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The Hunchback Variations & …Faustus

“It’s hard to miss Mickle Maher’s brilliance in this ingenious retooling of the Faust legend.” — Chicago Reader

The Hunchback Variations “…leaves the audience shaking with tears of laughter…ingenious…” — New City

Mickle Maher Short PlaysCapital T presents

The Hunchback Variations

&

An Apology for the Course & Outcome of Certain Events Delivered by Doctor John Faustus on This His Final Evening

An evening of short plays by Mickle Maher 

Directed by Mark Pickell

Starring Ken Webster and Robert Fisher

November 1-November 17

Thursday – Saturday at 8pm

Hyde Park Theatre    511 W 43rd St

The hysterical and brilliant Mickle Maher is back!  Capital T is proud to present two short plays by Mickle Maher,  the playwright who wrote Cap T’s award-winning hits Song About Himself, The Strangerer, There is a Happiness that Morning is and Spirits to Enforce.   

The Hunchback Variations is a brilliantly bizarre and funny meditation on the fictional creative collaboration between noted composer Beethoven and noted hunchback Quasimodo as they embark on creating an impossible sound.   

An Apology for the Course & Outcome of Certain Events Delivered by Doctor John Faustus on This His Final Evening shows us Doctor Faustus, the man who sold his soul to the devil,  in the last hour of his final night on earth – irritated, whining, drunk, and repentant of nothing save his failure to keep a proper diary. He tells the fantastic tale of his life—a life that he claims many authors have gotten wrong.  

Both plays feature multi award-winning Austin standouts Ken Webster and Robert Fisher and are directed by Cap T artistic Director Mark Pickell.   If you like smart, funny theatre and short plays don’t miss this double-bill of blithe brilliance.

Running Time: 1 hour 30 minutes with a 10 minute intermission

Cast

Ken Webster

Robert Fisher

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Mickle Maher – Playwright

Mickle Maher plays have appeared Off-Broadway and around the world, and have been supported by grants from the NEA, the Rockefeller MAP fund, and Creative Capital. They include There is a Happiness That Morning Is; Song About Himself; An Apology for the Course and Outcome of Certain Events Delivered by Doctor John Faustus on This His Final Evening; The Hunchback Variations; The Strangerer; Spirits to Enforce; Cyrano (translator), The Cabinet; Lady Madeline; The Pine; and An Actor Prepares (an adaptation of Stanislavsky’s seminal book). He is a cofounder of Chicago’s Theater Oobleck, and has taught playwriting and related subjects at the University of Chicago, Columbia College, and Northwestern University. He recently wrote the book and lyrics for Small Ball, a new musical about basketball commissioned by the Catastrophic Theatre of Houston and Daryl Morey, the General Manager of the Houston Rockets. His plays are published by Hope and Nonthings.

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Title and Deed by Will Eno

“Leaves you happily word-drunk! Gorgeously and inventively wrought. Haunting and often FIERCELY FUNNY ”

— New York Times

“Daring, spectacular and HILARIOUS! Stage poetry of a high order!”

— The New Yorker

TITLE AND DEED by Will EnoCapital T presents

Title and Deed

by Will Eno

Directed by Mark Pickell

August 24-September 16

Thursday – Saturday at 8pm

Hyde Park Theatre    511 W 43rd St

A newly arrived immigrant brings only a bag and a couple of his belongings.  He looks a lot like us and he talks a lot like us, but he is foreign to our land.   He is the newest nobody of the funniest century yet. He’s almost Christ-like, from a distance, in terms of height and weight. Listen closely or drift off uncontrollably, as he speaks about the notion of home, about the notion of the world and the absurdity of our existence. All of it delivered with the authority that is the special province of the unsure and the un-homed (which is a word he made up accidentally). The running time, if he doesn’t die or think of anything else, is roughly one hour.

Title and Deed is a provocative new work by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Horton Foote Prize winner Will Eno (THOM PAINE: Based on Nothing).  Mark Pickell directs multiple B. Iden Payne Award and Austin Critics Table award winning actor Jason Phelps in this smart and funny meditation on the beginning (and end) of life and what it means to call a small part of earth home.

Running Time: 1 hour 15 minutes with no intermission.  

Cast

Jason Phelps

Will Eno – Playwright

Will Eno is a Residency Five Fellow at the Signature Theatre in New York, which presented Title and Deed in 2012, and The Open House, in 2014. His new play, Wakey, Wakey premiered there in February 2017. Following an acclaimed run at Yale Repertory Theatre, his play The Realistic Joneses was on Broadway in 2014, directed by Sam Gold and staring Toni Collette, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts, and Marisa Tomei. The Realistic Joneses won a Drama Desk Award, was named USA Today’s “Best Play on Broadway,” topped the The Guardian’s 2014 list of American plays, and was included in The N.Y. Times’ “Best Theatre of 2014.” The Open House won the 2014 Obie Award, the Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, and a Drama Desk Award, and was included in both the Time Out New York and Time Magazine Top 10 Plays of the Year. Title and Deed was on The N.Y. Times and The New Yorker magazine’s Top Ten Plays of 2012. His play Gnit, a loving but aggressive adaptation of Peer Gynt, premiered at the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville in 2013. Middletown, winner of the Horton Foote Award, premiered at the Vineyard Theatre and subsequently at Steppenwolf Theater and many other American Theaters and universities. His internationally heralded play Thom Pain (based on nothing) ran at the Geffen Playhouse in Winter of 2016 starring Rainn Wilson, was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize, and has been translated into more than a dozen languages. He was recently awarded the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation Award. His plays are published by Samuel French, TCG, Dramatists Play Service, and playscripts, in the U.S., and Oberon Books in London.

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