Mercury Theater Chicago presents

February 5 2014 - April 5 2014


Mercury Theater Chicago presents The Hypocrites production of Into the Woods.

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by James Lapine
Directed by Geoff Button

The Hypocrites are thrilled to be in partnership with the Mercury Theater in 2014 to produce this unexpected musical. Director Geoff Button says “One of the things I consider a hallmark of The Hypocrites style has always been the heightened and playful sense of theatricality we bring to the designs of our show, set in contrast to a profound sense of emotional realism and elevated dramatic stakes. I feel like Into the Woods is a perfect opportunity to interrogate and deconstruct that aesthetic. In the same way that David Cromer managed to get people to look at Our Town in a fresh way by simply attacking the unvarnished, unsentimental human truth at the core of the piece, I want to use the sheer silliness of The Hypocrites aesthetic to heighten and then to reveal the plain fact that ultimately there is no narrator to come in and tell our stories for us. At the end of the day we are set adrift to try to make a life. We find people, we lose people, we find new people, and every time we make a connection, we are faced with the potential for loss.”