10:25 PM.

Happy Camper Delivery

Willie Laszlo and the comedy troupe My Shins screen a comic video about a day in the life of a delivery person. 10:40 PM.

Anything for You

The Aardvark theater's young artists' collective presents a play by Cathy Celesia about two female' friends searching for love. 10:50 PM.

To be announced

11:05 PM.

Your Minute of Fame

See listing for 1 AM Saturday. 11:10 PM.

The Difficult Hour (Act 1)

See listing for 11 AM Saturday. 11:35 PM.

Burn: A Dance in Progress

Tracee Westmoreland's movement-and-sound performance piece, presented by the Aardvark theater company, offers "a dreamlike journey into the essence of burning." 11:50 PM.

Hello Kitty

The all-female improv group Sirens performs -a program of comedy Midnight.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 20

The Hardboiled Egg

The Hypocrites perform Eugene Ionesco's short satire of the media's sanitized depiction of society in the 1950s. 12:45 AM.

Milkbaby

The jazz-rock band plays selections from their forthcoming album. 1 AM.

Skin Flute

The White Knuckle Theater presents a play by Jamie-Lee Wise about "a love triangle too powerful and robust to retain its own shape or form." 2 AM.

Captain Raspberry and Shit

The Factory Theater presents a selection from Matt O'Neill's "absurdist tale of the sea," Captain Raspberry, as well as a company-created piece. 2:20 AM.

Bitch With Rich

This late-night kvetch session is hosted by talk-show terrorist "Skid Mark" (aka Richard Cotovsky); the show features guest artists and video segments, audience participation is de rigueur in this Mary-Arrchie effort. 3 AM.

Cracker: An Experiment in Hip-Hop Theatre

See listing for 8 PM Friday. 4 AM.

President Talk

See listing for 5 AM Saturday. 5 AM.

To be announced

6 AM

Wild Dogs

See listing for 1:30 AM Saturday. 10 AM.

To be announced

10:30 AM.

Readings From "Revolution for the Hell of It"

Don't steal this book, just listen to it: actors, perform passages from Abbie Hoffman's manifesto.: 11 AM.

To be announced.

11:30 AM.

Breakroom

See listing for 12:45 AM Saturday. Noon.

Cajun Talk

See listing for 8 AM Saturday. 12:30 PM.

The Difficult Hour (Act 1) See listings for 11 AM Saturday. 12:50 PM.

Happy Birthday See listing for 9 PM Friday. 1 PM.

The Progression of Moving Pictures

See listing for 9:40 PM Friday. 1:40 PM.

Anything for You

See listing for 10:50 PM Saturday. 2 PM.

Dental Damned

See listing for 11:20 PM Friday. 2:15 PM.

The General of Hot Desire

See listing for 7:30 PM Friday. 2:30 PM.

To be announced

3 PM.

Suds and Happy Camper Delivery

See Suds listing for 11:40 PM Friday and Happy Camper Delivery listing for 10:40 PM Saturday. 3:20 PM.

To be announced

3:40 PM.

Breakfast at the Track

See listing for 6:30 AM Saturday. 3:50 PM.

Sidekick

Cathleen Schandelmeir and Peter C. Bartels's music-theater piece, presented by PetCat Productions, employs puppets and actors to tell the story of "a rock and roll alien with an unusual sidekick." 4 PM.

Choking on Prime

See listing for 1:40 PM Saturday. 5 PM.

Selections From "All in the Timing!"

See listing for 3:30 AM Saturday. 5:20 PM.

The Love of Don Perlimplin and Belisa in the Garden

Federico Garcia Lorca's short drama, which the playwright described as a "grotesque tragedy," tells of a middle-aged husband who poses as a younger man to court his faithless wife. It's offered by Dragonfly Productions. 6 PM.

The Bride

See listing for 2 PM Saturday. 6:45 PM.

The Maalox Intellect (or How Men and Women Make Each Other Sick)

See listing for 2:30 PM Saturday. 7 PM.

I'm Dreaming, but Am I?

See listing for 3:30 PM Saturday. 8 PM.

Bum: A Dance in Progress

See listing for 11:50 PM Saturday. 8:30 PM.

The Pratts

See listing for 2 AM Saturday. 8:45 PM.

To be announced

9 PM.

Star Y2K Bug

See listing for 10:50 PM Friday. 9:15 PM.

The General of Hot Desire

See listing for 7:30 PM Friday. 9:25 PM.

Regret

This portrait of "three people who struggle with memories of themselves and the people closest to them" is presented by Aaron Shelton. 10 PM.

The Hardboiled Egg

See listing for 12:45 AM Sunday. 10:40 PM.

Skin Flute

See listing for 2 AM Sunday. 11 PM.

Gas Mask 101

See listing for 10 PM Friday. 11:20 PM.

Closing Ceremonies

Richard Cotovsky as Abbie Hoffman pronounces a farewell benediction. Survivors of the weekend may find themselves echoing the words of the real-life Hoffman: "I emerged exhausted, broke and bleeding from the Woodstock Nation." 12:10 AM.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Daniel Guidara.

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