The Hypocrites Present K. Based on Franz Kafka's Classic, The Trial
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One of literature's oldest figures -- the returning solider -- gets a contemporary twist in Ithaka. In this Midwest premiere of the recently commissioned play from Andrea Stolowitz, the soldier in question is both a Marine officer and a woman, Captain Elaine Edwards. Fresh off her latest Afghanistan tour, Edwards has trouble adjusting to life back at home. After a blowup with her husband, she skips town and undertakes an Odyssean journey, battling her monsters and struggling to find a path to her true "home" once more. The Portland-based Stolowitz, winner of the 2013 Oregon Book Award for Antarktikos and the Fowler/Levin Prize for this play, grounds her latest work in interviews with veterans and their families, enhancing the play's realism and its dramatic impact. Learn More
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A wonderfully entertaining show in the absurdist tradition! The acting was first rate, the stagecraft was inventive. For us, highlights included the inclusion of the front row audience in some of the banter. Show time passed very quickly, with never a thought about when it would end!
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- <em>K.</em> is highly recommended by the <em>Chicago Sun-Times</em>, received four stars from <em>TimeOut Chicago</em> and was named a critic's choice by the <em>Chicago Reader</em>.
- <em>K.</em> won writer/director Greg Allen a Best Director award at the New York International Fringe Festival as well as the After Dark Award for Outstanding New Production.
- "Smartly amusing...genuinely potent revival of <em>K</em>." --<em>Chicago Tribune</em>
- "A sharp, chameleonic ensemble swirls around the impressive (Brennan) Buhl." --<em>TimeOut Chicago</em>
- "...smart, funny, and provocative." --<em>Chicago Reader</em>
- "...great triumph...funny, insightful, and sharp..." --<em>Centerstage</em>
- "...one heck of an entertaining evening." --<em>From the Ledge</em>
- "With <em>K.</em>, his brainy, vivid, playfully faithful new stage adaptation of Kafka's novel now being mounted by the Hypocrites (the company that triumphed in David Cromer's "Our Town"), writer-director Greg Allen, founding director of the Neo-Futurists, has ingeniously captured the spirit of the book while adding just the right postmodern edginess to the original. And his remarkably deft cast of eight is with him on every page of Joseph's disorienting journey into what might be reality, with all its injustice, but just as easily could be the twisted, guilt-infused imaginings of his own psyche." --<em>Chicago Sun-Times</em>
Greg Allen, Founding Director of The Neo-Futurists, brings K., his award-winning adaptation of Kafka's The Trial to The Hypocrites. This two-act nightmare-comedy tells the famous story of how Joseph K. awakes one morning to find himself mysteriously arrested - seemingly without having done anything wrong. Caught in a sort of actor's nightmare, K. must then navigate through officers, lawyers, artists, priests, lovers, and whippers to determine his fate. Highlighting the dark humor in Kafka's parable, Allen employs masks, music, puppetry, and his trademark meta-theatrics to tell this surprisingly contemporary tale.
Greg Allen is the founder of The Neo-Futurists and creator of over two dozen productions including the legendary Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind (30 Plays in 60 Minutes) which has been running weekly in Chicago since the Reagan administration. His works include The Last Two Minutes of The Complete Works of Henrik Ibsen, Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious (a comedy to end all comedy), H20, and A Child's History of Bombing. His collaboration with Theater Oobleck, The Complete Lost Works of Samuel Beckett As Found In An Envelope (partially burned) In A Dustbin In Paris Labeled "Never to be performed. Never. Ever. EVER! Or I'll Sue! I'LL SUE FROM THE GRAVE!!!" has enjoyed ten international productions including a three month UK tour and and two off-Broadway revivals in 2006. His environmental collaborations - Boxing Joseph Cornell; Lear's Shadow; and Crime and Punishment: A (mis)Guided Environmental Tour with Literary Pretensions -- have seen long successful runs at his home Neo-Futurarium.
Allen teaches residencies in Neo-Futurism at universities and theater programs across the country as well as in Chicago where he teaches playwriting at the University of Chicago. He is a proud graduate of Oberlin College.