Eat the Poor, Strip the Rich
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Announcing June Double Feature Fridays: Eat the Poor, Strip the Rich explores the fears and frustrations faced by the shrinking middle class in two pieces: OUT AT SEA, three shipwrecked survivors decide which of them will be eaten by the others. It's SURVIVOR meets BASTARD CHEF. STRIPTEASE, two middle managers struggle for control against a mysterious online force. It’s as if Mark Zuckerberg wrote OFFICE SPACE. Yes they’re short, pointed satire that are weird and fun and dark. While one act plays are nothing new, Under the Gun has reframed and updated two great pieces by Slawomir Mrozek, renowned Polish satirist. Mrozek’s exposures of the hidden links between culture and power are EXACTLY the kind of inventive, bizarre, reflective shows that Chicago needs after a mayoral run-off and our thinly veiled class and civil-rights struggles...not to mention dealing with the dubious nick-name, "Chi-raq." "These pieces are incredibly modern and relevant to our city, despite being written in 1961," says Greg Callozzo, who directs both shows. “It was one of those organic connections that theatre people live for. Reading these weirdly timeless and multi-faceted scripts, we just knew these plays could be done wonderful by the ensemble.” A native Chicagoan, Callozzo met UTG founders, Angie McMahon and Kevin Mullaney through another absurd comedy, “SEX, aka Weiners and Boobs” which Angie directed. Angie returns to the stage as a middle manager along with the kinetic and hysterical Elise Jordan in Striptease. Ben Bowman is the Alpha male, Johnny Kalita his sycophant side-kick and Ross Compton their meal-ticket as the politicking castaways in Out at Sea. Under the Gun Theater’s mission is to create original theatre combining the mediums of Improvisation, Storytelling, Music and Physical Theater with a bent toward comedy.