RED NOSES

REMOUNTED

by Peter Barnes
directed by Matt Hawkins
Season 23
July 14—August 15, 2010
Director Matt Hawkins is working at the top of his game with a show that easily melds top 40 tunes, real emotion and laughter at the lip's edge of a grave.
— Chicago Tribune
★★★★★ … Barnes's work feels utterly, surprisingly relevant in this inventive and kinetic staging … Red Noses is a major achievement …
— Time Out Chicago
RECOMMENDED … an exhilarating, hilariously unsettling meditation on the orgiastic response to mass human die-off.
— Chicago Reader
What a treat to watch this tight 23-person cast at complete ease with their challenging material, riffing off each other even as the tone constantly shifts from silly to dark to inspirational … It's rare indeed to find a show packed with gallows humor that doesn't trivialize death, yet leaves everyone smiling.
— Chicago Free Press

Think the world's got problems now? In the mid-1300's, the Black Plague wiped out half the population of Europe. HALF. More conservative estimates say one quarter. But we find HALF gets the point across better. People were dropping like flies, and the living had trouble deciding what to do with themselves. Uncontrollable weeping? Self-flagellation?

For one priest, the answer is clear: make 'em laugh. Turning a band of desperate misfits into a troupe of deeply untalented circus performers, he sets out to prove that the best defense against a cruel world is a bad joke beautifully told.

Matt Hawkins, director of The House Theatre's hit show "Hatfield and McCoy," brings Peter Barnes' epic extravaganza and its cast of 23 to Strawdog's intimate space. It's a delirious, hilarious, but entirely serious kick to the pants of death, despair, Puritanism and everything else that has it coming.

cast
Will Allan
Frapper
Mikala Bierma
Flagellant
Paul Fagen *
Toulon
Jessie Fisher
Flagellant
Kyle Gibson *
Player
Kyle Hamman *
Brodin
Shannon Hoag *
Margarite
Nikki Klix *
Player
Chelsea Paice
Clown
Michael Peters
Rochfort
Eric Pogrelis
Boutros Brother
Edgar Miguel Sanchez
Monselet
Matthew Sherbach
Boutros Brother
Michael E. Smith
Pope
Niccole Thurman
Player
Jeff Trainor
Player
Andrew Trygstad
Bembo
Rebekah Ward-Hays
Raven
production
Author
Peter Barnes
Director
Matt Hawkins
Set Design
Nic Dimond
Ass't Set Design
Light Design
Heather Gilbert
Costume Design
Music Director
Sound Design
Stage Manager
Clare Roche
Production Manager
Cortney Hurley
* = Strawdog company member
Photography by Jon Cole Media
Production photo by Chris Ocken
Photo by KBH Media
Photo by Donald Cardiff
Photo by John Flak
Photo by Dave Brennan
Production photo by TCMcG Photography