The Hunchback Variations dramatizes a hilarious and melancholy panel discussion between Quasimodo, hunchback of Notre Dame, and Ludwig van Beethoven, composer, on their attempt to create a mysterious sound effect called for in Anton Chekov’s “The Cherry Orchard”. Playing out over eleven musical scenes, or “variations”, the story details the duo's collaboration -- one doomed by their deafness, unpleasant working conditions, and the fact that Beethoven has not fully committed to the process.
Theater Oobleck is a Chicago-based company, 24 years old this year. Over those 24 years, Oobleck has launched 63 productions of idiosyncratic new works, all created and developed by members of the ensemble, working in concert to create a collective vision without an overseeing director.
Oobleck will be returning to New York this summer with the latest chapter in our “Baudelaire in a Box” series -- a seven-year project translating the entirety of Charles Baudelaire’s “Les Fleurs du Mal” into song and image. Look for us July 20- 21 at Brooklyn's Jalopy Theater as a part of the Banners & Cranks Singing Picture Show.
Previous Oobleck forays to New York include a six-week Off-Broadway engagement of Mickle Maher’s The Strangerer at the Barrow Street Theatre, and three trips to the New York International Fringe Festival (with one production being named “Outstanding Comedy” of the Fringe). Oobleck works have been re-mounted by theaters in Austin, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Portland, Milwaukee, San Francisco, and Savannah; and internationally in the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Norway, Finland, and Luxembourg. Theater Oobleck is funded through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Alphawood Foundation, the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council, an agency of the State of Illinois, and through the generous support of its audiences.
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