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For Immediate Release For further information contact: Blair Robertson (773)733-2732 (Direct line -- not for publication) SANSCULOTTES THEATER COMPANY PRESENTS THE WORLD PREMIERE PRODUCTION OF CHICAGO PLAYWRIGHT, ADAM SIMON'S FEAR OF A HOOD CHICAGO, IL(April 6, 2007) –Fear of a Hood , written by Adam Simon and directed by Dan Kerr-Hobert, is a thought-provoking and humorous play about race relations among friends. Opening May 11th at Live Bait Theater’s Bucket Stage, this event marks Sansculottes’ 13th production since incorporation in 2004. Show times are 8pm Thursday-Saturday and 7pm on Sunday from May 11th to June 3rd. An additional performance will take place on Monday, May 14th at 7pm.. Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased online at www.sansculottes.org or by calling 773-540-3576. “This is a fantastic quote that tells a lot about the process, the play or the company,” says Artistic Director Tom Horan or director DKH. “It pulls in the reader and can be used in a possible feature.” Fear of a Hood utilizes the talents of Chicago actors Eddie Jordan III (Blaxploitation 2 with MPAACT), Brad Smith (Trublinka with Collaboraction) and Chris Roe (Corn Does the 7 Deadly Sins with Corn Productions). Sansculottes Theater Company is a group of writers committed to producing exclusively original work that challenges the status quo, surprises and delights its audience, and catches the world with its pants down. They are proud to have received raves and spots on year end "best of" lists in the Chicago Tribune, Windy City Times, and the Chicago Free Press. PRODUCTION BIOS Playwright Adam Simon is Literary Manager of Sansculottes Theater Company. His work has been seen at Chicago Dramatists, Northlight Theatre, Seanachai Theatre Company, the Around the Coyote Festival, Circle Theatre, The Side Project, Brown Couch Theatre, Metropolis Performing Arts Center (Arlington Heights, IL), Riverside Theatre (Iowa City, IA), and New World Players (Goshen, IN). His theatrical installation at the Chicago Cultural Center, "The Headphones Tour," was a Critic's Choice (Chicago Reader). Two new shows of the same medium were commissioned by the Department of Cultural Affairs as part of the (more…) Site Unseen Festival, "Hallwatchers" in 2004 and "Lot Sand Found" in 2005. His work has been performed in 12 states and 12 of Adam's monologues appear in the "Audition Arsenal" anthologies published by Smith and Kraus. Adam received his BFA in Playwriting from The Theatre School at DePaul University. DKH Dan Kerr-Hobert is an artistic associate of Sansculottes Theater Company… AT A GLANCE: What: Fear of a Hood, a world premiere production by Sansculottes Theater Company written by Adam Simon, directed by Dan Kerr-Hobert When: Opening Night: May 11th, 2007, 8pm Running: Thursday, Friday, Saturday (8pm), and Sunday (7pm) Through: June 3rd, 2007 (7pm) Where: Live Bait Theater's Bucket Stage 3914 North Clark Street, Chicago IL 60613 Tickets: Call 773-540-3576 or visit www.sansculottes.org SUMMARY Fear of a Hood reveals tensions within the friendship of three roommates, Marshall, Ben and David. When Marshall needs stand-ins to play slaves and Klansmen for history channel reenactments, recently graduated (thus unemployed) Ben and David are quick to oblige. As Ben, a black man, and David, a Jew, prepare for their roles, they become entangled in a complex struggle of conflicting cultural identities and a shared past. At once hilarious and deeply troubling, the play’s absurd premise leads to a conclusion that’s all too real.
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