Burning Bluebeard

Opened Nov 19, 2011
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For your holiday viewing pleasure: The Neo-Futurists investigate the connections between the gruesome folktale of Bluebeard, the wife-killing king; Mr. Bluebeard, the 1903 Christmas pantomime that was the first show performed in Chicago's Iroquois Theater; and the Iroquois Theater Fire which destroyed the brand new theater and took 600 lives. Burning Bluebeard resurrects a gaggle of singed ash stained performers who attempt to retell the legend of Bluebeard once again for children at Christmas time, but the story quickly devolves into tragic flames. Exploring historical interviews, articles and police reports, this irreverent holiday performance is a survivalist's guide to Christmas. What happens when the good intentions of art, entertainment and celebration burn you alive?

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