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A Tragedy of the Ludicrous 

 

by Percy MacKaye

 

 

Directed by Frank Farrell

 

Featuring: Joni Arredia, Marty Couch, Xavier Custodio, Emily Eaton,

Chris Lysy, Jennifer Mayberry, Kelly McGuigan, Julie Mitre, Drew Patrick,

Athanasia Sawicz,  Ashley Turkowski, Chris Yearwood and Bill Zimmerman

 

at the Pullman Factory,

Pullman State Historic Site

Clock Tower Administration Building,

11057 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago, IL  60628

 

Free Parking

 

The Scarecrow's final performance was on Sunday, November 14, 2010.

 

The Scarecrow was presented Promenade style in The Pullman Factory,

with the audience moving to different areas in the factory during the course of the play.

 

Co-Sponsored by the Pullman State Historic Site.

  

 

  

 

PLAY DESCRIPTION & PAST PERFORMANCE HISTORY

 

Set in Colonial Massachusetts, The Scarecrow, follows the plight of a living scarecrow, fabricated by his “mother” and animated by the Devil to take revenge against a hypocritical, well-to-do neighbor.  Claiming to be the illegitimate son of the aspiring gentleman, the scarecrow beguiles the man’s innocent niece, but falls in love with her himself.  As the scarecrow discovers the limits of both his humanity and inhumanity his dilemma forces those around him to discover the secrets of their own hearts. 

Percy MacKaye’s masterpiece The Scarecrow, hailed on its debut as an “unquestionable work of genius” is based on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story “Feathertop.”  The premier performance was at Harvard Dramatic Club in December of 1909.  It later opened on Broadway January 17, 1911 and was then subsequently filmed in 1923 as “Puritan Passions” starring Glenn Hunter, and again in 1972 as “The Scarecrow” for Broadway Theatre Archive starring Gene Wilder and Blythe Danner.  In 1945, The Scarecrow was adapted into an opera by Normand and Dorothy Lockwood and dedicated to MacKaye’s late wife Marion. 
 
 
 
 
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PHOTO: Percy MacKaye as Alwyn the poet in MacKaye's play Sanctuary: A Bird Masque.  

Photographed in 1913 by Arnold Genthe.

 

 

 

 
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