Written by:: Michael Yates Crowley
Directed by: Michael Rau
Performed by: Bodine Alexander, Chas Carey, Leah Karpel, Michael Crowley, Anna Margaret Hollyman, Devon Jordan*, Sam West (*appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association)
Designers: Sara Walsh (design), Derek Wright (lights)
Producers: Rosalind Grush and Joshua Lubin-Levy
EVANSTON: A RARE COMEDY begins with the disappearance of a teenage girl in deepest suburbia and ends when a meeting of The Evanston Women’s Book Club goes horribly awry. In between, a transgender student dreams of death, a housewife dreams of Mexico, an economics professor has an affair with a Whole Foods check-out clerk, and the financial crisis rages on. The latest show from the Wolf 359 team – director Michael Rau and writer/performer Michael Yates Crowley – takes a chainsaw to language, convention, and pretension to create a new kind of American story-telling: raw, sexy, and painfully funny. Inspired by the words of Psalm 137 and the streets of Evanston, Illinois, A RARE COMEDY asks: how can we sing a song of joy in this strange land?
Wolf 359, founded in 2007 by the playwright Michael Yates Crowley and the director Michael Rau, is dedicated to radical new theater. The troupe has performed in Germany, Chicago, and New York City. Our last show, The Ted Haggard Monologues, was a New York Magazine Critic’s Pick and filmed by HBO and presented in Germany as part of a festival of new American plays. We are currently Artists in Residence at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York City, where our adaptation of the Epic of Gilgamesh, RAG FUR BLOOD BONE, was performed in March 2009.