Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co. has been wrapping up its last 23 seasons by inviting any and all theater groups and performing individuals into its performing space at Angel Island, 735 W. Sheridan to celebrate the anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair of 1969. Abbie Hoffman Died For Our Sins was inspired by the need to do something to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Woodstock. Now it is the 43rd Anniversary and there is an even louder outcry for celebration. This is the 24th annual Abbie Hoffman Died For Our Sins. We have strived to recreate the spirit of Woodstock over the years by bringing some 40-50 different theater groups and performing individuals together for 3 days of non-stop theatrical entertainment and nothing but theatrical entertainment. This year we are ending our 26th season with the festival happening on August 17, 18, & 19. Tickets for the event are $10 for a day pass (come and go all day just make sure you’ve got your pass), or $25 for a weekend pass (same as day pass only it applies toward the whole weekend). A free vintage Abbie Hoffman T-shirt will be given with all $25 weekend passes.
This year’s event involves many of the mainstays of past festivals with many New Groups and individuals. The festivities begin at 2 p.m. on Friday, August 17 when we all gather at the Daley Plaza and at 3 p.m. embark on a peaceful march back to Angel Island, home of Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co. for the opening ceremonies at 7 p.m. with Richard Cotovsky’s portrayal of Abbie Hoffman to bless a non-stop weekend focused on exchanging ideas and resources between theaters, individuals, and audience members and of course watching and performing spiritually uplifting, quality, and kick-ass theater ending literally sometime in the wee hours of Monday, August 20th.
Some of the highlights of this years festival include Rush Pearson doing his Diary of a Madman, A Red Orchid Theatre Co. with Fest Talk, The Inconvenience, L’il Howlin Wolf, Lola Bolatro,
The Factory Theater, and The Plagiarists plus all of the following: Abraham Werewolf, Artistic Partners, Black Forest, The Business, Clock Productions, Citizens’ Relief, Cpt. Captain, Curious Theatre Branch, Dandelion Arts, Dear Abbie Productions, Democracy Burlesque,The Disrespectful Ensemble, Ensolo, Existential Crises, The EX-Pats Theatre Company, Factory Theater Emeritus, Famous In The Future, First Floor Theater, Hobo Junction Productions, Jamie Black, Jennifer Olson, John Irish, The Living Canvas, Ludamus, Magpie, Mike Cherry, Nighthawks at the Diner, Nothing Special Productions, Nothing Without a Company, The O’Brothers, Paperback Theatre Project, The Riff Collective, Revolution Theatre Co., Rough House, Rum & Coke, The Smell Of Fame, Stand On Your Hands and Clap, The Ta Pyra Ensemble, Tempting Fates,Trained Monkey Productions, Will Fred and Evan and of course the hosts of the event Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co. bringing it’s productions of Gas Mask 101 and Wild Dogs along with Bitch With Rich.