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The Hunchback Variations & …Faustus

12 October 2018

“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


Ken Webster

Robert Fisher


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.