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This show closed on September 16, 2018

About Haymarket

"Beautiful... Superb... A great success...Big, sweeping and brash, a historical mini-epic that just might manage to leave you in tears."

Recommended! Chicago Sun-Times

"Singular and outstanding... EXPLODES with creativity... not to be missed!"

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​Haymarket: A New Folk Musical tells the true story of Chicago’s infamous Haymarket Affair. Anarchist labor leaders clash with a brutal police force, and violent rebels armed with dynamite threaten to destroy the labor movement before it starts. The most important untold story in American history, brought to life by a company of twelve actor-musicians, singing and playing through the folk, Americana and bluegrass score.

First presented in 2016 to a sold-out run and critical acclaim, as well as a Jeff nomination for Best New Musical, Haymarket has been further developed by Underscore Theatre, working with director Nick Thornton and Jeff Award-winning music director Robert Ollis to create a brand-new theatrical experience, where actors create the band, immersing the audience in the music of the revolution!

Run Time

2hr 15min

Start Date

End Date


Recommended for ages 14 and up.

Underscore Theatre Company at Theater Wit

1229 W Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657

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