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Pirates of Penzance

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The Hypocrites’ bring their award-winning and audience favorite production from their native Chicago.  An eighty-minute exotic excursion featuring bathing beauties, philosophizing pirates, and grown men in remarkably short shorts! Warning: If you want boring, stay away; this experience will cause immense joy and the compulsion to spontaneously sing along. Come ashore with the “Very Model of A Modern Major General,” the Pirate King, and a banjo-picking Mabel. The show features beach balls, sunshine (the artificial kind), and tons of fun music. 

Need to know

Recommended Ages 8 and up.

The best way to experience this show is from the Promenade.

Click here for information about The Promenade tickets.

Notable dates

Post performance discussion after matinee performance on:

Saturday, 5/18
Wednesday, 5/22
Saturday, 5/25
Wednesday, 5/29

Press

Credits

Creative team

A production by

The Hypocrites

A production by

The Hypocrites

“Ambitious, risk-taking, self-aware, original-adaptation loving, off-Loop company with a style very much its own.” - Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

The Hypocrites was founded in 1997 to ask the audience to take a different look at theater. We strive to create a theatrical experience that remains with the audience and affects the individual’s life. Since the company’s founding, we have produced over 50 mainstage productions securing 23 Jeff Citations and 2 After Dark Awards. We hope you enjoy Pirates of Penzance. For more information about The Hypocrites or to learn about ways to become involved, please e-mail: megan@the-hypocrites.com.

The Hypocrites is supported in part by The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, The Alphawood Foundation, The Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Boeing Company, The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, Illinois Arts Council, The Jordan & Jean Nerenberg Fund for the Future, Peoples Gas and WPB, the Special Service Area for the Wicker Park and Bucktown neighborhoods.

Halena Kays, Artistic Director
Megan Wildebour, Managing Director
Sean Graney, Founding Artistic Director

 

Company Members

Miranda Anderson
Ryan Bollettino
Ryan Bourque
Walter Briggs
Geoff Button
John Byrnes
Maria DeFabo
Tien Doman
Kurt Ehrmann
Maggie Fullilove-Nugent
Lindsey Gavel
Samantha Gleisten
Sean Graney
Greg Hardigan
Matt Kahler
Halena Kays
Donna McGough
Robert McLean
Mechelle Moe
Jim Moore
Justine Palmisano
Alison Siple
Michael Smallwood
Stacy Stoltz
Christine Stulik
Zeke Sulkes
Megan Wildebour
Steven Wilson

 

Board Members

Bob Webb, President
Deb Oestreicher, Vice President
Jeannie Bernier, Treasurer
Erik Schroeder, Secretary
Odile Compagnon
Esther Grimm
Jason LaBelle
Bart Lazar
Jim Markus
Nancy Needles
Francis Sadac
Alexander Gail Shermansong
Lisa Szkatulski

 

Artistic Associates

Michael Griggs
Jared Moore
Kevin O’Donnell

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by

Gilbert and Sullivan

New adaptation by

Sean Graney

Kevin O'Donnell

New adaptation by

Sean Graney

Sean Graney is a director, writer, and adapter, and is the Founding Director of The Hypocrites, a Chicago theater company where he was the Artistic Director for 14 years and has helmed over 40 productions. He was a participant in the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors and has won four Joseph Jefferson Awards. His work has been seen at American Repertory Theater, Chicago Shakespeare, Goodman Theatre, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, Court Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, Steppenwolf for Young Audiences, and Chicago Children’s Theatre.

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New adaptation by

Kevin O'Donnell

A.R.T.: Debut. Emerging America Festival: Pirates of Penzance. Kevin is an Artistic Associate with The Hypocrites. His work in Chicago has earned 8 Jeff Awards (20 nominations), and 2 consecutive After Dark Awards (Outstanding Season). He is also a company member with The House Theatre of Chicago, where his original song-cycle Ploughed Under is currently running.

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Arrangements

Kevin O'Donnell

and cast

Arrangements

Kevin O'Donnell

A.R.T.: Debut. Emerging America Festival: Pirates of Penzance. Kevin is an Artistic Associate with The Hypocrites. His work in Chicago has earned 8 Jeff Awards (20 nominations), and 2 consecutive After Dark Awards (Outstanding Season). He is also a company member with The House Theatre of Chicago, where his original song-cycle Ploughed Under is currently running.

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Directed by

Sean Graney

Directed by

Sean Graney

Sean Graney is a director, writer, and adapter, and is the Founding Director of The Hypocrites, a Chicago theater company where he was the Artistic Director for 14 years and has helmed over 40 productions. He was a participant in the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors and has won four Joseph Jefferson Awards. His work has been seen at American Repertory Theater, Chicago Shakespeare, Goodman Theatre, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, Court Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, Steppenwolf for Young Audiences, and Chicago Children’s Theatre.

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Set Design

Tom Burch

Set Design

Tom Burch

A.R.T.: Debut. Chicago credits include: Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare, Court, Northlight. The Hypocrites include: Woyzeck, No Exit, Sophocles: Seven SicknessesTom has received four Jeff nominations (one win), and three After Dark Awards. Additional credits: NYC: Mistakes Were Made, Barrow St. Theatre; St.Louis Repertory, Milwaukee Repertory, Actors Theatre Louisville, Williamstown.

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Costume Design

Alison Siple

Costume Design

Alison Siple

A.R.T.: Debut. Emerging America Festival: Pirates of Penzance. Recent work: The Mystery of Irma Vep (Equity Jeff Award), Court Theatre; Ivywild: The True Tall Tales of Bathhouse John, Sophocles: Seven Sicknesses, Cabaret (Non-Equity Jeff Award), The Hypocrites; Our Town, Huntington Theatre, Broad Stage, Barrow Street, The Hypocrites. Recipient of a 2011 3Arts Grant, company member of The Hypocrites, Artistic Associate with Lookingglass, and Associate Company member of Steep Theatre. 

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Lighting Design

Jared Moore

Lighting Design

Jared Moore

A.R.T.: Debut. Emerging America Festival: Pirates of Penzance. Lighting credits: Coriolanus, Fall of the House of Usher, Sophocles: Seven: Sicknesses, No Exit, Oedipus, Mud, True West, Hypocrites; The Hairy Ape, Hypocrites/Goodman Theatre; Carmen.Maquia, 18+1, Walk-In, Presente, Luna Negra Dance Theater; Arcadia, Touch, Curse of the Starving Class, New Leaf Theatre. Awards: seven Joseph Jefferson Award (Non-Equity)—Chicago.

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Sound Design

Darby Smotherman

Sound Design

Darby Smotherman

A.R.T.: Debut. Emerging America Festival: Mrs. Smith Presents... Off-Broadway: Mrs. Smith Presents a Benefit for The Carlyle Foundation Empowerment School for People and Cats With Severe and Persistent Challenges, Ars Nova. Regional: Sugar, Arts Emerson; Memorial, Pulp, The Women, Provincetown; Fully Committed, The Year of Magical Thinking, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Raisin in the Sun, The Oath, 39 StepsWeston Playhouse.

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Properties Design

Maria DeFabo

Properties Design

Maria DeFabo

A.R.T.: Debut. Emerging America Festival: Pirates of Penzance. The Hypocrites Company Member who is captivated by creating stories through props. In Chicago, Maria is the props designer at Lookingglass Theatre and many other storefront theaters. She would love to talk about how props make the world a better place.

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Music Director

Andra Velis Simon

Music Director

Andra Velis Simon

A.R.T.: Debut. Emerging America Festival: Pirates of PenzanceMusical Director for the Theatre Department at Columbia College Chicago. As a music director, vocal coach, arranger and pianist, Andra has worked with dozens of companies in Chicago, productions including: Camino Real, The Iceman Cometh, The Goodman Theatre; The Hundred Dresses, Goodnight Moon, Chicago Children’s Theatre.

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Stage Manager

Miranda Anderson

Stage Manager

Miranda Anderson

A.R.T.: Debut. Emerging America Festival: Pirates of PenzanceMiranda has been with these Pirates from the start. A company member with The Hypocrites, where she stage managed a number of shows, including: Mikado and Sophocles: Seven SicknessesMuch love and thanks to everyone who has helped her get here (BVA, MP, MG, LK)!

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Choreography

Katie Spelman

Choreography

Katie Spelman

A.R.T.: Debut. Credits include: The Mikado, The Hypocrites; James Joyce’s The Dead, Court Theatre; Idomeneus, Theories of the SunSideShow Theatre Company; Fanny Brice, Asolo Repertory; HairParamount Theatre; CPS Romeo and Juliet, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre; 48 Hour Musicals, The Music Theatre Company; The Who’s Tommy, Northwestern University.

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Cast

Pirate King/Sergeant

Robert McLean

Pirate King/Sergeant

Robert McLean

A.R.T.: Debut. Emerging America Festival: Pirates of PenzanceThe Hypocrites: The Mikado (Ko Ko), Sophocles: Seven Sicknesses (Philoktotes, Jeff Award for Best Production, Play), Mud (Henry), Cabaret (Ernst, Jeff Award for Best Production, Musical), No Exit (Garcin), Death of a Salesman (Biff), Rhinoceros (Berenger), Three Penny Opera (Tiger Brown). Film: The Promotion, The Landlord.

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Major General/Samuel

Matt Kahler

Major General/Samuel

Matt Kahler

A.R.T.: Debut. Emerging America Festival: Pirates of PenzanceRegional: Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Comedy of ErrorsRomeo & Juliet, Lakeside Shakespeare; Macbeth, St. Louis Shakespeare Festival. Chicago: The Pirates of Penzance, The MikadoCoriolanus, FrankensteinThe Hypocrites; EquivocationVictory Gardens; Hank Williams: Lost Highway, American Blues Theater (upcoming).

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Frederic

Zeke Sulkes

Frederic

Zeke Sulkes

A.R.T.: Debut. Emerging America Festival: Pirates of PenzanceRegional: The Nutcracker, Arsht Center Miami; Romeo Juliet (Mercutio/Capulet), Sophocles: Seven Sickness (Creon/Odysseus), The Hypocrites.

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Ruth/Mabel

Christine Stulik

Ruth/Mabel

Christine Stulik

A.R.T.: Debut. Emerging America Festival: Pirates of PenzanceRegional: After the Revolution (Emma Joseph), Next Theatre; Blithe Spirit (Ruth), Oak Park Festival Theatre; Fall of the House of Usher, The Mikado (Pitti-Sing), The Hypocrites; Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief, The Mill; The Dining Room, New Leaf Theatre.

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Ensemble

Ryan Bourque

Ensemble

Ryan Bourque

A.R.T.: Debut. Emerging America Festival: Pirates of PenzanceActing: Coriolanus, The MikadoSophocles: Seven SicknessesWoyzeck, The Pirates of Penzance, Miss Julie, The Hypocrites. Fight choreography: The Book Thief, Steppenwolf; Sweet Bird of Youth, The Goodman; Coriolanus, Romeo Juliet, Sophocles: Seven Sicknesses, Woyzeck, The Hypocrites. BourqueOnline.com

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Ensemble

Kate Carson-Groner

A.R.T.: Debut. Company member and performer with The New Colony, and has acted and improvised with Baby Wants Candy, Red Theater Chicago, Second City, iO, and Story Town. Much love and many thanks to Mom, Dad, and Michael.

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Ensemble

Emily Casey

Ensemble

Emily Casey

A.R.T.: Debut. Emerging America Festival: Pirates of Penzance. Regional: Woody Sez, Northlight Theatre; SirensFox Valley Repertory Theatre; Mikado (Yum-Yum/The Mikado), The Hypocrites, Chicago; Seussical the Musical, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre; Scapin, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre.

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Dana Saleh Omar

Ensemble

Dana Omar

Dana Saleh Omar

Ensemble

Dana Omar

A.R.T.: We Live in Cairo, The Hypocrites’ Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, H.M.S Pinafore. Regional: All Our Tragic (original production and remount), Cabaret, The Hypocrites; Gilbert & Sullivan Unplugged, 54 Below; Kitty Hawk, Adrienne Arsht Center/The House; The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, People’s Light; One Hundred Dresses, Chicago Children’s Theatre. TV/Film: “Chicago P.D.,” NBC. Representation: Big Mouth Talent (Chicago). Proud child of immigrants. Aywa!

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Ensemble

Doug Pawlik

Ensemble

Doug Pawlik

A.R.T.: Debut. Emerging America Festival: Pirates of Penzance. Chicago credits: I Love Lucy Live on Stage, Broadway Playhouse; The Mikado, Cabaret, The Hypocrites; Eastland, Lookingglass; Route 66Paramount Theater; Sunday in the Park with George, Porchlight; The Philadelphia Story, Circle Theater. Thanks to all!

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Ensemble

Shawn Pfautsch

Ensemble

Shawn Pfautsch

A.R.T.: Debut. Emerging America Festival: Pirates of PenzanceRegional: Theatrical EssaysSteppenwolf Theatre; Julius Caesar, Chicago Shakespeare; The Sparrow, Death and Harry Houdini, Arsht Center of Miami; South Pacific, Dallas Theatre Center. Television: “The Mob Doctor” (Jack/Alan Devlin).

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Additional staff

Vocal Director

Andra Velis Simon

Vocal Director

Andra Velis Simon

A.R.T.: Debut. Emerging America Festival: Pirates of PenzanceMusical Director for the Theatre Department at Columbia College Chicago. As a music director, vocal coach, arranger and pianist, Andra has worked with dozens of companies in Chicago, productions including: Camino Real, The Iceman Cometh, The Goodman Theatre; The Hundred Dresses, Goodnight Moon, Chicago Children’s Theatre.

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Assistant Director

Thrisa Hodits

Other

Scenic Buyer

Ryan Anderson

Scenic Painters

Brain Crete, Heather Morris

Carpenters

Evan DelGaudio, Dan Lincoln, Matthew Meeds

Carpenter Interns

Krystin Matsumoto, Vinca Merriman