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Hypocrites announce casting for ‘Endgame’ and ‘Three Sisters’

The Hypocrites, the theater behind such recent marathons as “All Our Tragic” and the rotating repertory of Gilbert & Sullivan adaptations, has announced casting for the two final productions of its season: Samuel Beckett’s “Endgame” and Anton Chekhov’s “The Three Sisters.”

Beckett’s blackly comic masterpiece, “Endgame,” directed by artistic director Halena Kays, and playing Feb. 20–April 4 at the company’s new home, The Den Theatre Mainstage, 1329-1333 N. Milwaukee in Wicker Park, will feature longtime ensemble members Kurt Ehrman as Hamm and Donna McGough as Nell, with Brian Shaw as Clov and Sean Sineski as Nag.

Hamm is blind and cannot stand. His servant, Clov, cannot sit. And then there are his legless parents, Nagg and Nell, who live in trash cans. Trapped in a tiny house by the sea after some sort of apocalyptic disaster, they trudge through an absurd, cyclical existence.

“’Endgame’ will allow me to play to the absurdity of life with the clowns I love,” said Kays, in a prepared statement. “Our design team is also full of longtime collaborators who will create an absurdist landscape that will involve and heighten the audience’s experience with this classic.  It’s one of my favorite texts — physical, funny and beautiful — and there’s no better group of artists to join me in exploring it.”

The production team includes Elizabeth Bracken (scenic design), Jessica Kuehnau (costume design), Maggie Fullilove-Nugent (lighting design), Nick Keenan (sound design) and Danielle Case (props design).

The final production of the season, Chekhov’s “Three Sisters,” will be directed by company member Geoff Button, playing April 17–June 6 at The Den Theatre Mainstage.

The cast will feature Erin Barlow as Natasha and Lindsey Gavel as Masha, with Ned Baker as Fedotik, Joel Ewing as Andrei, Danny Martinez as Rode, Bill McGough as Chebutykin, Mary Poole as Anfisa, Noah Simon as Tuzenbach, Vance Smith as Vershinin, D’Wayne Taylor as Kulygin, Hilary Williams as Irina and Mary Williamson as Olga.

The play explores the absurd, existential comedy of Chekhov’s Prozorov sisters, whose daily lives in a drab provincial town pale in comparison to their imagined futures in the big city of Moscow. 

According to Button: “I’m particularly drawn to this play because I think it’s about the ways in which we’re all culpable for our failed hopes. I don’t see three women lazily pining for Moscow, I see them constantly taking action, just in pursuit of all the wrong goals. Life in this play is determined not by the characters’ big-picture dreams, but by all the petty decisions and daily frustrations that steer them off course.”

The production team includes William Boles (scenic design) and Jeremy Floyd (costume design).

For tickets ($28) visit the-hypocrites.com.