CHICAGO – When faced with adversity, the best way around it is to somehow break into song. That is the feeling behind the Brown Paper Box Co.’s “Positively Present: An Uplifting Cabaret,” running April 7th and 8th at Mary’s Attic in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood. The event features company member Kristi Szczepanek as host, and presents song stylings by other company members, including Anna Schutz, plus some special guests. For details and ticket information, click here.
Theater News: Rich Cotovsky at Final ‘Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins’ Fest From Aug. 19-21, 2016
CHICAGO – It’s 3am on Saturday night/Sunday morning on August 20th, and you’re just not ready to quit. How about indulging in the 2016 “Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins” Theater Festival? The three-day theater marathon is in its 28th edition, and will be sponsored for the final time by the Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company, and hosted by the “Godfather of Storefront Theater,” Rich Cotovsky. It all takes place at the Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee in Chicago (details below).
This is the End: Rich Cotovsky as Abbie Hoffman at the ‘Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins” Theater Festival
Photo credit: Patrick McDonald for HollywoodChicago.com
The 2016 “Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins” Theater Festival begins on Friday, August 19th, at 7pm with Rich Cotovsky opening the ceremonies portraying Abbie Hoffman, and closes around midnight – with Cotovsky again as Hoffman – on Sunday, August 21st. Between those events are a true variety of theater pieces, weird acts, music, comedy and just plain fun. HollywoodChicago.com’s Patrick McDonald is performing with “Famous in the Future,” a comedy troupe that will be “playing” their “Greatest Hits” on August 20th at 5:30pm.
Patrick McDonald (upper left) of HollywoodChicago.com is part of ‘Famous in the Future’ at the 28th Abbie Fest
Photo credit: FamousintheFuture.com
Cotovsky was a co-founder of the festival in 1989 through his Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company. The decision to do its last festival was precipitated by the closing of the Angel Island Theatre in Chicago, which was Mary-Arrchie’s home base since the 1980s. Cotovsky explained the inspiration behind the festival in an interview with HollywoodChicago.com in February of this year…“Abbie Hoffman’s inspiration was, in a sense, inadvertent. I wanted to do something to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Woodstock at the time, and it just happened that Abbie died the same year. Hoffman was always an inspiration to me, for his activism and execution of that activism.”