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The Strangerer by Mickle Maher

8 February 2015

strangererweb“Brilliant is a word to avoid.. ‘Brilliant’ should make you think of a gem – something that shines through cutting. The Strangerer is practically all sharp edge… a freakish, perfect, hilarious play.”

— Centerstage Chicago

“Think you couldn’t sit through one more political debate? 
Think again. The Strangerer is likely the most bizarre and hilarious one you’ll ever experience.”

– Houtson Press

Capital T presents

The Strangerer

by Mickle Maher

Directed by Mark Pickell

Starring: Ken Webster and Robert Pierson

May 28-June 27

Thursday – Saturday at 8pm

Hyde Park Theatre    511 W 43rd St

The 2004 presidential debate mixed with Albert Camus’ absurdist philosophy…seriously.

Multi-award-winning Austin favorites Jason Phelps, Ken Webster, and Robert Pierson team up to portray Jim Lehrer, Senator John Kerry, and President George W. Bush in this darkly hilarious satire that follows on the heels of Cap T and Mickle Maher’s smash hits THERE IS A HAPPINESS THAT MORNING IS (Austin Critics’ Table Best Comedy Nomination) and SPIRITS TO ENFORCE (Austin Critics’ Table Best Drama Award).

The first debate of the 2004 presidential election suddenly takes a wickedly funny turn as Mickle Maher masterfully infuses parts of Albert Camus’ absurdist philosophy into the night’s proceedings (sounds crazy right?). Bush and Kerry are bizarrely forced to grapple with the killing of innocent people, their inner psyches, and the power of theatre. No need to brush up on your Camus or even swear political allegiance before coming to what will be the most memorable debates you have ever witnessed.

Cap T is proud to produce the Austin premiere of Mickle Maher’s quirky, philosophical dark comedy directed by two time Austin Critics’ Table and B. Iden Payne Award winning director Mark Pickell.

Running Time: 95 minutes without intermission.  


John Kerry – Ken Webster

President George Bush – Robert Pierson

Mickle Maher – Playwright

Mickle Maher is a cofounder of Theatre Oobleck, and has been a playwright/adaptor/translator for 20 years. He has authored eight plays for Oobleck, including The Strangerer (funded by a grant from Creative Capital), Spirits to Enforce, and The Hunchback Variations. Other plays include Cyrano (translator) and The Cabinet for Redmoon Theater, and Lady Madeline for Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Maher’s works have been produced throughout the country and in Europe.