It's back - The Hysterical Alphabet, the acclaimed touring multi-media historico-medical provocation is returning for ONE FINAL CHICAGO PERFORMANCE.
In a refreshingly non-didactic, yet pedagogical performance, Theater Oobleck's The Hysterical Alphabet, is an example of what a 21st-century hybrid of art and scholarship might be.
—Karen Tauches, Burnaway
Date & Time
November 9, 2011
The Art Institute of Chicago’s
111 S. Michigan Ave
(The main entrance at Michigan and Adams)
FREE! There are no advance reservations or tickets.
“The Hysterical Alphabet is a beautifully nuanced mixture of historical treatise, medical discourse and poetic archive. . . delivering a lesson that is wickedly funny, surprisingly heart-wrenching and not to be missed.”
-Valerie Jean Johnson, New City
Hysterical historia. Historical hysteria. The ABCs are seized by a convulsive fit in Terri Kapsalis’ The Hysterical Alphabet, each letter introducing an episode direct from the annals of medical lore. Backed by Danny Thompson’s disquieting film collages and John Corbett’s vinyl manipulations, The Hysterical Alphabet tracks centuries of female malady, disproving the theory that time heals all wombs. Produced by Theater Oobleck.
The show is a collaboration between author Terri Kapsalis, video-collagist Danny Thompson, and sound artist John Corbett.
Please also join the Hull-House Museum on Nov. 29 at 12 PM to celebrate the opening of a new experiential label for Jane Addams' Travel Medicine Kit created by Terri Kapsalis for the Alternative Labeling Project, a new series that transgresses and challenges the way we think about objects and artifacts and the extraordinary stories they tell.
SAIC's Department of Visual and Critical Studies and Department of Performance.
* All views expressed are those of the guests and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, or the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Architecture and the Arts.