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About Haymarket

Haymarket, first presented by Underscore under the title Haymarket: the Anarchist's Songbook in 2016 to critical and audience acclaim, is back, with a vengeance. Having spent the last two years workshopping the show, authors Kornfeld and Higgin-Houser alongside director Nick Thornton have crafted an all-new theatrical experience, building on the success of its previous incarnation, creating new songs, overhauling the book, and like the union workers from the show, rebuilding from the ground up.

Based on historical events, Haymarket tells the dramatic story of labor unrest in Chicago, 1886, where striking workers clashed with a brutal police force, resulting in an act of terror, a corrupt trial, and the death of five innocent men. Told by a cast of twelve actor-instrumentalists, Haymarket is a folk, bluegrass, and Americana adventure, led by Lucy Parsons, the African American firebrand and wife of one of the accused anarchists.

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Recommended for ages 14 and up.

Underscore Theatre Company at The Den Theatre

1331 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60602

The Den is a theatre, cafe, and studio. It is a space to converse, create, inspire, and relax. Salvete, omnes! Welcome all.

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