Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department faculty member Adrian Danzig is directing the world premiere of The? Unicorn? Hour?, a devised theatre piece presented by Chicago’s cutting-edge Neo-Futurists theatre company.
The production also involves the talents of three Columbia College Theatre Department alumni: lighting designer Claire Chrzan ’11, a graduate of the Theatre Design program; sound designer Spencer Meeks ’15, a graduate of the Musical Theatre BA program; and production manager Kate Hardiman ’13, a graduate of Columbia’s Theatre Directing program. Chrzan, Meeks, and Hardiman previously worked together on the Neo-Futurists’ production Saturn Returns.
Created and performed by Leah Urzendowski and Anthony Courser, The? Unicorn? Hour? — inspired by such children’s TV shows as Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood and Pee-wee’s Playhouse — celebrates “the politics of joy” and invites the audience to discover and grow in an atmosphere where joy is the core of a fantastical world of adventure within each person. The title refers to “the unicorn that lives within all of us — the mythical magical organ in your soul that can be tapped into at any moment you choose.”
Director Adrian Danzig, a onetime member of the Neo-Futurists, is founding producing artistic director of the circus-theatre troupe 500 Clown.
The? Unicorn? Hour? runs April 6-May 13 at the Neo-Futurarium, located at 5153 N. Ashland in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood. Tickets for some performances — including previews April 6-8 — are “pay what you can.” For tickets, call 773-275-5255 or click here.