ONE NIGHT ONLY was developed by the cast and director using "found" text and music. Sources include Priscilla Ahn, Howard Barker (THE CASTLE and DEATH, THE ONE AND THE ART OF THEATRE), Battles, BLUE VALENTINE, Charles Bukowski, Ian Paul Custer, Hall & Oates, Matt Hooks, THE NOTEBOOK, Kasey O'Brien, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Sam Cooke & the Soul Stirrers, and Scott Walker.
Theatre is no longer the language of dissent. In fact, it has always been a contract of manipulation: the suspension of disbelief. What else can be suspended? Morals? Judgement? Willpower? Abraham Werewolf begins its 2011 season with FOR PROFIT, a unique theatrical experience which presents a view of the artistic process in a funhouse mirror.
Through a series of interconnected scenes, FOR PROFIT takes the audience down the assembly line of a powerful and sinister machine, where personality becomes product and theatre exists not for the public, but for profit.
PAPER THIN WALLS is a modern morality play set in adjacent apartments in a Chicago low-rise. Richard and Liz live next door to Hank, a burgeoning young writer.
Hank combats his writer's block by using the couple's domestic quarrels as creative fuel. When the line blurs between the artist and his subjects, all three must face the reality of their aspirations.
DECADENCE is an examination of the empty glamour of 1970s Hollywood imbued with the spirit of the Parisian Grand Guignol theatre. The production employs la douche ecossaise ("the hot and cold shower"), a theatre style which alternates comedic and macabre vignettes reflecting upon such unsavory themes as sexual violence, insanity, revenge and cold-blooded murder. With the rise in the divorce rate, a "pulling back" from the liberal nature of the 1960s, the end of the Vietnam war, and the birth of the serial killer, the 1970s provide an especially fertile ground for exploration.
NOT ART is a comedic study of the working relationship between the members of D'Artagnan, a touring rock band from Chicago. When Tony (lead bongos) brings a new mode of expression to his bandmates, Billy (lead singer) refuses to accommodate the new sound. Joey (lead guitarist) is caught in the middle of their intellectual battle as he looks down the barrel of his shotgun wedding.