The Illinois Times: “Radical Theater Pushes Boundaries”


We are excited to see more of our friends make it big to The Illinois Times once again- this time there is an article inside this week’s issue focusing on The Absurdist’s People Theatre – a newer DIY Theater Troupe based out of Springfield. Those of you may remember the theater troupe puttin gon a few performances of the play “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe” inside Black Sheep this past summer. They are now gearing up for their second round of performances for the play “Gem of the Ocean” by August Wilson to happen at some point later this year inside of Black Sheep.

Self-described by founder and director Alex Martin as “DIY rogue theater,” Springfield’s  Absurdist People’s Theater Troupe would like nothing more than to shake things up in Springfield. “I went to Blackburn College and did theater for four years,” Martin said. “When I came back here to my home community and looked around at the different theater projects that were happening, I noticed that there wasn’t much of the kind of theater I’m interested in happening in the local theater community.” Instead of passively waiting for Springfield’s theater scene to change, Martin decided to create her own company. “I want to show people that there are other kinds of theater out there, instead of just the same musicals, the same plays again and again. I’d like to do plays that haven’t ever been produced here, newer stuff by newer playwrights.”

Check out the full article online right here, or pick up a copy of this week’s Illinois Times inside Dumb Records or other local businesses. Stay tuned on date announcements for “Gem of The Ocean” performances inside Black Sheep.

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