For 25 years, Writers Theatre has presented inventive and intimate interpretations of classic works and contemporary theatre. Enter PigPen Theatre, the award-winning creators of the WT smash hit The Old Man and The Old Moon, who are back in town with their new musical folktale, The Hunter and The Bear.
Stream the full program above, or watch a video of their live performance below previewing music from The Hunter and The Bear ahead of its world premiere:
WRITERS THEATRE — World Premiere
The Hunter and The Bear
A Musical Folktale
Written by PigPen Theatre Co.
Directed by Stuart Carden and PigPen Theatre Co.
December 7 – January 22, 2017
Alexandra C. & John D. Nichols Theatre – 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe
TICKETS: writerstheatre.org and 847-242-6000
THE OLD TOWN SCHOOL OF FOLK MUSIC – Residency
Monday, November 28, 2016 at 8:00 PM
Monday, December 19, 2016 at 8:00 PM
Szold Hall- 4545 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago
TICKETS: oldtownschool.org and 773.728.6000
ABOUT PIG PEN THEATER from the company’s website
PigPen Theatre Co. began creating their unique brand of theatre, music, and film as freshmen at the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in 2007. They have since produced their original plays in New York City and toured the country – earning them critic’s picks from The New York Times, Time Out New York, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Boston Globe, and many more, ranking them in the top ten theatrical events of 2011, 2012, and 2013. They were the first group to win the NYC Fringe Festival’s top honor for a play two years in a row (2010/11) and have gone on to win IRNE (2012, 2015) and Jeff Awards (2014) for their theatrical productions. In 2016, Sir Trevor Nunn invited PigPen to be a part of his first American acting company for a production of Shakespeare’s “Pericles”.
PigPen’s debut album, “Bremen”, was named #10 album of the year in The Huffington Post’s 2012 Grammy preview sending PigPen on tour playing to sold-out crowds across the country. American Songwriter premiered their follow-up EP, “The Way I’m Running”, in 2013 while the band was playing a series of concerts that became one of the most popular residencies of the past decade at the legendary Schuba’s Tavern in Chicago. In 2015, PigPen released their sophomore album, “Whole Sun”, performed at Mumford & Sons’ return to the Gentlemen of the Road Festival, and made their feature film debut in Jonathan Demme’s “Ricki and the Flash” starring Meryl Streep.
PigPen is thrilled to be working with Writers House, one of the world’s leading literary agencies, to develop their debut children’s novel.