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Psh*tter! A Drinking Song for the Year of Our Lord 2020

By Henry Wishcamper
Lisa Gaye Dixon, director

This wry, tragi-comic political satire, based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth and its surrealist reimagining Ubu Roi, was originally intended to premiere in March 2020. Illinois Theatre had to suspend performances due to the coronavirus pandemic but is delighted now to digitally deliver Psh*tter! to audiences. This world premiere by noted Goodman Theatre Artistic Associate and Chicago director Henry Wishcamper asks: what happens when greed, corruption, and incompetence rule and when violence has no consequences? The answer is so terrible, you have to laugh out loud, if only to keep from crying. Uncovering the filth that lies at the heart of authoritarian regimes is the first step toward seeing them for what they are, and Psh*tter! does that in poignant, timely ways. Come for the Shakespeare, come for the grime. Come for the madcap hijinks. Come because sometimes, as terrible as things may be, you just have to laugh!

Get a glimpse behind the scenes with the Promenade Showcase interview with Hair and Makeup Coordinator Colin Grice.

Contains strong language, simulated violence, and sexual situations.

This performance will last approximately 75 minutes.

Closed captioning is provided for this event.

The performance will be available for viewing from December 3 through December 12, 2020.

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Event Details

Th Dec 03, 2020 - 12:00am CT
Fr Dec 04, 2020 - 12:00am CT
Sa Dec 05, 2020 - 12:00am CT
Su Dec 06, 2020 - 12:00am CT
Mo Dec 07, 2020 - 12:00am CT
Tu Dec 08, 2020 - 12:00am CT
We Dec 09, 2020 - 12:00am CT
Th Dec 10, 2020 - 12:00am CT
Fr Dec 11, 2020 - 12:00am CT
Sa Dec 12, 2020 - 12:00am CT

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